August 28, 2007

CONTACT: Jim Lowney, 908-527-4711


Hillside Police Officers Honored

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(Photo by Jim Lowney/County of Union)

Union County Freeholder Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski presents Hillside Police Detective Peter Corvelli (2nd L) and Officer Joseph Cocuzza (2nd R) with resolutions congratulating them on receiving both the NJ State Association of Chiefs of Police Valor Award and the NJ State Law Enforcement Officers Association Valor Award. They are joined by Hillside Police Captain Salvatore San Filippo.

On March 11, 2006, Corvelli of Kenilworth and Cocuzza of Hillside pursued a stolen vehicle through Hillside. The pursuit ended when the stolen vehicle crashed and one of the four suspects was ejected from the vehicle.  As they arrested the first suspect, the vehicle caught fire trapping the other three suspects in the burning vehicle. With the vehicle upside down, Corvelli and Cocuzza managed to rescue all three suspects, one of whom was unconscious, from the burning vehicle.