Seven Township Police Officers Win Valor Awards

2014 PBA Valor Awars

Pictured at the 2014 PBA Valor Awards at the Pines Manor in Edison are, left to right: Executive Vice President Mark Kovar, Robert Brown, Manuel Rios, Ariel Almora, Ryan Ellington, George Habeiche, Jolanda Lacewell, William Ziarkoski, delegate Ken Daly, state President Patrick Colligan.
Photo: Darrin Russo.

Seven members of the township police department were honored Nov. 22 during the state Policeman’s Benevolent Association’s annual Valor Award ceremony.

Officer Robert Brown was given the Gold Medal of Valor. Brown was nearly shot by a robbery suspect in August, 2013, in a violent struggle behind St. Matthias Church on John F. Kennedy Boulevard.

Earlier this year, Brown was honored at an award ceremony by the Somerset County 200 Club.

Receiving Meritorious Service Awards were officers Manuel Rios, Ariel Almora, George Habeiche, Jolanda Lacewell, William Ziarkoski and Ryan Ellington.

The event was held at the Pines Manor in Edison.

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