Dr. Christopher Rodriguez, Director of New Jersey’s Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness was the guest speaker.
The 200 Club recognizes police, fire and first aid members who have gone above and beyond in their service to the community every year.
Special Recognition was given to members of Asbury Park Police Street Crime Unit including: Lt. David Desane; Sgt. Lorenzo Pettway; Sgt. Kamil Warraich; Officer Fil Lao; Officer Sean DeShader; Officer Joe Leon; Officer Thomas Gogan and Officer Jay’von Britt.
The street crime unit consists of two squads which work alternation days to provide seven day a week coverage in crime ridden areas of the city.
The unit made 1219 arrests, 48 recovered firearms, seizure of $17,000 in drug proceeds and 18 vehicles.
Merit Awards were given to Capt. Robert Pasquariello; Firefighter Paul Annunziata and Firefighter Keith Dilello for a call on May 13 when they responded to a worker trapped under 13 slabs of marble. After several attempts the firefighters executed a successful outcome.
Valor Awards were given to; Sgt. Kamil Warraich; Officer Carl Christie for an incident May 30 at Family Day when they saw a known gang member with a gun, chased him and recovered the gun.
Valor Awards were given to; Officer Terrance McGhee; Officer Stephen Love; Officer Keith Ludwig; Officer Frank Sangi; Officer Allen Williams for a Nov. 4 arrested related to shootings related to gang activity when officers chased perpetrators on foot and recovered illegal firearms. A child was shot during the incident and police administered first aid.
Valor Awards were given to Firefight/EMT John Oswin and Firefighter/EMT Christian Stevens for an incident at the construction site on the Sunset Lake bridge when they responded to a 911 call and were able to rescue a man who had jumped into the lake in a suicide attempt.
The man was facedown when responders arrived and administered shock treatments with an AED eventually getting a pulse and transporting the man to an area hospital.
Construction at the site hindered emergency personnel from getting to the man causing them to enter the lake from the Ocean Township side, swim to the victim and lift him up to first aid members.