SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD--The Knights of Columbus council at St. Bartholomew The Apostle Church in Scotch Plains recognized emergency responders from Fanwood and Scotch Plains at their annual Shield Awards ceremony Feb. 23, 2012, at the church. The two towns' police, fire and EMS organizations choose members to receive recognition. This year's recipients were:
Scotch Plains Fire:
Chief John Ellis for 35 years of service
Firefighter Doug Freitag and Captain Brian Mecca (not present) for outstanding service to their community, presented by Chief John Ellis
Scotch Plains Police:
Sgt. Ernie Hernandez for extraordinary service to the community including much volunteer work, presented by Capt. Brian Donnelly
Scotch Plains Rescue Squad:
EMT Tony Robertiello for extraordinary service to the community and the squad as an organizer, webmaster and responder. His wife Adrienne accepted the award, presented by squad member and St. Bart's Deacon Bob Gurske
Fanwood Fire Department:
Assistant Chief Dave Zawodniak for more than 30 years of service as a top responder, presented by Chief John Piccola.
Fanwood Police Department:
Officers Elliott Bernard and Tony Espinoza for their quick response last fall to the home of a Fanwood resident whose heart stopped. Their quick use of CPR and an AED saved his life. The man, Andy Glaydura, with his wife Pat, were at the ceremony and actually handed the officers their certificates. Also present for the ceremony was Fanwood Police Chief Richard Trigo.
Fanwood Rescue Squad:
Vice President John Oatis for 34 years of volunteer service as a top responder and community figure. Presented by squad president Nancy Mustachio.
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