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2007 Awards


On March 3, 2007, Officer Lamey, Officer Ochs and Officer Reilly responded to 24 Tunison Lane for a reported structure fire.  Upon their arrival at the condominium complex, they observed the rooftop to be engulfed in flame.  Prior to the arrival of the Fire Company, Officers Lamey, Ochs and Reilly made forced entries into the affected homes to search for and evacuate any occupants.  Together, each Officer displayed extraordinary courage while risking their personal safety for the citizens of Bridgewater Township.


On June 28, 2007, Officer Savare conducted a routine motor vehicle stop which resulted in the arrest of the driver and passenger, both being NJ Wanted Persons.  Subsequent investigation revealed that the driver also possessed a stolen credit card.  During the arrest processing procedure, Officer Savare determined that the subjects had been staying at the Days Inn, room 209.  Detective Hoey responded to the motel and located a male and female.  A warrant check revealed both to be NJ Wanted Persons. Detective Hoey arrested these subjects and gained consent to search their room. This search yielded property that had been removed from a vehicle stolen at the Bridgewater Commons Mall earlier in the day.  As a result of this cooperative effort, the stolen vehicle was recovered in the Borough of Somerville and returned to the owner less than seven hours after being reported.  Together, Detective Hoey and Officer Savare are responsible for the quick recovery of the stolen vehicle and the arrest of four NJ Wanted Persons, resulting in an additional twenty indictable charges being lodged against them.


On February 21, 2007, Officer Bowers was on patrol when he was advised of a Stop and Hold bulletin initiated by the Hillsborough Police Department.  The driver of a vehicle registered in Easton Pennsylvania was a wanted suspect in the abduction and sexual assault of a twenty-six year-old female.  Officer Bowers altered his patrol techniques in order to position himself along the travel route to Easton Pa.  Soon afterward, Officer Bowers observed the suspect vehicle and initiated a motor vehicle stop on Route 22 East.  He detained the operator until Hillsborough Police Officers arrived. Subsequent to their investigation, the driver was charged with Kidnaping (1st degree) and Attempted Aggravated Sexual Assault (2nd degree).

MEDAL OF MERIT – Officer Ochs
LETTER OF COMMENDATION– Dispatcher Daniel Celaya

On July 30, 2007 at 0259 hours, a resident of 566 Downey Road dialed 911 reporting an Armed Home Invasion and Robbery at the residence.  The residents had been bound and pistol-whipped. Dispatcher Celaya received the call and began gathering information from the caller when the phone line was disconnected.  Dispatcher Celaya attempted to return calls to the victim however, they were unanswered.  He immediately dispatched Sergeant Nunery and Officers Sommers, Lamey, Ochs and Hennessey to the scene. Officer Ochs responded to Downey Road and observed two male subjects walking south which he immediately detained and interviewed with the assistance of Officer Lamey.  Officers Sommers and Hennessey responded to 566 Downey Road where Officer Sommers learned that one of the three suspects was armed with a handgun.  Officer Ochs and Officer Lamey placed the two suspects under arrest.  They were unarmed.  Officer Ochs continued searching for the third suspect, locating him hiding in a drainage pipe nearby.  Acting alone, Officer Ochs ordered him out at gunpoint. The suspect refused to cooperate and was physically dragged from the drainage pipe and taken into custody by Officer Ochs.  While searching nearby, Officer Hennessey located an unoccupied White Lincoln Town Car utilized by the suspects.  Sergeant Nunery responded to the scene while monitoring and aiding the actions of the responding Officers.  After learning that all three suspects had been located and placed under arrest, Sergeant Nunery continued his search for evidence.  While checking the dew-soaked lawns on Downey Road, Sergeant Nunery followed depressions in the grass leading him to a black semiautomatic handgun which he subsequently recovered. All of the officers are commended for their quick response to the scene, courage and investigative skills which resulted in the quick arrest of three dangerous criminals.

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