Police & Fire

Clark Recognizes Police Achievements in Annual Awards Presentation

Credits: Clark Police Department
Sgt Chris Tuccio and Sht Ricardo Oliveira received the Life Saving Award. Credits: Kristen Busch
Ptl Alex Yanes and Ptl Michael DeAngelo received Distinguished Service Awards Credits: Kristen Busch
Ptl Pedro Oliveira and Sgt Kevin Shackleton received Distinguished Service Awards Credits: Kristen Busch
Ptl Tom Gucwa received two Distinguished Service Awards Credits: Kristen Busch
Mountainside Police Officer thanked Sgt Ricardo Oliveira, Det Brian Soos, Ptl Mark Detore, and Ptl Paul Soshowski for saving his daughter. Credits: Kristen Busch
Ptl Alex Ruiz received the Outside Agency Award for his work in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Credits: Kristen Busch
Chief Pedro Matos was joined by Mayor Sal Bonaccorso and Director of Public Safety John DeSimone Credits: Kristen Busch

CLARK, NJ – The Clark Police Department recognized outstanding service during its annual police awards held Monday night during the township council meeting.

Family members and CPD officers were in the audience to the support the recognized officers.  Mayor Sal Bonaccorso thanked the CPD for another great job this year.

Sgt. Chris Tuccio and Sgt. Ricardo Oliveira received a Life Saving Award for their actions on March 26, 2017. They responded to a report of an unresponsive person who had collapsed in a parking garage.  The officers were able to revive the individual with CPR and AED.

Sign Up for E-News

Ptl. Alex Yanes and Ptl. Michael DeAngelo received Distinguished Service Awards for their involvement in a vehicular pursuit after a robbery at ShopRite on November 4, 2017.  The suspects eventually were caught after they fled on foot.  The officers were able to take them into custody without incident. 

Ptl. Pedro Oliveira and Sgt. Kevin Shackleton received Distinguished Service Awards for aiding state police in the pursuit of a kidnapping and carjacking suspect who had fled down the Garden State Parkway into Clark last December.  The officers, along with a unit from Cranford, were able to take the suspect into custody without incident. 

Ptl. Tom Gucwa received two Distinguished Service Awards.  Gucwa responded to a report of a suspicious male wandering through properties in the middle of the night on February 2, 2017.  After receiving false information from the suspect, Gucwa took the man into custody where he was found to have stolen possessions from six vehicles. 

On August 17, 2017, Gucwa responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle. He found a door ajar with an individual inside.  The suspects was found in possession of several burglarized items. 

Sgt Ricardo Oliveira, Det. Brian Soos, Ptl. Mark Detore, and Ptl. Paul Soshowski were recognized for their swift action that saved the life of Mountainside Ptl Jim Debbie’s 3-month-old daughter last June.  When they arrived at the house, the baby was choking and unresponsive.  The officers cleared the baby’s airways and nasal passages and the baby regained consciousness. 

Debbie insisted that he and his family be in attendance Monday evening as these officers were recognized.  “This is who you want to come to your house [in an emergency],” Debbie said of the four officers.

Ptl. Alex Ruiz received the Outside Agency Award for his participation in the Union County Emergency Response Team.  Ruiz was deployed with a unit to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria from October 21, 2017 through December 2, 2017.  He assisted with infrastructure security, traffic control and humanitarian aid distribution.  Ruiz also received the Award of Excellence by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office for his work during that time.

“Every day [our officers] are out there risking their own well-being and showing compassion to fellow citizens,” Police Chief Pedro Matos said after the officers were recognized.  “This is just a small example of what our officers do day to day.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Upcoming Events


Sat, May 26, 11:00 AM

Home For Good Dog Recue, Berkeley Heights,

Dog Adoption



Thu, May 31, 7:00 PM

Hamilton Stage, Rahway

Marc Mero Live in Rahway

Kumpf Students Creating Works of Art!

May 22, 2018

CLARK, NJ - Students in Mr. Baker's Life Skills Class at Carl H. Kumpf Middle School recently participated in a special art lesson joining Mr. Peitz’s class. The students worked on free hand drawings using pictures they chose.  Some of the pictures included a lion, a dog, cat, and a video game character. Students also worked with ceramics creating art ...

Vehicular Homicide Charges for Driver of Paramus School Bus

May 24, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The driver of a school bus involved in a crash on Route 80 last week that killed two people faces two counts of second-degree vehicular homicide/death by auto, it was announced today.

The driver, Hudy Muldrow, 77, of Woodland Park, attempted to make an illegal U-Turn on the highway in an attempt to find his way to Waterloo Village, the planned destination of the bus that was ...

I'm Excited To See What Sara Todisco Will Do As Mayor.

May 25, 2018

My first time hearing the name Sara Todisco was when reading about her in a newspaper article during her first year on Council. A couple citizens made comments about her age and how they thought she was too young on an anonymous online forum. I responded that here was a young person eager to get involved in our town. We should give her a chance and if we weren't satisfied, we could ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 15

On this week’s AtlantiCast, learn some important tips for controlling and avoiding diabetes from an Atlantic Health System expert, see how Atlantic Health is advancing cutting-edge research, hear what’s being done to keep health care environmentally friendly and much more!



Jun 29, 1927 - Apr 23, 2018
Margaret (Peggy) Kirk Leonard passed away Monday, April 23rd, surrounded by her loved ones. Peggy ...
Read more

NJ American Water Working to Replace Water Mains in Clark

May 16, 2018

VOORHEES, NJ – New Jersey American Water plans to replace roughly 1,200 feet of water main lines in Clark according to a notice released on May 16.

The document indicates the company is replacing main along Georgian Drive, from Ross Street to Sherwood Circle that was originally installed in the 1930s.  Two hydrants and 29 utility-owned service lines along the pipeline route will ...