CLOSTER, N.J. — A detective from the Closter police department was recognized on Sunday by the Closter Elks Lodge.
Vincent Aiello was honored with the Closter Elks Lodge first annual Officer of the Year Award. He was chosen for his dedication to the job and tireless efforts to protect the community and hold criminals accountable for their actions.
“He’s a good guy, a great friend and an even better cop and we're proud to say he's one of ours,” the Elks said in a statement.
Elks Lodge and its members thank Closter Mayor John C. Glidden Jr. and Council members Jannie Chung and Brian Stabile for supporting the event.
Last year alone, the Elks donated approximately $320 million in cash, gifts and time. Elks invest in their communities through programs that help children grow up healthy and drug-free, by undertaking projects that address unmet need, and by honoring the service and sacrifice of veterans.
The New Jersey State Elks Association has 115 Elks lodges that support local communities. Through Elks programs, like the Soccer Shoot and Hoop Shoot contests, children learn about sports and leadership. Elks also give out scholarships, one being the most Valuable Student scholarship and another for children with special needs.