MIDDLETOWN, NJ - Four of Middletown’s finest emergency responders were recognized by Middletown Elks 2179 for outstanding community service at the 2011 Middletown Elks First Responder Appreciation Dinner.


From left (Front Row) Middletown Elks Esquire Al Smith, OEM Coordinator of the Year Charles W. Rogers, First Aider of the Year Manuel Flores, Police Officers of the Year Lt Stephen Dollinger and Sgt. Fred Deickmann. (Back Row) Middletown Elks Exalted Ruler Bert Revill, Deputy Police Chief Darren Schwedes, and Committeeman Gerard P. Scharfenberger. 

Middletown OEM Coordinator Charles W. Rogers III was named Middletown Elks Emergency Management Coordinator of the Year.  His actions during Hurricane Irene demonstrated his exemplary work ethic, outstanding leadership skills and an unwavering commitment to ensure the well-being of every resident.

Middletown First Aid and Rescue Squad Member Manual Flores was named Middletown Elks First Aider of the Year. He was recognized for a consistent commitment to the community that goes above and beyond that of a typical first aid member. As Support Services Manager he is responsible for maintaining the department’s fleet of vehicles and special equipment. Manny volunteers countless hours to ensure the equipment and vehicles are safe and ready for service. In addition to answering calls and maintaining apparatus, Manny serves as advisor to the Middletown Emergency Medical Services Cadet program. He is also an active member of Middletown Emergency Management.

Detective Lieutenant Stephen Dollinger and Sergeant First Class Frederick Deickmann were named Middletown Elks Police Officers of the Year. Lt. Dollinger and Sgt. Deickmann responded to a call for service in July that took them well beyond the normal call of duty. The officers, who were first on the scene, found a man wielding a full-length axe and was chasing his family with it. The man ignored repeated commands to drop the axe. While the officers had him at gunpoint he began to raise the axe. The officers felt they would have to resort to deadly force to stop him. The man continued to raise the axe, but then suddenly threw it to the ground. The man was taken into custody. By remaining calm and collected they were able to deescalate the situation. The officers past experiences and communications skills were crucial in successfully ending the crisis.