- by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Corporal Styskal for 25 years,
the last ten of which he has worked for
the West Caldwell Police Department," Bramhall commented.
"It is a bitter sweet moment that he is retiring.
Bill was well liked by everyone that worked with him and
throughout his career I have received countless letters from the public
thanking him for his service to the community.
I wish Bill and his wife Sue, and their children all the best in the future."
"Bill started out
"While I was with Essex Fells, I delivered two babies," Styskal explained.
"One was during a snow storm on Forest Way; the husband was driving his wife to the hospital and got stuck in a snow bank.
I stumbled onto it and remember saying to the father
'Are you crazy? It's a blizzard out there!'
We got the mom into an ambulance where we delivered a baby boy.
The other delivery was on Inwood Road
when the mother almost lost her life after she began hemoraging.
Thankfully everyone survived."
Styskal served on the West Essex Policeman's Benevolent Association Local 81 executive board for 12 years, including one time as President, and he chaired many of the committee's including the scholarship and golf committee.
"My passion is on the streets," said Styskal.
"I never wanted to rise through the ranks and get taken off the road.
I was a detective for six years and I hated not being in patrol.
That's my passion. Street cop.
When I got promoted to Corporal I got nervous that I would be taken off the street but I remained and I even became a Training Officer for new officers."
"It's every officers goal to get to where I am today
without being killed or seriously hurt," Styskal expressed.
"My scariest moment in my career was while I was
serving a search warrant in East Orange.
I located a live hand grande that was set to go off
while we were doing the search warrant.
My face was less than a foot from the grenade when I found it.
Eight detectives narrowly escaped unharmed
while the bomb squad was able to disarm it."
- The New Jersey Honor Legion Award
- The Gallantry Star
- The Meritorious Service Award
- Seven Life Saving Awards
- Two Unit Citations
- Two Drug Apprehension Citations
- Two Exceptional Duty Awards
- Two Honorable Service Awards
- 2001 Gold Life Membership Award NJ Policeman's Benevolent Association
- Two Essex County Bureau of Narcotics Letters of Commendation
"Police work for me has never been a job, it has always been my passion.
My proudest moment in my career was
walking out into the waiting police and friends on Thursday," Styskal said.
To have the tremendous support of my wife and children along with officers from several police departments, and most especially West Caldwell Police was a great honor! I will cherish that day forever in my heart!"
Bill and Susan Styskal with their children Billy (pink), Christian (grey), Emily and Joey (red)
"I was totally taken by surprise!," he commented.
"I told my guys that I didn't want any fanfare; I just wanted to fade out into the sunset and I was told that my wishes would be granted.
And I didn't want to cry in front of a lot of people! Oh well!"
Bill is loved and respected for who he is:
Police Officer, Husband, Father and Friend," Bellomo continued.
"The town of West Caldwell will miss his patrolling their streets
and I can only hope, for their sake, that someone will follow his lead
with the same dedication and love for the job that he had.
Bill is one of the last of the good guys, one of the cops that truly loves his job and he's always respected everyone who respected him.
He is loved by everyone he has ever touched as a police officer.
I wish Bill could go on to teach the rookies
starting on the job how to be a gentleman.
The tough guy attitude isn't always needed,
sometimes understanding people is the mindset needed to do a cop's job."
"Words cannot express how happy and proud I am for Billy;
he has been nothing short of amazing to me throughout my career and has certainly served as a role model for a young cop growing up
in this profession," Fairfield Police Officer Frank Tracey expressed.
"I've always loved showing up on a scene with him and
I thank him for years of unconditional support, advice and laughs.
He has been a blessing to this profession
and has certainly served with Honor and Distinction.
The communities he served were lucky to have
such a wonderful guy at their service.
Congratulations and well done!"
and killed as he approached a stolen car in East Orange.
"My first funeral was for Danny Smith," Styskal explained.
"I was 20 years old and had never been to a police funeral before.
I was so taken by the support from police that came from all over the country.
They held a gathering at the Turtle Brook in West Orange
and it was standing room only.
I met officers from as far away as California!
I felt then that it was so important to never forget officers
killed in the line of duty and I will never forget my first funeral!"
"It has been an honor to work next to Officer Styskal for so many years.
With a personality as big as his heart, Bill is always
the guy that brings life to a room or to the sidelines," Deuer commented.
"He's accomplished so very much over the years,
but nothing better than the amazing kids he has raised.
On behalf of my family members, I thank him for keeping West Caldwell
a great place to live and raise a family; he has done the community proud.
And we at the North Caldwell Police Department
thank him sincerely for his service and for being a true brother.
His retirement is well deserved
and I know he will move on to many new great endeavors."
"Bill and I always had a lot of good times together
while we were working and a lot of laughs," said DeAngelo.
He always met up with me with that big smile on his face
and always made me happier.
He's a true 'cops cop' and he's always put others before himself.
He's a great father, husband, and community leader
and I wish him good health and prosperity in his retirement."
"Bill Styskal was a fine addition to the West Caldwell Police," Wolsky expressed.
"He has served this community with a great deal of pride
and was the utmost professional.
I wish him and his family all the best in their future endeavors
and thank them all for his years of service."
Gerard Giannetti, of Roseland, concurred:
"The township of west Caldwell will have a huge hole to fill now that Bill has left. I thank him for being an exceptional public servant and a good friend.
"I made it a point to make sure that our new officers were at Detective Liu's funeral to experience what I experienced at my first funeral," said Styskal.
"I was given a special coin by the NYPD's Chief's Office for our
support of the 84th during a fundraiser for the fallen officers families.
I made sure that Officer Steve Huster got one of those coins.
I told him never to forget his first funeral
and to always keep his head in the game!"
"I love this job and I'm going to miss it," Styskal commented,
"but I'm really looking forward to spending time with my family.
I will cherish my times spent with my brothers and I know I'm going to miss them terribly, but I am looking forward to being a dad and husband."
"As my time as a police officer closes,
"I feel blessed that I had the privlege of serving the citizens of West Caldwell.
At 1900 hours, I will walk out through the employee-only door,
only to return next time through the front door!
What a great 25 years it has been.
Stay Alert Stay Alive brothers!"