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New Jersey State Police Trooper of the Year - 1970's - Honor Above All Honors NJSP Badge

Trooper of the Year
1979 - Trooper Philip Lamonaco #2663

During 1979, while assigned to Troop "B" Blairstown Barracks, Trooper Lamonaco was responsible for initiating 44 separate patrol related investigations resulting in the arrests 66 persons and the seizure of illicit contraband valued in excess of $500,000.

1978 - Trooper Richard F. Kitson #2662

During 1978, while assigned to Troop "C" Bordentown Barracks, Trooper Kitson distinguished himself by his extraordinary act of valor while attempting to save the life of a child who had fallen through ice on a frozen pond.

1977 - Trooper Andrew P. Mastella #2796

During 1977, while assigned to Troop "A" Woodstown Barracks, Trooper Mastella was responsible for four separate major seizures of controlled dangerous substances valued in excess of 1.4 million dollars.

1976 - Trooper Richard V. Roberts #1863

During 1976, while assigned to Troop "B" Somerville Barracks, Trooper Roberts was seriously wounded while effecting the arrests of two armed bank robbers, During the exchange of gunfire, Trooper Roberts wounded one of his assailants.

1975 - Trooper Robert P. Hopkins #2787

During 1975, while assigned to Troop "B" Clinton Barracks, Trooper Hopkins effected the arrests of 153 persons on 360 different criminal charges after initiating 73 separate patrol related investigations.

1974 - Trooper Cornel D. Plebani #2541

During 1974, while assigned to Troop "D" Newark Barracks, Trooper Plebani engaged in courageous actions at the scene of a multiple vehicle accident and fire on the New Jersey Turnpike.

1973 - Trooper James Harper #2108

During 1973, while assigned to Troop "D" New Brunswick Barracks, Trooper Harper was severely wounded in a gun battle with Black Liberation Army members. During the gun battle, fellow Trooper Werner Forester and one of the three assailants were mortally wounded. Trooper Harper's actions under fire were directly responsible for bringing the perpetrators of this heinous offense to justice.

1972 - Trooper Gary F. Goble #2057

During 1972, while assigned to Troop "B" Sussex Barracks, Trooper Goble effected 147 arrests on 231 separate criminal charges. Recovered as a result of Trooper Goble's efforts was stolen property valued in excess of $29,500.

1971 - Trooper Charles R. Thom #2130

During 1971, while assigned to Troop "D" Moorestown Barracks, Trooper Thom effected 199 arrests after initiating 90 separate patrol related investigations. The investigations ranged from a variety of narcotic offenses to weapons trafficking and possession of stolen vehicles.

1970 - Trooper Louis Parisi #2079

During 1970, while assigned to Troop "C" Fort Dix Barracks, Detective Parisi was responsible for effecting the arrests of 96 persons on 221 separate criminal charges.

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