SHOUT OUT: It was near-impossible to squeeze into The Cottage Bar — aka “The Second Precinct” — this afternoon for the festivities that followed a grand procession from headquarters for retired Teaneck Police Officer Charles “CJ” Mulligan.
Cedar Lane was closed off as nearly 200 friends, colleagues, loved ones and others marched in the parade — escorted by motorcycle officers from Teaneck, Fort Lee and Englewood, as well as members of the Police Pipes and Drums of Bergen County — after Mullian completed his last tour of duty this afternoon.
As have those who’ve been treated to the honored ritual over the years, Mulligan made sure to go out in style: After posing in uniform with his cycle, he changed into more comfortable attire suitable for a 25-year veteran who suddenly has more time on his hands — after officially getting the word from Teaneck Dispatch at 2:15 that his final tour was complete.
For those counting, it was 25 years, 3 months and 1 day after his Teaneck police career began.
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Roughly 45 minutes later, the procession began with a barrage of confetti and roaring applause.
Mulligan retires with more than 100 commendations on a stellar career record, much of it spent in the Traffic Bureau as a motorcycle cop ( SEE: Popular Teaneck officer to get last-tour retirement procession, celebration ).
He taught the Maryland State Police Basic Police Motorcycle Operations training program hosted at the Bergen County Law & Public Safety Academy in Mahwah, and was an instructor for the Stoned Cold DWI-prevention program.
Former partner Phil Lavigne says many plan to remain at the Cottage tonight “till the lights come on.”
STORY / PHOTOS: Willy Thompson
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