"With events of last week still fresh in everyone's minds, ceremonies like this take on a little more significance than they usually do," Long Branch Director of Public Safety Jason Roebuck said at the July 12 city council meeting.
Roebuck said asked all in attendance to think about the things the Long Branch Police Department has done in the last few months before passing before speaking out against officers in social media.
"In the days and weeks ahead, as once again law enforcement officers are going to be under fire, that before you send out that Facebook message, or Tweet, or you say something about the cops to your friend, that you think about these guys and women and about the things that they do," Roebuck said. "They are out every day putting their lives in danger so we can go home at night and sleep peacefully."
Several officers were on hand and were presented with certificates of recognition for several heroic acts they performed throughout the city since the start of 2016, including stopping a burglary in process and busting a major narcotic manufacturing ring on Long Branch Avenue.
The following officers went "above and beyond" according to Roebuck: Lt. Jorge Silverio, Lt. Christopher Hazel, Sgt. Michael Ahart Sgt. Robert Shamrock Sgt. Robert Bell, Det. Joseph Kennedy, P.O. Christopher Gant, P.O. Tracey Widdis, P.O. Sam Yoo, P.O. Marco Rodrigues, P.O. Matthew Widdis, P.O. Patrick Joyce, P.O. Jesus Otero, P.O. Gary Vecchione, P.O. Brian Oliveira, P.O. David Stone, P.O. Vincent Roselli, P.O. Omar Akel, P.O. Sergio Chaparro, P.O. Patrick Vaccaro, P.O. James Beirne, P.O. Dana Page, P.O. Kevin Morris, SLEO Jason Brooks, SLEO Dominique Russo, SLEO Matthew Buono, SLEO Matthew Swiger, SLEO Joseph Paulson