SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Several members of the Scotch Plains Police were recognized by Chief Ted Conley in conjunction with National Police Week (May 12-18) at the Scotch Plains Council meeting on Tuesday.

Chief Conley gave out multiple awards and commendations to members of the SPPD for going "above and beyond the call of duty" during the past year.


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Officer Gerard Rites: Officer of the Year Award (K of C Father Nelligan Award) and Life Saving Medal for saving civilian Dominick Giordano’s life by performing the Heimlich Manuever 

Sgt. Jerald Brown:  Chiefs Medal for being honored as LEAD officer of the month nationwide.

Officer Andrew Gitto: Exceptional Duty Medal for his outstanding performance in apprehending a burglary suspect, which led to multiple cases being closed.

Officers Christian Ostrowski and Damian Serafin: Life Saving Medal for saving the life a man in a diabetic emergency who became unresponsive. (They performed CPR and brought the individual back to life.)

Officers Tricia DiLollo and Scott Leyden: MADD Award -- Recognition from Mothers Against Drunk Driving New Jersey. Leyden had (4) DUI Arrests and DiLollo had (3) DUI Arrests in 2018.

Letters of Appreciation/ Commendation:

  • Lt. Joseph Zito
  • Lt. Mathew Fugett
  • Sgt. Jerald Brown
  • Sgt. Brian Hayeck
  • Sgt. James Richie
  • Off. Gerard Rites (2)
  • Off. Christian Ostrowski
  • Off. Michael Baltazar
  • Off. Zachary VonLangen
  • Off. Eric Fricks (2)
  • Off. Jason Fiore
  • Off. Joseph Citarella
  • Off. Joseph Mirabile
  • Off. Devon Turner
  • Det. Melissa Rivera
  • Off. Richard Sopko (2)

"While all of the officers of the Scotch Plains Police Department did an outstanding job over the past year, these officers were recognized for the outstanding performance in going above and beyond the call of duty," said Chief Ted Conley. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.