ROXBURY, NJ – Mayor Bob DeFillippo plans to publicly commend two Roxbury police officers and one from Mount Arlington for joining to help a woman seriously injured after being hit by a vehicle this summer.
The actions of Roxbury Police Sgt. Kenneth Rocco, Roxbury Police Cpl. Erik Henriksen and Mount Arlington Police Sgt. Ryan Sherburne likely saved the life of Mount Arlington resident Georgette Silva in June, according to officials.
DeFillippo said he plans to laud the officers at the beginning of the Sept. 22 meeting of the Roxbury Mayor and Council. The officers were similarly honored last week by Mount Arlington Mayor Michael Stanzilis and the Mount Arlington Borough Council.
Rocco, Henriksen and Sherburne were among the officers who responded June 7 to a report of a struck pedestrian in Mount Arlington, police said.
“Upon the arrival … they located a female victim laying in the roadway with a partially amputated leg,” police said. They noted Rocco, Henriksen and Sherburne “immediately began performing life-saving measures by applying a tourniquet to the victim’s leg and attending to her injuries.”
DeFillippo said he will praise and thank the officers during his “community update” comments preceding the remote meeting of the council. Rocco, Henriksen and Sherburne were presented in person with commendations at the Mount Arlington meeting on Sept. 1, a session attended by Silva, Roxbury Police Chief Marc Palanchi and Mount Arlington Police Chief Edward Labruno.
“As a result of the officer’s fast response, bravery and ability to apply their experience and training during a traumatic situation, a woman’s life was ultimately saved,” said the Mount Arlington Police Department on its Facebook page. “This was a collaborative effort that should be commended …To observe the three officers and Ms. Silva speak to one another, and hear her share her perspective with them from that difficult evening, was moving to say the least.”
An online GoFundMe site, found here, has raised about $7,500 for Silva. Its creator, Bethann Guarderas, hoped to raise $5,000.
"We would like to thank everyone who donated and made it possible to surpass our initial goal," wrote Guarderas on Aug. 21. "All of the emotional support Georgette has received along with her hard work and determination have made it possible for her to leave the rehab center after only six days rather than the original estimate of four weeks."
Guarderas said Silva spent a month in the Morristown Memorial Hospital Trauma Center after the accident and then went to a rehabilitation facility.
Silva subsequently "has been recovering at home, working hard with her therapists who come to her house" on weekdays and has started to use a walker, wrote Guarderas.
"The funds that were raised will be used towards her prosthetic which she is hoping to be fitted for in a few weeks," she added.
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