MOUNT ARLINGTON - There are a few moments which mark our lives. Moments that you can never forget, that you can recall exactly where you were what you were doing and even how you felt.
“October 16, 2011, 01:25 hrs was that moment for us at the Mt. Arlington Police Dept. Shortly before midnight, Officer Wargo's patrol vehicle was struck by another driver and at 01:25 we learned that one of our own had succumbed to his injuries. There is not a day that goes by where we aren't reminded of our brother.”
Officer Joe Wargo's memory lives within us and will continue to do so because of the countless memories we have of him. We will see our brother again and when we do we will tell him how much we love him and have missed him.
To remember him, Mount Arlington continues to have events like the Officer Wargo 5k Run that just recently occured this month.
"He was not only an outstanding officer; he was an outstanding human being and friend," borough police Sgt. Edward LaBruno said in a statement sent on behalf of colleagues. "He could lighten the mood in the saddest of times. He had the ability to walk into the room and, within minutes, have everyone laughing so hard we were crying."
Wargo’s accused killer, 29-year-old Michael Cassella was allegedly high on a controlled dangerous substance at the time of the accident, authorities said.
Let’s all take a few minutes to honor Officer Wargo who died in the line of duty.