LIVINGSTON, NJ – Sherriff’s detective Fitzgerald Figliuolo of Livingston, will receive a Valor Award at the annual 200 club of West Essex Valor Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 9th. The event will be held at Mayfair Farms, located at 481 Eagle Rock Avenue, West Orange. Proceedings will begin at 11:30 a.m.
The 200 Essex club Valor Awards are awarded to Policemen and Firemen who have exhibited great bravery and heroics in the line of duty within the year.
Sherriff’s detective Fitzgerald Figliuolo of Livingston, who his co-officers call “Fitz,” will receive the Valor Award along with sheriff’s officers Giuseppe Forgione, Dennis Kihlberg, George Sona, and Ryan Udvarhely, for rescuing five storm victims during the life threating conditions of hurricane sandy.
“It’s a great honor,” Figliuolo said of receiving the Valor Award. “It’s not an award that comes easy.”
On October 29th, county OEM dispatched Figliuolo and a squad of officers to the PSE&G generating station on Raymond Boulevard to rescue employees who were trapped inside.
As the squadron was assessing the best way to enter the facility, an explosion erupted from the plant. It was then determined by PSE&G engineers that the waters inside the plant were electrified, and that it was unsafe to enter.
Still, the squad searched on for five PSE&G employees who were reportedly stranded in a car just outside the plant. Through seven foot high waters, downed power lines, and debris, the squad traveled in rescue vehicles and managed to locate and rescue the storm victims. Two hours later the five PSE&G employees were brought to safety at ECO headquarters.
“It’s a great feeling,” Figliuolo said of rescuing the storm victims.
The 200 Essex club was founded in 1966 with the purpose of assisting families of firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty. Since then the club has raised nearly two million dollars, funding scholarships for children of fallen officers and fireman.
Tickets for the 200 Club Valor Award luncheon are on sale for 75 dollars each. To purchase tickets or for more information call 973-694-4982.