12th Annual Union County Police Pistol League Dinner
Polish National Home, Linden, New Jersey
Wednesday, November 2, 1960
Sheriff Ralph Oriscello and Capt. Bill McMillan with the Presentation Gold Key to the City of Linden, New Jersey
CAPT. WILLIAM McMILLAN
U.S. MARINE CORPS
MAYOR WILLIAM J. HURST
NOV 2, 1960”
Judge Julius Kwalick presents Gold Key
to Capt Bill McMillan
TROPHIES FOR CHAMPS
Marine Corps Capt. Bill McMillan, left, presents championship trophy to Police Chief Henry J. Tomaszewski of Linden at 12th annual Union county Police Pistol League dinner last night at Police National Home, Linden. Looking on are Detective Sgt. Alfred Vardalis, second from left, of Westfield and Eddie Gray of Elizabeth, individual-average champion.
Linden Squad, Gray Recipients Of Top Awards At Police Fete
LINDEN - Linden's undefeated champions, perennial individual-average titleholder Eddie Gray of Elizabeth and Olympic champion Bill McMillan shared the spotlight at the 12th annual Union County Police Pistol League dinner last night at Polish National Home.
The Linden squad, which compiled a dazzling 25-0 record, was toasted for its sweep of both the regular-season and playoff championships. The champs carted off three handsome trophies, including the Daily Journal Trophy.
Gray again won the league's individual-average title, posting a 297.63 mark in 22 matches, to win the Captain Lester Sargent Award, the R. J. Goerke Co. Award and the Union County Police Chiefs Association "300" Award. He fired the only two perfect scores of the season in the league.
McMillan Describes Win
McMillan, Marine Corps captain, was the principal speaker, describing his dramatic victory in the Olympic raid-fire pistol competition in Rome. He also discussed shooting in general and its value to law enforcement officials.
Runner-up to Gray in the individual-average was Patrolman Bill Brinckmann of Roselle with a 295.52 mark, followed closely by Patrolman Andy Sweet of Linden with 295.17. Both Brinckmann and Sweet shot 299s during the season.
Other division champions cited in addition to Linden in Class A were Union Class B, Cranford in Class C and Roselle in Class D.
Capt. Michael Tymezyn of Union won the Class B individual title with a 295.95 figure, while Patrolman Paul Benkovich of Rahway took the Class C crown with a 286.18 mark. Brinckmann was the Class D champion.
Dunn Most Improved
Deputy Sheriff Robert Dunn won the Captain Norman F. Gibbs Memorial Trophy for being named the most improved shooter. He boosted his average from 228.91 in 1959 to 260.95 this year.
The Union county Sheriffs received the Raymond C. Barton Memorial Trophy, awarded by Merck & Co., for being the most improved team, raising their average from 975.11 in 1959 to 1075.21 this year.
A special award was made to Detective Sgt. Alfred Vardalis of Westfield, league president from 1956 to 1960.
Judge Julius Kwalick served as toastmaster, while James J. Vigilante, State PBA president, introduced guests. Mayor William Hurst of LiInden was among the guests.
Capt. McMillan received a gold key to the City of Linden form Mayor William J. Hurst and a citation from the National PAL, presented by Gray.
Special trophies also were presented to Sgt. Michael Barry and Patrolman Walter Leamy of Union by Vardalis for shooting it out with Michael Fekecs, accused murderer, who died yesterday from a self-inflicted bullet wound.
Special Award for Cron
A special award also was given to George Cron, superintendent of recreation for the Union County Park Commission, for his aid to the league.
The trophy winners were announced by Sgt. Pete Bartus of Linden, chairman of the awards committee. Sgt. Joseph Novalany and Patrolman George Modrak of Linden were in charge of dinner arrangements.
Judge Julius Kwalick served as toastmaster. Speakers included James J. Vigilante, State PBA president; Mayor Hurst, Chief Edward Stupak of Kenilworth, Chief Christian Fritz of Mountainside and Cron.
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