James Meggison recognized
B-6 B-6 B-6 Wednesday, April 11, 1973, THE COURIER-NEWS COURIER-NEWS COURIER-NEWS Seven receive safefy awards WATCHUNG - Five Police and Fire Department members and two citizens from local communities received awards last night at the first annual Plainfield Area Chamber of Commerce Public Safety Awards Dinner at Wally's Tavern-on-the-Hill. Tavern-on-the-Hill. Tavern-on-the-Hill. Tavern-on-the-Hill. Tavern-on-the-Hill. Tavern-on-the-Hill. Tavern-on-the-Hill. Dunellen Patrolman Frederick J. Greninger was honored for preventing a recent house fire in the borough from gaining headway until firemen arrived at the scene. Plainfield Detective Wallace Marhoffer received an award for his interest in the city's Police Athletic League. Piscataway Patrolman James Meggison received recognition for his action in reviving a child who had nearly drowned. Watchung Detective Sgt. Richard R. Ryan was commended commended for his work in narcotics narcotics arrests and dedication to his department Former Middlesex Fire Chief Darrell Dent was honored for his five years of service to the department. Michael Duffy of Middlesex received an award for his work in the area of fire prevention and Walter R. Stochel was honored for saving a Plainfield youth from severe burns when spilled gasoline on the boy's clothing ignited. Following the awards, guest speaker J. Wallace LaPrade, special agent in charge of the Newark FBI office, commended commended each of the award winners. "Law enforcement officers have traditionally suffered much public abuse,? LaPrade said, adding that recognition is important for dedicated policemen and firemen. LaPrade said both police and fire department members act in a protective manner. "They're not out to catch someone; their mission is to protect the entire community," he said. He cited statistics which show that, despite increases in ioIent crimes such as murder and rape, the overall crime rate has decreased three per cent in the past year. LaPrade contrasted that drop with an increase in the general crime rate of 147 per cent in the decade preceeding 1972. He said the crime rate decrease is largely due to the attitudes of most of the American people. "They're sick of living in a society where some citizens are permissive and want everything given to the criminal," LaPrade said.