GARWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains Township held its annual awards dinner honoring its local heroes on Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Westwood in Garwood. Police Sgt. Jerry Brown was the Guest of Honor at the awards dinner. 

Honorees included:

  • Deputy Fire Chief Skip Paal (20 years of service)
  • Fire Captain Dennis Hercel Jr. (Above & Beyond)
  • Firefighter Doug Freitag (40 years of service)
  • Firefighter Matt Adams
  • Lori Sternberg (Sternberg Fitness)
  • Ralph Checchio (Checchio Paving & Concrete)

Pictured in the middle is Doug Freitag, who received an award for 40 years of service as a firefighter. He was joined by Mayor Al Smith, Councilman Ted Spera, Fire Chief John Lestarchick, Deputy Chief Skip Paal, and Battalion Chief Joseph Rodrigues. 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.