Stafford First Responders Recognized for Lifesaving Actions



Adult men OF Action: EMS Chief Mike Essig (still left) and Law enforcement Ptl. Chris Smith are Lifesaving Valor Awardees for saving a female victim from pure fuel poisoning.
At the March 23 town council conference, Stafford EMS Main Michael Essig and Ptl. Chris Smith were being offered with Lifesaving Valor Awards for their actions in Oct 2020 that saved a female from pure gasoline poisoning.
Essig claimed they arrived on the scene to discover a female exterior screaming that a person was within the property, unresponsive. They could explain to proper away the gas in the dwelling was over the reduce explosive limit, that the areas per million were being at a concentration acknowledged as instantly perilous to lifestyle or health.
But to the assert of heroism, Smith demurred: “It’s just a little something that arrives the natural way to us, initial assist, fire office. I consider all of us have been considering the exact factor, about what transpired (the residence explosion) on Oak Ave. decades back. And it was both go in appropriate absent and get her out or stand back. And stand back again, I really don’t feel, was even an selection. So we went in, scooped her up and introduced her out. Any one would have completed the very same detail. We just occurred to be the initial two that ended up there.”
The accolades continued with Leonard “Chuck” Wilson getting recognized as a single of the longest-serving customers of Stafford EMS with a clock and plaque. He started in 1980. “He’s a actual pillar of the local community, and we definitely respect all the operate you do, Chuck,” Mayor Greg Myhre reported.
Subsequent was the official advertising of law enforcement Lt. Olev Allikmaa to rank of captain of patrol division. Chief Thomas Dellane reported Allikmaa, employed in 1996, is the second-longest-serving officer in the section, right after Dellane himself.
Dellane stated the division ran into unique situations past year, with a whole lot of retirements and new hires that still left a void, so they transformed from the regular two-captain, two-lieutenant composition to a a single-captain, three-lieutenant framework. “It was a doing the job exam time period for Ollie,” Dellane reported, “and he served admirably all over that period.”
Moving ON UP: Olev Allikmaa accepted the advertising to Captain of Patrol at the March 23 assembly with his spouse Allison by his facet.
Allikmaa is a 54-year-old resident of Stafford considering that 1968 and a married father of four he graduated from Stockton State College in 1990 and graduated with distinction from the Condition Police Command and Leadership Academy.
He is the receiver of numerous awards for firearms, lifesaving and PT awards, two Medal of Police Excellence awards and an Ocean County Prosecutor’s Workplace Provider Award. He’s been a patrolman and a targeted traffic protection officer investigating significant and lethal mishaps a previous SWAT commander and Honor Guard member a firearms and defensive techniques instructor, as effectively as an internal affairs officer.
Allikmaa humbly recognized the marketing and said he feels blessed to be component of the several beneficial variations that have taken position in excess of the years.
In other law enforcement-similar news, Dellane has created an open up letter to Stafford mom and dad with regards to the new marijuana decriminalization rules, opposing the “denial of parental entry to information regarding their child’s marijuana or liquor use restriction of police investigations centered on the odor of burnt or uncooked marijuana and prison legal responsibility for officers deemed to have violated this law.”
He stated, “Unlike the state of New Jersey, we consider mother and father should have and will need to know when their kids are in harmful scenarios.”
The new rules inhibit officers’ capacity to cease and research a youthful person’s home or car or to detain them based on suspicion of marijuana or alcoholic beverages possession. Officers can face a legal charge of deprivation of civil legal rights for making an attempt to look for them. In this circumstance, Dellane described, the simple act of requesting consent from an person below 21 would constitute a violation.
“What is most problematic about the new laws is the (disallowing) of police officers to freely communicate with parents,” he wrote.
No data may possibly be shared with parents on a initially offense. “To apply this to a real-life situation, if an officer sees a 12-12 months-previous consuming liquor or smoking cigarettes marijuana, we cannot speak to the juvenile’s guardian/guardian except this actions has been earlier documented.”
Officers dedicate their careers to producing positive relationships designed on belief, Dellane mentioned. He believes the new law will cause the community’s have confidence in and good quality of everyday living to deteriorate.
“We see these laws as not only counterproductive but also as a detriment to the safety of our young children,” he explained.
The law enforcement division puts no religion in Trenton’s so-named “cleanup invoice,” the language of which, as proposed, does nothing to correct the “fatally flawed” legislation, in accordance to Dellane. “Don’t permit Trenton handcuff your household,” the letter urges. As Dellane sees it, the new pot guidelines in their present form basically legalize cannabis and liquor use for minors, turning innocent kids into collateral harm in New Jersey’s quest for social justice.
He concluded: “It is wrong. It is indefensible. It must be fixed!”  —V.F.

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