EWING, N. J. – Two New Jersey state troopers receive 2017 Trooper of the Year awards for their actions in a terrorist attack.
Detective Sgt. James Abbes and Detective Stephen Christinzio on Thursday will be honored for successfully deactivate two improvised explosive devices after a pipe bomb exploded along a Marine Corps race in Seaside Park in 2016. The devices were in the same trash can that exploded before the start of the race, which had been delayed. No one was injured.
The awards will be presented at State Police headquarters.
A federal judge this month sentenced Ahmad Rahimi to life terms in prison.
Prosecutors say Rahimi set a pressure cooker device that blasted shrapnel in a New York City block, injuring 30 people, hours after the explosion in the race.