The National Law Enforcement Oficers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) today announced Officer Christopher Connors of the Hasbrouck Heights (New Jersey) Police Department as the Officer of the Month for September 2022. Connors was selected for the honor after rescuing and saving a handicapped woman from a fire to their home.
On the afternoon of August 1, 2022, Officer Christopher Connors responded to a residential smoke alarm call in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ. Upon arrival, Officer Connors found a single-family home partially engulfed in flames as the fire quickly spread from the kitchen to the upper floor of the house.
A woman on the front lawn indicated that her handicapped daughter was still inside the burning home. Officer Connors quickly rushed inside to find the 65-year-old woman in her wheelchair on the second floor. After almost 90 seconds inside the smoke-filled home, Officer Connors located the woman and brought her to safety outside.
“Officer Connors exemplifies the best of what is right and good about the law enforcement profession,” said Marcia Ferranto, CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. “His selflessness by springing into action saved the life of a woman who was moments away from suffocating and likely burning to death. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is proud to honor Officer Christopher Connors as our Officer of the Month for September 2022.”
Both the officer and the woman were treated on the scene by paramedics. Thankfully, in large part because of the officers’ quick response, neither of them required further medical care.
The Officer of the Month Award Program is sponsored by the Police Unity Tour and recognizes federal, state, and local officers who distinguish themselves through exemplary law enforcement service and devotion to duty.
Established in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring the fallen, telling the story of American law enforcement, and making it safer for those who serve. The Memorial Fund maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., which honors the names of all of the 23,229 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history. The National Law Enforcement Museum at the Motorola Solutions Foundation Building is committed to preserving the history of American law enforcement and sharing the experiences of service and sacrifice for generations to come.