17 Honored For Valor By 200 Club

MOUNTAINSIDE — The Two Hundred Club of Union County will present the Medal of Valor to 17 individuals at this year’s annual awards luncheon today at L’Affaire in Mountainside.

The following individuals will receive awards:

  • During a drug arrest on Sept. 21, 2010, Detective Michael A. Black of the Plainfield Police Department confronted an armed man who threatened police and a room full of people. As a result of his bravery, police were able to arrest the suspect.
  • Acting Captain Steve O’Gorman of the Elizabeth Fire Department helped save a mother and her three children from an apartment fire on Nov. 25, 2010.
  • Sgt. Anthony DeCarlo and Officer Edward O’Donnell of the Rahway Police Department arrested a suspect who was armed with a homemade spear and concealed knife at the Kings Inn Motel on Route 1 on April 16, 2010. Both officers displayed bravery in the face of danger while protecting not only themselves but also innocent civilians who were at the scene.
  • While off duty, Firefighter/EMT Louis N. Cerchio III of the Westfield Fire Department helped rescue a mother and her son who were being pulled out to sea by strong waves at Point Pleasant on Sept. 19, 2010.
  • Officers Orlando Barros and Paul Tillotson of the Elizabeth Police Department stopped an armed robbery at the Knights Inn on Spring Street on Nov. 6, 2010.
  • Officers Frank Banos, John Cockinos and Timothy Stapfer of the Elizabeth Police Department ran towards the sound of gunfire and apprehended two armed suspects at Vine Street on Sept. 24, 2010.
  • Officers Humberto Alvarez, Rony Cruz, Jose Escaleira and Kevin Meagher, Jr. of the Elizabeth Police Department arrested an armed suspect following a car chase from Elizabeth into Newark on Sept. 19, 2010.
  • Officers Lamar Boone, Eric Martins and James Szpond of the Elizabeth Police Department apprehended an armed suspect who shot at them on Oct. 24, 2010. The officers chose not to return fire because of the risk to pedestrians in the area.

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