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Tappan FD Announce Passing of 70 Year Life Member and Ex-Chief Richard Pforte Sr.

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TAPPAN, NY – The Volunteer Fire Association of Tappan announce the passing of 70 Year Life Member and Ex-Chief Richard Pforte Sr. (1935-2024)

Richard joined the Tappan Fire Department in 1954, making remarkable contributions to both the department and the broader improvement of fire services in Orangetown.

Among his most notable achievements were:
– Serving as a Department Officer from 1960 to 1969.
– Holding the position of Chief of the Department from 1967 to 1969.
– Introducing a fire dispatch system (21-102) to the Town of Orangetown, initially operated by the Orangetown Police Department. This system set the precedent for how fire departments in Orangetown would be dispatched, leading up to the adoption of the current 9-1-1 system, now operated by RCS Radio HQ (44-Control).
– Being the main brain behind the in-house construction of a 1965 Ford equipment vehicle (21-EQ).
– Initiating and serving on our Kitchen Committee for many years.

Wake services were held on Monday, February 5th at Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan from 3pm-9pm, with a firematic service held at 6pm.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, February 6th at 10 am at Our Lady of Sacred Heart Church with burial to follow at Rockland Cemetery.

The Volunteer Fire Association of Tappan extends our sincerest condolences to the Pforte family. Richard was a dedicated member of our department and his absence will be deeply.

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Rockland County District Attorney’s Office Chief of Detectives Peter Walker Retires after 30 Years of Law Enforcement Service

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ROCKLAND COUNTY, NY – Rockland County District Attorney’s Office Chief of Detectives Peter Walker retires after 30 years of law enforcement service. Chief Walker started his career with the NYPD in 1994, patrolling the streets of the Bronx while assigned to the 48th Precinct.

In December of 1999, Chief Walker was hired as a patrol officer with the Clarkstown Police Department. He was selected to become the department’s Public Information Officer, building an incredibly strong bond between the community and the police department.

In May of 2018 he was promoted to Detective. During his tenure with the Clarkstown Police Department he was assigned to numerous details, including a member of the Critical Incident Response Team as a police sniper, field training officer, department’s budget assessment team, and Supervisor of the department’s Records Department. He also served in many roles in the Clarkstown PBA.

He retired from the Clarkstown Police Department in January of 2020 when he was appointed as the Chief Criminal Investigator of the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office. He oversees approximately 30 investigators and support staff and acts as the liaison to all outside police agencies to ensure the District Attorney’s Office is working effectively and efficiently with its partners.

Chief Walker served honorably in the United States Navy for 26 years retiring as a Chief Petty Officer.

Photo by Rockland County District Attorney’s Office

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VIDEO: Fire Departments Across Rockland County Respond to Structure Fire at the Slinn Ave Apt Complex in Spring Valley

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SPRING VALLEY, NY – Fire Departments from across Rockland County responded to a structure fire around 5:30 am on Sunday at the Slinn Ave Apt Complex located at 63 West Street in Spring Valley. This is a developing story and we will update this article when more information is available.

Video by Rockland Buff

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