Civilian Service Award
Stephani V. Cervone
On June 16, 2019, at approximately 16:11 hours the complainant, Stephani Cervone, observed a young child (approximately two years old) in the parking lot at Kingswood Station during a heavy rainstorm. The toddler was wearing only a t-shirt, a diaper, and had no shoes on. Ms. Cervone observed the child running from behind a dumpster and attempting to hide underneath a motor vehicle that was parked near the dumpster. Ms. Cervone recovered the child, responded to her residence, and immediately contacted 911 to report the incident.
Upon police arrival, Ms. Cervone indicated that approximately ten minutes after she recovered the child, she observed the parents in the parking lot actively searching for the child. Ms. Cervone reunited the child with his parents before the police arrived on the scene. Officers made contact with the toddler’s parents who indicated that they must have left the door open which allowed the child to walk away. It was unknown how long the child was outside in the torrential rain before Ms. Cervone discovered him. The parents were charged with Neglect of Children and notification was made to the New Jersey Division of Child Protection & Permanency.
For her quick thinking and willingness to get involved, which helped this toddler avert a potentially life-threatening incident, the Department of Public Safety is proud to present Stephani Cervone with this Civilian Service Award.
On July 27, 2020 at 15:44 hours, police responded to 49 Peach Orchard Drive on a report of an unresponsive male in the swimming pool. Patrolman Christian Longhitano and Patrolman Brian Woodruff were the first officers to arrive on scene.
The victim had apparently just dove into the pool and suffered a medical episode while underwater. The victim's wife, Janet Seidman, had observed her husband on the bottom of the deep end of the pool. She had quickly entered the pool and dragged him to the shallow end, while directing a friend to call 9-1-1. Patrolman Longhitano and Patrolman Woodruff removed the victim from the pool and immediately began life saving measures until the arrival of the Robert Wood Johnson Paramedics. The victim was then transported to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital where he regained consciousness.
For their rapid response, determination, and quick thinking, which resulted in saving a life, the Department of Public Safety is proud to present Janet Seidman with a Civilian Service Award. The Department of Public Safety is also proud to present Patrolman Christian Longhitano and Patrolman Brian Woodruff with a Life Saving Award.