State of New Jersey
Executive Order #58

Governor James E. McGreevey

WHEREAS, Police Officer Mary Ann Collura, a life-long resident of Fair Lawn, joined the Fair Lawn Police Department in January 1985; and

WHEREAS, Officer Collura served the Police Department and the people of Fair Lawn with exceptional courage and professionalism, genuine courtesy and abiding commitment to the finest law enforcement traditions; and

WHEREAS, Officer Collura proudly served the public as a police officer for eighteen years, a certified law enforcement training commission instructor, a member of the Bergen County Rapid Deployment Force, and was the first female officer appointed to the Department; and

WHEREAS, Officer Collura has made the ultimate sacrifice, giving her life in the line of duty to protect New Jersey's citizens; and

WHEREAS, Officer Collura's bravery and dedicated service make her a hero and a true role model for all Americans; and, therefore, it is appropriate and fitting for the State of New Jersey to mark her passing and to honor her memory;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JAMES E. McGREEVEY, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:

  1. The flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of New Jersey shall be flown at half mast at all State departments, offices, agencies and instrumentalities during appropriate hours on Wednesday, April 23, 2003 in recognition and mourning of Fair Lawn Police Officer Mary Ann Collura.

  2. This Order shall take effect immediately.
GIVEN, under my hand and seal this 23rd Day
of April in the Year of Our Lord, Two Thousand
and Three, and of the Independence of the United
States, the Two Hundred and Twenty-Seventh.

/s/ James E. McGreevey



/s/ Michael R. DeCotiis

Chief Counsel to the Governor