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April 11, 2016

The 200 Club of Morris County To Award Scholarships To 20 High School Seniors

The 200 Club of Morris County, an organization of area businesspeople working to support first responders, will award scholarships to 20 graduating high school seniors. The recipients are all children of police officers, firefighters or emergency medical technicians or are students who, themselves, volunteer as firefighters or EMTs who serve Morris County.

The awards dinner is slated for 6 p.m. May 16 at Zeris Inn in Mountain Lakes. Reservation and sponsorship information can be found here.

“The 200 Club works hard to support those who keep us safe,” said James Gannon, president of the club. “We’re well known for our Valor Awards, given to public safety personnel who risk their lives, and for the support we give to widows and orphans of those who die in the line of duty. But giving this scholarship is one of the joyful things we do.”

The $5,000 scholarships were won by 20 seniors who demonstrated extraordinary dedication to their studies. To be eligible, students must demonstrate excellence in academic performance, community service and extracurricular activities. Financial need also is taken into consideration.

Winners this year are:
• Ryan M. Ailara, Sparta
• Robert H. Alfano, Pompton Lakes
• Sarah Anwar Ansari, Parsippany
• Robert C. Beiermeister, Boonton
• Kristina Melanie Beyer, Morris Plains
• Marissa M. Conroy, Mine Hill
• Anthony R. DePalma, Kinnelon
• Allison E. DePuyt, Bloomingdale
• Allison DeStefano, Pequannock
• Matthew C. Gallo, Whippany
• Rebecca Marie Rodriguez, Morris Plains
• Mark Romeo, Towaco
• Gionna L. Rossi, Blairstown
• Cindy C. Rullo, East Hanover
• Ashley M. Russo, Wharton
• Stephen W. Schollmeyer, Randolph
• Stephanie P. Sudit, Morris Plains
• Taylor Melissa Woytas, Whippany
• Morgan S. Young, Randolph
• Jian Zabalerio, Morristown

“The parents of these children put their lives on the line to protect us,” said Gannon. “These scholarships are a way to thank them and to assure that we’ll have well-educated, excellent leaders needed to assure a safe and secure society in the future.”

The annual scholarship is open to children with a parent actively serving with or retired from a Morris County police department, fire department, ambulance squad, the New Jersey State Police or as a paramedic with a Morris County-based hospital. Students whose parents are actively serving with a federal or state law enforcement agency also are eligible, as are students who, themselves, volunteer as firefighters or EMTs.

Students may be planning to attend college or post-high school vocational school.

The 200 Club began sponsoring the scholarships in 1982. Since then, hundreds of students have received the awards.

March 20, 2016

Thirty-nine Morris County First-Responders Honored For Bravery By the 200 Club

Firefighters, police and emergency medical providers risked their lives in 11 incidents involving fires, car accidents, gas-filled homes and other emergencies in Morris County towns.

It’s the stuff reality television is made of, but it was real:
• A Hanover Township police officer positioned his patrol vehicle in the path of a drunk driver traveling at high speed to prevent other officers from being struck.
• Police officers and firefighters rescuing victims from burning homes in three incidents.
• Police officers rendering care to people trapped in burning cars.

The public safety professionals – volunteer and professional – who performed these and other gallant rescues will be honored April 28 by the 200 Club of Morris County, an organization of individuals who support first responders. Police officers, firefighters, paramedics and emergency medical technicians who put their lives at risk earn the Valor Award. Those whose work was above and beyond the call of duty are awarded the Meritorious Award. A total of 39 public safety providers will receive honors.

“We’re very lucky to have individuals like these keeping us safe here in Morris County,” said James M. Gannon, president of the 200 Club. “It’s an honor to recognize their good work.”

Honored this year are:

• Northern New Jersey EMS Communications Dispatcher Jo-Ann Mellor; Saint Clare’s Hospital paramedics James Correale and Sarah Crellin; and Denville Fire Department members Kevin Andreano, assistant chief, Kyle Colin, firefighter/EMT, Travis Dean, first aid lieutenant, Bill Keating, first aid captain, Edward Saniewski, past deputy fire chief, and Chris Seugling, assistant fire chief. This group of people came together in response to a possible drowning of a 13-year-old boy in a pool. The team worked together to resuscitate the boy, who survived with almost no ill effects. These nine first responders are receiving a Meritorious Team Award.

• Parsippany Fire Department District 5 members Pat Calabrese, firefighter; David Cavaliere, past chief; Anthony Condurso, firefighter; Carl Fales, firefighter; and Michael Lambert, lieutenant. While these volunteer firefighters were preparing for the department’s weekly work session, a car pulled into the firehouse driveway. The man driving the car said his wife was unresponsive and not breathing. The firefighters immediately began caring for the woman, performing CPR and using an automatic external defibrillator, until EMTs and paramedics arrived. The woman made a full recovery. For their actions, these five firefighters are receiving a Meritorious Team Award.

• New Jersey State Troopers Richard Dowling and Andrew Koehler, along with State Police Detective I Anthony Sardanopoli, were en route to an assignment when they came across a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 80 in Rockaway. Although the car was smoking, the troopers worked together to rescue the badly injured man, who was trapped in the vehicle. Using fire extinguishers to keep flames at bay, the trio provided care for the man for almost 20 minutes before additional help arrived. They then created a zone of safety for other first responders to work. It took 30 minutes for firefighters to remove the man, who was airlifted to the hospital. The man survived his injuries, thanks to the troopers. The three men are receiving Meritorious Awards for their actions.

• Sergeants Michael G. Dachisen Jr. and Jason R. Tozzi are receiving Meritorious Awards for their actions during the initial response to a possible drowning in White Meadow Lake on a cold winter’s night. By working together and using a borrowed canoe, the pair rescued one man who had fallen out of a canoe. Unfortunately, a second canoeist perished.

• East Hanover Police Officers Jesse M. Novalis and Joseph A. Zeppetelli, and East Hanover Fire Capt. Joseph J. Sperli entered a home filled with natural gas and rescued a 39-year-old woman who was using the gas in a suicide attempt. Capt. Sperli then went back in the house to ensure that the gas was off and opened windows and doors to ventilate the home. Capt. Sperli was off duty at the time. Each is being presented with a Meritorious Award.

• Rockaway Borough Police Officers Peter Krowiak and James Lommatzsch, and Rockaway Borough Fire Department members Jeffrey Heintzelman, second assistant chief, and Robert Smith, firefighter The four men responded to a house fire in which a 75-year-old woman was inside, panicking because her disabled son was upstairs. Krowiak and Lommatzsch were first on the scene and were able to quickly rescue the woman. Officer Krowiak went back into the house through heavy smoke and heat to try to rescue the woman’s son. After tending briefly to the mother, Lommatzsch followed him in. The pair was trying to carry the man down the stairs as burning ceiling tiles fell around them and the fire intensified. Heintzelman, who responded directly to the scene and had no turnout gear, and Smith met the two police officers and assisted them with removing the handicapped, badly burned man to waiting EMS. While the mother survived the fire, the son did not. Both police officers were treated for smoke inhalation. Officer Krowiak suffered permanent damage to his nasal passages and lost his sense of smell. For their efforts, Krowiak and Lommatzsch are being awarded the Award of Valor and Heintzelman and Smith are being honored with Meritorious Awards.

• Valor Awards will be presented to 1st Assistant Fire Chief Tyler Wargo of the Flanders Fire & Rescue Co. #1 and to Mount Olive Township Patrolmen John Bevacqua and David Hering for rescuing a blind man trapped in a burning apartment. Arriving at the scene of the apartment fire moments apart, the three learned the 86-year-old man was still inside. The police officers called to the man, but he refused to come out because he was concerned that his wife was still inside. The three men, none of them with protective clothing or breathing apparatus, moved into the smoke-filled apartment to lead the man out. Although no engine company had arrived on scene with water, Wargo tried to go back into the apartment to search for the woman. Heavy smoke and heat pushed him back. It was later confirmed that there was nobody else inside the apartment.

• Valiant rescue work by two off-duty New Jersey State troopers and a Mount Olive Township police officer at a house fire led to each receiving an Award of Valor for rescuing a woman. New Jersey State Troopers Adam Gonzalez and Justin Storie spotted the house fire on their way home after their shift at the Netcong Barracks. After calling in the fire, they went to the house and could hear a woman calling for help. Mount Olive Patrolman George Jadue arrived moments later. The trio worked together to rescue the woman. The three then re-entered the home to confirm that the woman’s son was not there. All three rescuers were treated for smoke inhalation and cuts and bruises and released. The woman also was treated for smoke inhalation and released.

• Kinnelon Borough Patrolmen Mark Ehrenburg and Rickey Ferriola are being honored for rescuing a woman trapped in a car that had crashed, rolled onto its roof and started burning. With the fire growing in intensity, the two officers worked together to cut the victim’s seat belt and remove her from the burning car. In Hollywood style, the car burst into flames just as the two patrolmen pulled the woman through the window of the car. The woman made a full recovery and was charged with driving while intoxicated and several other charges. Ehrenburg and Ferriola will receive the Award of Valor for the efforts.

• Pequannock Township Police Officers Kenneth R. Hunt, Jack Lyon, Christopher S. Nelson and Kevin E. Ricciardi will receive Awards of Valor for their desperate attempts to free a man from a burning car. The incident began with a minor car crash. When officers arrived to investigate, the driver, who appeared to be disoriented, took off from the first crash scene and led police on a chase. At one point in the chase, the driver crossed the line and slammed head-on into an on-coming car, which burst into flames. Fighting off the intensifying flames with their fire extinguishers, the officers attempted to free the heavily entrapped man. Unable to do so, they continued to try to keep the flames away and rendered what care they could. The man was finally freed by the Wayne Township Fire Department and taken to the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

• Hanover Township Patrolman Robert L. Carpenter III arrived at a motor vehicle accident with injuries on Interstate 287 South. He positioned his SUV across the roadway to protect the passengers involved in the crash and two State Troopers working the roadway among the parts on the road. As he did so, he observed headlights in his rear view mirror, noticing that the approaching vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed and not slowing. Moving his vehicle would have prevented a collision with his police unit, but would have resulted in the vehicle smashing into the already-injured civilians and the troopers. Carpenter pushed the brake pedal down as hard as he could and braced himself. Seconds later, the speeding vehicle slammed into Carpenter’s SUV. The driver of the car that hit Carpenter was found to be under the influence. Carpenter survived the horrific crash and is being presented with an Award of Valor. In a footnote of irony, Carpenter usually drives a sedan, which would not have absorbed the impact as well as the SUV did.

“All of these first responders acted quickly, professionally and without regard for their own safety,” said Gannon. “Our police officers, firefighters and EMS professionals rarely get the recognition they deserve, so we’re thrilled to honor their selfless and brave work.”

January 1, 2016

Gannon named president of Morris County organization that supports public safety personnel

The 200 Club of Morris County, a group of area businesspeople who support local police, fire and EMS providers, has selected a former top-ranking police officer as its president.

James M. Gannon, former Deputy Chief of Investigations at the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, was selected as the 2016 200 Club president. He has been a trustee with the club for many years. While serving at the Prosecutor’s Office, Gannon served with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. Gannon formerly served with the Boonton Police Department and Boonton Township Police Department.

“Public safety crews provide such an important service to each of us,” said Gannon. “The 200 Club is proud to provide our police officers, firefighters, EMTs and paramedics with encouragement and support. I know firsthand how important that is. In the current climate, our work takes on added significance and we encourage others who value these lifesavers to join us.”

Other officers this year include Bill Lockwood, senior vice president; James Rizzo, senior vice president; Joe Marts, vice president; Lori Patrick Hager Esq. , vice president; Damien Paumi, treasurer; John Corigliano, assistant treasurer; and Ron Barnett, secretary.

Trustees include Susan Ceravolo, Robert D’Emidio, Joseph Jannarone Jr., John Mania, Dennis Patrick, Janet Rapisardi, Michelle Slapa, Joyce Stager and Frank Zupa.

Past President Lou Nisivoccia becomes chairman of the board.

May 11, 2015

200 Club of Morris County Awards Scholarships
To 20 High School Seniors, All Children of Area First Responders

The 200 Club of Morris County, an organization of area businesspeople working to support first responders, awarded scholarships to 20 graduating high school seniors. The recipients are all children of police officers, firefighters or emergency medical technicians.

“The 200 Club works hard to support those who keep us safe,” said Lou Nisivoccia, president of the club. “We’re well known for our Valor Awards, given to public safety people who risk their lives, and for the support we give to widows and orphans of those who die in the line of duty. But giving this scholarship is one of the joyful things we do.”

The $5,000 scholarships were won by 20 seniors who demonstrated extraordinary dedication to their studies. To be eligible, students must demonstrate excellence in academic performance, community service and extracurricular activities. Financial need also is taken into consideration.

Winners this year are:
• Anastasia M. Bohon, Boonton. Public safety affiliation: fire service
• Elizabeth M. Boyle, Riverdale. Public safety affiliation: fire service
• Eva R. Cavanaugh, Morris Plains. Public safety affiliation: fire service
• Kevin Cortright, Whippany. Public safety affiliation: fire service
• Abigail J. Davidson, Morris Plains. Public safety affiliation: fire service
• Dana N. Demnitz, Morris Plains. Public safety affiliation: police
• Jenna M. DeVincenzo, Caldwell. Public safety affiliation: police
• Kaileigh E. Estler, Morris Plains. Public safety affiliation: fire service
• Nicholas P. Karr, Morris Plains. Public safety affiliation: fire service & EMS
• Patrick A. Kennedy, Hackettstown. Public safety affiliation: police
• Casey Krickus, Long Valley. Public safety affiliation: EMS
• Alexi S. Martin, Oak Ridge. Public safety affiliation: EMS
• John K. McNamara III, Morristown. Public safety affiliation: police
• Kelsey M. Muir, Woodland Park. Public safety affiliation: State Police
• Nicole Pascale, Randolph. Public safety affiliation: police
• Olivia P. Polise, Chatham. Public safety affiliation: EMS
• Farah Randelia, Parsipanny. Public safety affiliation: EMS
• Hope E. Schwartz, Stanhope. Public safety affiliation: police
• Sarah Serafino, Oak Ridge. Public safety affiliation: EMS
• Andrew Robert Vex, Rockaway. Public safety affiliation: fire service

“The parents of these children put their lives on the line to protect us,” said Nisivoccia. “These scholarships are a way to thank them and to assure that we’ll have well-educated, excellent leaders needed to assure a safe and secure society in the future.”

Winners received their awards May 11 at the Zeris Inn, Mountain Lakes.

The annual scholarship is open to children with a parent actively serving with or retired from a Morris County police department, fire department, ambulance squad, the New Jersey State Police or as a paramedic with a Morris County-based hospital. Students whose parents are actively serving with a federal or state law enforcement agency also are eligible, as are students who, themselves, volunteer as firefighters or EMTs.

Children may be planning to attend college or post-high school vocational school.

The 200 Club began sponsoring the scholarships in 1982. Since then, hundreds of students have received the awards.

Founded in 1971, the club has distributed more than $4 million in benefits to police officers, firefighters and emergency medical services workers and their families.

March 16, 2015

200 Club of Morris County Honors 30 First Responders with Annual Valor Awards;
Honorees Include Five Police Officers Who De-Escalated Deadly Situations

As the nation debates the use of deadly force by police, five officers are being honored for resolving dangerous situations without opening fire in three separate incidents in Morris County.

The five police officers are among 30 first responders being honored by the 200 Club of Morris County at its Valor and Meritorious Awards Dinner April 30 at Birchwood Manor in Whippany. The other first-responders are being honored for their work at two fires in Roxbury.

This also is the first year that two civilians are being cited for their assistance to police.

All of the award-winners are being honored for going above and beyond the call of duty at incidents in Morris County during 2014. Police officers, firefighters, paramedics and emergency medical technicians who put their lives at risk earn the Valor Award. Those whose work was above and beyond the call of duty are awarded the Meritorious Service Award.

“We’re very lucky to have individuals like these keeping us safe here in Morris County,” said Lou Nisivoccia, president of the 200 Club. “It’s an honor to recognize their good work.”

Three local police officers, one state trooper and one retired officer found themselves in deadly confrontations in separate incidents. Although their lives were threatened, they were able to resolve the situation without resorting to deadly force. Honored in those incidents are:

• Kennelon Patrolman Douglas Shortway. Shortway pursued a 26-year-old suicidal man into the woods. The man was carrying a razor knife. Shortway found him behind a tree, still holding the knife. He ordered the man to drop the knife, but the man refused and began approaching the officer with the knife, stating that he wanted to die. Shortway drew his firearm to protect himself, but continued to talk to the man and eventually convinced him that suicide wasn’t the answer. The man turned out to be a U.S. Marine suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome. Taken into custody without harm, the man received treatment for a drug overdose and for his PTSD and has since made a full recovery. Shortway is being awarded the Meritorious Service Award.

• Chatham Borough Police Officers Jeffrey Battiloro and Matthew Belcastro, and retired New York City Police Officer Brian Hart. Battiloro and Belcastro were hurt trying to subdue a suspect who attempted to cash a fraudulent bank withdrawal slip. Battiloro arrived at the bank first and challenged the suspect inside the bank. The suspect attacked Battiloro. The two struggled, falling over furniture and displays. Battiloro was struck repeatedly in the chest as he tried to hang on to the suspect. With Battiloro suffering from chest, leg, back, hip and shoulder injuries from the fight, the suspect was able to break free. Belcastro arrived just as the suspect broke Battiloro’s grip. Belcastro took up the pursuit, at one point grabbing the suspect. They fell to the street and Belcastro struck his shoulder, breaking his collar bone. Nevertheless, he got up and continued the pursuit, cornering the suspect. Belcastro drew his weapon, but the suspect charged at him. Despite his injuries, Belcastro was able to secure his weapon and wrestle the man to the ground. Hart, a Chatham resident, saw the scuffle and assisted Belcastro as he handcuffed the suspect. The two injured officers will receive the Award of Valor and Hart will receive the Meritorious Service Award.

• State Trooper James Hamill. While helping Montville Police search for a man who fled from a motor vehicle stop, Hamill spotted a man fitting the suspect’s description. Hamill had already been warned that the man was armed with a large knife. Hamill turned on his overhead lights and a spotlight, got out of his car and ordered the man to stop. Hamill continued to call the man, who eventually turned to face Hamill. The knife was visible in the suspect’s left front pocket. As Hamill continued to order the man to get down on the ground, the suspect refused to comply and reached for the knife. Hamill drew his weapon. Again, he ordered the man to raise his hands and drop to the ground. Again, the man refused. Hamill noticed the man was distracted by passing traffic. He tackled the suspect when he was looking at the traffic and brought him to the ground. Although the suspect continued to resist, the trooper eventually was able to subdue and handcuff the suspect. For his efforts, Hamill is receiving an Award of Valor. Hamill also received the Valor Award in 2012 for extricating a driver from a submerged car in the Whippany River.

“All of these men showed remarkable composure and professionalism facing down these dangerous criminals,” said Nisivoccia. “Any of these situations could have easily ended in gunfire, but none did.”

Two house fires in Roxbury, just days apart, led to the remaining awards.

On Jan. 23, Roxbury firefighters responding to a fire were told there could be a victim on the second floor. Firefighters Richard Bizzari and Keith Journey entered the burning house to search for the occupant and found him face down on the second floor. Other firefighters moved in to assure that Bizzari, Journey and the victim could get out. Once outside, a team of firefighters, emergency medical technicians and paramedics went to work on the victim, who had been facedown, inhaling deadly fire gasses and was now barely breathing. Because of the team’s efforts, the man has made a full recovery.

For their efforts, Bizzari and Journey are being awarded the Award of Valor. Other members of the team who are receiving the Meritorious Service Award include:

• Lt. Pam Karkovice and Dawn Ward, Roxbury Fire Department’s EMS Unit.;

• Saint Clare’s Paramedics Greg Doltz and Christopher Kannaley;

• Alan Bookspan and Jennifer Johnson, Stanhope-Netcong American Legion Ambulance Corps;

• These firefighters from the Roxbury Fire Department: Michael Blewett, Carl Bonafede, Nate Grawher, Matthew Jasiecki, Kelsie Karkovice, Bill Koroski, Amanda Montrose, David Ward Sr.; Tyler Blewett, Brian Foote, Kirk Keyes, Gerogry Montose and Thomas Ryan.

Just four days later, four Roxbury police officers were first on the scene at another house fire after being alerted by passerby Alexis May. May, a civilian, stopped her car after reporting the fire and went to the home to try to get people out. She informed the dispatcher that there were several cars in the driveway and a wheelchair ramp. When police arrived, Ms. May told them that she had alerted a man in the house and he had gone back in to get his handicapped wife.

The four officers were able to help the man and his wife escape from the home while coordinating their efforts with firefighters and EMS personnel. There were no injuries and firefighters were able to save the home. The four officers receiving Meritorious Service Awards are Sgt. Steve Curtiss, Patrolman John Field, Patrolman Tom Gaboda and Patrolman Jack Sylvester. In addition, Ms. May will receive a special citation from the 200 Club.

Dinner tickets and sponsorships are available by calling the 200 Club at (732) 279-4258.

January 15, 2015

200 Club Scholarships Available for High School Seniors

The 200 Club of Morris County is pleased to announce the 2015 Scholarship Awards Program.

Scholarships are awarded on a one-time basis for the 2015-2016 academic year. Award criteria include academic performance, community service, extracurricular activities and financial need.

The Scholarship Committee will review and approve applications impartially with no knowledge of the applicants' identifies. Announcement of the awards are made in April. Our Awards Dinner takes place in May.

Qualifications

Applications are limited to high school seniors meeting at least one of the following criteria*

The applicant's parent is actively serving with a Morris County Police Department, other law enforcement agency, Fire Department, Ambulance Squad or the New Jersey State Police
The applicant's parent retired from one of the above public safety agencies and has satisfied that agency's retirement requirements
The applicant is an active member of one of these departments in a voluntary capacity
The applicant resides in Morris County and their parent is actively serving with a Federal or State law enforcement agency

ELIGIBILITY*

Eligibility does not include children of personnel working in public safety departments in clerical, crossing guard or other non-public safety duties.
Children of members of The 200 Club of Morris County are not eligible.
All eligible students may apply without regard to race, religion, color or gender.

DEADLINE

Applications for the 2015-2016 school year must be completed by Friday, March 1, 2015

January 1, 2015

Nisivoccia named president of Morris County organization that supports public safety personnel

A local organization that supports Morris County’s first responders has re-elected most of its officers to lead the 200 Club of Morris County through 2015.

Randolph resident Lou Nisivoccia, founder and managing director of Nisivoccia Consulting LLC, will serve a second term as president of the 200 Club. He has been a member for many years. He has been involved with many facets of the organization’s operations, including recruiting new members and increasing public awareness of the group. The 200 Club reported that its membership rolls exceeded 1,000 members for the first time in several years.

“We owe so much to local police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians who protect us every day,” said Nisivoccia. “Membership dues allow us offer death benefits to survivors and scholarships to the children of local heroes. Joining the 200 Club is a great opportunity to say thank you and we’ll be looking for new members and new opportunities to serve our protectors.”

Jack Van Orden, owner of Morristown Tire Co., returns as the chairman of the board. Other officers re-elected included John Corigliano, senior vice president; Bill Lockwood, senior vice president; James Rizzo, vice president; Joe Marts, vice president; Peter Kenny, treasurer; Robert Skeele, assistant treasurer; and Ronald Barnett, secretary.

Trustees include Van Orden, James Gannon, John Mania, Dennis Patrick, Michelle Patrick, Lori Patrick, Janet Rapisardi, Joyce Stager, and Laverne Wolfanger.

June 6, 2014

Rizzo Named Vice President of 200 Club of Morris County

The 200 Club of Morris County, an organization that supports local first-responders, has elected James Rizzo, of Morris Township, as vice president.

A member of The 200 Club for 15 years, Rizzo has been serving as a trustee.

Rizzo, who is active in several charities, has a natural affinity for supporting police officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel: He majored in law enforcement and business at Glassboro State College. Today, Rizzo represents InterCounty Paving Associates in New Jersey and New York. But when he's not selling construction materials, Rizzo is involved in several activities that help others.

He has been serving as a trustee of the 200 Club and has been involved with attracting new members and spreading the word about the good things the 200 Club does for the people who keep Morris County safe.

"It's a no brainer," says Rizzo. "Anyone who would put their life at risk to help someone else deserves our support. Why wouldn't you get involved with a group that helps the kids of people who help everyone in the county? I like to get people involved in a good cause, and The 200 Club is a great cause."

The 200 Club is, perhaps, best known for its Valor Awards, given to public safety personnel who go above and beyond in the line of duty. But The 200 Club also provides financial and other support for families left behind when a police officer, firefighter, emergency medical technician or paramedic dies in the line of duty. The organization also gives scholarships to the children of first responders. Each year, some scholarship winners are first responders themselves, having begun their volunteer careers while still in high school.

Rizzo's other volunteer activities also focus on children. He is involved with the Shepherds of Youth, a Newark organization that helps kids go to St. Michael's School. He's been involved in several other organizations as well, including some that provide help to children with AIDS.

Rizzo has also served on the Boards of Directors for the American Concrete Institute and the New Jersey Concrete and Aggregate Association. He is married with two daughters.

May 19, 2014

22 High School Seniors Receive Scholarship Awards From The 200 Club of Morris County

High school seniors from around Morris County, all of them children of area first responders or first responders themselves, received scholarships Monday night from the 200 Club of Morris County, an organization of concerned citizens who support police officers, firefighters and emergency medical services providers.

The $5,000 scholarships were won by 22 seniors who demonstrated extraordinary dedication to their studies. To be eligible, students must demonstrate excellence in academic performance, community service and extracurricular activities. Financial need also is taken into consideration. The 200 Club of Morris County increased the scholarship amount to $5,000 this year.

Winners are: Kyle Ailara, Sparta High School; Sara Anthony, Lenape Valley Regional High School; Gina Aragona, Morris Hills High School; Brian Carey, Boonton High School; Dena Castellani, Delaware Valley Regional High School; Dana Cavanaugh, Parsippany Hills High School; Brett Conrads, Newton High School; Ashley Craig, High Point Regional High School; Gabriel Haila, Morris Knolls High School; Kelsey Hardiman, Hackettstown High School; Ryan Houser, Morristown High School; Donald Irons, Hackettstown High School; Daniel Kats, Montville Township High School; Olivia Lofaro, Randolph High School; Elizabeth Nagidi, Morristown High School; Oscar Ponciano, Morristown High School; Paul Romeo, Montville Township High School; Alecsander Sudit, Parsippany Hills High School; Sarah Sullivan, Mount Olive High School; Colby Thomas, Parsippany Hills High School; Gabriella Viola, Hanover Park High School; and Kelly Whritenour, Boonton High School.

In addition, Dana Catherine Cavanaugh, Kelsey Hardiman, Daniel Kats, Elizabeth Nora Nagidi, and Oscar J. Ponciano were awarded $500 book grants from Glaxo Smith Kline, and Ashley Suzanne Craig was awarded the $1000 Eisenberg Service Award for exceptional community service.

“This is one of our truly pleasurable programs,” said Lou Nisivoccia, president of the 200 Club of Morris County. “The parents of these children put their lives on the line to protect us. These scholarships are a way to thank them and to assure that we’ll have well-educated, excellent leaders needed to assure a safe and secure society in the future.”

Winners received their awards at 6 p.m. Monday at the Zeris Inn, Mountain Lakes.

The annual scholarship is open to children with a parent actively serving with or retired from a Morris County police department, fire department, ambulance squad, the New Jersey State Police or as a paramedic with a Morris County-based hospital. Students whose parents are actively serving with a federal or state law enforcement agency also are eligible, as are students who, themselves, volunteer as firefighters or EMTs.

Children may be planning to attend college or post-high school vocational school.

The 200 Club began sponsoring the scholarships in 1982. Since then, hundreds of students have received the awards.

Founded in 1971, the club has distributed more than $4 million in benefits to police officers, firefighters and emergency medical services workers and their families. Benefits take the form of survivor benefits to the families who have lost a spouse who was a first-responder and scholarships that have been awarded to children of emergency workers in Morris County. The organization also recognizes the valor of local heroes with an annual award program. Information about membership in the 200 Club and its programs is available by calling (732) 279-4258 or by clicking on http://200clubofmorriscounty.com.

April 24, 2014

200 Club of Morris County Recognizes 32 Local Heroes
with Annual Awards of Valor, Meritorious Service

Police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians gathered Thursday night to celebrate lives they had saved, to win accolades from the 200 Club of Morris County and tell stories worthy of the best police and fire dramas television has to offer.

A team of Flanders firefighters, for instance, pushed through a wall of fire to rescue a 9-year-old girl. They were among the 32 local first responders recognized the 200 Club of Morris County’s 42nd Annual Valor and Meritorious Awards Dinner. Other stories included solving a 20-year-old murder, breaking up an international drug ring, catching burglars during their crime and saving suicidal people.

Those who won Awards of Valor include three Flanders firefighters and three Mount Olive police officers. The officers arrived at the two-story, multi-family house early on Feb. 18, 2013 to find flames whipping out the windows and climbing as high as the house itself. With the volunteer fire company still en route, officers entered the smoke-filled second floor without breathing apparatus to warn sleeping residents. They found one person who was sound sleep with no idea that his house was on fire.

When firefighters arrived, three entered the first-floor inferno with a hose to conduct an initial search. They found 9-year-old Bianca Bonner on the floor alive, but barely breathing. Fire had closed in behind them, but they grabbed Bianca and pushed their way back out.

Other firefighters on the scene met them at the door. They took Bianca and, in temperatures close to zero, began resuscitating her while the first team went back in to search for Bianca’s brother and father. Bianca survived the fire, although the other two victims did not.

The three firefighters -- Capt. Kevin Elms, Lt. Patrick Piserchio and Firefighter Gregory Widzemok -- and the police officers – Sgt. Mark Carlstrom, Officer Scott J. Price and Officer Chad E. Rossy -- received Valor Awards for the rescues. Assistant Fire Chief Michael McDermott, Firefighters Kevin Dolan and Iain J. Thomlinson and Budd Lake First Aid Squad Lt. Nicholas Petonak won Meritorious Awards for their parts in Bianca’s rescue.

“This is a great example of police, fire and EMS working together as a team,” said Mount Olive Police Chief Mark Spitzer. Fire Chief Frank Zeller, who commanded operations that day, said he had never seen a fire like that one in his many years in the fire service.

The awards recognize outstanding service during 2013. Those whose lives are placed in danger receive the Award of Valor. Those who perform above and beyond the call of duty, but are not actually placed in danger, receive an Award of Meritorious Service.

“Giving these awards is the high point of the year for us,” said Lou Nisivoccia, president of the 200 Club. “Training is training, but it takes something special to jump into a dangerous situation with both feet. And for that, we thank you.”

Award organizers noted that this year is unique in that two brothers, John and Michael McDermott, are receiving Meritorious Awards for different incidents. Other acts of heroism during 2013 are also being recognized. Those whose lives are placed in danger by their service receive the Valor Award. Those who perform above and beyond the call of duty, but are not actually placed in danger themselves, receive the Meritorious Service Award. Winners of the prestigious awards are:

• Butler Police Department
    Patrolman George Beyloune
    Lt. Michael Moeller
    Patrolman Jorge Reyes
• Hopatcong Borough Police Department
    Detective Ryan Tracey
• Kinnelon Police Department
    Detective Sgt. David Crouthamel
    Patrolman Rickey Ferriola
    Lt. Joseph Napoletano
• Mendham Township Police Department
    Patrolman Matthew Ambrosi
    Detective Daniel R. Taquinto
• Morris County Prosecutor’s Office
    Sgt. John R. McDermott
    Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Bradford C. Seabury
• Morristown Fire Bureau
    Firefighter/EMT Richard Alexander
    Firefighter/EMT Gregory Blekicki
    Firefighter/EMT Dominic Prizzi
    Firefighter/EMT Joseph SanFelice III
• Mount Olive Township Police Department
    Sgt. Anthony Annecchiarico
    Sgt. Mark Carlstrom
    Police Officer Casey Grimm
    Police Officer Hunter Guiles
    Police Officer Eric Krouse
    Police Officer Scott J. Price
    Police Officer Chad E. Rossy
• New Jersey State Police
    Detective Sgt. Stephen M Urbanski
• Pequannock Township Police Department
    Patrolman Matthew J. Halligan
• Roxbury Township Police Department
    Detective Richard J. Ricco

Since its inception in 1971, the 200 Club of Morris County has distributed more than $4 million in benefits to police officers, firefighters and emergency medical services workers and their families. Benefits take the form of survivor benefits to the families who have lost a spouse who was a first-responder and scholarships that have been awarded to children of emergency workers in Morris County. The organization also recognizes the heroic actions of those who keep the public safe and secure.

March 12, 2014

200 Club of Morris County Recognizes 32 Local Heroes
with Annual Awards of Valor, Meritorious Service

A team of Flanders firefighters who pushed through a wall of fire to rescue a 9-year-old girl are among 32 local police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians being recognized by the 200 Club of Morris County for going above and beyond the call of duty to assist local residents.

The 42nd Annual Valor and Meritorious Awards Dinner is slated for 6 p.m. on April 24 at Birchwood Manor in Whippany.

Those winning awards include three Flanders firefighters who arrived at a two-story house early on a freezing February morning last year to find flames whipping out the windows and climbing as high as the house itself. With no back-up apparatus close-by, the three went into the building with a hose to conduct an initial search. They found 9-year-old Bianca Bonner on the floor alive, but barely breathing. Fire had closed in behind them, but they grabbed Bianca and pushed their way back out. Other firefighters on the scene met them at the door and took Bianca and began resuscitating her while the team went back in to search for Bianca’s brother and father. Bianca survived the fire, although the other two victims did not.

The three firefighters, Capt. Kevin Elms, Lt. Patrick Piserchio and Firefighter Gregory Widzemok, will receive a Valor Award for the rescue. Assistant Chief Michael McDermott, Firefighters Kevin Dolan and Iain J. Thomlinson and Budd Lake First Aid Squad Lt. Nicholas Petonak will receive Awards of Meritorious Service for their parts in the rescue.

Other acts of heroism during 2013 are also being recognized. Those whose lives are placed in danger by their service receive the Valor Award. Those who perform above and beyond the call of duty, but are not actually placed in danger themselves, receive the Meritorious Service Award. Winners of the prestigious awards are:

• Butler Police Department
    Patrolman George Beyloune
    Lt. Michael Moeller
    Patrolman Jorge Reyes
• Hopatcong Borough Police Department
    Detective Ryan Tracey
• Kinnelon Police Department
    Detective Sgt. David Crouthamel
    Patrolman Rickey Ferriola
    Lt. Joseph Napoletano
• Mendham Township Police Department
    Patrolman Matthew Ambrosi
    Detective Daniel R. Taquinto
• Morris County Prosecutor’s Office
    Sgt. John R. McDermott
    Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Bradford C. Seabury
• Morristown Fire Bureau
    Firefighter/EMT Richard Alexander
    Firefighter/EMT Gregory Blekicki
    Firefighter/EMT Dominic Prizzi
    Firefighter/EMT Joseph SanFelice III
• Mount Olive Township Police Department
    Sgt. Anthony Annecchiarico
    Sgt. Mark Carlstrom
    Police Officer Casey Grimm
    Police Officer Hunter Guiles
    Police Officer Eric Krouse
    Police Officer Scott J. Price
    Police Officer Chad E. Rossy
• New Jersey State Police
    Detective Sgt. Stephen M Urbanski
• Pequannock Township Police Department
    Patrolman Matthew J. Halligan
• Roxbury Township Police Department
    Detective Richard J. Ricco

“Giving these awards is the high point of the year for us,” said Lou Nisivoccia, president of the 200 Club. “These people think nothing of putting their lives on the line every day of the year for us. Most of us never realize these things are happening. The very least we can do is say thank you. These awards allow us to do that and make it special.”

The valor and meritorious service award winners are chosen from those nominated by the heads of the associations representing Morris County police chiefs, fire chiefs and EMS captains as well as the superintendent of the State Police.

The 42nd Annual Valor & Meritorious Awards Dinner takes place at 6 p.m. on April 24 at the Birchwood Manor in Whippany. Information about tickets and sponsorships is available at www.200ClubofMorrisCounty.com/calendar.html or by calling (732) 279-4258.

Since its inception in 1971, the 200 Club of Morris County has distributed more than $4 million in benefits to police officers, firefighters and emergency medical services workers and their families. Benefits take the form of survivor benefits to the families who have lost a spouse who was a first-responder and scholarships that have been awarded to children of emergency workers in Morris County. The organization also recognizes the heroic actions of those who keep the public safe and secure.

March 7, 2014

Make a difference in your community
Be part of The Power of One Campaign

Your 200 Club is growing and changing and we want you to be part of the evolution to ensure that our programs and benefits remain viable for future generations of public safety families.

I'm Lou Nisivoccia and I will be serving as your President through 2015.

I ask that you consider the "power of one." If every 200 Club member sponsored just ONE new member into this organization in 2014, we would double member-ship. Just one new member.

So, what does that really mean?

You have the power to make it possible for YOUR Club to do more for the public safety personnel who are protecting and serving your community.

Together, we would increase the scope and financial benefits distributed through our programs for surviving spouses and dependent children of fallen public safety officers. Together, we would increase the number and amount of scholarships awarded annually to eligible high school seniors.

My goal, as your Club's president, is to ensure that future generations of dependents and high school students will receive the same . . . if not greater . . . support from this organization. I need your help to do that.

So here's our way of saying "thank you" for your membership and your support. For every new member you sponsor between January 1 and December 31, 2014, we will deduct $25 from your 2015 membership dues, up to 8 new members.

So I ask you . . . Who do you know? Who would feel proud to be asked to join YOUR Club?

January 15, 2014

200 Club Scholarships Available for High School Seniors

The 200 Club of Morris County is pleased to announce the 2014 Scholarship Awards Program.

Scholarships are awarded on a one-time basis for the 2014-2015 academic year. Award criteria include academic performance, community service, extracurricular activities and financial need.

The Scholarship Committee will review and approve applications impartially with no knowledge of the applicants' identifies. Announcement of the awards are made in April. Our Awards Dinner takes place in May.

Qualifications

Applications are limited to high school seniors meeting at least one of the following criteria*

The applicant's parent is actively serving with a Morris County Police Department, other law enforcement agency, Fire Department, Ambulance Squad or the New Jersey State Police
The applicant's parent retired from one of the above public safety agencies and has satisfied that agency's retirement requirements
The applicant is an active member of one of these departments in a voluntary capacity
The applicant resides in Morris County and their parent is actively serving with a Federal or State law enforcement agency

ELIGIBILITY*

Eligibility does not include children of personnel working in public safety departments in clerical, crossing guard or other non-public safety duties.
Children of members of The 200 Club of Morris County are not eligible.
All eligible students may apply without regard to race, religion, color or gender.

DEADLINE

Applications for the 2014-2015 school year must be completed by Friday, March 1, 2014

January 1, 2014

The 200 Club Of Morris County selects Lou Nisivoccia as President

A local businessman and long-time member of the 200 Club of Morris County, a non-profit organization that supports area public safety personnel, has been elected president of the group.

Randolph resident Lou Nisivoccia, founder and managing director of Nisivoccia Consulting LLC, has been involved with the 200 Club for many years, most recently as senior vice president. He has been involved with many facets of the organization’s operations, including recruiting new members and increasing public awareness of the group. The 200 Club reported that its membership rolls exceeded 1,000 members for the first time in several years.

“We owe so much to local police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians who protect us every day,” said Nisivoccia. “Membership dues allow us offer death benefits to survivors and scholarships to the children of local heroes. Joining the 200 Club is a great opportunity to say thank you and we’ll be looking for new members and new opportunities to serve our protectors.”

He succeeds Jack Van Orden, owner of Morristown Tire Company, who is now the chairman of the board.

Other officers elected included John Corigliano, senior vice president; Bill Lockwood, senior vice president; Betsy Fila, vice president; Joe Marts, vice president; Peter Kenny, treasurer; Robert Skeele, assistant treasurer; and Ronald Barnett, secretary.

Trustees include Chairman of the Board Jack Van Orden, James Gannon, John Mania, Dennis Patrick, Michelle Patrick, Lori Patrick, Janet Rapisardi, James Rizzo, Joyce Stager, and Laverne Wolfanger.

October 7, 2013

Fox News Judicial Analyst To Address 200 Club of Morris County at Annual Member Dinner

Andrew Napolitano, senior judicial analyst for Fox News and a former New Jersey Superior Court judge, will be the featured speaker at The 200 Club of Morris County’s Annual Membership Dinner, slated for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Madison Hotel in Morristown.

A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Notre Dame Law School, Napolitano is the youngest life-tenured Superior Court judge in New Jersey’s history. He sat on the bench from 1987 to 1995, when he presided over more than 150 jury trials and thousands of motions, sentencings, and hearings. After teaching at two prestigious law schools for 13 years, he returned to private practice in 1995, and began television work in the same year.

Napolitano became Fox News’ senior judicial analyst in 1998 and appears daily throughout the day on the network. He also lectures nationally about the U.S. Constitution, the rule of law, civil liberties in wartime, and human freedom. He has been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and numerous other publications. In addition, he publishes a weekly newspaper column and is the author of seven books on the U.S. Constitution. His most recent book is Theodore and Woodrow: How Two American Presidents Destroyed Constitutional Freedom.

The former judge will address the annual gathering of The 200 Club of Morris County, an organization that supports police, fire and EMS first responders in Morris County. It quietly provides families who lose a member in the line of duty with death benefits and additional help for surviving children. The club also awards scholarships and recognizes first responders’ valor.

The annual dinner sets the tone for the coming year. An overview of its achievements and a preview of plans for the upcoming year will be offered and the incoming board will be announced.

“It's a perfect way for a prospective member to learn about our club's programs and to hear a presentation that is not to be missed,” said Jack C. Van Orden Jr., president. “Being part of The 200 Club means we can be there for our public safety families for generations to come. Joining us at our annual dinner can be the first step. ”

Since its inception in 1971, The 200 Club of Morris County has distributed more than $2.10 million to families who have lost a spouse who was a police officer or state trooper, a firefighter, or an emergency medical services provider in the line of duty. The organization also distributes thousands of dollars each year to worthy high school seniors who either serve in a branch of public safety or whose parent is actively serving in or retired from a public safety capacity in Morris County. More than $1.98 million scholarships has been given to children of first responders since the program began. The club also recognizes the heroic actions of those who keep the public safe and secure.

May 20, 2013

The 200 Club of Morris County Awards Scholarships to Heroes’ Children

Continuing a long tradition, The 200 Club of Morris County will award scholarships to deserving children of Morris County police, fire and emergency medical services providers at a special dinner on May 20, 2013.

The 200 Club of Morris County supports Morris County’s first- responders and has been helping their children afford college since 1982.

“Our police officers, firefighters and EMS responders put their lives on the line every day,” said Jack C. Van Orden Jr., president. “These are not jobs that are going to make anybody rich. In fact, many firefighters and EMTs are volunteers. Helping them meet the financial challenge of educating their children is one way of saying thank you.”

Van Orden pointed out that some scholarship winners are, themselves, first responders.

Receiving $4,000 scholarships, paid over four years of college, will be 25 high school seniors. Scholarship criteria include academic performance, community service, extracurricular activities and family financial need. Winners are:

• Alyssa Mae Abrusci, Roxbury High School
• Juliana Fulton Balluffi-Fry, Mountain Lakes High School
• Emily Aurora Boyle, Pompton Lakes High School
• Zachery Connor Chaves, Morris Knolls High School
• Lyndsay Marie Clark, Parsippany High School
• Margaret Anne Crann, North Warren Regional High School
• Christopher Pearson Eggermann, Chatham High School
• Danielle Maria Fowler, Ramsey High School
• Robert Matthew Gaugler, North Warren Regional High School
• Amanda Guth, Warren Hills High School
• Erin Elizabeth Hackett, DePaul Catholic High School
• Daniella Antoinette Howell, Jefferson Township High School
• Jonathan David Kelly, Whippany Park High School
• Timothy Michael Kelly, Whippany Park High School
• Sarah Julia Lamb, Chatham High School
• Ethan Lare, West Morris Central High School
• Heather Jeanne Marra, Jefferson Township High School
• Carissa Elizabeth McQuade, Phillipsburg High School
• Brian James O'Neill, Morris Knolls High School
• Sarah Qiugui O'Neill, Morris Hills High School
• Jordan Martin Phelan, Chatham High School
• Nayna Rani Shah, Morristown High School
• Natasha Kaur Sidhu, West Morris Mendham High School
• Tyler Edward Wendt, Morris Catholic High School
• Timothy Christian Worts, Morristown-Beard High School

In addition, Zachery Connor Chaves, Amanda Guth, Jonathan David Kelly, Timothy Michael Kelly, and Timothy Christian Worts were awarded $500 grants for textbooks from GlaxoSmithKline. Tyler Edward Wendt won the $1,000 Eisenberg Achievement Award, which recognizes exemplary community service.

The scholarships were awarded at the Annual Scholarship Dinner Monday night at the Zeris Inn, 372 Route 46 in Mountain Lakes.

Since its inception in 1971, the 200 Club of Morris County has distributed more than $2.5 million to families who have lost a spouse who was a police officer or state trooper, a firefighter, or an emergency medical services provider in the line of duty. The organization also distributes thousands of dollars each year to worthy high school seniors who either serve in a branch of public safety or whose parent is actively serving in or retired from a public safety capacity in Morris County. The organization also recognizes the heroic actions of those who keep the public safe and secure.

Information about membership in the 200 Club and its various programs is available at www.200clubofmorriscounty.com or by calling (732) 279-4258.

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Seated Left to Right: Sarah Julia Lamb, Heather Jeanne Marra, Daniella Antoinette Howell, Emily Aurora Boyle, Natasha Kaur Sidhu, Nayna Rani Shah, Alyssa Mae Abrusci; Middle Row Left to Right: Erin Elizabeth Hackett, Sarah Qiugui O'Neill, Amanda Guth, Lyndsay Marie Clark, Carissa Elizabeth McQuade, Juliana Fulton Balluffi-Fry, Danielle Maria Fowler, Margaret Anne Crann; Back Row Left to Right: Jonathan David Kelly, Timothy Michael Kelly, Ethan Lare, Christopher Pearson Eggermann, Jordan Martin Phelan, Robert Matthew Gaugler, Brian James O'Neill, Zachery Connor Chaves, Timothy Christian Worts, Tyler Edward Wendt

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Paula Markert (GlaxoSmithKline), Zachery Connor Chaves, Amanda Guth, Jonathan David Kelly,
Timothy Michael Kelly, Timothy Christian Worts, Sandy Cinque (GlaxoSmithKline)

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Scholarship Committee Co-Chair Frank Fila, Tyler Edward Wendt, 200 Club President Jack Van Orden

May 1, 2013

The 200 Club of Morris County Awards Scholarships to Heroes’ Children

Continuing a long tradition, The 200 Club of Morris County will award scholarships to deserving children of Morris County police, fire and emergency medical services providers at a special dinner on May 20, 2013.

The 200 Club of Morris County supports Morris County’s first- responders and has been helping their children afford college since 1982.

“Our police officers, firefighters and EMS responders put their lives on the line every day,” said Jack C. Van Orden Jr., president. “These are not jobs that are going to make anybody rich. In fact, many firefighters and EMTs are volunteers. Helping them meet the financial challenge of educating their children is one way of saying thank you.”

Van Orden pointed out that some scholarship winners are, themselves, first responders.

Receiving $4,000 scholarships, paid over four years of college, will be 25 high school seniors. Scholarship criteria include academic performance, community service, extracurricular activities and family financial need. Winners are:

• Alyssa Mae Abrusci, Roxbury High School
• Juliana Fulton Balluffi-Fry, Mountain Lakes High School
• Emily Aurora Boyle, Pompton Lakes High School
• Zachery Connor Chaves, Morris Knolls High School
• Lyndsay Marie Clark, Parsippany High School
• Margaret Anne Crann, North Warren Regional High School
• Christopher Pearson Eggermann, Chatham High School
• Danielle Maria Fowler, Ramsey High School
• Robert Matthew Gaugler, North Warren Regional High School
• Amanda Guth, Warren Hills High School
• Erin Elizabeth Hackett, DePaul Catholic High School
• Daniella Antoinette Howell, Jefferson Township High School
• Jonathan David Kelly, Whippany Park High School
• Timothy Michael Kelly, Whippany Park High School
• Sarah Julia Lamb, Chatham High School
• Ethan Lare, West Morris Central High School
• Heather Jeanne Marra, Jefferson Township High School
• Carissa Elizabeth McQuade, Phillipsburg High School
• Brian James O'Neill, Morris Knolls High School
• Sarah Qiugui O'Neill, Morris Hills High School
• Jordan Martin Phelan, Chatham High School
• Nayna Rani Shah, Morristown High School
• Natasha Kaur Sidhu, West Morris Mendham High School
• Tyler Edward Wendt, Morris Catholic High School
• Timothy Christian Worts, Morristown-Beard High School

The scholarships will be awarded at the Annual Scholarship Dinner at 6 p.m. May 20 at Zeris Inn, 372 Route 46 in Mountain Lakes. Information and registration is available on line at www.200clubofmorriscounty.com or by calling (732) 279-4258.

April 25, 2013

The 200 Club of Morris County Honors Heroes at Annual Valor Dinner

Morris County’s bravest were honored Thursday night at the 200 Club of Morris County’s 41st Annual Valor & Meritorious Awards Dinner.

A Netcong High School student who also is a volunteer firefighter was among 34 firefighters, police officers and emergency medical services providers honored by the organization, which supports police officers, firefighters and emergency medical providers.

The 200 Club of Morris County honors local police officers, firefighters and emergency medical services providers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. This year, nine incidents resulted in eight valor awards and 26 meritorious awards. An act of valor is an extraordinary event in which a person puts his or her own safety aside to perform an act of courage above and beyond the call of duty. Very often, the person’s own life is in danger. The Meritorious Award also notes an extraordinary act, but the responder has not necessarily placed his or her own well-being at risk.

“These individuals put their lives on the line 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for the people of Morris County,” said Jack Van Orden, president of the 200 Club and the owner of Morristown Tire Co. in Morristown. “We are so very happy and honored to be able to recognize these individuals for their dedication and service.”

Receiving Valor Awards this year are:

• Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician James A. Blair and Firefighter Troy N. Pehowic of the Madison Fire Department. The pair responded to a fire in an apartment building and entered the building without a hose line to search for a trapped 20-year-old woman. They found and rescued her and her dog.

• Sgt. James C. DiStasio, Patrolman Joseph Farina and Det. Reginald C. Goode, of the Mount Arlington Police Department, saved the driver of a car that travelled off the road and into the woods, crashing into a tree and catching fire. The trapped driver was removed from the burning car by officers, who then rendered care.

• East Hanover Police Officer Jesse M. Novalis entered a burning house without protective equipment or breathing apparatus, located a disabled elderly man and dragged him to safety.

• Police Officer Keith R. Flaherty and Cpl. Ryan Plumb, of the Netcong Borough Police Department, twice entered a burning apartment without breathing apparatus or protective clothing in an unsuccessful attempt to rescue the occupant.

Meritorious Service Award winners include:

• Netcong Firefighter Shannon Fluke, a student at Lenape Valley High School, who successfully removed a foreign body from a classmate’s airway. The choking student was turning purple when Fluke was alerted to the emergency.

• New Vernon First Aid Squad EMTs Barbara C. Coulter, Donna M. Gandy, Capt. Diane Hinds, James P. Miller, Dr. Fred M. Palace and Laura M. Scaff; and Patrolman David C. Achenbach, Sgt. Mark Giansanti and Patrolman Erik Heller, of the Harding Police Department resuscitated a 60-year-old postal carrier who experienced cardiac arrest while driving his delivery truck. Paramedics from Medic 3 also assisted.

• Mendham Township Patrolman James Arnesen, Sgt. Ross Johnson, Det. Daniel R. Taquinto and Patrolman Scott Weaver responded to an incident at the height of Superstorm Sandy in which a tree fell on a pick-up truck, killing the driver and front passenger. Officers removed two children in the backseat of the truck and protected them as tree limbs and other debris fell around them. They then helped volunteers of the Mendham First Aid Squad transport the victims of the crash to Morristown Hospital. What is usually a 10-minute drive took nearly 90 minutes.

• State Trooper Albert H. Kim and two members of the Netcong Borough Police Department – Cpl. Joseph A. Matits and Special Police Officer Class II Jay S. Reilly – worked for almost five hours to track down a distraught young man and talk him out of committing suicide by jumping from a bridge on to Interstate 80.

• Patrolman Jay R. Hardy and Sgt. David J. Jara from Chester Borough Police Department and Cpl. Christopher Cavanaugh, Patrolman Michael Henry, Chief Wayne A. Martini, Patrolman Stephen Notte, Patrolman Gregory C. Smith and Sgt. Ronald N. Totams from Chester Township Police Department fought the winds, rain and debris of Superstorm Sandy to investigate a major natural gas leak, and evacuate those in danger from the leak. They rescued one resident who was trapped by falling debris and downed wires.

• Madison Patrolman James C. Cavezza responded to the same apartment building fire as Firefighters Blair and Pehowic. Before their arrival, Cavezza made entry into the building to evacuate residents. He also played a key role in determining where the woman who was rescued was hiding.

The valor and meritorious service awardees were chosen among those nominated by the heads of the associations representing Morris County police chiefs, fire chiefs and EMS captains as well as the superintendent of the State Police.

Since its inception in 1971, the 200 Club of Morris County has distributed more than $2.5 million to families who have lost a spouse who was a police officer or state trooper, a firefighter, or an emergency medical services provider in the line of duty. The organization also distributes thousands of dollars each year to worthy high school seniors who either serve in a branch of public safety or whose parent is actively serving in or retired from a public safety capacity in Morris County. The organization also recognizes the heroic actions of those who keep the public safe and secure.

Information about membership in the 200 Club and its various programs is available at www.200clubofmorriscounty.com or by calling (732) 279-4258.

March 15, 2013

Netcong High School Student Among 34 Lifesavers Honored By The 200 Club of Morris County

A Netcong High School student who also is a volunteer firefighter is among 34 firefighters, police officers and emergency medical services providers being honored by the 200 Club of Morris County at the Club’s 41st Annual Valor & Meritorious Awards Dinner to be held on April 25, 2013.

Each year, The 200 Club of Morris County honors local police officers, firefighters and emergency medical services providers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. For 2012, nine incidents resulted in eight valor awards and 26 meritorious awards. An act of valor is an extraordinary event in which a person puts his or her own safety aside to perform an act of courage above and beyond the call of duty. Very often, the person’s own life is in danger. The Meritorious Award also notes an extraordinary act, but the responder has not necessarily placed his or her own well-being at risk.

“These individuals truly have put their lives on the line for the people of Morris County,” said Jack Van Orden, president of the 200 Club and the owner of Morristown Tire Co. in Morristown. “They put it on the line for us 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You don’t always think about it, but they make it safer for all of us and we owe a great deal of gratitude to them. This is one small way that we can honor them for putting their lives at risk for us. We are so very happy and honored to be able to recognize these individuals for their dedication and service.”

Receiving Valor Awards this year are:

• Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician James A. Blair and Firefighter Troy N. Pehowic of the Madison Fire Department. The pair responded to a fire in an apartment building and entered the building without a hose line to search for a trapped 20-year-old woman. They found and rescued her and her dog.

• Sgt. James C. DiStasio, Patrolman Joseph Farina and Det. Reginald C. Goode, of the Mount Arlington Police Department, saved the driver of a car that travelled off the road and into the woods, crashing into a tree and catching fire. The trapped driver was removed from the burning car by officers, who then rendered care.

• East Hanover Police Officer Jesse M. Novalis entered a burning house without protective equipment or breathing apparatus, located a disabled elderly man and dragged him to safety.

• Police Officer Keith R. Flaherty and Cpl. Ryan Plumb, of the Netcong Borough Police Department, twice entered a burning apartment without breathing apparatus or protective clothing in an unsuccessful attempt to rescue the occupant.

Meritorious Service Award winners include:

• Netcong Firefighter Shannon Fluke, a student at Lenape Valley High School, who successfully removed a foreign body from a classmate’s airway. The choking student was turning purple when Fluke was alerted to the emergency.

• New Vernon First Aid Squad EMTs Barbara C. Coulter, Donna M. Gandy, Capt. Diane Hinds, James P. Miller, Dr. Fred M. Palace and Laura M. Scaff; and Patrolman David C. Achenbach, Sgt. Mark Giansanti and Patrolman Erik Heller, of the Harding Police Department resuscitated a 60-year-old postal carrier who experienced cardiac arrest while driving his delivery truck. Paramedics from Medic 3 also assisted.

• Mendham Township Patrolman James Arnesen, Sgt. Ross Johnson, Det. Daniel R. Taquinto and Patrolman Scott Weaver responded to an incident at the height of Superstorm Sandy in which a tree fell on a pick-up truck, killing the driver and front passenger. Officers removed two children in the backseat of the truck and protected them as tree limbs and other debris fell around them. They then helped volunteers of the Mendham First Aid Squad transport the victims of the crash to Morristown Hospital. What is usually a 10-minute drive took nearly 90 minutes.

• State Trooper Albert H. Kim and two members of the Netcong Borough Police Department – Cpl. Joseph A. Matits and Special Police Officer Class II Jay S. Reilly – worked for almost five hours to track down a distraught young man and talk him out of committing suicide by jumping from a bridge on to Interstate 80.

• Patrolman Jay R. Hardy and Sgt. David J. Jara from Chester Borough Police Department and Cpl. Christopher Cavanaugh, Patrolman Michael Henry, Chief Wayne A. Martini, Patrolman Stephen Notte, Patrolman Gregory C. Smith and Sgt. Ronald N. Totams from Chester Township Police Department fought the winds, rain and debris of Superstorm Sandy to investigate a major natural gas leak, and evacuate those in danger from the leak. They rescued one resident who was trapped by falling debris and downed wires.

• Madison Patrolman James C. Cavezza responded to the same apartment building fire as Firefighters Blair and Pehowic. Before their arrival, Cavezza made entry into the building to evacuate residents. He also played a key role in determining where the woman who was rescued was hiding.

The valor and meritorious service awardees were chosen among those nominated by the heads of the associations representing Morris County police chiefs, fire chiefs and EMS captains as well as the superintendent of the State Police.

The honorees will be recognized at the 41st Annual Valor & Meritorious Awards Dinner at 6 p.m. on April 25, 2013 at the Birchwood Manor in Whippany. Information about tickets and sponsorships is available at www.200ClubofMorrisCounty.com/calendar.html or by calling (732) 279-4258.

Since its inception in 1971, the 200 Club of Morris County has distributed more than $2.5 million to families who have lost a spouse who was a police officer or state trooper, a firefighter, or an emergency medical services provider in the line of duty. The organization also distributes thousands of dollars each year to worthy high school seniors who either serve in a branch of public safety or whose parent is actively serving in or retired from a public safety capacity in Morris County. The organization also recognizes the heroic actions of those who keep the public safe and secure.

Information about membership in the 200 Club and its various programs is available at www.200clubofmorriscounty.com or by calling (732) 279-4258.

February 18, 2013

A message from 200 Club President, Jack Van Orden

Sooo many of us, for sooo long, have enjoyed working together to ensure that our Club’s purpose and traditions stay alive. WE believe in what we are doing and that it is a very good thing we are doing.

Why then, can’t WE . . . each of us . . . find one more believer . . . one more person sympathetic to helping those families we serve? If not through a new membership then how about through a sponsorship? How about a corporate gift?

WE need action now . . . not just polite conversation!

· Right now, somewhere, there’s a firefighter leaving their family to race to assist someone in danger.
· Right now, somewhere, there’s a police officer protected only by their training, a bulletproof vest and a lot of courage, speeding as fast as they dare to save a life or prevent a problem.
· Right now, somewhere, there’s an EMT that can’t get through traffic fast enough to save that life.

Right now . . . today!

It’s time to make the move to build our Club so that we can do a better job and provide more benefits for the people putting their lives on the line for us and for others.

There must be someone you know through your business, at church, or at the gym or on the golf course . . . a client, a customer, a friend . . . someone who would be honored to support the mission and purpose of this Club the way you have done for many years.

Take the pledge with me today!

Take action now . . . send a personal note, make a call or email the attached document to your circle of friends, colleagues or local business owners whose services you use . . . people who will help us build and sustain the good work of this Club for many years to come.

Thank you for your time, consideration and support. I would welcome hearing from you about any progress, successes or feedback you may get when you do your outreach. Please feel free to contact me at 973-538-5580 or jack@morristowntire.com.

January 25, 2013

200 Club Scholarships Available for High School Seniors

The 200 Club of Morris County is pleased to announce the 2013 Scholarship Awards Program.

Scholarships are awarded on a one-time basis for the 2013-2014 academic year. Award criteria include academic performance, community service, extracurricular activities and financial need.

The Scholarship Committee will review and approve applications impartially with no knowledge of the applicants' identifies. Announcement of the awards are made in April. Our Awards Dinner takes place in May.

Qualifications

Applications are limited to high school seniors meeting at least one of the following criteria*

The applicant's parent is actively serving with a Morris County Police Department, other law enforcement agency, Fire Department, Ambulance Squad or the New Jersey State Police
The applicant's parent retired from one of the above public safety agencies and has satisfied that agency's retirement requirements
The applicant is an active member of one of these departments in a voluntary capacity
The applicant resides in Morris County and their parent is actively serving with a Federal or State law enforcement agency

ELIGIBILITY*

Eligibility does not include children of personnel working in public safety departments in clerical, crossing guard or other non-public safety duties.
Children of members of The 200 Club of Morris County are not eligible.
All eligible students may apply without regard to race, religion, color or gender.

DEADLINE

Applications for the 2013-2014 school year must be completed by Friday, March 1, 2013

January 1, 2013

Van Orden Named to Second Year As President of 200 Club of Morris County

The 200 Club of Morris County, an organization that supports the families of public safety workers, has selected Jack Van Orden as its president for the second year.

Van Orden, owner of the Morristown Tire Co., has been a member of the 200 Club for more than 10 years. It will be his second year guiding a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to the families of Morris County public safety personnel who lose their lives in the line of duty. He says he will continue his quest to grow the organization’s membership.

Before becoming president in 2012, he had served on several committees. He became senior vice president three years ago.

Other officers who were elected to a second term included John Corigliano and Lou Nisivoccia, senior vice presidents; Betsy Fila and William Lockwood, vice presidents; Peter Kenny, treasurer; Bob Skeele, assistant treasurer; and Ronald Barnett, secretary. Trustees include Charlie McCoy, chairman, James Gannon, Joe Marts, Dennis Patrick, Michelle Patrick, Lori Patrick, Janet Rapisardi, James Rizzo, Joyce Stager, and Laverne Wolfanger.

Since its inception in 1971, the 200 Club of Morris County has distributed more than $2.5 million to families who have lost a spouse who was a police officer or state trooper, a firefighter, or an emergency medical services provider in the line of duty. The organization also distributes thousands of dollars each year to worthy high school seniors who either serve in a branch of public safety or whose parent is actively serving in or retired from a public safety capacity in Morris County.

May 31, 2012

The 200 Club of Morris County Gives Thousands to Graduating Seniors

The 200 Club of Morris County recently recognized two dozen graduating seniors with scholarships for their or their parents’ participation in fire, EMS, or law enforcement service in Morris County.

Each of the students were awarded $4,000 toward further education at this year’s 200 Club of Morris County Scholarship Awards Dinner on May 31 at the Zeris Inn in Mountain Lakes.

This year’s recipients, representing 18 schools, are: Melissa Feeney, The Academy of Saint Elizabeth; Timothy Driscoll, Kelly Krickus and Kimberly Martini, all from West Morris Central High School; Dominique Alessio, Morristown High School; Dorothy Sue Chen, Montville High School; Kimberly Schmitt and Adam Schmitt, both from Montville Township High Scool; Daniel Fitzgerald, Morris Hills High School; Nicole Golden, Villa Walsh Academy; Brianna Kropp, Roxbury High School; Katherine McCarter and Joo An (John) Yang, both from Madison High School; Evan Martin, Jefferson Township High School; Elizabeth Nally, Morris County School of Technology; Victoria O’Connor, Mount Saint Mary Academy; James Reyes, Butler High School; Bella Sudit, Coco Thomas, both from Parsippany Hills High School; Mark Sylvester, Lenape Valley Regional High School; Kelly Serrao, Parsippany High School; Matthew Thompson, Whippany Park High School; Patrick Wendler, Mountain Lakes High School; and Samantha Acevedo, Phillipsburg High School.

Awardees were selected following a committee review of the applicants’ high school academic records, community service, guidance counsel comments; high school extra-curricular activities and financial need.

“These young people are not only exceptional students, but devoted to their communities,” said Jack Van Orden, Jr., President of the 200 Club of Morris County. “They are truly deserving of these scholarships. Many of these individuals have not only shown academic excellence and with their extra-circular activities, but also have given countless hours to community service, which is something in itself."

In addition, Joo An Yong received the Eisenberg Scholarship for Overall Achievement im the amount of $1000 and Samantha Acevedo received the Rizzo Award in the amount of $1000. The following were presented with $500 GlaxcoSmithKline book awards: Kimberly Schmitt, Adam Schmitt, Katherine McCarter, James Reyes, and Elizabeth Nally.

Two of last year's recipients, Kelsey Corsaro and Grace Kunas, were special speakers at the event.

The 200 Club of Morris County was established in 1971 to provide financial assistance to the dependents of Morris County Police, Firefighters, First Aid Squad/Ambulance Corps and State Police of New Jersey who lost their lives in the line of duty. Since its inception, The 200 Club of Morris County has distributed more than $2.5 million to families who have lost a spouse in the line of duty.

January 1, 2012

The 200 Club Of Morris County selects Van Orden as President

Although not quite a charter member, Jack Van Orden has been a member of the 200 Club of Morris County since its earliest days. In the past 10 years, though, his involvement increased steadily year after year. This past January 1, Van Orden became the club’s new president.

“My goals are simple – grow the membership,” said Van Orden of Morris Plains and the owner of Morristown Tire Company in Morristown. “In every other respect the club is doing very well – 'if it ain’t broke, don't fix it.' ”

The non-profit organization provides financial assistance to the dependents of Morris County Police, Firefighters, First Aid Squad/Ambulance Corps and State Police of New Jersey who lost their lives in the line of duty. Since its inception The 200 Club of Morris County has distributed more than $2.5 million to families who have lost a spouse in the line of duty, and also distributes thousands of dollars each year to worthy high school seniors who either serve in a branch of public safety or whose parent is actively serving in or retired from a public safety capacity in Morris County.

Van Orden takes over the reigns from Charles McCoy, retired police chief of Mountain Lakes.

A longtime member of the club’s Action Committee – the group that oversees the benefits to affected families - Van Orden became a member of the board several years ago, becoming Senior Vice President two years ago.

“This is a great organization, one that provides an important service to the families of those people who serve us – the public – in life threatening situations,” said Van Orden.

The 200 Club currently boasts a membership of about 1000 members, but “could surely still use many more,” noted Van Orden.

In addition to Van Orden, elected to the executive board were Senior Vice Presidents, John Corigliano and Lou Nisivoccia; Vice Presidents, Betsy Fila and William Lockwood; Treasurer, Peter Kenny; Assistant Treasurer, Bob Skeele; and Secretary, Ronald Barnett.

Trustees include Chairman of the Board Charlie McCoy, James Gannon, Joe Marts, Dennis Patrick, Michelle Patrick, Lori Patrick, Janet Rapisardi, James Rizzo, Joyce Stager, and Laverne Wolfanger.

March 29, 2011

The 200 Club Of Morris County to honor 2010 Valor and Meritorious Award Winners April 28

Dozens of Morris County police officers, fire fighters, New Jersey State Police and county law enforcement officials, will be honored on April 28 when the 200 Club of Morris County hosts its 2011 Morris County Valor and Meritorious Awards Dinner on April 28th.

Hailing from Morristown, Hanover Township, East Hanover, Harding, Rockaway Borough, Mount Olive, and Denville, as well as state police units, these heroes will be feted for their efforts in 2010 at The Villa in Mountain Lakes, NJ. The individuals who will be honored performed above and beyond in the fulfillment of their sworn duties for the people of Morris County.

Rushing into burning buildings, breaking up bank robberies, bringing a newborn baby on the verge of death back to life, coming to a safe resolution with a domestic abuse case, and other harrowing situations are just some of the amazing acts of bravery and selfless actions that this year’s group of honorees will be cited for at the dinner.

“These individuals truly have put their lives on the line for the people of Morris County,” said Charles McCoy, the President of the 200 Club and the former longtime police chief in Mountain Lakes. “They put it on the line for us 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You don’t always think about it, but they make it safer for all of us and we owe a great deal of gratitude to them. This is one small way that we can honor them for putting their lives at risk for us. We are so very happy and honored to be able to recognize these individuals for their dedication and service.”

Honorees were selected for their extraordinary acts. For a full listing of the recipients and descriptions of their acts of bravery, please see attached.

The 200 Club in Morris, established in 1971, defines an act of Valor as an extraordinary event in which a person puts their own safety aside. It is an act of courage that goes above and beyond the call of duty. Very often, one’s life is at risk in the process. Meritorious awards recognize individuals whose professional or volunteer activity rises above the expected norm for their profession, but does not necessarily involve an extreme safety situation.

Tickets for the dinner, which runs from 6:30 – 10:00 p.m., are $75 each. The Villa is located at 90 Route 46 East. To purchase tickets contact: Lori E. Richmond, Club Administrator, 732-279-4258 or email dwp.inc@comcast.net.

June 3, 2010

Police Academy grad Vallaro receives prestigious 200 Club Of Morris County Award

The 75th Basic Police Training Class of Morris County’s public safety training program was one that went above and beyond that of most of its predecessors. It is only the second class in the program’s history where all cadets made it through the program, finishing with a class average of 92.17. But even with this exceptional class, one recruit stood out from his peers.

Ryan Vallaro, who attended the program at his own expense as an Alternate Route Cadet, pushed himself each and everyday. For his efforts, he was rewarded with the 200 Club Award at the June commencement ceremony.

“We are lucky to have officers like Ryan protecting us,” said Charles McCoy, President of the 200 Club of Morris County. “He has shown his dedication to his profession and it is our honor to give him this award.”

In addition to being recognized by the 200 Club, Vallaro also achieved the highest scores in Physical Training and was awarded the PT Award.

The 200 Club of Morris County became one of the first 200 Clubs in New Jersey in 1971.

The non-profit organization provides financial assistance to the dependents of Morris County Police, Firefighters, First Aid Squad/Ambulance Corps and State Police of New Jersey who lost their lives in the line of duty. Since its inception, The 200 Club of Morris County has distributed more than $2.5 million to families who have lost a spouse in the line of duty, and also distributes thousands of dollars each year to worthy high school seniors who either serve in a branch of public safety or whose parent is actively serving in or retired from a public safety capacity in Morris County.

June 3, 2010

The 200 Club Of Morris County Gives Thousands in Scholarship Money to Graduating Seniors

Twenty high school seniors who are either directly involved in fire or EMS service in Morris County, or have a parent who is involved in a branch of law enforcement, fire or EMS service were each awarded a $4000 scholarship at this year’s 200 Club of Morris County Scholarship Awards Dinner on June 2 at the Zeris Inn in Mountain Lakes.

This year’s recipients include (high schools noted): Kimberly Bundschuh, Hanover Park; Margo Cottone and Andrew Happer, Mountain Lakes; Noah Dunn, Roxbury; Caroline Ackerman, Newark Academy; Jeffrey Algor, Manasquan; Kelly Flanagan, Kelly McGuinness, Matthew Gallagher, and Matthew Loughman, Morristown; Padric Hartnett, Morris Knolls; Michael Mattia, Bergen Catholic; Kristin Merker, Boonton; Jessica O’Shea, Pascack Valley; Gustavo Roman, Randolph; Adam Schuler, Warren Hills; Nolan Voris, Kittatinny; Stanley Witczak, Morris Catholic; Brianna Anthony, Lenape Valley; and Zia Zaidi, West Morris Mendham.

Awardees were selected following a committee review of applicants’ high school academic records, community service history and high school extra-curricular activities.

“These students have clearly demonstrated academic excellence,” said former Mountain Lakes Police Chief Charles McCoy, now the President of the 200 Club. “It is our pleasure – and honor – to recognize them for their outstanding efforts. Many of these individuals have not only shown dedication to their studies and extra-circular activities, but also have given countless hours to community service.”

April 2, 2010

The 200 Club Of Morris County to honor 2010 Valor and Meritorious Award Winners

Dozens of Morris County police officers, fire fighters, New Jersey State Police and county law enforcement officials, were honored on April 29 when the 200 Club of Morris County hosted its 2010 Morris County Valor and Meritorious Awards Dinner.

Hailing from Morris Township, Florham Park, Madison, East Hanover, Parsippany, Chatham Township, the Morris County Prosecutor’s and Sheriff’s offices, and state police units, these heroes will be feted for their efforts in 2009 at The Villa in Mountain Lakes, NJ. The individuals who were honored performed above and beyond in the fulfillment of their sworn duties for the people of Morris County.

“These individuals have provided our community with the kind of public service that can’t always be described in words,” said former Mountain Lakes Police Chief Charles McCoy, now the President of the 200 Club. “They are there for us 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and we owe a great deal to them for our safety. Often, they must go beyond the call of duty, putting their own life at risk for us. It is truly an honor to be able to recognize these individuals for their dedication and service.”

Honorees were selected for their extraordinary acts. For a full listing of the recipients and descriptions of their acts of bravery, please see attached – photos available upon request.

The 200 Club in Morris, established in 1971, defines an act of Valor as an extraordinary event in which a person puts their own safety aside. It is an act of courage that goes above and beyond the call of duty. Very often, one’s life is at risk in the process. Meritorious awards recognize individuals whose professional or volunteer activity rises above the expected norm for their profession, but does not necessarily involve an extreme safety situation.

January 1, 2010

200 Club Of Morris County selects former Mountain Lakes Police Chief as President

Former Mountain Lakes Police Chief Charles McCoy, an active member of The 200 Club of Morris County since his retirement from the police force in 1998, has been selected as the organization’s president of the board of trustees for 2010.

The non-profit organization provides financial assistance to the dependents of Morris County Police, Firefighters, First Aid Squad/Ambulance Corps and State Police of New Jersey who lost their lives in the line of duty. Since its inception The 200 Club of Morris County has distributed more than $2.5 million to families who have lost a spouse in the line of duty, and also distributes thousands of dollars each year to worthy high school seniors who either serve in a branch of public safety or whose parent is actively serving in or retired from a public safety capacity in Morris County.

“I have been a supporter of the organization ever since it started in 1971,” said McCoy. “I wanted to join back then, but I couldn’t since members are not eligible for benefits.”

But as soon as he retired, McCoy joined. Throughout the years he has served on the Action Committee, first as a member and then as the Co-Chair, and later joined the Board of Trustees. Eventually he was named Secretary. He officially takes over his new post in January, replacing Tom Guglielmo as President.

McCoy, whose two daughters were recipients of college scholarships through the club, proudly noted that Morris County’s 200 Club boasts a membership of over 1100 members, but “could still use a few more.”

In addition to McCoy, elected to the executive board were Senior Vice President, John Van Orden; Senior Vice President, Ronald Barnett; Vice President, Betsy Fila; Vice President, Lou Nisivoccia; Treasurer, Peter Kenny; Assistant Treasurer, Bob Skeele; and Secretary, John Corigliano.

Guglielmo, meanwhile, was named Chairman of the Board. Trustees include Connie Anderson, William Lockwood, Joe Marts, Dennis Patrick, Michelle Patrick, Janet Rapisardi, James Rizzo, Joyce Stager, and Robert Westenberger.

December 8, 2009

Sosnovik receives 200 Club Of Morris County award at Morris Public Safety Training Academy

Matthew J. Sosnovik proved to be an amazing leader as he worked his way through the Morris County public safety training program this fall. The president of his graduating class, Sosnovik earned the respect of his fellow recruits – and teachers - through hard work and tenacity in a challenging 22-week program that leaves little – and many times no room - for mistakes.

Sosnovik, and 10 fellow recruits, were honored at the 74th Basic Police Training Class through the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy at a ceremony held at the Parsippany facility in early December.

For his overall efforts, Sosnovik’s outstanding performance earned him the coveted 200 Club of Morris County award.

A resident of Belvidere, Sosnovik will be working for the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

“You are only as strong as those you put around you and I would be honored to be working along side any of my fellow recruits,” he said.

FBI Special Agent Tonya M. DeSa was the guest speaker at the ceremony.

As a whole, the 74th graduating class had excellent credentials with its academic class averaging a superb 93.1. The 22 week training program included academics, physical, and fire arms courses. The class proudly had three members who served in the military in Iraq.

“It is with great pleasure that we give this award to Matthew,” said Tom Guglielmo, President of the 200 Club. “He is a true leader and earned the respect of his fellow graduates by setting an example second to none.”

November 10, 2009

200 Club of Morris County Awards Book Grants to Tarleton, Gaugler, Landon

The 200 Club of Morris County

Courtney Tarleton, Christine Gaugler and William Landon were recently honored as the 2009 200 Club of Morris County’s GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Book Grant award recipients.

The three, who in June were all 200 Club of Morris County scholarship winners as well, were honored at the organization’s Annual Business Meeting on Nov. 4.

Paula Markert, a member of the Community Outreach Team from GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare, located in Parsippany, NJ, presented the awards.

The grants, $500 each, are used to purchase books and other related supplies.

“We are very happy to be able to assist students in any way we can,” said Tom Guglielmo, the president of the 200 Club of Morris County. “We are thrilled that GlaxoSmithKline is a part of this grant program. As any parent of a college student knows books are not cheap – these scholarships help.”

All three of the recipients graduated from local high schools last June. Tarleton, who attended Roxbury High School, is currently attending Ramapo College where she is studying Nursing. Gaugler, a North Warren Regional High School graduate, is now at Boston University where she is majoring in Neuroscience. Landon, a Butler High School graduate, is a Computer Science major at William Paterson University.

The GSK Consumer Healthcare Outreach Team provides assistance, both through funding and volunteer efforts, to charities and other non-profit groups such as The 200 Club of Morris County.

The 200 Club of Morris County provides financial assistance to the dependents of Morris County Police, Firefighters, First Aid Squad/Ambulance Corps and State Police of New Jersey who lost their lives in the line of duty. Since its inception, The 200 Club of Morris County has distributed more than $2.5 million to families who have lost a spouse in the line of duty, and also distributes thousands of dollars each year to worthy high school seniors who either serve in a branch of public safety or whose parent is actively serving in or retired from a public safety capacity in Morris County.

June 15, 2009

Maglio receives 200 Club Of Morris County award at Morris Public Safety Training Academy

The 200 Club of Morris County
Timothy Maglio

Without a doubt, Timothy Maglio has shown that he is a worthy leader as he worked his way through the Morris County public safety training program this spring. The president of his class, Maglio earned the recognition of his fellow recruits for his hard work and perseverance and was given the Merit Award, as voted upon by his fellow recruits.

Maglio, and 12 fellow recruits, were honored at the 73rd Basic Police Training Class through the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy at a ceremony held at the Parsippany facility in early June.

Not only did Maglio, a resident of Walpack, receive recognition by his peers, but he was also presented with the prestigious 200 Club of Morris County award honoring him as the top cadet based on his high performance on his written examination, physical training, and positive attitude. He entered the academy as an Alternate Route Cadet, attending the academy at his own expense.

“It is our honor to award Timothy this award,” said Tom Guglielmo, President of the 200 Club. “He is highly respected by his peers and has clearly shown his dedication to his new profession. We are truly lucky to have young men like Timothy protecting us.”

May 31, 2009

The 200 Club Of Morris County Gives Thousands in Scholarship Money to Graduating Seniors

Twenty-five high school seniors who are either directly involved in fire or EMS service activities in Morris County, or have a parent who is involved in those activities or law enforcement, were each awarded $4000 scholarships at this year’s 200 Club of Morris County’s annual Scholarship Awards Dinner.

The 200 Club of Morris County, organized in 1971, is a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to the dependents of Morris County Police, Firefighters, First Aid Squad/Ambulance Corps and State Police of New Jersey who lost their lives in the line of duty. Since its inception, The 200 Club of Morris County has distributed more than $2.5 million to families who have lost a spouse in the line of duty, and also distributes thousands of dollars each year to worthy high school seniors who either serve in a branch of public safety or whose parent is actively serving in or retired from a public safety capacity in Morris County.

Each of the recipients received a $4,000 scholarship for the 2009-2010 academic year. Awards were given after a committee review of applicants’ high school academic records, community service history and high school extra-curricular activities.

“These students have demonstrated educational excellence,” said Tom Guglielmo, President of the 200 Club. “We are honored to recognize them for their efforts, many of whom have additionally shown dedication and service to their community in a service-related organization.”

This year’s recipients, with their high schools noted, include: Kushabhadr Das, Parsippany Hills, Kyle Grawehr, Morris Knolls, David Hatke, Morris Knolls, Brendan Kinslow, Parsippany Hills, Claire Marinello, DePaul Catholic, Courtney Tarleton, Roxbury, Katelynn Windt, Morristown, Zachery Carpenter, Newark Academy, Albert Lambert, Jefferson Township, William Landon, Butler, Ryan Masker, Parsippany Hills, Calista Morris, Morris Knolls, Amanda Ustupski, Mountain Lakes, Zachary Beecher, Randolph, Anthony DeZenzo, Parsippany, Bryan Donovan, Warren Hills Regional, Kyle Donovan, Warren Hills Regional, Danielle Mandrafina, Wayne Hills, Michael Pisano, Warren Hills, Margaret Sullivan-Fullerton, Morris Hills, Jacquelyn Engwall, North Warren Hills Regional, Sean Feuer, Bayonne, Christine Gaughler, North Warren Regional, Kelsey Kistle, Kittatinny Regional, and Evan Walsh, Parsippany.

In addition, Kistle was awarded a $200 Book Grant from donations given to the Scholarship Committee by the members of the Jefferson Township First Aid Squad and Marinello was awarded the $1000 James R. Rizzo Award for Outstanding Commitment to Volunteerism. This award was given in memory of James R. Rizzo, by his parents, Terri and Bob Rizzo. James died in 2002 and was an active member of The 200 Club of Morris County.

December 9, 2008

Gunther receives 200 Club Of Morris County award at Morris County Public Safety Training Academy

The 200 Club of Morris County
Keith Gunther

Keith Gunther’s hard work and perseverance paid off on Dec. 4 when he was one of 19 men who graduated from the 72nd Basic Police Training Class through the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy at a ceremony held at the Birchwood Manor in Whippany.

Not only did Gunther, a resident of West Milford, graduate, but he was also presented with the prestigious 200 Club of Morris County award honoring him as the top cadet based on his high performance on his written examination, physical training, and positive attitude. He entered the academy as an Alternate Route Cadet, as he attended the academy at his own expense.

Gunther will have to wait a few months before “officially” becoming a police officer with the East Hanover police force. In January, Gunther, with the Air Force Reserves, is scheduled to be deployed overseas for four months of active duty.

“It is our honor to award Keith this award,” said Tom Guglielmo, President of the 200 Club. “Clearly he has shown extreme dedication and will surely be an asset to East Hanover and the county as a whole. We are lucky to have young men like Keith to protect us, whether overseas or on our own shores.”

November 15, 2008

200 Club of Morris County Awards Grant to Oak Ridge’s Rich Hutnik

The 200 Club of Morris County
Gregory Smith, Richard Hutnik, Tom Guglielmo

Jefferson Township High School graduate and current freshman at Seton Hall University, Richard Hutnik, has been named the 2008 recipient of The 200 Club of Morris County’s GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Book Grant.

Hutnik received his grant award at the 200 Club of Morris County’s Annual Business Meeting on Nov. 11 at The Zeris Inn in Mountain Lakes. Gregory Smith, leader of the Community Outreach Team from GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare, located in Parsippany, NJ, presented Hutnik with the award.

The GSK Consumer Healthcare Outreach Team provides assistance, both through funding and volunteer efforts, to charities and other non-profit groups such as The 200 Club of Morris County.

Hutnik not only attends classes at Seton Hall University but also at the Morris Police and Fire Academy and is an active member of the Jefferson Township Rescue Squad and the Jefferson Township Fire Department #2. Hutnik is studying nursing at Seton Hall University.

“I’m proud to be the recipient of the grant from The 200 Club of Morris County,” Hutnik stated appreciatively. “With the rising cost of college text books this money will really help.”

Hutnik previously earned a separate college scholarship from the 200 Club after he graduated from high school.

The 200 Club of Morris County provides financial assistance to the dependents of Morris County Police, Firefighters, First Aid Squad/Ambulance Corps and State Police of New Jersey who lost their lives in the line of duty. Since its inception, The 200 Club of Morris County has distributed more than $2.5 million to families who have lost a spouse in the line of duty, and also distributes thousands of dollars each year to worthy high school seniors who either serve in a branch of public safety or whose parent is actively serving in or retired from a public safety capacity in Morris County.

September 13, 2008

The 200 Club Of Morris County Boasts Banner Year For Scholarships and Awards

The 200 Club of Morris County
Sergeant Gerard R. Hardiman, Junior Firefighter Adam May, Patrolman Ronald N. Totams

The 200 Club of Morris County had perhaps its most rewarding year ever since becoming one of the first 200 Clubs in New Jersey in 1971.

The non-profit organization provides financial assistance to the dependents of Morris County Police, Firefighters, First Aid Squad/Ambulance Corps and State Police of New Jersey who lost their lives in the line of duty. Since its inception The 200 Club of Morris County has distributed more than $2.5 million to families who have lost a spouse in the line of duty, and also distributes thousands of dollars each year to worthy high school seniors who either serve in a branch of public safety or whose parent is actively serving in or retired from a public safety capacity in Morris County.

There were two major events this year, the 2008 Valor and Meritorious Award Dinner and the Scholarship Awards Dinner.

“It has always been the intention of The 200 Club of Morris County to take care of the individuals who are there for us 24 hours a day, as well as the families of those people who serve us when we need them most,” said Tom Guglielmo, President of the 200 Club. “We feel honored to be able to recognize these individuals and their families for their dedication and service.”

At the Valor and Meritorious Award Dinner, The 200 Club recognized outstanding members of the public safety community. The individuals preformed above and beyond in the fulfillment of their sworn duties for the people of Morris County.

Patrolman Ronald N. Totams of the Chester Township Police Department garnered the Valor Award, and Junior Firefighter Adam May of the Mount Arlington Fire Department and Sergeant Gerard R. Hardiman of the Roxbury Police Department received the Meritorious Awards.

Guest speaker at the dinner was Major General Carl B. Jensen, Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff for U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command.

Twenty four Morris County high school seniors were given scholarships at the Scholarship Awards Dinner. Each of the recipients received $4,000 scholarships for the 2008-2009 academic year. Awards were given after committee review of applicants’ high school academic record, community service history and high school extra-curricular activities. In addition, one recipient received a supplemental $1,000 award for exceptional community service.

Among this year’s recipients were:

Matthew Curasco, Jessica Cornish, Richard Hutnik, Elizabeth Manella, Erik Parmlind, Rachel Crothers, Danielle Crochery, Corey Corsaro, Robert Gallina, Gregory Klatte, Daniel Merkel, Jocelyn Pedrick, Brittany Greff, Jenna Graziano, Rebecca Martini, Stephanie Meyer, Lindsay Waldron and Joseph Serrao.

Meanwhile, The 200 Club also honored Cadet Brandan E. Hogan during the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy Graduation. Cadet Hogan graduated top in his class based on his high performance on his written examination, physical training, and positive attitude. He entered the academy as an Alternate Route Cadet, as he attended the academy at his own expense, and is now an officer in Richfield, Bergen County.

 


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