Township Police Officer Given State PBA ‘Valor Award’

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. All Photos: Darrin Russo.

A Franklin Township Police officer who shot a man who had broken into his home was one of the state PBA’s “Valor Award” recipients Nov. 18.

Officer Keith Hermann was one of 11 state PBA members to win the association’s “Bronze” award.

Hermann’s actions came in March, 2017, when he confronted 19-year-old Tyree Cook of Manville, whom he found in his home.

According to information from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, Hermann shot Cook in the chest shortly after midnight. Police responding to a burglary in-progress call found Cook and Hermann in a “physical confrontation,” after which they initiated life-saving measures on Cook until he was taken to a local trauma hospital for treatment.

Hermann was also taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries he received during the altercation, according to the information from the Prosecutor’s Office.

According to the information, Cook was suspected of committing or attempting to commit numerous residential and car burglaries in the area.

The awards were presented at the state PBA’s annual gala at Harrah’s in Atlantic City.

From left, Marc Kovar, executive vice president of the NJ State PBA; FTPD Det. Ken Daly, a state PBA delegate; FTPD Officer Keith Hermann, and FTPD Det. Patrick Colligan, president of the NJ State PBA.

Members of the Franklin Township Police Department and the Somerset County Pipe & Drum Corps at the State PBA gala.

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