Marlboro Township (N.J.) Police Department officers saved the life of an unconscious woman while off-duty.
The National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum (NLEMM) is pleased to announce the December 2021 Officers of the Month: Lieutenant Nicholas Szymanski, Detective Sergeant John Bise, Sergeant Andrew Goldberg, and Communications Operator Paul Lorenz, of the Marlboro Township (N.J.) Police Department.
After participating in the Police Unity Tour in Washington, D.C., these four officers stopped at the Maryland House Travel Plaza, where they noticed an elderly woman lying unconscious on the ground. When they checked on her, she was not breathing, and they couldn’t find a pulse.
The officers immediately began cardiopulmonary resuscitation. A short time later, the woman began to breathe on her own and eventually regained consciousness. She was then taken to a hospital for further treatment.
Later, members of the Township Council and Mayor Jonathan Hornik honored the four officers with the Hometown Hero Award.
According to a Central Jersey article, Marlboro Police Chief Peter Pezzullo said, “I am extremely proud of the actions these officers and department members took while they were off-duty. Without hesitation, they relied on their training, provided emergency care and saved a life. They are true professionals, and we are grateful to have them serve the fine residents and community of Marlboro.”
“We are delighted to present this prestigious award to these four officers for their bravery and immediate call to action,” said Marcia Ferranto, CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. “Their heroic efforts saved a life that day, and we are honored to be able to highlight yet another wonderful story of our law enforcement officers.”
The Officer of the Month Award Program is sponsored by the Police Unity Tour and recognizes federal, state, and local officers who distinguish themselves through exemplary law enforcement service and devotion to duty.