MIDDLETOWN, NJ, - Paying it forward was a big part of the agenda in Middletown at the Tuesday, January 21st Township Committee meeting.

According to a news release, Mayor Tony Perry and the Township Committee had the honor of recognizing two residents for their invaluable service to our community: Robert Clancy received a Life Saving Valor Award and Dennis Beauregard was presented with the 2019 Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award. 

On Wednesday, December 18th Robert Clancy was bringing his recycling to the curb when he noticed heavy smoke coming from his neighbor's home in the North Middletown section of town. Without hesitation, he entered and searched the home until he was able to locate and save his elderly neighbor. "We wholeheartedly congratulate Mr. Clancy on his swift and selfless heroic actions and for inspiring fellow citizens to go above and beyond to help others," stated the release.  

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Fire Chief Russ Mount, 2019 Fire Chief Steve Schweizer and Fire Marshal Buddy Skelly were also at the meeting to congratulate Mr. Clancy. They spoke about the importance of installing smoke detectors in your home and having a safety plan in place, including an exit strategy and meet-up point. Smoke detectors have saved many lives in Middletown, which is why the Fire Prevention Department participates in the Operation 7: Save a Life Program. This program provides smoke detectors to income eligible residents. Please call Fire Prevention at 732-615-2273 for more information.

Distinguished Citizen Award 

The 2019 Distinguished Citizen of the Year award was presented to Middletown Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Dennis Beauregard in recognition of his tremendous efforts to advocate for veterans.

Mr. Beauregard has been President of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 12 for 26 years and served as an original member of the all-volunteer Middletown Veterans Affairs Committee. He spearheaded a number of projects, such as re-dedicating the recently-restored World War I Doughboy Monument, bringing the 50th Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Picnic to Middletown, and was a key contributor to the success of the Township’s Fallen Veterans Commemorative Street Sign Program. Mr. Beauregard was also the driving force behind donating 17 POW/MIA flags to our public schools and fire houses and the VVA Chapter 12 Veterans Cremains Project. There is a reason why everyone refers to him as "The Colonel" and that's because he gets things done!

The release stated, "We are very fortunate to have such a dedicated, reliable and talented individual as one of Middletown's own."