We Remember

 
Police Officer Mary A. Collura #136

 

We Will Never Forget!

Fair Lawn PO Mary Ann Collura

This presentation is dedicated to
PO Mary Ann Collura!

To the law enforcement community.
Stay Safe and thank you!

The Brothers and Sisters of Fair Lawn NJ
PBA Local 67.
...

We miss you!

 
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 April 17, 2011

    We Will Never Forget!
End of Watch 4/17/2003
Fair Lawn PO Mary Ann Collura

 Fair Lawn remembers fallen officer

 

Sunday, April 18, 2010
Last updated: Sunday April 18, 2010, 12:56 PM
The Record
STAFF WRITER

FAIR LAWN — The wind did its best to thwart plans on Saturday, but Wayne artist Michael Malzone held tight to the easel's black drape until it was time for the official unveiling. And then, just after 3 p.m., there it was — a painted portrait of Fair Lawn's beloved Officer Mary Ann Collura, who died in the line of duty seven years ago.

"Every year, we want to just do something to remember. It's important for us to come out and have a shared memorial," David Boone, Fair Lawn police detective and president of the Fair Lawn PBA, said. "We remember her every day, though."

The ceremony was held outside Fair Lawn Borough Hall, near a life-sized bronze sculpture of Collura, which was unveiled in April 2006, the third anniversary of her death. The several dozen in attendance on Saturday included Collura's two sisters, Pat Snyder and Linda Hughes.

 

 

FAIR LAWN — The wind did its best to thwart plans on Saturday, but Wayne artist Michael Malzone held tight to the easel's black drape until it was time for the official unveiling. And then, just after 3 p.m., there it was — a painted portrait of Fair Lawn's beloved Officer Mary Ann Collura, who died in the line of duty seven years ago.

Linda Hughes, left, and Pat Snyder viewing a portrait of their sister, Officer Mary Ann Collura, with artist Mike Malzone.
MICHAEL KARAS / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Linda Hughes, left, and Pat Snyder viewing a portrait of their sister, Officer Mary Ann Collura, with artist Mike Malzone.

"Every year, we want to just do something to remember. It's important for us to come out and have a shared memorial," David Boone, Fair Lawn police detective and president of the Fair Lawn PBA, said. "We remember her every day, though."

The ceremony was held outside Fair Lawn Borough Hall, near a life-sized bronze sculpture of Collura, which was unveiled in April 2006, the third anniversary of her death. The several dozen in attendance on Saturday included Collura's two sisters, Pat Snyder and Linda Hughes.

"It's a very good likeness," said Snyder. Knowing that people still kept her sister in their hearts after seven years, she said, "is touching and a great solace at the same time."

The 43-year-old Collura was killed on April 17, 2003, by Omar Marti, a Passaic man she and Clifton Police Officer Steven Farrell had tried to arrest. Farrell was wounded during the shootout. Marti was killed by police in Florida three days later.

The painting of a uniformed Collura, fashioned after a photo, will hang outside a PBA meeting room, Boone said. Malzone also made smaller ink-jet copies for Collura's family.

"I felt that this was something I could offer as a gift to the community," Malzone said.

As part of the ceremony, Boone, who is also police chaplain, played a recording of "On the Wings of a Snow-White Dove" and asked those gathered to each take a purple rose (purple was Collura's favorite color, he said) and place a petal from each flower in an upended police officer's hat on the platform of her statue.

"As you remove that petal, say a little prayer for Mary Ann," he said.

E-mail: rohan@northjersey.com

Fair Lawn PBA Local #67

is proud to present

the M.A.C. Challenge Coin

 

This challenge coin was created in memory of Fair Lawn Police Officer Mary Ann Collura and it features a rendition of the statue which was dedicated in memory of her with a memorial bar containing her badge number on the reverse side.

Coins are $20.00 each and the proceeds from each coin will provide scholarships through the Officer Mary Ann Collura Scholarship Foundation.  Each coin comes in a plastic display case.

Contact David Boone at (201) 794-5412

Or mail your request to:

                David Boone
                Fair Lawn PBA #67
                P.O. Box 276
                Fair Lawn, NJ  07410

  **For mail orders, please add $5.00 for shipping/handling


MaryAnn was responsible for creating the "Halloween Safety Glow Stick Program!" Each year, in Mary's name, we hand out glow sticks to every school age child and provide Halloween safety talks! The glow sticks are used to make our trick or treating costumed children visible to the motoring public. The county has also adopted this program!


PO Mary A. Collura's name is inscribed on the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial Wall in Washington DC.

2010 National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial - Candlelight Vigil
 
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The risks of law enforcement come in difficult assignments, and even in routine calls. Officers train and prepare for many threats, yet preparation will never take the danger away from a hard profession. Mary Ann Collura, an 18-year vet from the Fair Lawn, New Jersey Police Department, was killed while confronting an armed man after a high-speed chase. A fellow officer later said, "You know, there are probably a hundred cops like this who did everything right and still have their names on the wall. You put your faith in the hands of God every day when you go out there."

For an officer's loved ones, daily life is also an act of faith. Family members share the uncertainties and worries of service. America recognizes and honors the sacrifice of our law enforcement families. We thank you for your service to our country, as well. And every May 15th, we think especially of those who have received the sudden and terrible news, many of whom are here today. Your sadness and loss are deep, and so is your pride. Long before tragedy came, you knew this person you loved was brave and good. And your country knows it, too.

Remarks by President George W. Bush at
Annual Peace Officers Memorial Service
Peace Officers Memorial
Washington, D.C.

May 15, 2003