FLEMINGTON, NJ - With fight or flight running through his mind, Matthew Danek threw caution to the wind, jumped out of his truck and came to the aid of a woman being assaulted in a Flemington parking lot.
While driving his package delivery route, the UPS driver spotted trouble at 11:53 a.m. Jan. 13, and put himself in jeopardy to help someone he didn’t know. Danek pulled the man away from the woman, allowing her to get away and himself then becoming the target of the assault.
Flemington Police Chief Jerry Rotella said, “he didn’t just call 911 and hope it would be taken care of, he took action.”
He added that Danek’s decision to act showed his deep ties and commitment to the community.
At one of the final in-person borough council meetings before government offices were shuttered due to coronavirus, Danek received a standing ovation as Mayor Betsy Driver presented him with a Good Citizen Award.
“His efforts exemplify the qualities of good citizen,” she said, calling his actions outstanding and honorable.
The police department also presented him with a plaque in recognition of his selfless actions. Rotella thanked him for “getting involved and being involved” until police officers arrived.
To thunderous applause, Danek said, “I was never so happy to see three police officers.”
The three officers who answered the call and ended the attack – Corp. Brian McNally, Patrolman Daniel Lookner and Patrolman Corey Garrabrant – were also on hand at the council meeting to recognize Danek.
According to the chief, while he couldn’t discuss specific details of the alleged crime, it was not random, the man and woman knew each other and the attacker was apprehended by the police officers at the scene.