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Mansfield Township officers recognized for saving man holding knife to throat

MANSFIELD TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – Three Mansfield Township officers received the Meritorious Service Award at the Mansfield Township Committee Meeting on Thursday for their actions on March 2, 2020.

On March 2, at 11:47 a.m., Officer Michael Citarelli, Officer Thomas Hill and Detective Michael Camerata responded to a township residence for a report of a 31-year-old man having a psychological episode. A family member advised the officers the he suffers from schizophrenia, has not been taking his medications and has been threatening the family over the past few days, police said.

They told the officers he may be aggressive towards police and may have a knife. When the officers entered the residence they encountered the male standing at the top of a staircase holding a large knife to his throat. He was adamant about wanting to harm himself and wanting officers to shoot him, police said.

The officers engaged the man in conversation and after several minutes he became less agitated and dropped the knife. He was then transported to the hospital for a psychological evaluation and treatment, police said.

“Through their actions they were able to prevent the male from taking his own life or forcing them to use deadly force,” police said.

Officer Citarelli, Officer Hill and Detective Camerata were awarded the Meritorious Service Award for accomplishing an act under adverse conditions with some degree of hazard to life and limb to the officer and where serious injury to a third party is prevented.

(Photo: Detective Michael Camerata/Courtesy Mansfield Twp Police Department)

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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