RANDOLPH, NJ - The Randolph police department celebrated the success of 2018 with an awards ceremony and swearing in four new patrol officers at Thursday's meeting.
Police Chief David Stokoe explained the Grand Cordon Unit Citation award as a “great example of teamwork” awarded to participating members of a unit for a cited incident. Officers Brenckman, Spence, Hefferon and Francica received the award for their work on March 22, 2018.
On that evening, Hefferon and Francica responded to a medical emergency on Route 10 West, parking on the eastbound side of the concrete divider and jumping over the divider to better access the unresponsive victim.
They removed the victim from the car, and Hefferon assisted EMTs with CPR while Brenckman and Spence searched for evidence inside the vehicle.
“They identified evidence that was indicative of a drug overdose,” Stokoe continued. “ This information turned to be vitally critical in the care that was provided to the victim.” The team administered NARCAN to the victim, who was “revived from a potentially life-threatening episode,” and later charged with drug-related offenses.
The department also issued a Life Saving award to Officer Ian Green for his work in “disregard of personal safety” on July 8, 2018.
Green responded to a medical call on Everett Drive where CPR was already in progress. When he arrived at the home, he continued CPR for six minutes until he ultimately obtained signs of life. He then transferred the victim to Saint Clare’s Hospital to be admitted into the ICU.
Several officers also received the Educational Achievement Award, which recognizes education above and beyond an Associates’ Degree. Most of the officers already had achieved a Bachelor’s Degree when hired in Randolph, but the department recognized them for those efforts.
Township Manager Stephen Mountain swore in four new patrol officers - Salvatore Grosso, Daniell Sullivan, Christopher Senyk Jr. and Bryan Blauvelt -- to the police department on Thursday evening.
“Each of these officers successfully completed a rigorous evaluation process,” he explained. “They all possess an excellent educational background, as well as strong character and maturity.”
Mayor Mark Forstenhausler thanked the officers for their work and welcomed the new officers to the department that evening. “Please know that we’re putting our trust in you,” he said. “Whenever we call for an emergency situation, you guys are going to respond. We believe in you and we trust in you.”
“We believe we have found the best candidates,” Stokoe concluded. “We have great expectations and high hopes for how these officers will perform in the field, but more importantly how they will represent the Randolph Township Police Department.”