Friday, May 15th, 2009

The Morris County Freeholders on May 13 honored the 38 recipients of
the 2009 Valor and Meritorious Awards presented by the 200 Club of Morris County.

“Morris County is blessed to have an exceptional group of first responders – police officers, firefighters, emergency medical personnel who regularly put their lives at risk to save ours,” said Gene F. Feyl, Morris County freeholder director. “The freeholders consider it an honor to be able to recognize these brave men and women.”

The freeholders presented framed resolutions of commendation to Michael Heath, Danny Jenkins, Sara Matthews and David Tsolakis of the Rockaway Township Fire Department; John Heston Allocco, Barbara Coulter, Erin Crowley, William Dudley, Katherine Erck and Christie K. Graham of the New Vernon Volunteer First Aid Squad; and officers Michael Gromek and Daniel Irons of the Harding Township Police Department.

Also recognized by the freeholders were Mountain Lakes patrolmen Brian Bolitski and Jason Dimick; firefighter Donald A. Gunthner of the Lincoln Park Fire Department; Sergeant William Karback and patrolmen James Herbek and Ronald Wenzel of the Lincoln Park Police Department; Detective Sergeant Michael J. Buckley, Detective Keith F. Cregan, Detective Robert B. Gibbons, Sergeant Robert F. Holtz, Detective Thomas Loia, Patrolman Bruce W. Summers and Police Officer Scott Thomas Weaver of the Morristown Police Department; and Denville Police officers Richard J. Byrne , Jr. and Daniel S. Fernandez.

The freeholders also honored Paterson Patrol Officer Corey M. Green; Special Agent Michael A. Alongi of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and New Jersey State Police officers Daniel G. O’Brien, Wojciech Jastrzab, Matthew J. Benjamin, Louis S. Crisafulli, Cesar A. Garces, Richard Mondragon, Jeffrey R. Heimbach, Tyrone A. Coronato and Detective Sergeant Thomas M. Ryan.

Each of the individuals was selected by the 200 Club of Morris County for having displayed bravery and heroism in 2008 while putting their lives on the line to serve and protect others.