BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Police Department recently celebrated the promotions of several officers, while also recognizing a number of people for acts of bravery.
Sgt. William Kelly was promoted to the rank of lieutenant, while Officer Peter Ochs and Officer Joseph Dolinski were promoted to the rank of sergeant.
Timothy Weiss was also sworn in as a police officer.
The Medal of Honor was awarded to Sgt. Jeffrey Savare, Sgt. Kevin Tennant and Sgt. Paul Meixner of the Manville Police Department.
The three officers received the award in connection with their response to a domestic violence incident on Washington Valley Road April 17, 2017, which resulted in a mother and father being stabbed by their son. In the incident, prior to officers arriving, the suspect’s father was able to exit the residence, but his wife was still inside.
As police responded to the incident, Savare, Tennant and Meixner entered the house, and the suspect got up from the couch and advanced toward them with a weapon in his hand. Savare grabbed a chair and pinned the suspect against the wall, while Tennant and Meixner placed him in handcuffs.
The Medal of Valor was awarded to Lt. Sean O’Neill, Det. Stephen Zeichner, Officer Jonathon Conroy, Officer Ryan Veneman, Ochs, Dolinski and Officer Phillip Forgione.
Exceptional Service Awards were given to Kelly, Officer Patrick Knapp, Officer Douglas Thorsen, Officer Brian Schubert, Officer Kevin Florczak and Officer Adam Alosi.
The Defibrillator/CPR Award was given to Officer Randy Pelley, Officer Adam Augliera, Officer Robert Reilly and Conroy.
Augliera, Conroy and Reilly were honored for an incident in which they were dispatched to Country Club Road for a man who was in the grass, not breathing and without a pulse, They initiated lifesaving protocols, and he regained a pulse before being transported to the hospital.
Pelley was honored after responding to Brown Road for a report of an unconscious female. He found the patient slumped over the passenger seat of a vehicle, not breathing and without a pulse.
Pelley began defibrillator protocols and CPR, and the patient regained a pulse before being transported to the hospital.
The Lifesaving Award was given to Officer Garrett VanDoren, Florczak, Officer Christopher Rini and Officer Kyle Jordan of the Somerville Police Department.
Florzcak was recognized for his actions that saved a man’s life after responding to a crash involving a motorcyclist and tractor trailer on Route 22 West April 25, 2017, which led to injury with an amputation.
Rini, VanDoren and Jordan received the award after dealing with a situation in which a driver was pulled over for speeding as he tried to get his passenger, who was suffering from a drug overdose, to the hospital. The three connected the defibrillator and administered Narcan, followed by rescue breaths, while they transferred him to the hospital where he regained consciousness.
Finally, Unit Citation Awards were given to Sgt. Arthur Akins, Sgt. Albert Mele, Officer Frederick Brittain, Rini, Officer Brian Eitner, Officer Typan Barnett, Officer Michael Coletta, Officer John Doesburgh, Officer Brian Sujansky, Sgt. Thomas Rice, Officer Michael Sommers, Officer Anne Alosi, Officer Vincent Stetsko, VanDoren, Officer Brian Blath, Officer John Bezak, Officer Thomas Kochanski and Officer Anthony Mendoza.
Rice, Doesburgh, Mendoza, Mele, Sujansky and Kochanski received their citations after responding to a domestic violence incident on Claire Drive. An investigation showed that the caller’s son had a handgun, had assaulted her and was acting erratically.
Officers established a perimeter around the residence and maintained phone contact with the victim, and the victim persuaded the suspect to surrender, which he did without incident. A loaded firearm was recovered.
Akins, Bezak, Brittain, Rini, Stetsko, Eitner, Barnett, Blath, Anne Alosi, Coletta, VanDoren and Sommers received their citations after responding to Jessica Court for a welfare check on an emotionally disturbed person. Officers made contact with the subject and he said he had a gun and was going to shoot himself or any officers who tried to enter the home.
Officers set up a perimeter, and worked to negotiate for his surrender, and the suspect eventually walked out of the house and was taken into custody without harm.