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Bellmawr Police Department Honored As Triton’s Hometown Heroes

The Bellmawr Police Department was recently honored as “Hometown Heroes” by Triton Regional High School.

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Chief Willam Walsh of the Bellmawr Police Department was joined by Triton students and Cpl. Arty Tessier, Ptl. Jared Walton, Ptl. Kevin Stinger, Capt. Scott Parker, Cpl. John Mader, Cpl. Ron Miller, and Ptl. Anthony Franklin. (Image credit: Melissa Sheppard).

Established in September, 2013, the Hometown Heroes program honors people or organizations that make a difference and improve the community. Those selected are recognized for their honorable character and selfless acts, explained Lori Hunt, Instructional Mathematics Coach at Triton.

On Monday, Chief William Walsh, along with several other members of the Bellmawr Police Department, were acknowledged during a pre-game ceremony prior to the boys’ varsity basketball game.

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Above is the plaque Triton Regional High School awarded to the Bellmawr Police Department during the pre-game ceremony. Below is the letter from Triton Principal, Melissa Sheppard, informing the Bellmawr PD that they were named Hometown Heroes. (Photos courtesy: Bellmawr PD Facebook)

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How to Nominate a Hometown Hero

Hunt said that recipients are electronically nominated via the nomination form and selected by a committee. Currently, there are three students on the committee who contact each nominee to congratulate them and obtain information about the nominee or their organization. The students use that information for their presentation when giving the nominee their plaque.

To find out more about the Hometown Heroes program and to view all of the previous recipients, click here to be directed to the Hometown Heroes tab on Triton’s website.

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K9 Remi Retires From Westville PD After Many Years of Service

Today marks the last working day for a distinguished member of the Westville Police Department: Remi, the K9. Remi will be working the streets during his final shift with his handler, Patrolman Brian Ewe, just as he has for many years before easing into a “well earned retirement.”

On its Facebook page, the Westville PD posted that Remi “has been responsible for numerous apprehensions, seizing countless amounts of drugs, and bringing in currency as well as seized vehicles.”

Remi Shows Off

In July, 2009 during Westville’s Independence Day Celebration Events, a canine demonstration was part of the day’s festivities. A large crowd gathered to watch Patrolman Brian Ewe and Remi demonstrate suspect apprehension techniques. The demonstration also highlighted the close relationship between Patrolman Ewe and Remi while showcasing the high level of training required of K9’s and their handlers.

Special Recognition for Remi

The Boardwalk Kennel Club and the Gloucester County K9 Association will be recognizing Remi on Saturday, January 21st at 5:00 p.m. at the Wildwood Convention Center.

Westville Council will honor Remi at their monthly meeting on Monday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Westville Council Chambers.

All are welcomed attend.

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Smart 911 Now Available in Camden County 

(Lindenwold, NJ) – The Freeholder Board has launched Smart911 in Camden County to save critical time in emergency situations and encourages county residents to register with the program.

Smart911 is a free nationwide service that allows users to create a Smart911 Safety Profile, which provides vital information to emergency dispatchers and first responders during an emergency.

“Our first responders need as much intelligence as possible to ensure positive outcomes and this program is a key to gathering that strategic analysis to provide help,” said Freeholder Jonathan Young, liaison to the Camden County Department of Public Safety. “By giving the department of public safety your home and work address, or even photos, you can let first responders know exactly where to go and who they are looking for. When every second counts, Smart911 can and will save lives.”

Smart911 allows individuals to create a safety profile at for their whole household that can include any additional information they want the county communication center and first responders to have in an emergency situation. When an individual makes a 9-1-1 call, their Safety Profile is automatically displayed to the dispatcher, allowing them to send the most appropriate response to the exact location with the right information.

With Smart911, residents can link both home and work addresses to mobile phones, which can be passed on to police and fire personnel in the field for more a detailed, rapid response. Additional information including current medications, preexisting medical conditions, vehicle details in the event of an accident, emergency contacts and much more can all be included in a Safety Profile.

“Residents who link their safety profiles to their cell phones will provide first responders with the vital information they need,” Young said. “Even if you are in an area with a weak cell signal or a location where the call drops, you will have the added assistance of having your safety profile speak for you.”

All information is completely optional and only displayed when the linked phone dials 9-1-1 and then is only available for a certain window of time. The caller has the ability to choose what details they would like to include.

Smart911 is currently available nationwide in more than 1,500 counties and municipalities across the country, and has been credited with positively impacting emergency outcomes including a missing child in which the girls photo and physical description were immediately available to first responders, as well as a heart attack victim where an address and medical notes allowed help to be dispatched to his location quickly.

Camden County residents are encouraged to create their Safety Profile with Smart911 to have their information available to dispatchers and to receive emergency notifications. Smart911 is private and secure, is only used for emergency responses, and only made available to the 9-1-1 system in the event of an emergency call.

(Source: Camden County Press Release)
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3 Runnemede Police Officers Honored For Apprehending Human Trafficking Suspect

Runnemede Police officers Sgt. William Sampolski, Ptlm. Robert Alexander, and Ptlm. William Ortiz, were honored at the December 6 Council meeting by Mayor Nick Kappatos, members of Council, and Chief Paul Daily for outstanding police work.

Chief Daily presented the officers with Certificates of Merit and said that on October 31, 2016 at approximately 10:45 p.m., the three officers responded to the Runnemede Days Inn for a dispute between a man and a woman. The officers’ investigation later found that the woman was being held against her will and she was being used for human trafficking along with another female, he said.

The officers’ officers investigation led to an arrest of a suspect who was charged with human trafficking, promoting prostitution, and aggravated assault.

Chief Daily stated: “These three officers went above and beyond their call of duty and later, helped that female out and got her back with her family.” The perpetrator was sent to the Camden County Jail, he said.

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All Photos by SJO. From left Ptlm. William Ortiz, Police Chief Paul Daily, Ptlm. Robert Alexander, and Sgt. William Sampolski and Mayor Nick Kappatos.
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Above and below: Police Chief Paul Daily commends Ptlm. William Ortiz, Ptlm. Robert Alexander, and Sgt. William Sampolski. Also pictured are Councilwoman Eleanor Kelly and Mayor Nick Kappatos.


From left: Councilman Robert Farrell, Councilman John Ranieri, Councilwoman Eleanor Kelly, Ptlm. William Ortiz, Police Chief Paul Daily, Ptlm. Robert Alexander, and Sgt. William Sampolski and Mayor Nick Kappatos. The officers were recognized for outstanding police work.

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Utility’s Emergency Services Partnership Program Assists County Fire Marshals

Mays Landing  – Atlantic City Electric (ACE) reminds residents of the importance of having working fire safety alarms throughout their homes and to test the alarms monthly to ensure they are working properly.

ACE provided these life-saving devices to thousands of South Jersey residents.

Through its Emergency Services Partnership Program, Atlantic City Electric recently donated 700 10-year long-life fire safety alarms to Burlington and Camden counties. ACE donated a total of 2,800 smoke alarms to fire marshals in the eight counties the company serves to provide this much needed resource to New Jersey residents in need.

“We are extremely proud to once again partner with our county fire marshals to donate smoke alarms to help keep residents safe,” said Vince Maione, Atlantic City Electric region president. “We’re pleased to continue to support public safety entities including fire service, law enforcement and emergency management through donations like this.”

Lowe’s Home Improvement supplied the smoke alarms at a reduced cost to help support this effort. Since 2000, Atlantic City Electric has donated 31,820 smoke alarms to fire safety officials in southern New Jersey.

Atlantic City Electric’s Emergency Services Partnership Program provides resources for safety initiatives, education, recruitment and retention activities, and scholarship opportunities for police, fire, and emergency management officials.


Pictured left to right are Jonathan L. Young Sr., Camden County Freeholder; Tom Reilly, Senior Public Affairs Manager, Atlantic City Electric; Paul Sandrock, Camden County Chief Fire Marshal; Sam Troutman, Chief, Haddon Fire Company; Joe Palumbo, Chief, Pennsauken Fire Department; and Nick Scardino, Chief, Haddon Heights Fire Department. Through its Emergency Services Partnership Program, Atlantic City Electric recently donated 350 smoke alarms to Camden County. (Photo Provided)
Pictured left to right are Mary Ann O’Brien, Burlington County Freeholder; Tom Reilly, senior public affairs manager, Atlantic City Electric; Robert W. Carr Jr., Burlington County Fire Marshal; Stephen Woods Jr., Burlington County Assistant Fire Marshal; and John Drinkard, Director, Burlington County Public Safety. Through its Emergency Services Partnership Program, Atlantic City Electric recently donated 350 smoke alarms to Burlington County. (Photo Provided)

(Source: Press Release, Atlantic City Electric)