Police & Fire

Green Brook Police Department Awards Ceremony Recognizes Outstanding Acts

90cddae7b187f7a3cde7_12192016j.jpg
The Green Brook Police Department staff.
81f7565e060a303e850e_12192016a.jpg
Green Brook Police Chief G. Christopher Kurz; Officers Timothy Stringer, Kevin O'Connor, Jonathan Camp, Randy Stratton, Anthony Pepe; Det. Adam Seidel; and Sgt. Shawn Snyder
f0e882e0dfd0dd2b0ee1_12192016b.JPG
Green Book Police Officer Christopher Dill, 2016 Honorable Service Award recipient.
93832da77bde790b17c4_12192016c.jpg
Dunellen resident Steven Knight, Civilian Service Award recipient.
d58d25ea46c87b3d9c88_12192016d.jpg
Green Brook Police Sergeant Daniel Lanzafama, Letter of Commendation recipient.
b65ca45a2e651daa9046_12192016e.jpg
Green Brook Police Officer Rigoberto Gonzalez, Lifesaving Award recipient.
c9e8b2dbf3a11cde4529_12192016f.jpg
Green Police Officer Gonzalez receives a Lifesaving Award.
022f7df002fd6e413307_12192016g.jpg
Green Brook Police Officers Randy Stratton, Jonathan Camp and Gary Maurer, Letter of Commendation recipients.
30af3717d8f29b35b8e6_12192016h.JPG
Green Brook Police Officer Vincent Luberto and Sergeant Daniel Lanzafama, Letter of Commendation recipients.
18cd33c9e7a2a92ba1f3_12192016i.jpg
Officer Timothy Stringer, Honorable Service and Lifesaving Award recipient, and Officer Michael Kula and Sergeant Shawn Snyder, Lifesaving Award recipients.
90cddae7b187f7a3cde7_12192016j.jpg

GREEN BROOK, NJ –The Green Brook Police Department conducted its annual awards ceremony on December 19. Held in conjunction with the Green Brook Township Committee Meeting led by Mayor Nancy Stoll, the ceremony recognized officers for exceptional acts performed throughout the year.

Additionally, the 2016 event was unique in that for the first time the department also recognized a civilian. Steven Knight, a resident of Dunellen, was recognized for his actions in assisting another person.

“The purpose of this ceremony is to recognize individuals who have performed exceptional acts over the past year,” said Green Book Police Chief G. Christopher Kurz prior to the distribution of this year’s awards. “Although I’m proud to say our officers work hard every day to provide the highest level of service to the township and community, there are times when the unexpected occurs and these men are challenged to rise above the norm in order to ensure our citizens are kept safe and secure.”

Sign Up for E-News

In order of occurrence, awards were presented as follows:

Officer Christopher Dill received an Honorable Service Award for his actions on Feb.  22, 2016 in the investigation and arrest of a subject sought in multiple jurisdictions for thefts of wheels from car dealerships.

Sergeant Shawn Snyder and Officers Michael Kula and Timothy Stringer received Life Saving Awards for their actions on May 5, 2016 in the saving of a suicidal subject; Officer Stringer also received an Honorable Service Award for having disarmed the subject of a cutting instrument.

Officers Jonathan Camp, Gary Maurer, and Randy Stratton each received a Letter of Commendation for their actions on June 5, 2016 in the arrest of two subjects for the possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a defaced handgun.

Dunellen resident Steven Knight was recognized for his received a Civilian Service Award for his actions on Aug. 4, 2016 in which he crawled into an overturned vehicle involved in an accident and assisted the driver, cutting away a seatbelt that was restricting their airway and searching the vehicle for other occupants.

Sergeant Danial Lanzafama and Officer Vincent Luberto each received a Letter of Commendation for their actions on Aug. 12, 2016 in the welfare check and arrest of a subject for possession of 77 folds of heroin.

Officers Michael Kula and Kevin O’Connor received Life Saving Awards for their actions on Sept. 5, 2016 in which they performed Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation on an unresponsive male with no vital signs, saving their life.

Sergeant Shawn Snyder and Detective Adam Seidel along with Officers Jonathan Camp, Kevin O’Connor, Anthony Pepe, Randy Stratton and Timothy Stringer each received a Letter of Commendation for their actions on Oct, 26, 2016 in locating and arresting a subject reported to be aiming a rifle towards traffic on U.S. Highway 22.

Officer Rigoberto Gonzalez received a Lifesaving Award for his actions on Oct. 29, 2016 in administering Naloxone Hydrochloride to an unresponsive male after determining he was experiencing an opioid overdose due to prescription medication, saving their life.

Officers Jonathan Camp, Gary Maurer, and Randy Stratton received Letters of Commendation for their actions on November 25, 2016 in rapidly evacuating the 3000 building of King Court and surrounding buildings in response to a large and growing fire, resulting in no injuries being reported.

Lieutenant William Coward and Sergeant Daniel Lanzafama each received a Ready Commendation Citation Bar for completing 15 years of active and dedicated service.

“I would like to thank everyone here for taking the time to attend, and know that after what has been a very tumultuous year for law enforcement, your support of our officers and department is greatly appreciated,” said Chief Kurz, addressing the room at the conclusion of the awards presentation.

TAPinto North Plainfield, Green Brook and Watchung is free and published daily; sign up to get all the news as it happens at www.tapinto.net/enews and follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TAPintoNPGBW and on Twitter @tapintonpgbw

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

North Plainfield/Green Brook/Watchung

Somerset Regional Animal Shelter Offering July Adoption Promotion for Cats/Kittens

July 10, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Regional Animal Shelter, in Bridgewater, is urgently looking for homes for its cats and kittens.

According to a release from the shelter, the population surges throughout the summer during kitten breeding season, and so the shelter is launching a special promotion to help increase cat and kitten adoptions. During the month of July, all cats and kittens that over ...

Do You Recognize These Dogs?

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Two dogs were found in Plainfield near the fire station on Central Avenue on Saturday. 

The dogs are currently with a family in South Plainfield.  If you recognize the dogs, please email TAPinto Plainfield at jpopper@tapinto.net.

3rd Annual Meadowlands BBQ Battle a Smokin’ Success

July 18, 2018

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Seven competitors battled it out at Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment's 3rd Annual BBQ Battle on Saturday, July 14, all vying for $2,000 in prizes and most importantly, bragging rights. 

The BBQ categories of best Ribs, Brisket, Chicken, and Pulled Pork, came with a $500 prize to the winner of each category. A panel of five judges conducted a blind ...

3-Day ‘AddamsFest’ set to Celebrate Charles Addams and His Creations This Fall

WESTFIELD, NJ — It’s creepy. It’s kooky. And it’s taking over Westfield from Oct 26 to 28. AddamsFest, a town-wide celebration honoring Westfield native Charles Addams and his most famous creations, The Addams Family, will be a destination event this fall with family-friendly activities, lectures, exhibits and film screenings, the town announced Thursday.

Watch the ...

Make the Call, Save a Life

July 10, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - There is much focus on preventative opioid abuse education. Rightfully so. However, the goal in addressing the opioid epidemic is saving lives. Even if that means just saving one life. While people are becoming increasingly aware of resources relating to rehabilitative services, support groups for friends and family of addicts, and training parents for signs of opioid and ...

Get Ready Warren: Fireworks, Food and Family Fun At Mt. Carmel Feast

July 13, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. – It’s time again for the annual Mt. Carmel Feast, a four-day festival full of food, music, games, rides, fireworks, and other family fun, located at Mt. Carmel Field in Berkeley Heights.

The fairgrounds will be open from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, July 13 through Monday, July 16. Those four nights will include concerts, games, and ...

Somerset Regional Animal Shelter Offering July Adoption Promotion for Cats/Kittens

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Regional Animal Shelter, in Bridgewater, is urgently looking for homes for its cats and kittens.

According to a release from the shelter, the population surges throughout the summer during kitten breeding season, and so the shelter is launching a special promotion to help increase cat and kitten adoptions. During the month of July, all cats and kittens that over ...

To Our Current and Future Representatives

July 17, 2018

To Our Current and Future Representatives - Wherever They May Be:

We can never forget we are a nation of immigrants. 

We cannot fall prey to fear, ignorance and anger when we  have been historically driven by freedom and justice. 

We must have the courage and will to fight hate, bigotry and prejudice. 

We must not wake up to what we hoped was a bad dream and ...

Obituaries

South Plainfield, NJ – Margaret (Pascazio) Butfiloski, 99, passed away peacefully on June 2, ...
Read more

Upcoming Events

Mon, July 30, 11:00 AM

Watchung Library, Watchung

Touch the Music

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_a2c4ddef7ed6c72e648e_17crowd1

Thu, August 2, 4:00 PM

Milt Campbell Fields, Plainfield

Music in the Park @ Milt Campbell Field - Free ...

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

Thu, August 2, 6:00 PM

North Plainfield Memorial Library, North Plainfield

Microwaves & Mini Fridges

Food & Drink Health & Wellness

Wed, October 3, 7:00 PM

SCLSNJ's Warren Township Library branch, Warren

A History of the Old Presbyterian Graveyard in ...

Government Other

Bilenker Named Interim Superintendent in Watchung, Meet and Greet Scheduled

July 19, 2018

WATCHUNG, NJ  - Watchung parents are invited to a meet and greet with the newly appointed interim superintendent of Watchung Schools, Stephanie Bilenker, at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 24, at Valley View Middle School. Borough Administrator Thomas Atkins commented on Thursday night that he plans on attending 

Bilenker, a former Green Brook Superintendent and Director ...

White Supremacist Actions Denounced

July 19, 2018

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - Two groups denounced Identity Evropa, a white supremacist group posting of fliers in multiple Central New Jersey towns. Both statements lay blame on President Donald Trump.

The New Jersey Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) and the Somerset County Democratic Committee issued statements today. 

"The promotion of a racist and ...

White Supremacist Fliers Found in Central New Jersey Towns

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Residents of Bridgewater, Somerville, Morristown and surrounding communities are mobilizing for action after they found posters around town promoting Identity Evropa, which the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has labeled a white supremacist group.

According to Bridgewater resident Stacey Friedlander, a member of the “Not In Our Town – Bridgewater/Raritan” ...