BOGOTA, NJ — Bogota will posthumously honor a late police chief on Nov. 14 renaming a section of West Broad Street Henry J. Smith Way.
“As time goes on, we move away from doing these kinds of things,” recently retired Chief John C. Burke told Daily Voice. "I think it’s appropriate to honor Chief Smith.”
Smith was a U.S. Navy veteran who served in World War II before becoming a borough police officer. He served until 1988, Burke's first year.
Several members of Smith's extended family either serve in the military, in emergency services or in health care.
Smith worked on projects such as building and maintaining a cobblestone walkway. He also volunteered at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center with the Bergen County Police Chiefs Association, conducting charity work for veterans and patients.
Smith's widow, Dorothy, continues to volunteer at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, as well as at St. Joseph’s Church, where Smith volunteered.
"Individuals like Henry J. Smith and his family are what has made Bogota a special place for many years," Burke said in a statement. "Although 'Smitty' was not about self-promotion or the fan-fare of these events, we must ensure that his ideals and individuals like him are not forgotten so that Bogota may continue to be that special place we have all known.”
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