MONTVILLE, NJ – Five Montville Township police officers were given awards at the regular meeting of the Montville Township Committee on June 28.
Patrolmen Keith Donnelly, Robert Koetzner and Alexander Yang were given Honorable Service awards, Patrolman Scott McGowan was given the department’s Life Saving Award, and Koetzner, Patrolman Richard Tichenor and Yang were given Veteran’s Awards.
Donnelly was honored with the department’s Honorable Service Award for his accomplishments during 2013. Donnelly was assigned to patrol squad three, and “relentlessly enforced infractions of drug and DWI laws,” said Appelmann.
“Donnelly’s achievements include 77 arrests for violations of controlled/dangerous substance, paraphernalia, DWI and warrants,” Appelmann said. “His work ethic and outstanding performance serve as an example to other officers. His initiative and ‘results achieved’ epitomize Honorable Service.”
Koetzner and Yang were given the award due to their participation with the Bergen County Narcotics Task Force, which was designed to enforce and assist with rehabilitation in Bergen County. They were assigned to the task force in April and May of 2014. They were involved in narcotics investigations throughout Bergen County and the city of Paterson.
“In addition to surveillance and investigation, [the patrolmen’s] responsibilities included identifying and arresting drug law offenders,” Appelmann said. “The overall initiative resulted in the seizure of 11,794 bags of heroin, 32 firearms, and 1,200 grams of raw heroin.”
McGowan was given the department’s Life Saving Award for his actions on December 3, 2013.
“Patrolman McGowan and Patrolman McCue were dispatched to a Valhalla Road residence in response to a report of an adult male not breathing,” said Appelmann.
“Upon their arrival, McGowan and McCue found the victim unresponsive and not breathing. The officers’ assessment further determined that the victim had no pulse, and CPR was initiated. CPR was continued until a pulse was detected and the victim began to breathe on his own.”
Appelmann said the victim remained unconscious and unresponsive and was taken to the hospital, where he recovered. McGowan’s prompt and alert action resulted in saving a life, he said.
McCue is no longer with the Montville Township Police Department, but will be given the Life Saving Award at a future meeting.
Koetzner was given the department’s Veteran Award for his service as a Rifleman with the United States Marine Corps.
“Between Sept. 2008 and March 2009, Koetzner was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as a member of Company G, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment,” said Appelmann.
Tichenor was also given the department’s Veteran Award in recognition for service to his country as an Assault Man in the United States Marine Corps.
“Between Sept. 2008 and March 2009, Tichenor served with Company G, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom,” Appelmann said.
“Between Jan. 2011 and June 2011, Tichenor served with Company C, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom,” he said.
Yang was given the Veteran’s Award in recognition for his service as a First Lieutenant in the Army National Guard.
“Between Sept. 2008 and June 2009, Patrolman Yang served as an Infantry Platoon Leader with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 113th Infantry Regiment, 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom,” said Appelmann.
“On behalf of the Montville Township Police Department I’d like to thank all the officers for their efforts,” Appelmann concluded his presentation.