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Brick PBA Honors Officers, Citizens

Officer of the Year winner named

The Brick Township Police Benevolent Association Local 230 has given awards to citizens, business and fellow officers with a special focus on those who helped the town following Superstorm Sandy.

For "outstanding performance and sacrifice" during the storm, the PBA honored:

  • The Brick Township Department of Public Works
  • Glenn Campbell, Supervisor of Public Works
  • Trish Totara, Public Works
  • Joseph Pawlowicz, Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator
  • Hamilton PBA Local 66

"In appreciation for their generous contributions during Super Storm Sandy," the following establishments were recognized:

  • Brick House Bar and Grille
  • Costco Wholesale
  • VFW Post 8867
  • Quaker Steak & Lube
  • Switlick Parachute Co. Inc.
  • Local Smoke BBQ
  • T.G.I. Friday’s
  • Home Depot
  • Shop Rite
  • Stop & Shop
  • A & P

"In recognition for their leadership and service to the citizens of Brick Township during Super Storm Sandy recovery operations," the PBA honored:

  • Captain DW Janszky, Army National Guard
  • Lieutenant Colonel Brian Griefer, NJ Air National Guard
  • Lieutenant Colonel Bill Aristizabal, NJ Air National Guard

Two other notable awards were issued: Police Officer of the Year and the Lieutenant Thomas McNelis Award.

Patrolman Keith Donnelly was named Officer of the Year, for "professionalism, good moral character, integrity, a positive self-motivated demeanor and respect for his peers." The officer of the year "exemplifies high standards."

Finally, the Lt. Thomas McNelis Award was awarded this year to Lt. Edward Waldhelm.

The McNelis award is given to an officer in a supervisory or specialty role within the department who has been active and who has impacted the PBA throughout the year.

Quah February 25, 2013 at 12:34 PM
Thank you to all the first responders and donors. May God bless
Bricktown Lew February 25, 2013 at 02:01 PM
Congratulations to them, but that's just the tip of the iceberg of emergency services personnel abd emergency services volunteers. With that said, even though the Sheriff gave us a kind letter of appreciation, I'd like to give a big shout out to my fellow emergency communications brothers and sisters who voluntarily left their homes to station radios to keep communications going with and without power. They also showed professionalism above and beyond by having to deal with a very rude and condescending Red Cross during that time. Congrats for the great work! 73 and clear!
Bricktown Lew February 25, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Hmmmm...I'm not sure, but I think the deleted comment phenomenon has struck again. Huh. This would be the first time it hit me. I'll give more time for it to show up. Not gonna jump to conclusions just yet...
Bricktown Lew February 25, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Nope, it showed up. : )
fried pickles February 25, 2013 at 08:25 PM
Contratulations and THANK YOU to everyone involved :-) I just wanted to add some thank yous to the businesses and people I saw out and about feeding volunteers and victims: Buffalo Wild Wings, Jersey Mikes, and Brick American Little League. Also, a big thanks to all the teachers and students who spent the entire week after Sandy at BTHS collecting, sorting, and distributing food, clothing, and supplies. Most were exhausted physically and mentally but came out to help others!
frances February 25, 2013 at 09:56 PM
Congratulations!
Ryan Meyers February 26, 2013 at 12:48 AM
It was a great event.....up until the Mayor & Police Chief kept giving each other compliments above and beyond, to the bewilderment of alot in attendance. I wonder if this goes on around the table, at family functions too.
CPOTom February 26, 2013 at 01:41 AM
God Bless. You deserve this and far more.
niels jorgensen February 26, 2013 at 05:47 AM
God bless all of those who received these awards. Well deserved and all examples of why Brick is a great place to live!!!
Jonnyboy March 02, 2013 at 05:35 PM
And then there was "Brick Hurricane Relief" a group of mothers from Drum Point School PTA who organized a huge relief effort providing clothes and food (serving meals) also providing food to the American Red Cross to distribute to homes and workers and to those in need. Almost all was donated through different groups that specialize in disaster situations. These moms worked their butts off leaving behind their families to help others. They continued weeks after the storm till the Visitation Church threw them out (bingo was more important to the Church). Good job ladies !!!
Bricktown Lew March 03, 2013 at 01:36 PM
And if we are going to mention everyone under the sun, then lets now for forget the Jehovah's Witnesses that were here since day one providing not only relief with food, water, clothing, etc, but have having been pumping water, cleaning and removing debris and rebuild homes of not only fellow witnesses, but complete stangers as well...and they are still hard at work even today. Don't complain when they knock at your door...your destroyed home may be the next one they rebuild in the disasters to come.

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