Thursday, May 15th, 2008

The Morris County Freeholders on May 14 honored the three recipients of the 2008 Valor and Meritorious Awards presented by the 200 Club of Morris County.

Junior firefighter Adam May of Mt. Arlington, Roxbury Police Sgt. Gerard R. Hardiman and Chester Township Police Patrolman Ronald N. Totams were the guests at a freeholder-sponsored reception, after which they were each presented with framed resolutions of commendation in recognition of their heroics.

“These are some very special individuals who have displayed bravery and heroism while putting their lives on the line to save others,” said Margaret Nordstrom, freeholder director.

May used his junior firefighting training to act quickly and safely lead his eight family members out of their burning Bertrand Island home at 3:30 a.m. in January 2007.

Sgt. Hardiman in October 2007 successfully talked a distraught man down from a tower from which the individual was threatening to jump, thus preventing the man from taking his own life.

Officer Totams risked his life in January 2007 when he untangled the seatbelt of the disoriented and intoxicated driver of a car who was trapped in his vehicle when it overturned and the dragged the man to safety as the car became engulfed in smoke and flames.

May, Hardiman and Totams were honored in April by the 200 Club of Morris County at that organization’s annual Valor and Meritorious Awards dinner.