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					NEW JERSEY STATE POLICE




   AWARDS
  CEREMONY

     September Fifteenth
        Two Thousand




    Trenton War Memorial
       Trenton, New Jersey
                                        Program

Master of Ceremonies ................................................... Major Vincent Modarelli
                          Acting Deputy Superintendent of Investigations


Opening Ceremony ............................................................. N.J.S.P. Pipe Band


Invocation .......................................................................... Msgr. Philip Lowery
                                 Chaplain, New Jersey State Police



Presentation of the Colors ................................................ N.J.S.P. Color Guard


                                       Pledge of Allegiance


Introduction of Staff & Guests ...................................... Major Vincent Modarelli



Remarks .................................................................. Col. Carson J. Dunbar, Jr.
                         12th Superintendent, New Jersey State Police




Remarks .................................................... Honorable Christine Todd Whitman
                                  Governor, State of New Jersey



Presentation of Division Awards .......................... Honorable John J. Farmer, Jr.
                        Attorney General, State of New Jersey




Benediction ....................................................................... Msgr. Philip Lowery
                                       Division Awards
   — CERTIFICATE OF MERIT —                                       State Parkway. A female passenger had suffered an apparent
                                                                  heart attack. Tpr. Armagno quickly assessed the victim’s con-
                                                                  dition and with the assistance of a toll collector, began Car-
    TROOPER BRIAN DUROSS #5259                                    diopulmonary Resuscitation. The victim regained a weak
  OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A LIFE                               pulse and a request for advanced medical personnel was
       THREATENING SITUATION                                      made. Before the paramedics could arrive, the victim again
    On February 13, 1998, Tpr. Duross was detailed to assist      went into cardiac arrest. Tpr. Armagno again administered
in securing a crime scene in the City of Camden. A vehicle        CPR until the paramedics could stabilize the patient. The
attempted to enter the well marked barricaded area. The           victim was taken to Mountainside Hospital were she was
driver of the vehicle failed to comply with his verbal orders     admitted for further treatment.
to stop and continued to enter the area. Fearing for the safety       Tpr. Armagno’s quick and decisive action in rendering
of fellow troopers and other law enforcement officers that        first aid reflects great credit upon himself and the New Jer-
were processing the scene, and with total disregard for his       sey State Police.
own personal safety, Tpr. Duross reached inside the moving
vehicle. The vehicle continued to accelerate at which time
Tpr. Duross held onto the vehicle in an attempt to gain con-          TROOPER WALTER M. BABECKI #5556
trol of the driver. His efforts gave the other personnel at the
                                                                        RESCUE ATTEMPT FROM A FULLY
scene warning of the approaching danger, affording them
the opportunity to seek cover.                                              SUBMERGED VEHICLE
    Tpr. Duross’ courageous action reflects great credit upon         On January 11, 1998, a vehicle first thought to be stolen
                                                                  with a sleeping nine year old child inside was later discov-
himself and the New Jersey State Police.
                                                                  ered to have rolled into the Rising Sun Lake, Millstone Town-
                                                                  ship and was completely submerged. Tpr. Babecki and other

       — CERTIFICATES OF —
                                                                  troopers responding to the scene, entered the water without
          COMMENDATION                                            hesitation in an attempt to rescue the occupant from the ve-
                                                                  hicle. After numerous attempts to break the windows of the
                                                                  vehicle had failed, troopers continued to enter the frigid water
     TROOPER ROBERT ABRADI #5416                                  to attach ropes and chains to the vehicle so it could be towed
      RESCUE ATTEMPT FROM A FULLY                                 to shore. Exposing themselves to hyperthermia, State Police
          SUBMERGED VEHICLE                                       personnel repeatedly entered the water over a 45 minute
    On January 11, 1998, a vehicle first thought to be stolen     period to assist with the rescue operation. With the help of
with a sleeping nine year old child inside was later discov-      emergency rescue equipment the vehicle was removed from
ered to have rolled into the Rising Sun Lake, Millstone           the water just enough to allow personnel to break the side
Township and was completely submerged. Tpr. Abradi and            window and remove the child from the vehicle. Despite the
other troopers responding to the scene, entered the water         heroic efforts of all personnel involved the victim did not
without hesitation in an attempt to rescue the occupant from      survive.
the vehicle. After numerous attempts to break the windows             Tpr. Babecki’s quick and decisive action, with complete
of the vehicle had failed, troopers continued to enter the        disregard for his own personal safety, reflects great credit
frigid water to attach ropes and chains to the vehicle so it      upon himself and the New Jersey State Police.
could be towed to shore. Exposing themselves to hyper-
thermia, State Police personnel repeatedly entered the wa-
ter over a 45 minute period to assist with the rescue opera-        TROOPER DEAN P. BASSINDER #5559
tion. With the help of emergency rescue equipment, the ve-            RESCUE ATTEMPT FROM A FULLY
hicle was removed from the water just enough to allow per-
                                                                          SUBMERGED VEHICLE
sonnel to break the side window and remove the child from
                                                                      On January 11, 1998, a vehicle first thought to be stolen
the vehicle. Despite the heroic efforts of all personnel in-
                                                                  with a sleeping nine year old child inside was later discov-
volved the victim did not survive.
                                                                  ered to have rolled into the Rising Sun Lake, Millstone Town-
    Tpr. Abradi’s quick and decisive action, with complete
                                                                  ship and was completely submerged. Tpr. Bassinder and other
disregard for his own personal safety, reflects great credit
                                                                  troopers responding to the scene, entered the water without
upon himself and the New Jersey State Police.
                                                                  hesitation in an attempt to rescue the occupant from the ve-
                                                                  hicle. After numerous attempts to break the windows of the
                                                                  vehicle had failed, troopers continued to enter the frigid water
   TROOPER ANGELO J. ARMAGNO #5026                                to attach ropes and chains to the vehicle so it could be towed
  OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE DURING A                                to shore. Exposing themselves to hyperthermia, State Police
         MEDICAL EMERGENCY                                        personnel repeatedly entered the water over a 45 minute pe-
                                                                  riod to assist with the rescue operation. With the help of
   On February 14, 1999, Tpr. Armagno was detailed to             emergency rescue equipment the vehicle was removed from
assist with a sick patron at the Essex Toll Plaza, Garden         the water just enough to allow personnel to break the side
window and remove the child from the vehicle. Despite the        from under water and assisted him until the lifeguard ar-
heroic efforts of all personnel involved the victim did not      rived. Both the lifeguard and Sgt. Boyd helped return the
survive.                                                         man to the safety of the shore.
   Tpr. Bassinder’s quick and decisive action, with com-            Sgt. Boyd’s courage and decisive action, without regard
plete disregard for his own personal safety, reflects great      for his own personal safety reflects great credit upon him-
credit upon himself and the New Jersey State Police.             self and the New Jersey State Police.


   TROOPER I JOHN M. BEYERS #4272                                  TROOPER DEAN A. CARNIVAL # 5569
  OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A LIFE                               RESCUE OF OCCUPANTS FROM A BURNING
         SAVING ENCOUNTER                                                       VEHICLE
   On February 3, 1997, while on routine patrol of the New           On August 21, 1999, Tpr. Carnival and Tpr. I John O’Hara
Jersey Turnpike in Elizabeth, Tpr. I Beyers observed a truck     # 3270 were detailed to a two vehicle accident in Buena
disabled on the shoulder. Approaching the vehicle, Tpr. I        Vista Township. One of the vehicles was engulfed in flames
Beyers noticed an individual waving his arms trying to get       within the engine compartment. The right front passenger
his attention. The individual advised Tpr. I Beyers that the     was trapped in the car and seriously injured. Without hesi-
driver of the truck was unconscious and not breathing. Af-       tation and risking injury to themselves, both troopers extin-
ter requesting paramedics to respond to the scene, Tpr. I        guished the fire and rendered first aid to the victim which
Beyers evaluated the victim’s condition and administered         included applying a tourniquet to his right arm to control
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. Within minutes the victim         severe bleeding.
began to respond with his breathing and pulse returning.             Tpr. I O’Hara’s quick and decisive action reflects great
The victim was taken to the hospital where he underwent          credit upon himself and the New Jersey State Police.
emergency surgery to repair a ruptured aneurysm of his
aorta.
   Tpr. I Beyer’s quick and decisive action reflects great          TROOPER JOSEPH CARSON #5338
credit upon himself and the New Jersey State Police.               OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A LIFE
                                                                          SAVING ENCOUNTER
                                                                     On November 2, 1999, Tpr. Carson responded to a 911
   DETECTIVE I SEAN N. BOERO #4597                               call on the Great Egg Harbor river. A local resident had
       DILIGENT AND PRODUCTIVE                                   waded into the river to retrieve his two dogs. As he went
         INVESTIGATIVE WORK                                      further from shore he became stuck in the thick mud. He
    During the past twelve months while assigned to the Elec-    was unable to free himself as the tide began to rise. Tpr.
tronic Investigations Squad, Det. Boero was responsible for      Carson and local fire and rescue personnel arrived on the
eight search warrants, one dial number retriever order, one      scene. Tpr. Carson and a local squad member deployed a
communications data warrant, and one order to intercept          boat into the river to help rescue the victim. Their efforts
wire communications. This exemplary investigative work           were made more difficult due to a driving rainstorm and the
resulted in the seizure of $37,492 and the arrest of 17 per-     frigid water conditions. As darkness fell, the victim was no
sons on various criminal charges as the result of seven          longer visible from shore. He was still stuck in the mud and
lengthy investigations. Det. Boero has displayed the ability     the rising tide had the water level about chest high. Tpr.
to identify and target both traditional and nontraditional or-   Carson finally reached the victim and with help from Steven
ganized crime. His reputation for hard work and results have     Hale, a member of the Belcoville Rescue Squad, they were
served to establish productive relationships with numerous       able to pull him onto the safety of the boat.
local, state and Federal law enforcement agencies.                   Tpr. Carson’s quick and decisive action in this life sav-
    Det. Boero’s dedication, investigative skills and profes-    ing emergency brings great credit upon himself and the New
sionalism reflect great credit upon himself and the New Jer-     Jersey State Police.
sey State Police.

                                                                   TROOPER WARREN D. DURBIN #5143
   SERGEANT HUGH J. BOYD III #3958                                  QUICK AND DECISIVE ACTION IN AN
  OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A LIFE                                          EMERGENCY
         SAVING ENCOUNTER                                           On March 9, 1998, Tpr. Durbin was detailed to investi-
   On August 8, 1998, Sgt. Boyd was on duty at the               gate a possible domestic complaint between two females
Governor’s residence on Island Beach State Park. He ob-          engaged in a physical altercation. Upon arrival, Tpr. Durbin
served three males enter the water in an attempt to swim to      spoke with one of the subjects who stated that her room-
a sandbar approximately 40 yards from shore. The three           mate had threatened her for several hours with a knife. She
swimmers stopped about two thirds of the way and turned          was further concerned because she believed her roommate
around to swim back to shore. One of the swimmers, drifted       was locked in their place of residence and was suicidal. With
apart from the others and was apparently having difficulty.      assistance from Tpr. James F. Sansone #5645, they gained
Sgt. Boyd entered the water and swam to the distressed           access to the home and found the subject hanging from a
swimmer. Just as he reached the area, the victim slipped         rope around her neck attached to the kitchen ceiling fan.
below the surface of the water. Sgt. Boyd pulled the victim      Both troopers immediately severed the rope and began Car-
diopulmonary Resuscitation. When the rescue breathing             DETECTIVE I JOHN P. GARKOWSKI #4621
mask they were using became inoperative, they continued              RESCUE ATTEMPT FROM A FULLY
the procedure in spite of any health risks they may have                  SUBMERGED VEHICLE
incurred. The life saving aid Tpr. Durbin provided to the            On January 11, 1998, a vehicle first thought to be stolen
subject sustained her life until she reached the hospital.       with a sleeping nine year old child inside was later discov-
   Tpr. Durbin’s quick and decisive action reflects great        ered to have rolled into the Rising Sun Lake, Millstone
credit upon himself and the New Jersey State Police.             Township and was completely submerged. Det.I Garkowski
                                                                 and other troopers responding to the scene, entered the wa-
                                                                 ter without hesitation in an attempt to rescue the occupant
   DETECTIVE SERGEANT FIRST CLASS                                from the vehicle. After numerous attempts to break the win-
      JOSEPH R. FUENTES #3190                                    dows of the vehicle had failed, troopers continued to enter
    OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A                                 the frigid water to attach ropes and chains to the vehicle so
        DANGEROUS SITUATION                                      it could be towed to shore. Exposing themselves to hyper-
    On June 7, 2000, while en route to his duty assignment,      thermia, State Police personnel repeatedly entered the wa-
DSFC Fuentes intercepted a radio dispatch from the New           ter over a 45 minute period to assist with the rescue opera-
Jersey Turnpike of an erratic driver. Shortly thereafter, DSFC   tion. With the help of emergency rescue equipment the ve-
Fuentes observed the vehicle traveling at approximately 25       hicle was removed from the water just enough to allow per-
to 40 miles per hour. The suspect’s vehicle, which was driv-     sonnel to break the side window and remove the child from
ing in a hazardous manner on the rims of its tires, failed to    the vehicle. Despite the heroic efforts of all personnel in-
stop for the pursuing police vehicles and was followed on        volved the victim did not survive.
to the Garden State Parkway and came to stop at an office            Det.I Garkowski’s quick and decisive action, with com-
complex in Woodbridge Township. The suspect drove the            plete disregard for his own personal safety, reflects great
vehicle up to the front entrance of the office building as if    credit upon himself and the New Jersey State Police.
he would crash into the front glass doors. Before exiting the
vehicle, the suspect reached into the back seat and emerged
with a thirteen-inch bloody butcher knife. It was learned        TROOPER RAYMOND A. GUIDETTI #5062
earlier that morning he had stabbed his girlfriend during a         DILIGENT PATROL AND CRIMINAL
domestic dispute. As the suspect moved toward the entrance               INVESTIGATIVE WORK
of the building, he held the knife to his throat and made            During the period from January through December of
threatening gestures toward the troopers. DSFC Fuentes at-       1997, Tpr. Guidetti initiated 24 separate criminal investiga-
tempted to communicate with the suspect in Spanish, how-         tions that resulted in the arrest of 35 persons on some 65
ever he refused to respond. After numerous attempts to per-      assorted criminal charges. In these cases, the value of re-
suade the suspect to surrender had failed and fearing that       covered property, illicit drugs and other contraband, was
the suspect would assault anyone who happened into or out        estimated to be $780,541. The majority of these investiga-
of the building lobby, the suspect was wounded by another        tions were patrol related and demonstrates an energetic, dili-
trooper who also responded to the scene.                         gent and alert approach to patrol responsibilities.
    Throughout this ordeal, DSFC Fuentes exhibited tremen-           Tpr. Guidetti’s consistent performance and profession-
dous courage and restraint. His professionalism and deci-        alism reflects great credit upon himself and the New Jersey
sive action, with complete disregard for his own personal        State Police.
safety, reflects great credit upon himself and the New Jer-
sey State Police.
                                                                    DETECTIVE I JOHN HALLIDAY #4172
 TROOPER PATRICK GALLAGHER #5153                                    PROFESSIONAL ACTION DURING A LIFE
    DILIGENT PATROL AND CRIMINAL                                        THREATENING ENCOUNTER
                                                                    On February 13, 1998, Det.I Halliday was recalled from
         INVESTIGATIVE WORK                                      his residence to assist at a crime scene in the City of Camden.
    During the period from January through December of
                                                                 This investigation involved a deadly encounter with a drug
1997, Tpr. Gallagher initiated 55 separate criminal investi-     suspect, resulting in a state police detective and two county
gations that resulted in the arrest of 70 persons on some 80
                                                                 investigators being seriously wounded. Under extremely
assorted criminal charges. In these cases, the value of re-
                                                                 dangerous circumstances, Det.I Halliday engaged an armed
covered property, illicit drugs and other contraband, was        suspect consequently suppressing further gunfire from the
estimated to be $34,000. The majority of these investiga-
                                                                 vehicle. As a result, danger to the lives of fellow law en-
tions were patrol related and demonstrates an energetic, dili-
                                                                 forcement and emergency personnel at the scene was mini-
gent and alert approach to patrol responsibilities.              mized.
    Tpr. Gallagher’s consistent performance and profession-
                                                                    Det.I Halliday’s display of courage, dedication and pro-
alism reflects great credit upon himself and the New Jersey
                                                                 fessionalism, without regard for his own personal safety
State Police.                                                    reflects great credit upon himself and the New Jersey State
                                                                 Police.
  TROOPER WILLIAM HARKNESS #5355                                  DETECTIVE I DANIEL HURLEY #3399
  OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A LIFE                              OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A MAJOR
       THREATENING SITUATION                                           CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION
   On April 10, 1999, Tpr.I Scott Jiras and Tpr.I John               During a three year period, from 1994 through 1997,
Moonan were on patrol within Kingwood Township when              Det. I Hurley and other members of the Essex County Offi-
they were detailed to investigate the complaint of someone       cial Corruption Task Force spearheaded a major investiga-
threatening to do damage with a bulldozer. When they ar-         tion into corruption within municipal government within
rived at the scene they observed a male subject sitting on a     Essex county. This investigation began with information
front-end loader bulldozer. In front of the bulldozer was the    received from a local merchant that a city official was ex-
remains of a vehicle that had been crushed flat. Although        torting merchandise from him in an effort to defraud the
Tpr.I Moonan had activated the troop car’s overhead lights       city of $10,000. Det. I Hurley and Det. I John Menafra #4085
to get the subject to stop, he continued to drive the bull-      initiated a surveillance on the target suspect which lead to
dozer toward the house. The troop car followed the bull-         his arrest and conviction on Bribery and Conspiracy charges.
dozer at which point the subject stopped and began to drive      As a result, this case dovetailed to a much larger investiga-
the apparatus toward the troop vehicle. Tpr. Moonan then         tion into city and county government eventually reaching
took evasive action to avoid being struck. As the subject        to the Prosecutor’s office and resulting in numerous arrests.
began to move toward the residence again, Tpr. Harkness              Det I Hurley’s superior investigative skills coupled with
and Tpr. Scott Kilcomons arrived to assist. After numerous       his leadership and devotion to duty is a credit both to him-
attempts to verbally command the subject to surrender, the       self and the New Jersey State Police.
driver at one point turned the bucket of the bulldozer and
charged toward the troopers. After their initial attempts to
subdue the driver with OC spray had failed, Troopers Jiras          TROOPER MACH JACKSON #5361
and Harkness leaped upon the moving vehicle and wrestled          RESCUE OF OCCUPANT FROM A BURNING
with the driver while Troopers Moonan and Kilcomons also                       VEHICLE
boarded the bulldozer commandeering the controls and                On March 3,1999 while on patrol on the Garden State
bringing the out of control machine to a stop.                   Parkway, Tpr. Mach Jackson responded to a motor vehicle
   The quick and decisive action of Tpr. Harkness reflects       accident where a vehicle was fully engulfed in flames with
great credit upon himself and the New Jersey State Police.       two female occupants trapped inside. As the Tpr. Jackson
                                                                 ran to the burning vehicle, the terrified occupants could be
                                                                 heard screaming for help. Tpr. Jackson observed that the
   SERGEANT FIRST CLASS CARMELLO                                 accident had caused the front door to be crimped closed,
          HUERTAS #3251                                          making escape from the inside impossible. Using only brute
    APPREHENSION OF A FELON WHILE                                strength, he placed one foot on the car and grabbed the door,
              OFF DUTY                                           ripping it open. He then pulled the driver to safety and as-
   On November 28, 1998, SFC Huertas was visiting his            sisted the other occupant out through the driver’s door.
parent’s home in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. His parents also          Tpr. Jackson’s quick and decisive action, with complete
operate a small grocery which adjoins their residence. While     disregard for his own personal safety, reflects great credit
visiting with his grandmother, his daughter burst into the       upon himself and the New Jersey State Police.
room shouting that someone was robbing the store. SFC
Huertas immediately proceeded into the store and was ad-
vised that the suspect had just fled on foot out the door. As        TROOPER I SCOTT JIRAS #3979
SFC Huertas ran toward the intersection he observed the            OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A LIFE
suspect, still wearing a ski mask, trying to enter a vehicle.           THREATENING SITUATION
SFC Huertas stood in front of the vehicle and demanded              On April 10, 1999 Tpr.I Jiras and Tpr.I John Moonan
the driver to stop. He observed another female occupant in       were on patrol within Kingwood Township when they were
the rear seat. The suspect was in the front passenger seat       detailed to investigate the complaint of someone threaten-
yelling at the driver to back up. When the driver exited the     ing to do damage with a bulldozer. When they arrived at the
vehicle, it began to roll backwards and the suspect attempted    scene they observed a male subject sitting on a front-end
to steer the vehicle from the passenger side. Recognizing        loader bulldozer. In front of the bulldozer was the remains
the possible threat and not sure if the suspect or other occu-   of a vehicle that had been crushed flat. Although Tpr.I
pants had weapons, SFC Huertas reached inside the vehicle        Moonan had activated the troop car’s overhead lights to get
in an attempt to remove the suspect. The suspect broke free      the subject to stop, he continued to drive the bulldozer to-
from his grasp and ran down the street. SFC Huertas was          ward the house. The troop car followed the bulldozer at
undaunted and continued in pursuit of the suspect until cap-     which point the subject stopped and began to drive the ap-
turing him in the backyard of a local residence. Part of the     paratus toward the troop vehicle. Tpr. Moonan then took
proceeds from the robbery were found on the suspect’s per-       evasive action to avoid being struck. As the subject began
son. He was turned over to the Bethlehem Police Depart-          to move toward the residence again, Tpr. William Harkness
ment for processing and was charged with robbery, terrorist      and Tpr. Scott Kilcomons arrived to assist. After numerous
threats and aggravated assault.                                  attempts to verbally command the subject to surrender, the
   SFC Huerats’ courage and decisive action, without re-         driver at one point turned the bucket of the bulldozer and
gard for his own personal safety reflects great credit upon      charged toward the troopers. After their initial attempts to
himself and the New Jersey State Police.                         subdue the driver with OC spray had failed, troopers Jiras
and Harkness leaped upon the moving vehicle and wrestled         TROOPER CHRISTOPHER J. LARSEN #5290
with the driver while troopers Moonan and Kilcomons also            OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A
boarded the bulldozer commandeering the controls and                    DANGEROUS SITUATION
bringing the out of control machine to a stop.                      On June 7, 2000, while on routine patrol, Tpr. Larsen
   The quick and decisive action of Tpr.I Jiras reflects great   intercepted a radio dispatch from the New Jersey Turnpike
credit upon himself and the New Jersey State Police.             of an erratic driver. Shortly thereafter, Tpr. Larsen observed
                                                                 the vehicle traveling at approximately 25 to 40 miles per
                                                                 hour. The suspect’s vehicle, which was driving in a hazard-
 DETECTIVE SERGEANT MARK W. KELLY                                ous manner on the rims of its tires, failed to stop for the
              #3542                                              pursuing police vehicles and was followed on to the Gar-
  OUTSTANDING CRIMINAL ARREST IN A                               den State Parkway and came to stop at an office complex in
       DANGEROUS ENCOUNTER                                       Woodbridge Township. The suspect drove the vehicle up to
   On December 2, 1997, as a result of a surveillance in-        the front entrance of the office building as if he would crash
vestigation, DSG Kelly and Det. I Amalio Nieves ap-              into the front glass doors. Before exiting the vehicle, the
proached a possible suspect intending to interview him con-      suspect reached into the back seat and emerged with a thir-
cerning drug trafficking activities. The suspect consented       teen-inch bloody butcher knife. It was learned earlier that
to a search of his residence where $812,082 in U.S. cur-         morning he had stabbed his girlfriend during a domestic
rency was seized. The subject continued to cooperate with        dispute. As the suspect moved toward the entrance of the
the investigators and agreed to return to his residence wait-    building, he held the knife to his throat and made threaten-
ing for a phone call from a co-conspirator. While both DSG       ing gestures toward the troopers. After numerous attempts
Kelly and Det.I Nieves watched, the suspect grabbed a            to persuade the suspect to surrender had failed and fearing
kitchen knife and began stabbing himself in the chest. Act-      that the suspect would assault anyone who happened into
ing immediately and with no regard for their own safety,         or out of the building lobby, Tpr. Larsen moved his position
they struggled to subdue the suspect and disarm him. Once        between the lobby and the suspect. Again he tried to per-
the knife was removed from the suspect’s grasp, DSG Kelly        suade the suspect to surrender. The suspect moved toward
and Tpr.I Nieves applied direct pressure to his wound until      Tpr. Larsen in a threatening manner. Fearing for his life, he
paramedics could arrive. The suspect was transported to the      discharged his service weapon toward the suspect wound-
hospital where he made a full recovery.                          ing him and stopping his advance.
   DSG Kelly’s quick and decisive action brings great credit        Tpr. Larsen’s display of courage and professionalism,
upon himself and the New Jersey State Police.                    without regard for his own personal safety, reflects great
                                                                 credit upon himself and the New Jersey State Police.

  TROOPER SCOTT KILCOMONS #5721
  OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A LIFE                              TROOPER I CHRISTOPHER LEONE #4894
       THREATENING SITUATION                                        DILIGENT PATROL AND CRIMINAL
   On April 10, 1999 Tpr.I Jiras and Tpr.I John Moonan                   INVESTIGATIVE WORK
were on patrol within Kingwood Township when they were              During the period from January through December of
detailed to investigate the complaint of someone threaten-       1997, Tpr.I Leone initiated 50 separate criminal investiga-
ing to do damage with a bulldozer. When they arrived at the      tions that resulted in the arrest of 75 persons on some 70
scene they observed a male subject sitting on a front-end        assorted criminal charges. In these cases, the value of re-
loader bulldozer In front of the bulldozer was the remains       covered property, illicit drugs and other contraband, was
of a vehicle that had been crushed flat Although Tpr.I           estimated to be $35,000. The majority of these investiga-
Moonan had activated the troop car’s overhead lights to get      tions were patrol related and demonstrates an energetic, dili-
the subject to stop, he continued to drive the bulldozer to-     gent and alert approach to patrol responsibilities.
ward the house. The troop car followed the bulldozer at             Tpr.I Leone’s consistent performance and professional-
which point the subject stopped and began to drive the ap-       ism reflects great credit upon himself and the New Jersey
paratus toward the troop vehicle Tpr.I Moonan then took          State Police.
evasive action to avoid being struck As the subject began to
move toward the residence again, Tpr. William Harkness
and Tpr. Kilcomons arrived to assist. After numerous at-            SERGEANT EDWARD A. LYON #3120
tempts to verbally command the subject to surrender, the             OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A
driver at one point turned the bucket of the bulldozer and                MEDICAL EMERGENCY
charged toward the troopers. After their initial attempts to         On November 20, 1998, Sgt. Lyon and his family were
subdue the driver with OC spray had failed, Troopers Jiras       awakened by a local family seeking medical assistance. Their
and Harkness leaped upon the moving vehicle and wrestled         son was experiencing an acute asthma attack. En route to
with the driver while Troopers Moonan and Kilcomons also         the hospital his condition took a turn for the worse. They
boarded the bulldozer commandeering the controls and             remembered that a state trooper lived nearby so they stopped
bringing the out of control machine to a stop.                   at the Lyon residence for help. As they turned into the drive-
   The quick and decisive action of Tpr. Kilcomons reflects      way, the victim stopped breathing. Sgt. Lyon calmly took
great credit upon himself and the New Jersey State Police.       charge of the tense situation. He called the first aid squad
                                                                 and began to administer Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.
                                                                 During the entire situation, Sgt. Lyon and his family con-
tinually tried to reassure the frantic parents that everything     into the burning vehicle, unbuckled the occupant, whose
would be alright. Sgt. Lyon also took the effort to check          injured hands were grasping the steering wheel, and pulled
with the family on the condition of their son after they had       him to safety.
gone to the hospital. As a result of his life saving efforts the      Sgt. McSorley’s courageous actions, without regard for
victim made a full recovery.                                       his own personal safety, reflect great credit upon himself
   Sgt. Lyon’s extraordinary effort during this medical emer-      and the New Jersey State Police.
gency brings great credit upon himself and the New Jersey
State Police.
                                                                    DETECTIVE I. JOHN MENAFRA #4085
                                                                   OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A MAJOR
 TROOPER I MICHAEL T. MARINELLI #4715                                    CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION
    RESCUE ATTEMPT FROM A FULLY                                       During a three year period, from 1994 through 1997,
        SUBMERGED VEHICLE                                          Det. I Menafra and other members of the Essex County
                                                                   Official Corruption Task Force spearheaded a major inves-
    On January 11, 1998, a vehicle first thought to be stolen      tigation into corruption within municipal government within
with a sleeping nine year old child inside was later discov-       Essex county. This investigation began with information
ered to have rolled into the Rising Sun Lake, Millstone            received from a local merchant that a city official was ex-
Township and was completely submerged. Tpr.I Marinelli             torting merchandise from him in an effort to defraud the
and other troopers responding to the scene, entered the water      city of $10,000. Det. I Menafra and Det. I Daniel Hurley #
without hesitation in an attempt to rescue the occupant from       3399 initiated a surveillance on the target suspect which
the vehicle. After numerous attempts to break the windows          lead to his arrest and conviction on Bribery and Conspiracy
of the vehicle had failed, troopers continued to enter the         charges. As a result, this case dovetailed to a much larger
frigid water to attach ropes and chains to the vehicle so it       investigation into city and county government eventually
could be towed to shore. Exposing themselves to hyper-             reaching to the Prosecutor’s office and resulting in numer-
thermia, State Police personnel repeatedly entered the wa-         ous arrests.
ter over a 45 minute period to assist with the rescue opera-          Det. I Menafra’s superior investigative skills and devo-
tion. With the help of emergency rescue equipment the ve-          tion to duty is a credit both to himself and the New Jersey
hicle was removed from the water just enough to allow per-         State Police.
sonnel to break the side window and remove the child from
the vehicle. Despite the heroic efforts of all personnel in-
volved the victim did not survive.                                  TROOPER I ROBERT MONTGOMERY #4645
    Tpr.I Marinelli’s quick and decisive action, with com-             DILIGENT PATROL AND CRIMINAL
plete disregard for his own personal safety, reflects great
                                                                            INVESTIGATIVE WORK
credit upon himself and the New Jersey State Police.
                                                                      During the period from January through December of
                                                                   1997, Tpr. I Montgomery initiated 63 separate criminal in-
                                                                   vestigations that resulted in the arrest of 75 persons on some
   TROOPER I ANTHONY MARTIN #4550                                  77 assorted criminal charges. In these cases, the value of
   ADMINISTERING LIFE SAVING FIRST AID                             recovered property, illicit drugs and other contraband, was
   On March 25, 1999, while Tpr.I Anthony Martin and Det.          estimated to be $45,000. The majority of these investiga-
William Robb were visiting a local restaurant when a woman         tions were patrol related and demonstrates an energetic, dili-
entered holding her three year old son who was choking.            gent and alert approach to patrol responsibilities.
Tpr.I Martin immediately responded and took the child from            Tpr.I Montgomery’s consistent performance and pro-
the terrified mother’s arms to determine his medical condi-        fessionalism reflects great credit upon himself and the New
tion. After determining that the child’s airway was ob-            Jersey State Police.
structed, Tpr.I Martin performed the “Heimlich Maneuver”
several times which dislodged a large piece of hard candy.
The child’s condition immediately began to improve and                TROOPER I JOHN MOONAN #4210
he returned to breathing on his own.                                 OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A LIFE
   Tpr.I Martin’s quick and decisive action in this extreme
emergency reflects great credit upon himself and the New
                                                                          THREATENING SITUATION
                                                                      On April 10, 1999 Tpr.I Moonan and Tpr.I Scott Jiras
Jersey State Police.
                                                                   were on patrol within Kingwood Township when they were
                                                                   detailed to investigate the complaint of someone threaten-
                                                                   ing to do damage with a bulldozer. When they arrived at the
 SERGEANT JAMES J. McSORLEY #3652                                  scene they observed a male subject sitting on a front-end
   RESCUE OF AN OCCUPANT FROM A                                    loader bulldozer. In front of the bulldozer was the remains
         BURNING VEHICLE                                           of a vehicle that had been crushed flat. Although Tpr.I
   On February 26, 1998, Sgt. McSorley came upon a two             Moonan had activated the troop car’s overhead lights to get
car accident in Hamilton Township. One of the vehicles in-         the subject to stop, he continued to drive the bulldozer to-
volved in the crash was on fire. Sgt. McSorley observed an         ward the house. The troop car followed the bulldozer at
elderly man attempting to pull the driver from the front seat.     which point the subject stopped and began to drive the ap-
Advising the civilian to step back, Sgt. McSorley reached          paratus toward the troop vehicle. Tpr.I Moonan then took
evasive action to avoid being struck. As the subject began          DETECTIVE I AMALIO NIEVES # 3731
to move toward the residence again, Tpr. William Harkness           OUTSTANDING CRIMINAL ARREST IN A
and Tpr. Scott Kilcomons arrived to assist. After numerous               DANGEROUS ENCOUNTER
attempts to verbally command the subject to surrender, the          On December 2, 1997, as a result of a surveillance in-
driver at one point turned the bucket of the bulldozer and       vestigation, Det.I Nieves and DSG Beyers approached a
charged toward the troopers. After their initial attempts to     possible suspect intending to interview him concerning drug
subdue the driver with OC spray had failed, troopers Jiras       trafficking activities. The suspect consented to a search of
and Harkness leaped upon the moving vehicle and wrestled         his residence where $812,082 in U.S. currency was seized.
with the driver while troopers Moonan and Kilcomons also         The subject continued to cooperate with the investigators
boarded the bulldozer commandeering the controls and             and agreed to return to his residence waiting for a phone
bringing the out of control machine to a stop.                   call from a co-conspirator. While both DSG Kelly and Det.I
   The quick and decisive action of Tpr.I Moonan reflects        Nieves watched, the suspect grabbed a kitchen knife and
great credit upon himself and the New Jersey State Police.       began stabbing himself in the chest. Acting immediately
                                                                 and with no regard for their own safety, they struggled to
                                                                 subdue the suspect and disarm him. Once the knife was re-
  TROOPER LAWRENCE W. MOSS #5082                                 moved from the suspect’s grasp, DSG Kelly and Det.I Nieves
    RESCUE ATTEMPT FROM A FULLY                                  applied direct pressure to his wound until paramedics could
        SUBMERGED VEHICLE                                        arrive. The suspect was transported to the hospital where he
    On January 11, 1998, a vehicle first thought to be stolen    made a full recovery.
with a sleeping nine year old child inside was later discov-        Det.I Nieves’ quick and decisive action brings great
ered to have rolled into the Rising Sun Lake, Millstone          credit upon himself and the New Jersey State Police.
Township and was completely submerged. Tpr. Moss and
other troopers responding to the scene, entered the water
without hesitation in an attempt to rescue the occupant from        TROOPER I JOHN O’HARA #3270
the vehicle. After numerous attempts to break the windows         RESCUE OF OCCUPANTS FROM A BURNING
of the vehicle had failed, troopers continued to enter the                      VEHICLE
frigid water to attach ropes and chains to the vehicle so it         On August 21, 1999, Tpr. I O’Hara and Tpr. Dean Carni-
could be towed to shore. Exposing themselves to hyper-           val #5569 were detailed to a two vehicle accident in Buena
thermia, State Police personnel repeatedly entered the wa-       Vista Township. One of the vehicles was engulfed in flames
ter over a 45 minute period to assist with the rescue opera-     within the engine compartment. The right front passenger
tion. With the help of emergency rescue equipment the ve-        was trapped in the car and seriously injured. Without hesi-
hicle was removed from the water just enough to allow per-       tation and risking injury to themselves, both troopers extin-
sonnel to break the side window and remove the child from        guished the fire and rendered first aid to the victim which
the vehicle. Despite the heroic efforts of all personnel in-     included applying a tourniquet to his right arm to control
volved the victim did not survive.                               severe bleeding.
    Tpr. Moss’ quick and decisive action, with complete dis-         Tpr. I O’Hara’s quick and decisive action reflects great
regard for his own personal safety, reflects great credit upon   credit upon himself and the New Jersey State Police.
himself and the New Jersey State Police.

                                                                    DETECTIVE I GLENN PENDER #4734
  TROOPER I NADIR M. NASSRY #4404                                    OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A
    RESCUE OF AN OCCUPANT FROM A                                        CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION
          BURNING VEHICLE                                           During the period from June 1, 1996 through February
   On March 3, 1998, while on stationary patrol of I-78          22, 1999, Det.I Pender investigated two separate criminal
within Clinton Township, Hunterdon County, Tpr.I Nassry          investigations involving Sexual Assault and Lewdness be-
and Tpr. Stankiewicz responded to a serious motor vehicle        lieved to be committed by a lone assailant. The victims of
accident near their location. Once on scene, they observed       these crimes were several female children ranging in age
a motor vehicle which had crashed into a tree and was en-        between 7 years and 13 years old. With no physical evi-
gulfed in flames. As Tpr. Stankiewicz radioed for assistance,    dence available, and no initial leads to follow, Det.I Pender’s
Tpr.I Nassry, using the troop car’s fire extinguisher, at-       perseverance lead to the identification of a suspect with a
tempted to battle the blaze. Both troopers then removed the      previous history of Child Molestation dating back to 1971.
lone occupant, and rendered first aid. The driver, who had       His diligent pursuit in identifying the perpetrator resulted
sustained serious injuries to his face and lungs was trans-      in both the arrest and conviction of a repeat sex offender.
ported to the hospital by the local first aid squad and was         Det.I Pender’s dedication, investigative skills and de-
released several days later. Surely without the quick and        termination reflect great credit upon himself and the New
decisive action of both Tpr.I Nassry and Tpr. Stankiewicz,       Jersey State Police.
the driver would have perished in the blazing inferno.
    Tpr.I Nassry’s courageous action reflects great credit
upon himself and is in keeping with the highest traditions
of the New Jersey State Police.
DETECTIVE SERGEANT JOHN J. QUIGLEY                               regard for his own personal safety, Tpr. Rehman entered
               #3440                                             the cold waters of the creek and swam after the driver. After
  OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE DURING                                 a brief struggle, he subdued the suspect and returned him to
       EMERGENCY CHILDBIRTH                                      the banks of the creek in custody.
   On June 8, 1988, DSG Quigley was working a Construc-             Tpr. Rehman’s courage and professional action reflect
tion Supplemental Patrol when he was altered over the ra-        great credit upon himself and the New Jersey State Police.
dio about a woman in labor at Interchange 16E on the Turn-
pike. Upon arrival to the employee parking lot with Tpr.
Robert C. Shaughnessy #5397, they found the mother seated           DETECTIVE I ISMAEL RIVERA #4101
in the family vehicle stating she was about to give birth.           OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A
The arrival of the first aid squad was anticipated to be ap-            CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION
proximately 15 minutes, so the mother was placed in the             During 1992, the State Police Auto Unit recognized a
rear of the troop car with the intent of driving her to the      growing problem concerning the improper issuance of
hospital. Just prior to transporting, the mother advised that    driver’s licenses and related documents by various Divi-
the birth was imminent. DSG Quigley and Tpr. Shaughnessy         sion of Motor Vehicle (DMV) employees. These fraudulent
entered the rear seat of the troop car and assisted the mother   documents were used by illegal aliens to receive various
with the birth of a 9 pound, 12 ounce baby boy. During the       state services. This criminal network of co-conspirators was
birth, it was discovered that the umbilical cord was wrapped     a close knit group of Hispanic driving school owner/opera-
around the baby’s neck. The troopers worked quickly to re-       tors and DMV employees. While posing as a corrupt driv-
move the cord and opened the infant’s airway which allowed       ing school instructor, Det.I Rivera was able to gain the trust
the baby to begin breathing normally. Both mother and child      and confidence of the suspects. He remained in this under-
were transported to the hospital and reported in good con-       cover capacity for approximately nine (9) months and was
dition.                                                          able to obtain valuable information that resulted in the ar-
   DSG Quigley’s quick, decisive and professional action         rest of eighteen (18) DMV employees and five (5) driving
reflects great credit upon himself and the New Jersey State      school instructors and three(3) co-conspirators. In addition,
Police.                                                          over $3,800 was confiscated as a result of this investiga-
                                                                 tion.
      OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A                                  Det.I Rivera’s dedication, investigative skills and deter-
         CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION                                  mination reflect great credit upon himself and the New Jer-
    On July 1, 1998, DSG Quigley received information from       sey State Police.
a trooper stationed on the NJ Turnpike that he had possible
contact with the brother of two Hispanic homicide victims
from Newark, NJ. That information lead to a larger investi-           TROOPER JOHN RYAN #5007
gation conducted by the Criminal Investigation Office of           OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A LIFE
Troop “D” and the Essex County Homicide Unit. DSG                         SAVING ENCOUNTER
Quigley and his staff put constant pressure on witnesses            On November 14, 1994 Tpr. Ryan and Tpr. II Francis
and contacts as this investigation developed. It was learned     Bellaran #4429 were detailed to a serious one-car accident
that everyone involved in these murders was a Latin King,        involving an overturned vehicle which had struck the right
including the two victims. Additional information and evi-       side of a concrete barrier. When the troopers arrived they
dence obtained by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office           found the lone occupant ejected from the vehicle and was
resulted in arrest and search warrants obtained for 12 Latin     now partially trapped under the roof which was resting on
Kings who were directly responsible for this crime.              his chest. The victim had a faint pulse, but was not breath-
    DSG Quigley’s outstanding investigative work is in part      ing. The troopers, using brute strength, moved the car off of
responsible for closing down the operation of the Latin Kings    the victim’s chest, at which time he began breathing on his
in the State of New Jersey. His professionalism and leader-      own.
ship reflects great upon himself and the New Jersey State           Tpr, Ryan’s quick and decisive action reflects great credit
Police.                                                          upon himself and the New Jersey State Police.


  TROOPER FRANK S. REHMAN # 5393                                    TROOPER JAMES F. SANSONE #5645
 OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE WHILE ON                                    QUICK AND DECISIVE ACTION IN AN
              PATROL                                                          EMERGENCY
    On October 15, 1998, while on patrol of the Atlantic City       On March 9, 1998, Tpr. Sansone was detailed to assist
Expressway, Tpr. Rehman attempted to stop a van for a motor      with the investigation of a possible domestic complaint be-
vehicle violation. The driver disregarded his signal to stop     tween two females engaged in a physical altercation. Tpr.
and fled the scene at a high rate of speed. While pursuing       Warren D. Durbin #5143 met with one of the subjects who
the vehicle, Tpr. Rehman also observed the driver commit         stated that her roommate had threatened her for several hours
several additional motor vehicle violations, putting the pub-    with a knife. She was further concerned because she be-
lic at risk. Finally, Tpr. Rehman was able to force the driver   lieved her roommate was locked in their place of residence
to stop his vehicle. The suspect then fled on foot, entered      and was suicidal. With assistance from Tpr. Durbin, they
the Timber Creek and began to swim away. With total dis-         gained access to the home and found the subject hanging
from a rope around her neck attached to the kitchen ceiling              OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A
fan. Both troopers immediately severed the rope and began                   CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. When the rescue breath-                 On June 30, 1998, Tpr. Shaughnessy was detailed to in-
ing mask they were using became inoperative, they contin-          vestigate a patron dispute at Interchange 14C on the NJ
ued the procedure in spite of any health risks they may have       Turnpike. When he and Tpr. Venancio Rivera #4916 arrived
incurred. The life saving aid Tpr. Sansone provided to the         they discovered that the complainant was seeking police
subject sustained her life until she reached the hospital.         assistance because he believed that he and his two brothers
   Tpr. Sansone’s quick and decisive action reflects great         were about to be harmed. The subject had escaped under
credit upon himself and the New Jersey State Police.               the pretext of using the restrooms. When the troopers tried
                                                                   to locate the vehicles, they had already left the area. The
                                                                   next day, Tpr. Shaughnessy saw a news report concerning
  TROOPER I RICHARD T. SCHNYDERITE                                 two Hispanic males discovered murdered in Newark, NJ.
               #4745                                               He recognized that the descriptions of the victims were simi-
    RESCUE ATTEMPT FROM A FULLY                                    lar to the report they had received concerning the two miss-
        SUBMERGED VEHICLE                                          ing brothers. Tpr. Shaughnessy then contacted the detec-
    On January 11, 1998, a vehicle first thought to be stolen      tives at the Newark Station with the information. It was later
with a sleeping nine year old child inside was later discov-       learned that the actors responsible for this crime were mem-
ered to have rolled into the Rising Sun Lake, Millstone            bers of the outlaw gang know as the Latin Kings.
Township and was completely submerged. Tpr.I Schnyderite               Tpr. Shaughnessy’s alert observations and investigative
and other troopers responding to the scene, entered the water      ability proved pivotal to the investigation of this case. His
without hesitation in an attempt to rescue the occupant from       determination and professionalism reflects great credit upon
the vehicle. After numerous attempts to break the windows          himself and the New Jersey State Police.
of the vehicle had failed, troopers continued to enter the
frigid water to attach ropes and chains to the vehicle so it
could be towed to shore. Exposing themselves to hyper-             TROOPER CHARLES R. SHEPPARD #5216
thermia, State Police personnel repeatedly entered the wa-            RESCUE ATTEMPT FROM A FULLY
ter over a 45 minute period to assist with the rescue opera-               SUBMERGED VEHICLE
tion. With the help of emergency rescue equipment the ve-              On January 11, 1998, a vehicle first thought to be stolen
hicle was removed from the water just enough to allow per-         with a sleeping nine year old child inside was later discov-
sonnel to break the side window and remove the child from          ered to have rolled into the Rising Sun Lake, Millstone
the vehicle. Despite the heroic efforts of all personnel in-       Township and was completely submerged. Tpr. Sheppard
volved the victim did not survive.                                 and other troopers responding to the scene, entered the water
    Tpr.I Schnyderite’s quick and decisive action, with com-       without hesitation in an attempt to rescue the occupant from
plete disregard for his own personal safety, reflects great        the vehicle. After numerous attempts to break the windows
credit upon himself and the New Jersey State Police.               of the vehicle had failed, troopers continued to enter the
                                                                   frigid water to attach ropes and chains to the vehicle so it
                                                                   could be towed to shore. Exposing themselves to hyper-
TROOPER ROBERT C. SHAUGHNESSY #5397                                thermia, State Police personnel repeatedly entered the wa-
  OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE DURING                                   ter over a 45 minute period to assist with the rescue opera-
       EMERGENCY CHILDBIRTH                                        tion. With the help of emergency rescue equipment the ve-
   On June 8, 1988, Tpr. Shaughnessy was on routine pa-            hicle was removed from the water just enough to allow per-
trol when he was altered over the radio about a woman in           sonnel to break the side window and remove the child from
labor at Interchange 16E on the Turnpike. Upon arrival to          the vehicle. Despite the heroic efforts of all personnel in-
the employee parking lot with DSG John J. Quigley, they            volved the victim did not survive.
found the mother seated in the family vehicle stating she              Tpr. Sheppard’s quick and decisive action with complete
was about to give birth. The arrival of the first aid squad        disregard for his own personal safety reflects great credit
was anticipated to be approximately 15 minutes, so the             upon himself and the New Jersey State Police.
mother was placed in the rear of the troop car with the in-
tent of driving her to the hospital. Just prior to transporting,
the mother advised that the birth was imminent. Tpr.                DETECTIVE I MICHAEL SOVEY #3820
Shaughnessy and DSG Quigley entered the rear seat of the           OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A MAJOR
troop car and assisted the mother with the birth of a 9 pound,           CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION
12 ounce baby boy. During the birth, it was discovered that           During a two year investigation into the illegal gambling
the umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby’s neck.             and loansharking operation of known mobster Edward
The troopers worked quickly to remove the cord and opened          Parisi, the case came to a standstill when persons close to
the infant’s airway which allowed the baby to begin breath-        the operation refused to cooperate. It was at this point that
ing normally. Both mother and child were transported to            Det. I Sovey took charge of the investigation. Recalling a
the hospital and reported in good condition.                       cellular telephone number used by the suspect, Det. I Sovey
   Tpr. Shaughnessy’s quick, decisive and professional ac-         used this information to acquire the call detail records. These
tion reflects great credit upon himself and the New Jersey         records helped to establish surveillance background into il-
State Police.                                                      legal activities within the Parisi organization. After several
                                                                   setbacks in the investigation which would have proved to
derail the determination of the average detective, the perse-   investigation also revealed an open gun case in the master
verance of Det. I Sovey was undaunted. He continued to          bedroom with the subject’s will. Det.I Turner returned to
evaluate surveillance tapes, cellular telephone logs and pre-   his residence and notified both the local police department
pared numerous search warrant affidavits. This outstand-        and state police personnel from the Hope Station. Once as-
ing effort reaped rich rewards on December 6, 1999 when a       sisting troopers and law enforcement personnel arrived, a
raid conducted by law enforcement officers from four New        complete search of the home met with negative results. The
Jersey counties, state law enforcement and members of New       distraught subject telephoned his residence and advised that
Jersey and Pennsylvania State Police were able to seize ex-     he was in an apple orchard not far from his house and wanted
tensive gambling and loansharking records, two firearms,        to end his life. Fearing the subject was in possession of the
quantities of marijuana and cocaine and over $52,000 in U.      missing handgun, Det.I Turner persuaded him to put the
S. currency. In addition eight suspects were apprehended        weapon (.357 magnum) down and to surrender.
including the main target, Edward Parisi.                          As a result of Det.I Turner’s quick and decisive action,
   Det. I Sovey’s dedication to duty, professionalism, in-      this potentially dangerous situation was concluded without
vestigative skill and leadership were pivotal in the success-   injury. His determination and professional action reflect great
ful outcome of this investigation. His efforts reflect great    credit upon himself and the New Jersey State Police.
pride upon himself and the New Jersey State Police.

                                                                       TROOPER PAUL VALLES #5108
   TROOPER GUY STANKIEWICZ #5653                                       DILIGENT PATROL AND CRIMINAL
    RESCUE OF AN OCCUPANT FROM A                                            INVESTIGATIVE WORK
          BURNING VEHICLE                                          During the period from January through December of
   On March 3, 1998, while on stationary patrol of I-78         1997, Tpr. Valles initiated 38 separate criminal investiga-
within Clinton Township, Hunterdon County, Tpr.I Nassry         tions that resulted in the arrest of 50 persons on some 62
and Tpr. Stankiewicz responded to a serious motor vehicle       assorted criminal charges. In these cases, the value of re-
accident near their location. Once on scene they observed a     covered property, illicit drugs and other contraband, was
motor vehicle which had crashed into a tree and wan en-         estimated to be $30,000. The majority of these investiga-
gulfed in flames. As Tpr. Stankiewicz radioed for assistance,   tions were patrol related and demonstrates an energetic, dili-
Tpr.I Nassry, using the troop car’s fire extinguisher, at-      gent and alert approach to patrol responsibilities.
tempted to battle the blaze. Both troopers then removed the        Tpr. Valles’ consistent performance and professionalism
lone occupant of the vehicle, and rendered first aid. The       reflects great credit upon himself and the New Jersey State
driver, who had sustained serious injuries to his face and      Police.
lungs was transported to the hospital by the local first aid
squad and was released several days later. Surely without
the quick and decisive action of both Tpr.I. Nassry and Tpr.           DETECTIVE SERGEANT DENNIS
Stankiewicz, the driver would have perished in the blazing                VECCHIARELLI #3468
inferno.
                                                                      OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A
   Tpr. Stankiewicz’s courageous action reflects great credit
upon himself and is in keeping with the highest traditions
                                                                         CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION
of the New Jersey State Police.                                    During December of 1990, DSG Vecchiarelli was sup-
                                                                plied information implicating an Internal Revenue Service
                                                                Agent for accepting bribes which consisted of cash pay-
                                                                ments and vehicles previously owned by a construction
  TROOPER MICHAEL W. TANSEY #5105                               corporation. DSG Vecchiarelli supplied certified copies of
  ADMINISTERING LIFE SAVING FIRST AID                           New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicles title histories to the
   On May 20, 1998, Tpr. Tansey was detailed to a medical       Department of Justice which initiated the investigation. As
emergency call at a private residence. He arrived on the        a result over ten million dollars in fines and taxes due to the
scene in less than five minutes and was told that a elderly     government was recovered in addition to the arrest and con-
female was unresponsive. Tpr. Tansey assessed the victim’s      viction of the IRS agent and several public accountants and
condition and recognized that she was in full cardiac arrest.   businessmen.
He quickly began Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and his             DSG Vecchiarelli’s initiative and dedication to duty re-
efforts sustained her life until paramedics and other emer-     flects great credit upon himself and the New Jersey State
gency services personnel arrived.                               Police.
   Tpr. Tansey’s quick and decisive action reflects great
credit upon himself and the New Jersey State Police.
                                                                 TROOPER LAWRENCE P. WILLIAMS #5415
                                                                    RESCUE ATTEMPT FROM A FULLY
DETECTIVE I WILLIAM G. TURNER #3674
                                                                        SUBMERGED VEHICLE
 OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A LIFE                                 On January 11, 1998, a vehicle first thought to be stolen
        SAVING ENCOUNTER                                        with a sleeping nine year old child inside was later discov-
   On March 22, 1999, while off duty, Det.I Turner was          ered to have rolled into the Rising Sun Lake, Millstone
advised that a neighbor had threaten to commit suicide. Det.I   Township and was completely submerged. Tpr. Williams
Turner entered the residence and found the subject’s keys,      and other troopers responding to the scene, entered the water
wallet and empty gun holster on the kitchen table. Further
without hesitation in an attempt to rescue the occupant from    U.S. currency. The unit’s dedication, professionalism and
the vehicle. After numerous attempts to break the windows       initiative in often life threatening encounters reflects great
of the vehicle had failed, troopers continued to enter the      credit upon themselves and the New Jersey State Police.
frigid water to attach ropes and chains to the vehicle so it
could be towed to shore. Exposing themselves to hyper-
thermia, State Police personnel repeatedly entered the wa-             DSFC JOHN MARKANICH #2830
ter over a 45 minute period to assist with the rescue opera-
tion. With the help of emergency rescue equipment the ve-               DSG CHARLES COE #3367
hicle was removed from the water just enough to allow per-              DET.I DEAN VORIS #3746
sonnel to break the side window and remove the child from             DET.I ALEXANDER KRYCH #3786
the vehicle. Despite the heroic efforts of all personnel in-            DET.I BRIAN WALSH #3470
volved the victim did not survive.                                    DET. I DARRYL ALBONICO #3749
    Tpr. Williams’ quick and decisive action, with complete            DET. I JOHN SULLIVAN #4243
disregard for his own personal safety, reflects great credit
upon himself and the New Jersey State Police.
                                                                 OUTSTANDING CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION

                                                                   Over a six-month period between October 1997 and April
  TROOPER MICHAEL YANNUZZI #5545                                1998, the Hotel Interdiction Squad, Narcotics Trafficking
  OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A LIFE                             Unit has demonstrated exemplary service and outstanding
         SAVING ENCOUNTER                                       performance in combating drug distribution, money laun-
   On August 29, 1999, while off-duty and operating a pri-      dering and other related criminal activities. Their efforts have
vate pleasure craft in the Metedeconk River, Brick Town-        resulted in 29 persons arrested, 4 fugitives apprehended,
ship, Tpr. Yannuzzi observed a person lying face down in        and the seizure of $1,150,000 of narcotics, $2,079,828 of
the water. It appeared that the victim had been involved in     U.S. currency and $65,000 of property.
an apparent jet-ski accident. Recognizing the urgency of           The unit’s dedication, professionalism, investigative abil-
the situation, he entered the water to save the victim. While   ity and initiative reflect great credit upon themselves and
administering first aid to the injured boater, Tpr. Yannuzzi    the New Jersey State Police.
swam toward the rear platform of his boat where he was
assisted by those on board. Once on the vessel, Tpr. Yannuzzi
continued to administer first aid and coordinate the response           DSG AUGUST WISTNER #2897
of paramedics to the scene. The victim received 15 sutures
to his head and suffered a concussion. If not for the swift
and decisive actions of Tpr. Yannuzzi, the victim would have
                                                                       DSG GLENN MILLER #3126
surely drowned.                                                 DET. I CHRISTOPHER ANDREYCHAK #3754
   Tpr. Yannuzzi’s courage and professional action reflect           DET. I BRIAN GIANNINI #3304
great credit upon himself and the New Jersey State Police.             DET. I JOSEPH CELLI #4145

                                                                 OUTSTANDING CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION
   — UNIT COMMENDATIONS —                                          During a three year period, from 1994 through 1997, the
                                                                Essex County Official Corruption Task Force was respon-
                                                                sible for spearheading a major investigation into corruption
            SGT. JOHN HUNT #3709                                within the City of Newark’s Board of Education, Water and
                                                                Sewer Utilities, Division of Parks and Grounds and Divi-
      TPR.I STEVEN J. COZZI #3767                               sion of Motors. This effort resulted in eleven arrests of city
       TPR.I JOHN PEACOCK #4094                                 and county employees and the investigation of twenty four
      TPR.I DENNIS P. TULLY #4497                               additional public officials including two mayors, two city
    TPR.I NICHOLAS M. MASSA #4551                               council members and two county freeholders. These arrests
                                                                and convictions are clearly unmatched by any other cor-
     TPR.I ROBERT COWDEN #4608                                  ruption investigation conducted by the Division.
   TPR.I THOMAS A. SCARDINO #4656                                  The unit’s dedication, professionalism, investigative abil-
    TPR.II ROBERT W. LITTLE #4895                               ity and initiative reflect great credit upon themselves and
     TPR.II DANIEL J. MITTEN #4905                              the New Jersey State Police.
   TPR.II JOSEPH E. SHANAHAN #4921

     OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A
           SPECIALIZED UNIT

  During the 1997 calender year, the Troop “A” T.E.A.M.S.
Unit assisted with 240 arrests, recovered property valued at
over $2,000,000 including 108 weapons and $229,691 in
    DSFC RICHARD J. SCHOBER #3058                                             THOMAS GOAN
                                                                         DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL
      DSG THOMAS F. FLARITY #3974                                  In recognition of your diligence, dedication to duty and
        DET. I KEVIN DUNN #4379                                 professional assistance rendered to the New Jersey State
      DET. I KEVIN M. MAGUIRE #4637                             Police as a member of the Essex County Official Corrup-
                                                                tion Task Force from 1995 through 1997. Your leadership
 OUTSTANDING CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION                             and investigative skill were pivotal to the successful out-
                                                                come of this major investigation. The New Jersey State
                                                                Police pays tribute to you as an outstanding member of the
   Over a three year period, from January 1996 through
January of 1998, the Criminal Investigation Office assigned     law enforcement community.
to Troop “E” is responsible for several noteworthy investi-
gations. The first case culminated in the arrest of two dan-
gerous felons for three armed robberies they committed on                      JAMES MACINNES
the Garden State Parkway. Information obtained from those                     STATE INVESTIGATOR
arrests netted approximately $20,000 in stolen property and        In recognition of your diligence, dedication to duty and
$500 in narcotics along with evidence of other crimes. This     professional assistance rendered to the New Jersey State
also resulted in crimes being solved for other police depart-   Police as a member of the Essex County Official Corrup-
ments as well. The second case began when two troopers          tion Task Force from 1995 through 1997. Your leadership
made an arrest on an eluding and stolen property investiga-     and investigative skill were pivotal to the successful out-
tion. One of the suspects offered information that gener-       come of this major investigation. The New Jersey State
ated four search warrants and the recovery of stolen prop-      Police pays tribute to you as an outstanding member of the
erty, narcotics, weapons, stolen motor vehicles and confis-     law enforcement community.lice honors your service to our
cated funds totaling $61,220 and the arrest of six suspects     organization and the citizens of New Jersey.
on 40 charges. In addition, they investigated a total of 22
armed robberies, with 14 of those cases resulting in arrests.
   The unit’s professionalism, dedication to duty and in-                     LARRY MONACO
vestigative skill reflect great credit upon themselves and               DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL
the New Jersey State Police.                                       In recognition of your diligence, dedication to duty and
                                                                professional assistance rendered to the New Jersey State
                                                                Police as a member of the Essex County Official Corrup-
                                                                tion Task Force from 1995 through 1997. Your leadership

       — LAW ENFORCEMENT —
                                                                and investigative skill were pivotal to the successful out-
                                                                come of this major investigation. The New Jersey State
          COMMENDATIONS                                         Police pays tribute to you as an outstanding member of the
                                                                law enforcement community.

                  JAMES BLONG
               STATE INVESTIGATOR                                            WILLIAM PORTER
   In recognition of your diligence, dedication to duty and              DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL
professional assistance rendered to the New Jersey State           In recognition of your diligence, dedication to duty and
Police as a member of the Essex County Official Corrup-         professional assistance rendered to the New Jersey State
tion Task Force from 1995 through 1997. Your leadership         Police as a member of the Essex County Official Corrup-
and investigative skill were pivotal to the successful out-     tion Task Force from 1995 through 1997. Your leadership
come of this major investigation. The New Jersey State          and investigative skill were pivotal to the successful out-
Police pays tribute to you as an outstanding member of the      come of this major investigation. The New Jersey State
law enforcement community.                                      Police pays tribute to you as an outstanding member of the
                                                                law enforcement community.

                 DINO DETTORE
               STATE INVESTIGATOR                                             PAUL SHAPIRO
   In recognition of your diligence, dedication to duty and              DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL
professional assistance rendered to the New Jersey State           In recognition of your diligence, dedication to duty and
Police as a member of the Essex County Official Corrup-         professional assistance rendered to the New Jersey State
tion Task Force from 1995 through 1997. Your leadership         Police as a member of the Essex County Official Corrup-
and investigative skill were pivotal to the successful out-     tion Task Force from 1995 through 1997. Your leadership
come of this major investigation. The New Jersey State          and investigative skill were pivotal to the successful out-
Police pays tribute to you as an outstanding member of the      come of this major investigation. The New Jersey State
law enforcement community.                                      Police pays tribute to you as an outstanding member of the
                                                                law enforcement community.
            ANTHONY SIMONETTI                                   Gallant # 3191, an officer of the New Jersey State Police.
         DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL                                Your exemplary conduct in rendering life saving first aid
   In recognition of your diligence, dedication to duty and     by performing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation on Lt. Gal-
professional assistance rendered to the New Jersey State        lant was instrumental in sustaining his life until emergency
Police as a member of the Essex County Official Corrup-         medical services could arrive.
tion Task Force from 1995 through 1997. Your leadership            Patrolman Allen’s quick and decisive action reflects great
and investigative skill were pivotal to the successful out-     credit upon himself and the Blairstown Police Department.
come of this major investigation. The New Jersey State          Through this commendation, the New Jersey State Police
Police pays tribute to you as an outstanding member of the      pays tribute to you as an outstanding member of the law
law enforcement community.                                      enforcement community.


               WALTER STAFFORD                                          SPECIAL POLICE OFFICER
               STATE INVESTIGATOR                                          ANTHONY ZAREMBA
   In recognition of your diligence, dedication to duty and          BLAIRSTOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT
professional assistance rendered to the New Jersey State           In recognition of your actions on July 9, 2000 during a
Police as a member of the Essex County Official Corrup-         medical emergency at the residence of Lieutenant David P.
tion Task Force from 1995 through 1997. Your leadership         Gallant # 3191, an officer of the New Jersey State Police.
and investigative skill were pivotal to the successful out-     Your exemplary conduct in rendering life saving first aid
come of this major investigation. The New Jersey State          by performing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation on Lt. Gal-
Police pays tribute to you as an outstanding member of the      lant was instrumental in sustaining his life until emergency
law enforcement community.                                      medical services could arrive.
                                                                   Special Officer Zaremba’s quick and decisive action re-
                                                                flects great credit upon himself and the Blairstown Police
                GEORGE WRIGHT                                   Department. Through this commendation, the New Jersey
               STATE INVESTIGATOR                               State Police pays tribute to you as an outstanding member
   In recognition of your diligence, dedication to duty and     of the law enforcement community.
professional assistance rendered to the New Jersey State
Police as a member of the Essex County Official Corrup-
tion Task Force from 1995 through 1997. Your leadership           TELECOMMUNICATOR CLAYTON ODDY
and investigative skill were pivotal to the successful out-        WARREN COUNTY COMMUNICATIONS
come of this major investigation. The New Jersey State                        CENTER
Police pays tribute to you as an outstanding member of the         In recognition of your actions on July 9, 2000 during a
law enforcement community.                                      medical emergency at the residence of Lieutenant David P.
                                                                Gallant #3191, an officer of the New Jersey State Police.
                                                                Your exemplary conduct in instructing other family mem-
                                                                bers to perform life sustaining first aid to Lt. Gallant via
       — CERTIFICATES OF —                                      telephone was instrumental in sustaining his life until po-
          APPRECIATION                                          lice officers and emergency medical services could arrive.
                                                                Your calm and professional manner helped to reassure the
                                                                family during this crisis.
                                                                   Through this commendation, the New Jersey State Po-
      PATROLMAN KEVIN J. RUDITSKY                               lice honors your service to our organization and the citizens
       MANALAPAN TOWNSHIP POLICE                                of New Jersey.
             DEPARTMENT
   For your display of courage and professionalism on Feb-
ruary 12, 1999 in Lakewood Township, Ocean County.              TELECOMMUNICATOR DARLENE PARSON
While you were employed as a security guard for JLM En-           WARREN COUNTY COMMUNICATIONS
terprises, you assisted Tpr. Andrew Eaton # 5260 in effect-                  CENTER
ing the arrest of a violent suspect who assaulted him. Your        In recognition of your actions on July 9, 2000 during a
dedication to duty and total disregard for your own per-        medical emergency at the residence of Lieutenant David P.
sonal safety is a credit to yourself and the agency you rep-    Gallant #3191, an officer of the New Jersey State Police.
resent. Let this certificate convey the gratitude and respect   Your exemplary conduct in instructing other family mem-
you have earned from the members of the New Jersey State        bers to perform life sustaining first aid to Lt. Gallant via
Police.                                                         telephone was instrumental in sustaining his life until po-
                                                                lice officers and emergency medical services could arrive.
                                                                Your calm and professional manner helped to reassure the
     PATROLMAN JOHN C. ALLEN III                                family during this crisis.
     BLAIRSTOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT                                  Through this commendation, the New Jersey State Po-
  In recognition of your actions on July 9, 2000 during a       lice honors your service to our organization and the citizens
medical emergency at the residence of Lieutenant David P.       of New Jersey.
         THEODORE KOZLOWSKI                                       and the National Instant Criminal Background Check Sys-
      BLAIRSTOWN AMBULANCE SQUAD                                  tem.
   In recognition of your actions on July 9, 2000 during a           Capt. Holmberg’s expertise, dedication, professionalism
medical emergency at the residence of Lieutenant David P.         and leadership skills reflect great credit upon himself and is
Gallant #3191, an officer of the New Jersey State Police.         in keeping with the highest traditions of the New Jersey
Your exemplary conduct in providing first aid to Lt. Gal-         State Police.
lant was instrumental in sustaining his life until he could be
transported to the hospital.
   Through this commendation, the New Jersey State Po                LIEUTENANT RANDALL RICHARDSON
                                                                                 #3211
                                                                     EXEMPLARY SERVICE TO THE DIVISION
   — SPECIAL RECOGNITION —                                           As the Assistant Bureau Chief of the Planning Bureau,
                                                                  Lt. Richardson has performed a pivotal role in moving the
                                                                  Division into the new millennium. During the past four years,
    CAPTAIN GARRY HOLMBERG #3312                                  his expertise has proved invaluable as liaison to the Man-
   EXEMPLARY SERVICE TO THE DIVISION                              agement Training Initiative, the Police Executive Research
   As Chief of the Information Technology Bureau, Capt.           Forum, the Police Foundation in Washington, D.C. and the
Holmberg has been the driving influence for many innova-          Executive Committee of the Attorney General’s Office. His
tive projects aimed at automating State Police procedures.        efforts in leading the Division’s reforms in the areas of re-
Thrust in the middle of reform issues, he has worked dili-        cruit selection process, promotional testing, personnel evalu-
gently to resolve not only sensitive and high priority issues,    ations, leadership training and standardization of policies
but also to align the entire Division for future growth through   and procedures are to be commended.
the utilization of advanced technology to meet the needs of          Lt. Richardson’s dedication, outstanding work ethic, pro-
the 21st century. In doing so, Capt. Holmberg has brought         fessionalism and leadership skills reflect great credit upon
national recognition to the Division through projects such        himself and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the
as: FBI’s NCIC2000 project, Mobile Data Computer de-              New Jersey State Police.
ployment, Computerized Criminal History Model Record

				
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