Two Officers earn "Life Saving Medal" for actions in Jefferson Township

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Morris County Office of Emergency Management Director Jeffrey Paul, Commander of the county’s Special Operations Group (SOG) and Detective Christina Kovacs were honored for saving a man’s life in Jefferson Township under harrowing circumstances.

During the 2019 Medal Day Ceremony Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon awarded LIFE SAVING MEDAL to Sheriff’s Office Detective Christina Kovacs and Jeffrey Paul, who also is commander of the Special Operations Group (SOG) that provides medical support to SERT members. 

On July 14, 2019, SERT and SOG responded to a reported shooting at a home in Jefferson Township, with the alleged perpetrator believed to still be at-large. One victim, speaking by telephone to Jefferson police, indicated he was wounded, that minors were in the house, and he did not know the whereabouts of the alleged shooter.

SERT members, Jefferson Township police and SOG members Detective Kovacs and Commander Paul entered the home. While SERT and Jefferson police cleared the home and removed the minors, Detective Kovacs and Commander Paul rendered lifesaving medical treatment to the victim inside the home. Without hesitation in an extremely dynamic scene, they stabilized and transported the victim out of the “hot zone” and to a higher level of care.

Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon Applauds Officers and Non-Sworn Staff for Courage, Dedication and Mettle at 2019 Medal Day Ceremony

Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon on Friday, November 15, recognized and applauded notable achievements made by Agency Officers and non-sworn staff in the Bureaus of Law Enforcement and Corrections over the past 12 months, during his 2019 Medal Day ceremony held at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

The event that drew together Commanding Officers, colleagues, family members and friends was solemnized by the presentation of colors by the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Joint Honor Guard. Sheriff’s Office Detective Captain Denise Thornton and Bureau of Corrections Lieutenant Andrew Bileci announced the awards for Officers and staff in their respective bureaus while Sheriff Gannon handed out plaques and medals.

“In the most positive way, we are redefining the meaning and boundaries of being law enforcement Officers,” said Sheriff Gannon, Morris County’s 77th Sheriff. “I love the history of Morris County and I think we are adding to its outstanding history through our programs, the services we share with all 39 municipalities, and the ways we connect with the community.”

All award recipients were aware they would be honored at the ceremony except for Bureau of Corrections Captain Robert McCaffrey, a 25-year Officer who recently received his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from County College of Morris and was given an award for educational excellence.

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