PARAMUS, N.J. — One shot a fleeing driver after getting knocked onto the hood of a getaway car, another was shot in the leg while working undercover and three more rescued a trapped motorist from a burning car: All five Paramus hero police officers were honored at the 30th anniversary dinner of the 200 Club of Bergen County on Oct. 7.
Officer Connor Nutland earned a Valor Award for acts of bravery and risking his own life on Oct. 8, 2014.
Nutland and another officer had responded to an overnight burglar alarm at the Jennifer Convertibles on westbound Route 4 when the getaway driver gunned his car at him.
Landing on the hood, Nutland squeezed off some shots from his service weapon and the 2015 Kia slammed into the median. Police arrested three other men along with the driver, who died at the hospital ( SEE: Trio indicted in botched holdup that left suspect dead, officer injured ).
Detective Dmitriy Mazur earned a Valor Award for is work in an undercover drug investigation while on-loan to the Bergen County Prosecutor's Narcotic Task Force in the parking lot of the Garfield Walmart in April 2014.
The 10-year veteran was shot in the right hip and lower left leg by Rafael Vasquez, also known as "King Lucifer," authorities said.
Seven backup officers converged on the car, shooting Vasquez in the arm and leg ( SEE: Three indicted in ambush shooting of undercover Paramus officer in Garfield ).
Police Officers Gil Maynard, Anthony Mordaga, Timothy Reed Police earned Meritorious Service Awards for courageous acts while rescuing a trapped driver from his flaming car after it crashed into a utility pole on Route 17 South in July.
The officers extinguished the fire, broke the side windows of the black 2015 Nissan Altima and pulled a dazed Andrew Ishak, 28, of Waldwick, from the wreck, Police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg said at the time ( SEE: Paramus police rescue Waldwick man from burning, overturned car on Route 17 ).
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