Mordaga's award was presented by Hackensack's former City Manager, Steve LoIacano. LoIacono spoke not only of Mordaga's accomplishments in law enforcement but of his triumphs on behalf of local youth.
Mordaga is the founder of the Bergen Police Athletic League (PAL). The PAL focuses on keeping kids off the street. The PAL offers after school programs, youth leadership programs, and special programs for at-risk youth. LoIacono noted that Mordaga's efforts in founding and developing the PAL has taken literally hundreds of youth off the streets.
In a true showing of class, Mordaga humbly accepted his award offering, instead of a speech, nothing but thanks and gratitude. Mordaga recognized those around him who have helped to not only make these accomplishments possible but have made every day a joy.