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Chester police officers recognized at awards, promotion ceremony

CHESTER, NJ (Morris County) – The Chester Police Department this week held it’s annual Awards Ceremony for 2019 and also recognized the officers who were promoted in April. The ceremony held at Chubb Park was originally planned for April but was delayed due to the pandemic.

In April, Ptl. Ryan Steckel, Ptl. Nicolas Salamone, Ptl. Douglas Shea, and Ptl. Edward Robinson were promoted to the rank of Corporal. Cpl. Brian Gill, Cpl. Michael Henry, and Ptl. Stephen Notte were promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Sgt. Ronald Totams was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.

Sgt. Notte received the Intoxicated Driver Enforcement Award with 9 DUI arrests. He also received the Criminal Arrest award with 26 arrests. Noteworthy were the next runner ups for the award, which were Ptl. Brian Lowry with 15 arrests, and Cpl. Henry and Ptl. Ellmann with 13 arrests each.

The Exceptional Service Award is given to officers that bring public acclaim to the profession as a result of training and devotion. The award was presented to Cpl. Edward Robinson and Det. Kristen Buckley for their amazing work with the Morris County Police Critical Incident Debriefing Team.

The Honorable Service Award is given to officers for a credible act in the line of duty. The award was presented to Det. Buckley, Sgt. Brian Gill, and Sgt. Michael Henry for their actions on December 9, 2019 when they were dispatched to a residence in town for a reported 8 day old infant not breathing. All three officers worked cohesively while performing life saving measures until the arrival of EMS. Despite the worst outcome in this case, the parents of the child offered their thanks and praise to the officers for their professionalism and actions at the scene.

The Firearms Expert Award went to Lt. Totams, Sgt. DaCunza, Sgt. Gill, Sgt. Henry, Cpl. Steckel, Cpl. Salamone, Cpl. Shea, Cpl. Robinson, Ptl. Bohn, Ptl. Fandel, Ptl. Durkin, Ptl. Capone, Ptl. Ellmann, Ptl. Schwartz, and SLEO 3 Arnel Villalobos

The Officer of the Year Award was presented to Ptl. Bradley Ellmann. The award is presented to an officer that exemplifies the best qualities of a Police Officer in our agency. Ptl. Ellmann was hired in 2018 and made a seamless transition from his last agency, bringing with him practical life skills that has made him an asset to this Police Department. Bradley is a resident and member of both the Chester Fire Department and First Aid Squad and as such has personal knowledge of both the Borough and the Township. Additionally, Bradley is the deputy OEM Coordinator for Chester Township. In the year of 2019, Ptl. Ellmann has demonstrated the above listed qualities, including professionalism, compassion, a strong work ethic and dedication to this department and the community we serve.

“I would like to thank everyone who came out last night to support our officers. I would also like to say how proud I am of the all of the officers on the department for continuing their outstanding professional work keeping our community safe even during the pandemic. They truly are the best,” Chester Police Chief Thomas Williver said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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