Montclair, N.J. – Montclair Police helped honor a special local centenarian — Armour Harding Brown.
Deputy Chief Young, Lieutenant Williams, and Officer Rusiniak accompanied by Montclair Police Patrol Division, Montclair Fire Department, Montclair Ambulance Unit, and a host of family, friends held a parade to honor Mr Brown, who turned 100 years old on February 9, 2021. Mr. Brown’s daughter Pharella Banks contacted Lieutenant Williams to request assistance for the church members that would be doing a drive-by celebration.
While gathering the information for the parade, Lieutenant Williams learned that Mr. Brown was a World War II Veteran, a former Auxiliary Montclair Police Officer, and served as Sergeant-At-Arms for the New Jersey Assembly for 25 years. Then, with the support of Chief Conforti, Deputy Chief Young, the Sentinels 16-87 “Montclair’s Minority Police Officer Association” and PBA Local #53 (Montclair’s Policemen’s Benevolent Association), Officer Rusiniak organized a very special drive-by celebration, during which Mr. Brown was presented with a plaque, gifts, and a proclamation from the Township of Montclair in his honor. Mr. Brown’s family was just as surprised as he was by the event.