Middlesex Police Officers Recognized at Awards Ceremony
Middlesex Borough Chief of Police Matthew P. Geist presented awards to six officers at the November 20th Town Council Meeting.
Officer George Pilesky and Officer James Dolinski each received a Life Saving Resuscitation Save Award for their actions on March 26, 2018. On that date, Officer Pilesky and Officer Dolinski were dispatched to a call of an unresponsive person. Upon their arrival, they determined that the victim did not have a pulse and was not breathing. The officers performed Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) on the victim until they were able to detect a pulse. The victim was transported to a local hospital and survived the incident.
Officer James Dolinski was awarded a second Life Saving Resuscitation Save Award for his actions while off-duty and at his home. On September 15, 2018, Officer Dolinski arrived home to find his neighbor lying motionless in the backyard and the neighbor’s son administering first aid. Officer Dolinski ran to help and learned that his neighbor had collapsed while doing yardwork and was not breathing and had no pulse. Officer Dolinski immediately initiated CPR and, with the neighbor’s son, performed CPR until local police arrived. Local police used an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and a pulse and breathing was restored. Officer Dolinski’s neighbor was transported to a local hospital and survived.
Lieutenant Daniel O’Connor, Detective Daniel McCue, Detective Sean Flanagan and Detective Paul Steffanelli were awarded Unit Citations in recognition of their outstanding work in teaming to conduct numerous complex and difficult investigations that resulted in the successful apprehension of many dangerous criminals. Some of the more notable cases solved and prosecuted involved two armed robberies, numerous drug distribution operations, an arson case, prostitution operations, numerous burglaries, liability for drug induced deaths, money laundering and child pornography.
Detective Flanagan also received an Honorable Service Award for his intensive investigation into the exploitation of an underage borough girl by an Illinois man. Detective Flanagan’s intelligence and resourcefulness enabled him to successfully navigate numerous social media platforms and criminal justice databases, identify the offender and provide the FBI and Illinois police with sufficient information to effect an arrest. Detective Flanagan’s efforts led to apprehension of a dangerous sexual predator.
Detective McCue received a Certificate of Commendation for reopening and doggedly investigating a twelve year old fraud case. Detective McCue determined that the fraudster was still swindling elderly victims around the country. He tirelessly sifted through hundreds of pages of financial records and identified twelve victims that were scammed out of more than $170,000.00.
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