Monday, June 20, 2011

Trenton's Finest Get Recognized

TRENTON — Stories of duty and honor filled Trenton City Hall on Monday night as families, community activists, and concerned citizens came together to pay tribute to Trenton’s finest.
Anwar’s Reflections — an affiliate of The Trentonian — attended the annual Trenton Police Departments Awards Ceremony, honoring the heroic deeds of Trenton’s men and women in blue. 
The event was sponsored by the Trenton Police Department and the awards committee. During the ceremony, 20 cops received commendation from their fellow officers.
Some of these officers were recognized for their bravery, others for their selfless acts. Three individuals — Justin Brugnoli, Sean Freeman and Patrick Guido — were acknowledged for subduing an armed man at Ames Bar in Trenton.
During the event, Officer Vito Renna was also honored for rescuing three passengers from a burning vehicle. He was recognized for his valor. A courageous city man by the name of Phillips helped police officers pull the three passengers out of the vehicle also. 
One of the officers wives, Priscilla Bunting, said her husband, Officer Mark Bunting, loves his job — and he is a great father. Bunting, a city cop for three years, received two commendations.
Community activist Dion Clark said that despite not knowing any of the officers’ names he knew them by their face. He also said that crime is going to be crime, the police can only do so much and that it’s going to take the community to speak up when a crime is being committed. Clark said, "Tellin’ it ain’t snitching — it’s telling the truth”.
Retired cop John Guido came out to see his grandson, Officer Patrick Guido, a third-generation cop. His mother, Angel Lifton, is a dispatcher for the PD.
Mary Bender came out with the family to support her son, Officer Frederick Bender, who received a commendation of merit.
Officer Brian Suschke was recognized for returning a child to his mother after struggling with a perpetrator who stabbed his girlfriend and abducted a child.

Please see audience member interviews below:

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