200 Club of Essex County Honors Public Safety Officers PDF Print E-mail

Newark – The 200 Club of Essex County, founded to assist the families of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty and the oldest such organization of its kind, will hold its 2010 Valor Awards luncheon on Thursday, May 6th at Mayfair Farms in West Orange at 11:30 a.m.

Established in 1966, The 200 Club of Essex County has raised nearly $2 million to support the spouses of fallen officers and to fund scholarships for their children through membership dues and the annual luncheon.

The 200 Club of Essex County, comprised of regional business and civic leaders, has spawned 18 similar charitable organizations throughout New Jersey. Arthur S. Guida, director of external affairs for PSE&G and The 200 Club president said, “This special organization is dedicated to the principle of caring for those who care for us.

Each year, our support from business and community leaders has dramatically increased.”

“The job of a police officer or firefighter is tougher today than ever before,” stated Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura, a member of The 200 Club’s board of trustees. “Law enforcement and firefighting are extremely hazardous professions which are performed at tremendous personal risk. The work of The 200 Club of Essex County is greatly appreciated by the entire public safety community and their families.”

According to Guida, eight local law enforcement officers, an Essex County Prosecutor’s detective, two New Jersey State Police troopers and nine local firefighters will be recognized for bravery, dedication to duty, courageous vigilance and selflessness during the upcoming Valor Awards luncheon which will feature New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow as the principal speaker.

Nominations for The 200 Club’s Valor Award are made by chiefs of Essex County’s municipal fire and law enforcement agencies and the commanding officers of federal, state and regional public safety departments. Valor Award recipients are selected by The 200 Club’s Executive Committee.

This year’s Valor Award recipients are:

Essex County Prosecutor’s Detective Christopher Smith and New Jersey State Troopers Paul Kochis and Rodrigo Nivea who disrupted an armed robbery in progress and captured five suspects;

Belleville Police Officers Charles Mollineaux and John Sente who rescued a mother and her teenager son who were hanging from a third floor window of a burning building;

Fairfield Police Sergeant David Proctor who pursued and captured three armed carjacking suspects;

Irvington Police Officer Michael Gardner who defused a street confrontation between two men and captured an armed suspect;

Irvington Firefighter Broden Swanson who rescued a family of five people from a residential fire;

West Orange Police Officer Timothy Groves who confronted and assisted in the capture of four armed robbers;

Newark Police Officers Kelly Bisignano and Edwin Carrero who disrupted an armed robbery in progress and captured two suspects;

Newark Firefighter Joseph Cuccolo who rescued an unconscious elderly female victim from a residential fire;

Newark Police Officer Richard Pisano who single-handedly disarmed and captured a suspect with a gun;

Newark Fire Captain Mark Hopkins and Firefighter Salvador Bidot who rescued an unconscious male victim from a building fire;

Newark Police Detectives Johnny Faulkner and Louis Weber who while on a plainclothes narcotics detail were confronted by a suspect armed with a gun;

Newark Fire Captains Robert Defroscia and Albert DeLeon and Firefighters David Cruz, Arthur Davis, Jr., and Sylvester Lee who rescued two unconscious males, a mother and her 18-month-old daughter from a residential fire.

Tickets for the annual 200 Club Valor Awards luncheon are available at $75 each. For more information and to purchase tickets contact 973-694-4982.