Police & Fire

Bridgewater Recognizes Police Officers for Honor, Valor, Service Awards

The Medal of Honor Award for the Litwornia homicide
The Unit Citation Award for the Jessica Court incident
The Unit Citation Award for the Claire Drive incident

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.

Sign Up for E-News

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.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News


Upcoming Events

Sat, July 21, 9:00 AM

The Wayrick Gallery, Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: NJ Audubon Photography Instructors’ ...

Arts & Entertainment Green

Sat, July 21, 9:00 AM

The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster,

2018 Members’ Non-Juried Exhibition & Sale

Arts & Entertainment

Sat, July 21, 9:30 AM

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Nature-Infused Yoga Summer Series

Green Health & Wellness

Somerville Woman Arrested for Shoplifting from Macy's, According to Bridgewater Police Report

July 14, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Somerville woman was arrested for allegedly shoplifting more than $400 worth of merchandise from Macy's at the Bridgewater Commons Mall July 7, according to a report from Bridgewater Township Police.

Sara Morales-Silva, 51, was charged with shoplifting after she was found with about $435.04 worth of merchandise from the store.

She was processed and released pending a ...

The Somerset Patriots And 9-1-1 On FOX Are Looking For Hero First Responders

July 21, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots and 9-1-1 On FOX are asking for Hero First Responder nominations from the community.

Nominate a first responder to be recognized on the field during the pre-game ceremony and throw out a ceremonial first pitch at the Saturday, August 4th Somerset Patriots game against the New Britain Bees at TD Bank Ballpark. Three first responders will be chosen ...

Somerville: Gallery Hosts Photo Society's 90th Anniversary Exhibit

July 15, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Arts on Division is presenting “Visions of Raritan Photographic Society – A Celebration of 90 years” from Thursday, July 19 to Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018 at the Gallery on Division, 15B Division Street.

The Raritan Photographic Society, founded in 1929, is the oldest photography club in New Jersey. The exhibit celebrates the organization's 90 years ...

Take Action to Reduce Debt

In our last article, we broached the subject of debt and the township’s reliance – or over-reliance – on debt to fund our yearly expenditures for items such as roads. So, ok, we want to reduce our reliance on debt moving forward, especially as the cost of borrowing is rising. What’s the solution?

Well, there’s no magic wand we can wave to suddenly end ...

Is the Mediterranean Diet Still the Best for Heart Healthy Eating?

The Mediterranean diet has long been the standard for heart healthy eating.  It is a diet that emphasizes olive oil, fresh vegetables, nuts, whole grains over refined grains, fish and plant-based protein over red meat, herbs and spices to flavor food over salt, and fresh fruit for dessert instead of refined sweets. The US News and World Report even named the Mediterranean diet its ...

Celebrate Summer with Freedom & Responsibility

Parents and students rejoice!

School is out and everyone can now experience a great sense of freedom. Kids want to be outside enjoying summer weather and; although it’s the most wonderful season for non-academic activities involving swimming, traveling, and hiking to name a few, let us not forget that summer loss is a serious long-term result of not opening a book or writing for eight ...

Unique Skill Set Offers Students an Advantage

One of our SAT prep students recently gained a lot of attention for being accepted to all seven of the Ivy League schools to which she had applied, as well as to Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) She has chosen to attend M.I.T. and major in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Of course, Diana had earned stellar SAT scores and had a most impressive ...

Rutgers Hikes Tuition, Student Fees for 2018-2019 Academic Year

July 19, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University Board of Governors approved a 2.3 percent hike in tuition and fees, as well as increases for dorm rooms and meals, for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The increase now brings the annual cost for undergraduate students to $14,975, which is $337 more than this past school year.

Student housing will increase 1.9 percent, and dining ...