Although not everyone is aware of the modest acts of bravery and heroism displayed by police and firemen each year, the 200 Club in each county assists by honoring them once a year with prizes. Members of Maplewood’s police and fire departments were honored this year.
On Tuesday, the Essex County Valor Awards were presented by the 200 Club of Essex County.
“While everyone else was working practically from home over the previous two years due to the epidemic, these excellent police officers, firemen, and first responders did not have that luxury,” said Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura, who also serves on the 200 Club’s Board of Trustees.
He said, “They had no choice but to appear. They were supposed to show up, guard, and react to their requests for assistance. Thankfully, they responded admirably and without regard for their personal safety.”
According to the Essex County Sheriff’s Office, Maplewood Police Officer Adrian Verdun got a Valor Award for “exhibiting full disregard for his personal safety and well-being while saving people from a home fire.”
Several firefighters were also recognized for their efforts during a fire.
Maplewood firefighters Anthony Parfumi, James Richardella, and Anthony Marinello were honored with Valor Awards for “saving a life after taking rapid steps in extremely dangerous fire conditions.”
Others in the county were honored for saving lives during Hurricane Ida, rescuing a suicidal man, and more.
The 200 Club of Essex County has raised over $2 million for the wives of slain officers and college scholarships for their children since its founding.