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.”

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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.

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