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Freeholders Honor Elizabeth Police Officers Who Rescued Boy Struck By Train

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From left are Elizabeth Police Officer Luciano Nicolas Porto, Officer Eric Santiago Gora and Freeholder Angel Estrada at the Union County Freeholders' meeting on July 20, 2017. Credits: Rebecca Panico
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Elizabeth Police Officer Eric Santiago Gora, left, speaks at a Union County Freeholders' meeting on July 20, 2017 where he and his partner, Officer Luciano Nicolas Porto were honored. Credits: Rebecca Panico
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From left are Elizabeth Police Officer Eric Santiago Gora, Officer Luciano Nicolas Porto and Freeholder Angel Estrada at the Union County Freeholders' meeting on July 20, 2017. Credits: Rebecca Panico
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From left are Elizabeth Police Officer Eric Santiago Gora, Officer Luciano Nicolas Porto and Freeholder Angel Estrada at the Union County Freeholders' meeting on July 20, 2017. Credits: Rebecca Panico
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Bruce Paterson, an activist from Garwood, asked the board to explain two ordinances that were about to be voted on at the Freeholders' meeting on July 20, 2017. Credits: Rebecca Panico
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UNION COUNTY, NJ - Two Elizabeth police officers who rescued a 13-year-old boy struck by a freight train were honored Thursday night by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Elizabeth Police Officers Eric Santiago Gora and Luciano Nicolas Porto responded to Franklin Street on May 11 to find the boy going into shock with an amputated leg.

“We have to also acknowledge that there are individuals who, every day of their lives, put their lives on the line," said Freeholder Angel Estrada, before presenting the two officers with a framed resolution recognizing their actions. “And at the same time [they] make a true delivery of their talents.”

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Gora applied a tourniquet to the boy's leg, using his skills as a trained EMT and registered nurse, while Porto assisted. The boy was airlifted to University Hospital in Newark and survived.

Gora spoke briefly before accepting the resolution, calling the experience “truly humbling.” He thanked his girlfriend, supervisor and freeholders.

The freeholders also congratulated Gora for receiving the Shield Award in June for outstanding service to his community and service beyond the call of duty from the New Jersey Knights of Columbus.

Additionally, the freeholders adopted a resolution to modify the county budget by $2 million for the Union County Oak Ridge Project in Clark. The project will provide a field, locker room and additional amenities for Union County College sports teams that have outgrown their current facilities near the Cranford campus.

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