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Morris County Sheriff recognizes employee achievements

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – Members of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Corrections and Bureau of Law Enforcement attended the 2022 annual Medals Day Ceremony held at the Morris County Park Commission’s Frelinghuysen Arboretum on September 28.

“I am very thankful for the great work you do, and I salute you. I am also thankful to your families for supporting them. My staff is invested 24/7 to do what’s right. The public deserves the best services and that’s what the Morris County Sheriff’s Office provides,” Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon said.

Sheriff Gannon recognized a total of 31 officers and non-sworn staff for outstanding achievements and life-saving measures during the year. Sheriff Gannon also announced five promotions grated to non-sworn staff.

“Exceptional work is done here. I am privileged to stand here as your Sheriff and recognize moments of memorable instincts and skill. These are situations that would have a significant impact on other people. These officers and support staff are highly skilled in their specialty, proving time and again the very best in what
they do. Having the Bureau of Corrections with the Bureau of Law Enforcement and the newly added Patrol Division all together makes this year’s ceremony even more special,” Sheriff Gannon said.

The medals and recipients are as follows:

Honorable Service Medal

  • Lieutenant Christopher List, Sergeant Kyle Koster, Sergeant Jason Parrillo, Corporal Jennifer Franke-Parrillo

Evacuation of people from Halsey Island, Lake Hopatcong due to a fire and dangerous conditions.

  • Detective Andreas Zaharopoulos

Identified a missing person out of Florida. The missing person was estranged from his family for approximately twenty (20) years. The family was overcome with emotion upon learning their relative was still alive. This was due to Det. Zaharopoulos’s good work and attention to detail with fingerprint comparisons.

  • Detective Mark Slinger

Search and rescue of two missing juveniles in Long Hill Twp. The juveniles were missing from the
Bonnie Brae School in Basking Ridge.

  • Jane Recktenwald from the Morris County Sheriff’s Trends and Analysis Team and
    Gregory Baxter from the Forensic Analyst Information Technologist

Worked on an investigation involving multiple commercial burglaries in an around Morris County. Utilizing information from other similar crimes outside of Morris County was able to identify and locate the residence of one suspect resulting in charges being filed against that person.

Unit Citation Medal

  • Detective Stephen Nowatkowski, Sheriff’s Officer Jonathan Feinberg, and Sheriff’s Officer Ivan Bajceski

Assisted multiple citizens at multiple incidents in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. All persons were rescued from flood conditions in the Parsippany Troy-Hills Twp. area.

  • Medical Administrator Yolanda Hernandez, Nurse Manisha Patel, Nurse Lynn Petrucci, Nurse Elizabeth Law, and Nurse Alka Patel

The medical personnel of the Morris County Correctional facility are recognized as a unit for their dedication, sacrifices, and devotion to duty at times when the medical unit was in need.

“These ladies work in harm’s way every day. During COVID they couldn’t work from home. I’m very appreciative what you have done. Thank you for the services you provide not only to the inmate population but to the officers and staff at the Correctional Facility. It does not go unnoticed. Thank you,” Gannon said.

Life Saving Medal

  • Corporal Jennifer Franke-Parrillo

Witnessed and rendered aid to a motorist who experienced a medical emergency. She acted quickly and decisively to improve the condition of the individual. She stayed with the motorist until additional medical personnel arrived on scene.

  • Detective Stephen Nowatkowski, Sheriff’s Officer Jonathan Feinberg, and Sheriff’s Officer Ivan Bajceski

Assisted multiple citizens at multiple incidents in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. All persons were rescued from flood conditions in the Parsippany Troy-Hills Twp. area.

  • Detective Marc Adamsky

Successfully assisting Rockaway Twp. Police with the search for a missing 90 year old woman with dementia in below freezing temperatures.

  • Sheriff’s Officer Keith Nauer

Instrumental in identifying and assisting with the emergent medical needs of a fellow officer while on duty. Officer Nauer took actions to care for his fellow officer and get medical attention to his location without delay.

Exceptional Duty Medal

  • Correctional Police Officer Justin Sudol

Recognized for his devotion to duty and service to the public in assisting a citizen with their life situation and navigation through the Hope Hub program.

  • Sergeant Edward Zienowicz, and Detective Sergeant Anthony Brunone

Tirelessly pursued leads for unknown suspects who perpetrated a robbery and sexual assault on the Traction Line Recreation Trail. While following up on leads for the case, both officers observed the suspects in the Town of Morristown wearing the same clothes described by the victim. The officers’ efforts, tenacity, and attention to detail resulted in the arrest and charges placed on two (2) suspects bringing public acclaim to the Office and

  • Detective Marc Adamsky

Exceptional performance in attaining the highest rating during the United States Police Canine
Association certification in Gloucester Twp.

  • Sheriff’s Officer Ivan Bajceski

Exceptional performance with instructor recognition in attaining certifications in a multitude of specialties including high angle rescue.

Meritorious Service Medal

  • Sheriff’s Officer Jessica Haskin

Without regard to her own safety, blocked oncoming traffic to shield a motorcyclist from further injury after they had struck a deer. Officer Haskin provided medical assistance to the motorcyclist and maintained the injured rider in a stabilized condition until further help arrived on scene.

Citizens Service Medal

  • Lucile Andaloro

Her dedication, determination, and hard work contributed greatly to the smooth transition of the merger involving the Park Police to the Sheriff’s Office.


  • Carol Sullivan: promoted to Assistant Chief Clerk
  • Tiffany DeFilippis: promoted to Assistant Chief Clerk
  • Karen Lehman: promoted to Keyboarding Clerk 4
  • Maria Crane: promoted to Keyboarding Clerk 3
  • Steven Riccio: promoted to Management Information Systems Coordinator

Sheriff Gannon was awarded the Honorable Service Medal for his actions in assisting at the Orlando airport with a disorderly person.

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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