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North Bergen police help 12-year-old celebrate birthday during stay-at-home order

Officers played celebratory music and wished Adrian a happy birthday from their vehicles

Officers wish a North Bergen 12-year-old a Happy Birthday.

Many public events and gatherings have been cancelled due to Gov. Phil Murphy’s stay-at-home order to curtail the further spread of the Coronavirus.

While some adults struggle to cope with the cancellation of a concert or wedding, children miss their play dates and birthday parties, leading some parents to resume scheduling these events despite the stay-at-home order and social distancing measures.

In Weehawken, the township has even warned parents to stop scheduling play dates and hosting birthday parties because children are susceptible to COVID-19.

Despite the restrictions, the township of North Bergen found a way to celebrate one local resident’s birthday in style, regardless of the social distancing.

The North Bergen Police Department arranged a very special Happy Birthday greeting for a local boy named Adrian on April 14.

Sgt. Echeverria, P.O. Yousef, and P.O. Guillen cruised past his home in their police vehicles to wish Adrian a very happy 12th birthday. A classic rendition of Happy Birthday blasted from police car speakers.

Nearby, family and neighbors sang along and cheered. A video shows officers delivering the special birthday message.

“Happy birthday buddy! On behalf of the North Bergen Police Department and the Township of North Bergen, we want to wish you a happy birthday,” an officer announced to the 12-year-old. “12 is a great age my man, have fun and enjoy!”

In the video, the police officers stayed in or right beside their vehicles while residents remained at their doorstep, more than six feet away.

This afternoon Sgt Echeverria, PO Yousef and PO Guillen wished Adrian a Happy 12th Birthday! Stay home and stay safe all! #northbergenpd #police #northbergenpolice #nj #nbpd #birthday #happybirthday

Posted by North Bergen Police Department on Tuesday, 14 April 2020

The North Bergen Police Department reminds everyone to stay at home and stay safe. Currently, North Bergen has been deemed a COVID-19 hotspot by Gov. Phil Murphy, and is expected to see a rise in the number of residents who test positive for the virus and potentially die from COVID-19.

Residents are advised to follow North Bergen official social media pages, in both English and Spanish, for daily updates or to visit the township’s website at www.northbergen.org or the COVID-19 Information Hub at covid19.nj.gov.

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