FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood Police Chief Richard Trigo honored members of his department who went above and beyond the call of duty during the past 12 months at the Fanwood Council's video meeting last Monday, May 18.

"I appreciate the Borough Council recognizing the officers' efforts," Chief Trigo said in an interview with TAPintoSPF. "Although you do not choose this career for awards, it is nice to be recognized fir a job well done, whether publicly or privately."

The Fanwood police officers recognized during the meeting were:

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Exceptional Duty: Dan Kranz
On February 20, 2020 Officer Kranz conducted a motor vehicle stop in the area of 400 Terrill Rd. During the course of this stop/investigation, Officer Kranz was able to remove an illegal handgun a 2 high capacity magazines from the vehicle.

Exceptional Duty: Mark Gottlick
On Sept. 6, 2020, Sgt. Mark Gottlick and other officers responded to a house fire on North Ave. After clearing the residents from the home, Sgt. Gottlick located burning embers behind the siding on the home. Using a crow bar, Sgt. Gottlick removed the siding and then utilized a fire extinguisher to control the fire until the arrival of the Fanwood Fire Department.

Life Saving Award:  Phillip Ugone and Katherine Case
November 11, 2019, Sgt. Phillip Ugone and Katherine Case responded to a Willoughby Road first aid call and found an unresponsive male. The officers delivered two rounds of Narcan. Several minutes later, the man became responsive and was transportive to the hospital.

Life Saving Award: Thomas Chisholm and Tyler Flowers
October 28, 2019, Officer Thomas Chisholm and Officer Tyler Flowers responded to a Byron Lane address on a medical call. Upon arrival, they encountered a 97-year-old victim in cardiac arrest. They administered CPR on the victim until medics and the FRS arrived and transported the victim to the hospital.

Life Saving: Mark Gottlick, Michael Rusin, and Timothy Green
On January 29, 2020, Sgt. Gottlick, Patrolman Michael Rusin, and Patrolman Timothy Green responded to an unconscious male lying in a Willoughby Road driveway. Upon locating the victim, rescue breaths were administered, and the victim was then administered Narcan. After several minutes, the victim regained consciousness and was transported to the hospital.

Meritorious Service: Kathleen Case and Dan Piccola
On June 29, 2019, Officer Kathleen Case and Officer Dan Piccola responded to the Chelsea Assisted Living on a report of a fire alarm. They located the source of the alarm activation and detected a strong odor coming from one of the units. They could hear loud coughing coming from the occupant of the unit. They gained entry as smoke conditions and visibility rapidly deteriorated and were able to locate and removed the occupant from the unit. The officers then escorted approximately 15 other residents to safety while the Fanwood Fire Department extinguished the fire.

Letter of Commendation: Elliott Bernard
On January 9, 2020, the Fanwood Police Department was notified by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital of a Fanwood resident/patient who is expressing suicidal intentions. This incident met the criteria for the newly created “Extreme Risk Gun Safety Law”. Patrolman Bernard conducted a meticulous and cumbersome investigation which led to a Superior Court Judge issuing a search warrant that uncovered a semi-automatic rifle, a semi-automatic handgun, and a high capacity magazine.

Chief's Award: Mark Gottlick, Elliott Bernard, Katherine Case, Tim Green, Dan Kranz, Dan Piccola
Chief Trigo recognized the officers involved in the Get Fit with Fanwood's Finest program held at the Stamler Police Academy on Raritan Road in Scotch Plains for kids in grades 5 thought 8 in August 2019. Chief Trigo said the program is part of his department's ongoing commitment to community policing.

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