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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Valerie Cummings, retired Police employee, community supporter

Valerie Cummings, a Plainfielder who was quietly supportive of many positive activities in the community, passed away on September 10 at JFK (see her obituary here).

Staunchly independent, Valerie was yet deeply involved in the community and was active in both the Friends of the Plainfield Public Library, where she served as vice president, and the Friends of Sleepy Hollow (FOSH), where she served on the scholarship committee which makes annual awards to graduating Plainfield High School seniors.

Of her years of service in the Police Division, of which I was unaware, Capt. Edward Santiago shared the following via email with fellow officers and Valerie's friends --

Valerie was a true professional at what she did......truly one of a kind.

There was no better Transcriber for our investigative reports.

As any Detective can attest to, Valerie was extremely fast with spot-on accuracy, proper punctuation and spelling.

Valerie was also as dependable as they come. Police management knew that the information contained in the sensitive cases she would transcribe daily stood between her and the submitting detectives.

After her retirement, Valerie could be seen walking throughout Plainfield and at various City events.

She will be dearly missed.........

She will indeed be dearly missed.

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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Redding's said...

After a year of trying to reach Val, it is very sad to read about the passing of my true and dear friend. We wrote each other often and sent gifts every year at Christmas time. How I wish I was notified that you were ill so I could be by your side. I do hope someone was there with you. Rest in Peace my friend.
C. Redding