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Haworth Mayor, Council Recognize 'Hero' Police Officer

Lieutenant Thomas Ryan and Officer James Divite were honored with proclamations for their work in subduing an emotionally disturbed man.
Lieutenant Thomas Ryan and Officer James Divite were honored with proclamations for their work in subduing an emotionally disturbed man. Photo Credit: Facebook

HAWORTH, N.J. -- Hayworth Police Lieutenant Thomas Ryan and Officer James Divite were honored with a proclamation by Mayor John Smart and the borough council for their work in subduing a man wielding a samurai sword in January.

The 27-year-old man was in a bathroom holding the sword he had just sharpened. Ryan spent time talking with the man and got him to relax. Once the man's guard was let down, Ryan and Divite were able to subdue him.

The emotionally disturbed man was taken into custody, but no charges were filed.

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