Killed in the line of duty, Mount Arlington cop Joseph Wargo remembered with 5k Walk/Run

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The veteran Mount Arlington police officer died in a motor vehicle crash while on duty shortly after midnight in October 2011 — hit by a driver suspected of being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance.

Event Information:

  • Event Date: 10-07-2017 8:00 am
  • Individual Price: $25.00
  • Location: Mount Arlington Municipal Building

Event held in memory of Officer Joseph Wargo and all proceeds go towards a different community cause each year.

Wargo, 38, was described by friends and fellow officers as jovial, a bear of a man with a quick smile and an easy demeanor. "Joe was a fun-loving guy with a heart of gold," said Keith Licata, Mount Arlington’s acting police chief. "He would help anybody, and he was a very dedicated police officer."

He served on the force for more than a decade, making dozens of friends in the small town in western Morris County.

The kind of guy who would talk to everyone — inquiring about wives and children. The kind of officer who was genuinely interested in his community — slowing his patrol car to ask neighborhood kids how school was going. The kind of man who would sooner give you a hug than shake your hand.

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