‘We are immensely grateful for their service’


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The inaugural Mayor’s Awards is honoring the heroic efforts of first responders across Hopewell Valley.

The Mayor’s Awards was established by Hopewell Township Mayor Courtney Peters-Manning to recognize and publicly thank members of each division of First Responders who consistently go above and beyond the call of duty in their service to the community.

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The 2024 awards are set to be presented at 10:30 a.m. May 11 in Woolsey Park.

The ceremony will take place at the grand opening of the newly constructed Bandshell at Woolsey Park, funded by grants secured by the New Jersey Legislative delegation from the 15th District, Sen. Shirley Turner, Hopewell’s own Assemblyman Anthony Verrelli, and Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson.

Following the awards presentation, Hopewell Township will host its first Cultural Festival.

The Mayor’s Awards seek to recognize the unwavering dedication and selfless service of
individuals and organizations within Hopewell Valley’s first responder community.

These brave men and women work tirelessly to ensure the safety and well-being of residents.

The recipients of the 2024 Mayor’s Awards include:

Hopewell Township Public Works
Recipient: David Guerard, assistant director of Public Works

Hopewell Township Police Department (HTPD)
Recipient: Officer Michael Crincoli

Union Fire & Rescue Squad
Recipient: President Peter Swanson

Hopewell Valley Emergency Services
Recipient: Emergency Services Specialist John Schafer

Pennington Police Department (to be awarded by Pennington Borough Mayor Jim Davy)
Chief Doug Pinelli
Sgt. Daryl Burroughs, Jr.
Sgt. Novin Thomas
Detective Daniel D’Ascoli
Police officer Mark Caruso
Police officer Leo Friedman
Police officer Gerard Sinnott

Pennington Fire Company (awarded by Pennington Borough Mayor Jim Davy)
Recipient: Anthony DiCocco

Hopewell Fire Department (awarded by Hopewell Borough Mayor Ryan Kennedy)
EMS Recipient: Lt. Luke Morehouse
Fire Recipient: Chief John Novak Sr.

“These awards are a testament to the exceptional dedication and sacrifice exhibited by our first responders every day,” Peters-Manning said. “Their bravery and commitment to our community deserve the utmost recognition. We are immensely grateful for their service and proud to honor them with the inaugural Mayor’s Awards.”

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