NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Each year, the Police Studies Institute at the College of Saint Elizabeth looks to recognize African-American law enforcement professionals during Black History Month. This year, the institute presented North Plainfield Police Officer and longtime resident Jordan Rogers with the ‘Police Valor Award’ in honor of his heroic actions during a 2016 fire. It was the first time the award has been presented for one specific act of valor.

As one of the first responders to a three-alarm blaze at Regency Village on Route 22, Rogers entered a fully engulfed residential building and rescued a 92-year-old man, carrying him out to safety. Rogers’ quick action saved the man’s life in a fire that claimed the lives of two residents and displaced a dozen others.

“Officer Rogers placed himself in danger to rescue a total stranger. He is a true hero and I was honored to recognize him for his service,” said William Schievella, director of the College of Saint Elizabeth’s Police Studies Institute.

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Rogers joined the North Plainfield Police Department in February 2016 and had been an office for less than five months at the time of the fire. He is a graduate of North Plainfield High School and was a drummer with Marching Canucks.

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