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Montclair Police Sgt. Williams Receives Essex County Valor Award

Credits: Natalie Heard Hackett
Credits: Natalie Heard Hackett
Credits: Natalie Heard Hackett
Credits: Natalie Heard Hackett
Credits: Natalie Heard Hackett
Credits: Natalie Heard Hackett
Credits: Natalie Heard Hackett
Credits: Natalie Heard Hackett

NEWARK, NJ - The Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders gathered on Wednesday evening to present the 2015 Valor Awards to various Essex County Public Safety Professionals for their outstanding service.

Among those recognized at the Leroy J. Smith Public Safety Building, were Sgt. Tyrone Williams of the Montclair Police Department.

Other public servants receiving the valor award included Patrolman Ron Thorward (posthumously) of the Verona Police Department, Essex County Sheriff Armando B. Fontoura, Director James W. Stewart of the Newark Fire Department , Sgt. John T. Drumm of the Livingston Police Department, Deputy Chief Ronald H. Parm of the Essex County College Department of Public Safety, Evelyn Fonseca-Ruiz of the Newark Fire Department, Chief Michael L. Chase of the Irvington Police Department, Det. Shai Carr of the Essex County Sheriff's Office and Det. Silas Smith of the Newark Police Department.

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Sgt. Williams was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended Los Angeles public schools and went on to earn a BA in criminal justice from Caldwell  University. Williams has served for eight years in the United States Army During the first Gulf War and Operation Desert Shield/Storm.  After being honorably discharged from the Military, Williams and his wife moved to Montclair.

Williams has served the Montclair Police Department since July 1999. He has worked as a patrolman, School Resource Officer and Community Police Officer, having served the majority of his career as a Juvenile Detective, Narcotics Detective, Detective (Adult Bureau), Supervisor in the Juvenile Aid Bureau and he is currently serving as the commander of the Community Service Unit. Williams also wears many hats within the police department, as he currently serves as the Montclair Police Department's Recruiter, Gang Intelligence Officer, and the Civil Rights Commission Liaison.

Within the Montclair community, Williams is actively involved in many community efforts. He is President of the Sentinels 16 – 87, Executive Director of the Montclair Police Athletic League, a Parliamentarian with of the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Executives, Basketball Coach with the Montclair PAL and Jersey Knights AAU team, Acacia Lodge  #23 member, American Legion Crawford Crews Post 251 member, Montclair NAACP Silver Life Member, member of the Superior Officers Association, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #126 State Delegate, Montclair Grassroots Executive Board member and Deacon with the Union Baptist Church of Montclair. 

Williams said that he was humbled by the recognition and grateful that he and the other honorees were awarded. He said that he and many other public servants don't consider receiving recognition for the work that they do, but he does it anyway because it helps others.

Williams said, "We just do what we do. It's who we are what we are made of and we just go out and serve."

Also in attendance supporting Williams was Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson, Councilor Rich McMahon, Montclair Police Chief David Sabagh, Deputy Chief Todd Conforti and other members of the Montclair Police force.

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