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Mahwah Police Officer Named Best In County

Michael Blondin wins arson investigator award

Officer Michael Blondin has been named the “Arson Investigator of the Year” for 2011 by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, Mahwah Police Chief James Batelli said in a release this week.

Blondin “has an impeccable work record and is well respected in the field of arson investigation throughout the county. He truly is a valued asset to our agency,” Batelli said in the announcement.

Blondin, who received the award from Detective Sergeant Gary Allmers of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, said this is the first time the PO has doled out this type of recognition. “Of course I was so honored to receive the award, especially because it was the first one of its kind,” Blondin told Patch.

According to Batelli, Blondin joined the Mahwah Police Department in 1999, and joined the Bergen County Arson Task Force in 2009. He is the arson investigator in Mahwah, and “serves in an on-call status for suspected arsons that occur in Bergen County.”

Blondin, a West Milford resident, said his 20 years as a firefighter in that town sparked his interest in fire investigation. “It fascinates me when fire is used as a crime, or to cover up a crime,” he said. According to Blondin, after becoming a certified arson investigator in the State of New Jersey, he continues to learn from the other members of the investigation squad. Being chosen for the award, considering the caliber of the other officers in the county program, was “really amazing,” he said.

Blondin has a Bachelors Degree from Upsala College and a Masters Degree from Seton Hall University. “During his career with the Mahwah Police Department he has been the recipient of numerous awards from different associations including the Bergen County Police Chief’s Association and END DWI,” Batelli said.

For Blondin, all of the accolades are a reflection of him just doing his job. “I love being a cop,” he said.

Tara Pragdat January 07, 2012 at 01:50 PM
This is great news. Congratulations Michael Blondin!
Rosie D. January 07, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Mike: We are absolutely thrilled to read this recognition and honor. It is your passion and desire that makes you a leader. We are very proud of you! Sending the warmest congratulations and respect for all you do to keep us safe. Rosie and Robin
* January 07, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Congrats! YOU are the example for others to follow!
Nelly January 07, 2012 at 05:42 PM
You Sir resemble a hungry tiger. One which has an insatiable appetite like no other. Keep doing what your doing and stay hungry my brother. God speed.
Leaking Ink January 07, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Congratulations, Michael!
Paper Mister January 08, 2012 at 03:26 AM
O beacon of light in these dark times....the honor is ours to have such a fine public servant! Congrats young Michael, Upsala would be proud!
Marty McGonigle January 11, 2012 at 05:59 PM
We experienced a destructive house fire on April 29th and Mike Blondin was on the scene conducting his investigation on behalf of the Bergen County Arson Squad and also as a Mahwah police officer. He did a very thorough job and just as importantly treated my wife and I with dignity, respect and compassion. Certainly more than is required for the position. Thank you Mike for going the extra yard and congratulations on a justly deserved award. Marty McGonigle
Beverly Darrell Vriesema February 02, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Congrats Officer Blondin you deserve it. Darrell and Beverly Vriesema Ohio (formerly of Mahwah, NJ)

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