WILDWOOD CREST — Two borough police officers were honored Wednesday after they responded to a house fire and an armed man following a woman during the same shift.
Sgt. Matthew Christopher Webb and Cpl. William Gianakopoulos were recognized during a meeting of the borough’s Board of Commissioners, according to a news release from the borough. David Thompson, the borough’s commissioner of public safety, read aloud commendation letters that were presented to the pair.
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About 1 a.m. July 6, Webb and Gianakopoulos helped evacuate residents and a family pet during a structure fire at a home on Buttercup Road, officials said. Both officers went into the burning structure multiple times to help bring the family and its dog to safety.
Then, about 5 a.m., Webb and Gianakopoulous responded to a report of a possibly armed man who was following a woman walking on Seaview Avenue, officials said. The officers found the man hiding behind a vehicle with two knives, and quickly detained him.
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The actions of the officers “are indicative of the Wildwood Crest Police Department’s professionalism and dedication to ensure the ultimate well-being of our citizens and visitors,” read the commendation, which was signed by Thompson and fellow Commissioners Don Cabrera and Joyce Gould. “Thank you for your exceptional service to the community. You have made all of us in Wildwood Crest tremendously proud.”
Webb has been a full-time police officer in the borough for 13 years, officials said. Gianakopoulos has served the borough full time for 3½ years.