CAMDEN, NJ —The Camden County Police Department, Board of Freeholders and Camden Mayor Frank Moran honored individual officers and civilian employees for instances of exemplary service in the line of duty on Thursday, Nov. 22.
“Each of these men and women have exhibited tremendous bravery and dedication in their mission to serve as guardians for the residents of Camden City,” said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. “On behalf of the entire Freeholder Board, we thank them for their service and for their contributions to the Department and the community.”
Officer Joseph Mair was among those honored. Mair was on patrol in the area of 7th and Sycamore streets when he heard the sound of a car crash and then saw flames coming from the nearby highway. Upon arriving on scene, he found two vehicles side-by-side, badly damaged and on fire, with two men inside each vehicle. Along with several other officers, Mair dodged flames, broke windows, and pried open doors to save the lives of all four men before flames completely overtook both vehicles.
Officer Mair has been off duty since being struck by a runaway vehicle not long after the incident.
“Every day our officers put their own livelihoods on the line to protect Camden City and its residents,” said Chief Joseph Wysocki. “Not one of our officers or civilian employees entered our Department looking for recognition or endorsement, but the exemplary service of these men and women should not go unacknowledged.”
Others being honored include Lieutenant John Maddox and Public Safety Technician Omayra Alicia who successfully saved the life of a man preparing to take his own life by jumping from the 18th floor of a nearby apartment tower.
Lieutenant Christopher Sarlo is being recognized for his efforts in saving another man who was discovered standing on the outer edge of a bridge with a noose around his neck.