Posted Monday, August 29th, 2016


Juliet Nigara

Juliet Nigara

On Friday, August 26, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office honored 5-year-old Juliet Nigara of Mountain Lakes as its “Hero for a Day,” when she was recognized her for her bravery

Juliet, who has a serious illness, was picked up at her home by Sheriff Edward Rochford, Undersheriff William Schievella and members of the Sheriff’s Office joined Mountain Lakes Police Chief Shawn Bennett and members of the Mountain Lakes Police Department and Mountain Lakes Volunteer Fire Department. She was taken then treated to a day fit for a young hero.

Firefighters provided allowing her to use a fire hose to shoot water in the air. The police department placed her behind the controls of a patrol car. Juliet and her family were escorted to the Morris County Courthouse where Morris County Superior Court Assignment Judge Stuart Minkowitz allowed her to don his judicial robes and bang the gavel to bring court to order.

Juliet also enjoyed a demonstration by the Sheriff’s K-9 Unit, got a special tour of the Sheriff’s Office, and enjoyed cake and a formal “Walkout Ceremony” before returning home.

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The Hero for a Day program is a partnership between the Morris County Sheriff’s Office and Atlantic Health Systems, and partners with local law enforcement and emergency service agencies to provide an opportunity for seriously ill children to be specially recognized.

This program is designed to offer these young patients and their families an opportunity to enjoy a unique experience to take their mind off the difficult recovery process.

“This unique program helps to brighten the lives of seriously ill children by allowing them to meet real life heroes from public safety. We ae proud to work with Morris County law enforcement, fire departments and EMS to help these families”, said Undersheriff William Schievella who coordinates the program.

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