Friday, 06 May 2011 17:55 Jerry DeMarco
A car with two fleeing occupants had just knocked down Fair Lawn Police Officer Kenneth Cavanaugh when the driver accelerated straight for Sgt. Michael Messina. The car sent Messina flying, but not before he squeezed off two well-aimed shots into the hood. For their bravery, both officers were honored by the 200 Club this week.
Messina, Cavanaugh, flanked by brother officers
“We see members of the public safety community put themselves in harm’s way every day,” Fair Lawn Police Officer and PBA Executive Board Member Michael O'Brien told CLIFFVIEW PILOT
. "Kenny and Mike exemplify the true meaning of honor, courage and service to others without regard for their own safety.”
The 200 Club also gave its top honor, the 2011 Valor Award, to Paramus Police Officers Rachel Morgan, who was shot by a fleeing suspect this year, and Ryan Hayo, who came to her rescue. (SEE
: Officer publicly thanks friends, family -- and her hero
"Bravery is its own great reward,” Fair Lawn Detective and PBA President David Boone told more than 600 people gathered at the Marriott at Glenpointe in Teaneck for The 200 Club of Bergen County's 25th annual awards luncheon.. “But recognition helps us realize its full magnitude and sacrifice."
Besides the Paramus and Fair Lawn officers, more than a dozen others received awards from The 200 Club. They include:
Carlstadt Patrol Officers John Sanzari
and Dominick Parillo
, who grabbed a pair of thieves during a gunpoint warehouse robbery, one of whom broke Parillo’s jaw. Thanks to the two suspects, investigators uncovered a ring headed by a group of New York City police officers, both retired and on the job. All were federally prosecuted. (SEE
: CLIFFVIEW PILOT COVERAGE
East Rutherford Police Officer Kevn Felten
, who was burned and sustained smoke inhalation in rescuing a resident about to jump from the third floor of a burning building.
Fort Lee Police Lt. Patrick Kissane
and Detective Philip Ross
, who grabbed a suicidal 13-year-old boy before he could jump from a 32-story high-rise.
Hackensack Deputy Fire Chief Fred Longobardi, Police Lt. Richard Katz
and firefighter Michael Oates
, who pulled a man from a burning vehicle.
Hackensack Police Detective John Dalton
, who found two men carrying a pair of handguns -- one with dried blood on it, the other fully loaded -- during a motor vehicle stop.
New Jersey State Trooper Joshua Coppola, EMTs Gregory Foley
and David Kaczor
and MICPs Sean Scott and William Werner
of Hackensack University Medical Center, who saved the life of a New York police officer whose jugular vein and corotid artery were severed by an object that hurtled through the windshield of his car on Route 80.
Northvale Police Chief Vincent St. Angelo
and Police Officer Michael Graham
, who rescued four family members from a house in which deadly levels of carbon monoxide had escaped.
Retired Palisades Park Fire Chief Thomas Cusker
, who received the John R. Rinaldi Award for his "outstanding service and dedication” to his department and the Bergen County Fire Chiefs Association.
South Hackensack Police Officer Peter Bongiovanni
(now with the county police) and Little Ferry Patrol Officer John Clark
, who evacuated a burning spa on Route 46, getting all employees and patrons out safely. (SEE
: CLIFFVIEW PILOT COVERAGE
Teaneck Police Sgt. Scott Tesser
, who snatched a pair of scissors from a suicidal pregnant woman so other officers could grab hold of her and have her hospitalized.