SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Cranford Police Sergeant Thomas Stiansen and Patrolman Gregory Federici were honored with the Two Hundred Club of Union County’s Valor Award during a ceremony on Friday.
Stainsen and Federici were two of 17 who were honored by the club for going above and beyond the call of duty. The two Cranford honorees were selected for their involvement at a fire at a local nursing home facility last year, which trapped many bedridden patients, according to a press release from the Cranford Police Department.
Stiansen and Federici determined the room from which the fire originated, broke a window with a lawn chair and found two trapped residents in that room with heavy smoke and fire. They evacuated the residents through the broken window and continued to assist additional police units with their evacuation efforts, according to the press release.
"The quick thinking and heroic actions by these officers undoubtedly resulted in two lives being saved,” Police Chief Ryan Greco said in the press release. “Being honored with The Two Hundred Club of Union County Valor Award is well-deserved for their actions on this date.”
After the fire, both officers were treated at St. Barnabas Medical Center for smoke inhalation after the Cranford Fire Department contained the fire and took command of the scene, according to the press release.
Stiansen and Fedrici join more than 400 police officers, firefighters and state troopers who have received this Valor Award award since 1968, according to the press release.