Officers And Others Named Heroes In The War On Crime More Than 50 Were Cited At An Annual Event Sponsored By The Camden County Prosecutor's Office.

Posted: June 04, 2000

More than 50 residents and law enforcement officers were honored recently for acts of heroism during 1999.

More than 200 civilians, police and politicians attended the awards at the annual affair sponsored by the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. The ceremony was held at the Coastline Restaurant in Cherry Hill

Philadelphia Police Commissioner John Timoney was the guest speaker.

The Officer of the Year award was presented to Collingswood Patrolman Christopher Rodgers, who was shot in the hip in September when he responded to a home-invasion robbery in the 700 block of Harrison Avenue.

Rodgers is set to return tomorrow to light duty with the Collingswood Police Department.

A Heroism Award was presented to Patrolman Mark Pattarella of the Winslow Police Department. Authorities said the officer entered a burning home on Feb. 6, 1999, and rescued an elderly woman.

Citizen Awards were presented to:

James Cuifolo Jr., and Lisa Candera, who interrupted a man trying to attack a woman in her Haddonfield apartment on June 24. They called police and the man was arrested.

John Meyers, who supplied authorities with information about the vehicle that Karen Howard was driving when her vehicle struck and killed Fred Hoagland 2d, 29, of Atco, while he was changing a tire in Gloucester City in October 1998. Howard has been sentenced to one year in jail.

Ervin Jackson, Camden, who received the award posthumously for saving a woman who was being assaulted by her estranged boyfriend on May 9, 1999. The suspect then turned on Mr. Jackson and beat him to death.

Andrea Meck, who saved a man's life when she wrapped a sweatshirt around his neck after he was stabbed outside a Gloucester Township bar on Feb. 19, 1999. Meck applied pressure on the wound until paramedics arrived.

Merit Awards were presented to officers from the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. They are Sgts. Michael Kantner and Willie Mahan; Senior Investigators Martin Devlin, Joseph Severino, Kenneth Curcio and Michael Cummings; Investigators J. Michael Aaron and Valerie Smith; Lt. Richard Minardi. Merit Awards were also given to Detectives Brian Beverly and Monica Davenport of the Camden City Police Department; Detective Anthony Garbarino of the Collingswood Police Department; Officer James Abbott of the Somerdale Police Department; Detective Louis Kinkel of the New Jersey State Police.

Letters of Commendation were presented to several Camden city officers. They were Detectives Eric White, John Scott Thompson, Luis F. Ruiz, Miguel Ruiz and Randall MacNair; Officers Nasem Mazahreh, Robert Frett, William Benjamin, Sekou Reid-Bey and Stephen Mikalic. Letters of Commendation were also given to Officers James Glatz, Robert Panno, James Staepel of the Cherry Hill Police Department; Investigators Martin Devlin and Frank Falco of the Camden County Prosecutor's Office; Chief Thomas Garrity, Officer Thomas Hamilton, Patrolmen James Bruno and Edward Correll of the Collingswood Police Department; Chief James E. Hill, Lieutenant Allan B. Tittermary, Detectives Jose Ortiz and Raymond F. Paterno, Patrolman Brian D. Sinclair, Cpl. Robert D. Schwartz, Dawn M. Quinton and Robert Rice, Special Officer Charles Osmundson of the Port Authority Transit Police Department; Cpl. Daniel O'Pella of the Haddonfield Police Department; Sheriff's Officers Michael Addezio and Michael Rauscher of the Camden County Sheriff's Department; Detective I. Michael Sovey of the New Jersey State Police Organized Crime Unit.

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