Recipients of the Father Nelligan Awards presented by the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Knights of Columbus Shield Awards. The ceremony honored police, fire and EMS personnel in Fanwood and Scotch Plains. The 40th annual awards presentation took place Thursday evening, April 16, at the St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church in Scotch Plains.
The Fanwood Police honorees, Sgt. Marc Gottlick and Officer Ryan Gilmore, were presented awards for their actions in delivering a baby girl for Sherry and Joseph Cole in the early morning
hours of Oct. 23, 2014, at the Cole's Fanwood home. There were complications with the birth and Sgt. Gottlick, with assistance of Off. Gilmore, delivered and stabilized the baby before the Rescue
Squad arrived. It was Fanwood's first baby born in the borough since 1998.
Fanwood Shield Award winners, from left, Sgt. Marc Gottlick and Officer Ryan Gilmore of the Fanwood Police, Elizabeth Buckridee of the Fanwood Rescue Squad and Ken Gorman of the Fanwood Fire Dept. talk with Knights of Columbus Grand Knight Seth McQuillan, right, Thursday, April 16, in Scotch Plains. (Photo by Brian Horton)