The Essex County Police Benevolent Association has honored several Millburn police officers for their good police work in foiling a major fraud scheme and for saving lives of two people in cardiac arrest.
In the two life-saving cases, police resusitated people who were in cardiac arrest, giving them CPR and shocking them with a defibulator - one at Joe's American Bar & Grill at The Mall at Short Hills and one at ShopRite in Millburn. In both cases, they were credited with saving the lives of those they assisted.
In addition, four police officers were honored for their work in arresting two Russian immigrants who were installing a credit card skimmer at the in Millburn. The arrest kept untold numbers of people from having their credit card numbers stolen, Millburn Police Chief Greg Weber said.
Officers Peter Smeraldo and Michael Fattal performed CPR and saved the life of someone at the bar and grill, and officers Michael Goldbarb, Robert W. Kaiser and Officer Todd Lipke saved the person at ShopRite.
"We're proud of them," said Police Chief Greg Weber.
Officers Sean Cassels and Steve Nacim, Detective Andrew Del Russo and Sgt. Michael Mulligan were credited with the arrest of the Russian Nationals and thwarting the credit card skimming plot.
"That was a good grab," Weber said. "That could have potentially been disastrous with a lot of victims."