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10-year-old boy with rare disorder becomes honorary NJ state trooper

HOPE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – Colonel Patrick J. Callahan Monday officially appointed 10-year-old Tayte Belstra a honorary New Jersey State Trooper at Troop “B” Hope Station.

Tayte was born with a rare disorder called partial agenesis of corpus callosum, which is a partial or complete absence of an area of the brain that connects the two cerebral hemispheres.

(Photo Courtesy: NJ State Police/Facebook)

He was joined by his parents, Department of Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, and Hope Township Mayor, Tim McDonough.

During the visit, he got a chance to hang out with the Colonel, some troopers from Hope Station, and get behind the wheel of a troop car!

“Tayte’s bright smile was all the sunshine needed on this Monday afternoon. Feel free to drop a line in the comments below to Trooper Tayte Belstra!,” state police said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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