Paramus officers Rachel Morgan and Ryan Hayo met President Obama Saturday in Washington, where they were honored with the national TOP COPS award.
The award recognizes "outstanding law enforcement officers across the country for actions above and beyond the call of duty," according to the NAPO website.
"Congratulations to Rachel and Ryan on receiving one of the nation's most prestigious law enforcement awards," Chief Christopher Brock said in a letter to the police department when the award was .
Morgan and Hayo are among 34 TOP COPS winners, selected from hundreds of nominations. They were honored at a dinner Saturday at the Mayflower Hotel.
Morgan was in February 2011 after trying to make a traffic stop on Route 17. Hayo was the first officer to respond to the scene. After recuperating for nearly a year, Morgan in January as a detective.
"Every day, hundreds of thousands of law enforcement officers keep our neighborhoods safe, and frankly, they don’t ask for a lot," Obama said. "They don't ask for a lot of credit. They don’t go to work planning to be heroes. They just do their jobs.
"But when you put on that badge, you assume a special responsibility," the president said. "And every time you put it on, you never know if this day will be the day that you’ve spent your entire career training for – the day when just doing your job and being a hero are exactly the same thing."
The award is given by the National Association of Police Organization, which describes itself as "a coalition of more than 1,000 police units and associations representing 241,000 rank and file law enforcement officers from across the United States."