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West Orange Police Lieutenant Timothy Brennan Receives 200 Club Valor Award

West Orange Police Lt. Timothy Brennan (center) was presented with a Valor Award by The 200 Club of Essex County for his heroic actions in preventing a distraught man from committing suicide.  On hand to congratulate the officer are (left to right) Sheriff Armando Fontoura, West Orange Police Chief James Abbott, Captain Michael Corcoran and 200 Club President Arthur Guida. Credits: Essex County

WEST ORANGE, NJ - On Monday, December 17, 2012, Lt. Timothy Brennan, a 23 year year veteran of the West Orange Police Department,  was called to the scene of an attempted suicide at the Water Tower in the area of the Edison National Historical Park.  For over five hours, Lt. Brennan spoke to the young man, and with another West Orange Police Detective and the support of the young man's former wrestling coach, prevented a suicide attempt.  

Brennan was recognized for his instrumental role in saving the young man's life and was named as a recipient of a 200 Club Valor award on Thursday, May 9 at Mayfair Farms. The 200 Club is an organization of private businesspeople whose "sole purpose is to help provide for dependents of police and firefighters in Essex County and state troopers in New Jersey who lose their lives in the line of duty by way of a cash stipend to the surviving spouse or dependent with no conditions and by providing educational assistance to each surviving child prior to its 26th birthday.

Annually, The Club holds a Valor Awards luncheon where it pays tribute to a number of brave Essex County police officers, Essex County firefighters and NJ State Troopers who distinguished themselves by acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. The Valor Award recipients receive a cash award, an engraved medallion, and a 200 Club Valor ribbon to be worn on their uniform."

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In speaking of Brennan's actions,  West Orange Police Chief James Abbott said, “His skills and his training paid off in the situation.” 
Brennan was pleased to receive the award, but seemed even happier to know the young man was "doing well."


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