TRIBUTE: A popular retired police officer from River Vale died suddenly this week at his home in Pennsylvania.
“Merry Christmas to all,” Thomas Mattner wrote on his Facebook page on Wednesday. “[S]hould have sent this out 2 days ago. BC if you are reading this…. GET OFF THE COMPUTER… It”s CHRISTMAS.. enjoy you day with family / friends….”
Tom Mattner, 57, was known for his sense of humor, good cheer and devotion to family, friends and the public.
He served River Vale for more than 25 years before retiring in 2008 to Dingmans Ferry, PA, where he was a volunteer fire police officer responsible for crowd and traffic control.
“A dedicated volunteer fireman, a good cop, a proud U.S. Marine, a true American but most of all a great friend,” wrote John Rinaldi of Old Tappan, a project manager at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point — and a River Vale native himself. “May God bless him and all his loved ones at this most difficult time.”
In a post late this morning, the Dingman Volunteer Fire Department wrote:
“Tom was one of our dedicated fire policemen who regularly kept the firefighters and EMS personnel safe by controlling the traffic and crowds at our incidents. Tom was also the guy at our monthly breakfasts dishing out the goods from behind the serving table.”
He leaves a wife, Michele, two daughters, Danielle and Sabrina, and a son, TJ.
Funeral arrangements were being made.