[Video and photos below.] Lakewood, NJ - Last night, the Lakewood, NJ, Police Department presented awards to individuals in recognition of their outstanding service to the community. Numerous police officers received awards for their bravery and selflessness.
All presentations were made by Lakewood Police Chief Rob Lawson, accompanied by Lakewood Mayor Menashe Miller and Committeeman and Police Liaison Meir Lichtenstein. The awards ceremony was held prior to the regularly scheduled meeting of the Lakewood Township Committee.
A special award was presented to Chaverim of Lakewood, whose dedication was highlighted by Chief Lawson. The Chief specified several instances in which Chaverim was remarkably resourceful and helpful to Lakewood Township. In one instance, during a blackout, with a shortage of police officers, Chaverim volunteers manned several intersections for many hours until power to traffic lights could be restored. Lawson also mentioned Chaverim’s assistance to those locked in or out of their cars and homes, mentioning that his own wife was helped by Chaverim in such a predicament.
Another civilian award was presented to Moshe Lankry, proprietor of Pizza Plus on Fourth Street in Lakewood. Chief Lawson thanked Mr. Lankry for his longstanding support of the Police Department and its officers and for generously providing from his wonderful pizza store for various communal and educational events, including the upcoming Night Out Against Crime.
Chief Lawson also paid tribute to Deputy Chief Charles Smith, a three-decade veteran with the Lakewood Police Department, who will be retiring, and the recently retired Captain Michael Mooney.
Mayor Miller, a chaplain with the US Air Force, offered a prayer on behalf of all those who have perished or been injured in their service on behalf of the public.
See below for photos of the awards ceremony held at Lakewood’s Municipal Building:
Click below for a short clip of the Lakewood Chaverim volunteers receiving their award: