Trooper James “Bucky” Agens, a Warren County resident, was recently named Trooper of the Year by the New Jersey State Police for 2016.
Agens formerly lived in Hope Township and is a graduate of Hope Township School. Hope Township Mayor Timothy McDonough, who called the recognition of a former Hope resident “a great honor,” was invited to attend the award ceremony on March 3 as a special guest.
Agens attended Belvidere High School and still lives in Warren County. He was a member of the Hope Volunteer Fire Dept., and was an active member of community events in the township. Formerly stationed at the Hope Barracks, Agens is now part of a special state task force.
“To be awarded such a distinctive award is a credit to Bucky’s dedication,” said McDonough. “I have known Bucky since his days at Hope School and have watched him grow up along with his brother, Trooper Mike Agens. Bucky was always ready and willing to help and participate in community-wide events. We are all so proud of him. He truly deserves this recognition.”
In a proclamation for Agens, Col. Rick Fuentes, head of the New Jersey State Police, cited Agens’ efforts in particular for his part in two large drug busts.
“His selfless efforts have brought great pride and distinction to himself and the Division of State Police, His commitment and dedication exemplify the core values of the New Jersey State Police: Honor, Duty and Fidelity,” the proclamation said.