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Fairfield Police Chief Commends Civilians and Officers for Outstanding Service to Township

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Danielle and Pedro Silva receive the Civilian Service Award from Fairfield Township Chief of Police Anthony Manna for helping in the capture of a shoplifter. Credits: Gail Bottone
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FAIRFIELD, NJ — Fairfield Township Chief of Police Anthony Manna commended two civilians and several local police officers for their outstanding service at the Fairfield Township Council meeting on Monday.   

The civilian service award was given to residents Pedro and Danielle Silva for helping in the capture of a shoplifter on Oct. 19.

According to Manna, a shoplifter with previous active arrest warrants escaped from the custody of the police at the Target store located on Route 46 in Fairfield. This launched an extensive search for the suspect.

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“The department sent out a Nixle alert to the community advising them of the situation,” said Manna. “This alert was received by Danielle Silva, who then provided it to her husband Pedro, who was not currently at home. While driving on Route 46, Mr. Silva spotted the suspect, contacted the police, and shortly after that, the suspect was back in custody.”

For their alertness and willingness to get involved, the couple received the civilian service award.

Additionally, Manna presented Lt. Peter Pollack with a lifesaving award for helping save the life of a 36-year-old female.

While off duty and in another jurisdiction on Oct. 24, 2016, Manna said Lt. Peter Pollack came upon two Parsippany police officers who were outside in a condominium complex with an unresponsive 36-year-old female.

“Lt. Pollack, who has extensive medical training, began to assist the officers with CPR and the use of an automated external defibrillator,” said Manna. “This female ultimately survived.”

Lifesaving awards also went to Sgt. Daniel Dias, Officer Christopher Andrews, Officer Ian Rasmussen, Officer Steven D’Argenio and Officer Daniel Moran. 

“On Nov. 2, 2016, these officers responded to 376 Hollywood Avenue on a report of a 64-year-old male that was unresponsive,” said Manna. “The officers immediately began CPR and shocked the victim with an automated external defibrillator. As a result, the victim was saved and is currently recovering in Florida and could not be with us tonight.”

Additional lifesaving awards went to Lt. Peter Pollack, Sgt. Joseph Keegan, Officer Jeffrey Dean and Officer Steven D’Argenio for saving the life of a 38-year-old unresponsive female.

“On Nov. 10, 2016, these officers responded to a single vehicle motor vehicle crash with a car hitting a telephone pole on Greenbrook Road. Upon arrival, they discovered a 38-year-old unresponsive female,” said Manna. “They began CPR, and as a result, she survived.”

Officer David Lagan received a criminal apprehension award for his actions when he stopped a car for a motor vehicle violation on Jan. 24.

“As is often the case, he looked beyond the traffic violation and ultimately discovered that the driver was involved in the theft of credit card numbers,” said Manna. “Recovered in the vehicle was a credit card embossing machine, a credit card reader and 21 falsely made credit cards with actual credit card numbers from innocent victims.”

Sgt. Christopher Oswald, Sgt. David Proctor, Officer Christopher Hlubik and Officer Sean McCormack received lifesaving awards for their actions as well.

On Feb. 7, these officers responded to a local hotel room on a report of an unresponsive 25-year-old male.

“The officers administered Narcan and as a result, the individual became responsive,” said Manna, explaining that Narcan is a medication used to block the effects of opioids.

A criminal apprehension award went to Detective Jeffrey Didyk.

On Feb. 15, a burglary occurred at the Delta gas station on Route 46 West. Didyk responded and was assigned to the case.

“As a result of his investigation, a suspect was identified and arrested within a week,” said Manna.

Narcotic arrest awards went to Detective John McGrory and Officer Jeffrey Dean for their work with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force in conducting an undercover operation.

Manna explained that the operation “resulted in the arrest of an individual who had 61 glassine envelopes containing suspected heroin that was destined to be distributed to the undercover officers.” The intelligence that led to this arrest was gathered by Dean and worked on by McGrory. 

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