Secaucus commends pillars of the community

Cops honored for halting potential suicide; woman of the year honored

Two Secaucus cops who prevented a woman from jumping off a bridge were recognized.
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Two Secaucus cops who prevented a woman from jumping off a bridge were recognized.

Two Secaucus police officers who helped rescue a woman poised to leap off the Route 3 East Bridge were honored by the city council at the April 23 meeting.

According to Police Captain Dennis Miller, a passerby called police at about 3:12 a.m. on April 10, reporting that a young woman was standing on the bridge staring over the railing at traffic on Route 3.

Upon arrival at the bridge Officer George Sikaffy saw the 22-year-old Bronx woman with her leg over the guard rail, clearly planning to jump off the bridge.

Sikaffy grabbed the woman’s jacket and tried to pull her away from the edge of the bridge to keep her from jumping, according to Miller.

“Demonstrating a clear intent to end her life, she began to struggle with Sikaffy on the side of the busy highway in an attempt to break free of his hold while shouting suicidal statements,” Miller said.

Police Officer Jonathan Padron arrived on the scene a moment later and was able to restrain the combative woman.

Padron and Sikaffy got the woman into a police car. She was driven to a safe location to await EMS.

The woman was involuntarily taken to Christ Hospital in Jersey City for a mental health evaluation.

Catalyst for Change Award

Because she was unable to attend the Hudson County ceremony on March 19 honoring women of distinction, Secaucus resident Anuja Singh, a customer experience business development representative with Cisco systems, received her award at the April 23 town council meeting.

Singh, who co-founded Cisco Empowered Women’s Network, which has 3,000 members globally, was honored for her passion for inclusion, diversity, and mentorship in the STEM field. Singh is a public speaker who focuses on technical and leadership topics, and volunteers with high school student-shadowing programs. She also chronicled her experience as a breast cancer survivor at theanujaksingh.wordpress.com to help others as they face their own struggles.

Hudson County held its annual awards ceremony for Women’s History Month to honor the achievements of residents from around the county. This year’s theme focused on women who’ve advocated for peace and nonviolence, though other causes were also highlighted.

The event was hosted by the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders and members of the 2019 Hudson County Women’s History Month Committee.

Others honored included Griselda Joynt, a Bayonne police officer, who received Champion of Peace Award; Rose Gunther, of Guttenberg, Trailblazer of the Year Award; Colleen Salvatore, Hessie Williams, Lynn Hazan, and Amy Albert, of Jersey City, who received Game Changer Awards; Aimee Focaraccio, of North Bergen, who received a Woman Breaking Barriers Award; Grace Scianalepore and Nadja K. Rutkowski, of Hoboken, Emerging Woman-Owned Business Awards; Liliana Ines Barrera, of Union City, Woman to Watch Award; Evelyn Detti, of Weehawken, Lifetime Legacy Award; and Ann Bridget Briordy of West New York, Champion of Nonviolence Award.

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