Fairfield Police Officer John McGrory was recently presented the Fairfield Knights of Columbus Police Officer of the Year Award.
The presentation, which was made by Fairfield Knights of Columbus Council No. 6380 Grand Knight Michael Micchelli took place at the regular meeting of the Fairfield Mayor and Council.
McGrory is a nine-year veteran with the Fairfield Police Department who has served the department as an emergency medical technician, a field training officer and a drug recognition expert.
He was selected for this prestigious honor for a variety of reasons. He led the department in 2013 with seven drunken driving arrests. He also was ranked in the top four for the department in all major statistical categories: total motor vehicle stops (1st), motor vehicle summonses issued (2nd), total cases handled (2nd), calls per officer (3rd) and total arrests (4th).
McGrory was one of six Fairfield officers in January to receive a life-saving commendation for their work in saving the life of a man went into cardiac and respiratory arrest while he was training at a martial arts school on Passaic Avenue in December 2013. The life saving efforts undertaken by those officers, including McGrory, allowed the victim to make a full recovery.
“Officer McGrory epitomizes what a Fairfield police officer should be," Deputy Chief Anthony Manna said. "He is extremely knowledgeable, personable, and is dedicated to performing his duties in a manner that serves the citizens of Fairfield at the highest levels."