Township Police Officer Among Somerset County 200 Club Valor Award Recipients

Franklin Township Police Officer Keith Hermann and his wife, Nadine, after he received a State PBA Bronze Valor Award Nov. 18 at Harrah’s in Atlantic City. Photo: Darrin Russo.

A Franklin Township Police Officer is among four recipients of the 2018 200 Club of Somerset County Valor Awards.

Cpl. Keith Hermann will be honored for his actions in stopping a burglary in his own Manville home, according to a press release about the event.

Hermann in November 2017 received the New Jersey PBA’s Valor Award for the same incident.

Hermann will be honored along with Manville Police Officer John Granahan for their efforts in “preserving the safety of (Hermann’s) wife and son, subduing the intruder following a physical confrontation,” according to the release.

The awards will be presented during a May 16 luncheon at The Palace at Somerset Park, 333 Davidson Ave.

The Somerset County 200 Club is a non-profit group of residents and businesses who focus on the welfare of more than 5,000 police officers, fire fighters, rescue squad members, and State Police personnel who protect and serve Somerset County residents.

The honor is bestowed on individuals who have shown extreme action and courage serving the citizens of Somerset County, according to the release.

In addition, the 200 Club will present scholarships to graduating high school seniors who have served their communities as first responders or who are the sons or daughters of those serving in those capacities.

Also receiving Valor Awards are Detective I Michael Leonardi and Detective I Stephen Riefler of the Intelligence and Criminal Enterprise Section of the New Jersey State Police, according to the release. The Detectives responded to a serious motor vehicle accident involving a fellow State Trooper who sustained life-threatening injuries. Upon arrival at the scene the Troopers determined that advanced life support measures were required, called for necessary transportation for the injured Trooper and implemented life-saving measures.

Guest speaker at the luncheon will be Colonel Patrick J. Callahan of the New Jersey State Police. Col. Callahan is the 14th Colonel of the State Police, having assumed the post in October of 2017.

For the 29th year, the 200 Club will be presenting scholarships in the amount of $2,500.00 to 13 high school seniors. In addition, the $5,000 “Police Academy Scholarship” in memory of Rocque D. Dameo, will be awarded to Frederick Hayeck of Watchung Hills Regional High School and Watchung EMS Rescue Squad (applicant).

For more information on the 200 Club of Somerset County Valor & Scholarship Luncheon, please contact Denise Maria at 908-526-2565.


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