At its regular meeting Monday, Shrewsbury Council recognized several of its police officers for displaying exemplary service this past year during two very different calls that both demonstrated quick and effective response.
On Feb. 13, officers responded to an emergency call from the Arc of Monmouth County's Shrewsbury location. When Sgt. Louis Fitzgerald and Ptlm. James Ramsey arrived at the Broad Street facility they found an Arc client choking and nearing loss of consciousness.
After several attempts, officers and Arc staff were able to dislodge the obstruction from the chocking victim's throat, helping resolve an emergency that could have become deadly if not handled quickly. For their efforts, council recognized Fitzgerald and Ramsey with Police Life Saving Commendations.
Several members of the Shrewsbury Police Department also showed exemplary service when responding to a call for backup from Tinton Falls police.
According to Councilman Tom Menapace, Shrewsbury was called in to assist following reports of a large fight in the parking lot of a Comfort Inn in Tinton Falls on July 21. Ptlm. Derek Myers arrived on scene first and aided police from a neighboring department in a foot pursuit of several suspects. Soon after, Fitzgerald and Ptlm. Ryan Cullinane arrived on scene. As commanding officer, Fitzgerald took over at the scene of the crime, which would eventually be declared a murder scene.
Cullinane helped identify a license plate, which was later used to track down and arrest 19-year-old Darren Harbison, who was later arrested and charged in the stabbing death of 19-year-old Neptune resident Malcolm Carter.
The efforts of the three officers was acknolwedged with Police Honorable Service Commendations.
Councilman Anthony Pellegrino, captain of the Shrewsbury first aid and rescue squad, was presented with a First Aid Life Saving Commendation for his response to the Feb. 13 Arc emergency.