DOWNS: A small fire in an elevator at the Monmouth County Court House in Freehold Borough, Sept. 12th, caused the evacuation of the building.
UPS: The Mizpah V.F.C. in Mays Landing will receive $241,739 in AFG money to obtain equipment.
DOWNS: Fourteen people were displaced from a fire involving their Liberty St. dwelling in Paterson, Sept. 6th.
UPS: On Sept. 14th, the Ocean City City Council approved a $1.1 million contract to purchased a new aerial ladder to replace an aging unit plagued by mechanical problems.
DOWNS: A Sept. 4th fire burned a construction trailer on Beachwood Ave., Stafford, and injured a firefighter, officials said. A propane tank exploded and a state Forest Fire Service member sustained a minor arm injury. He was treated at the scene.
UPS: Two swimmers were rescued from the ocean by Wildwood firefighters and Beach Patrol members, Sept. 16th. The victims were holding onto a child's boogie well beyond the breakers of the unguarded water, officials said. They were placed on rescue boards and brought in by Fire Chief Daniel Speigel and Lt. Stave McGuinn. Also instrumental in the rescue were Captain Ed Schneider and Firefighters Nick Palmer and Tina Sacco.
DOWNS: The city of Trenton approved to layoff 64 firefighters who are currently being funded by a federal grant that runs out at the end of October, according to a plan approved by the state.
UPS: Forked River Firefighters Robert Anderson and Edward Barker, Jr., along with Lacey Police Officers Anthony Sarno and Christopher Meyer, recently received the “Team of Valor” award from the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia. They teamed up to rescue an 81-year-old woman who was trapped in a burning building in 2016.
DOWNS: An elderly couple was killed and a fire destroyed their Ignatius Dr. home in Manchester, Sept. 15th. Two firefighters were injured battling the fire.
UPS: Asbury Park firefighters responded to a distress call for two swimmers at the beach near Deal Drive, Sept. 20th. Upon arrival, one male swimmer was located on the beach. Two firefighters entered the water to search for the second swimmer, who several witnesses reported was still submerged. That victim was spotted closer to the shore and rescued from the water by Firefighter Christian Stevens. Firefighters and paramedics were able to regain a pulse on the 42-year-old woman en route to the hospital, officials said.
DOWNS: A 77-year-old man was killed in a fire that broke out at a Forest Ave. home in Paramus, Sept. 18th. The Bergen County Prosecutor's Office said the fire was caused by a faulty electrical outlet strip in a living room area.
UPS: The Englewood Fire Department has been award $225,270 in AFG funds to replace portable and mobile radios.
DOWNS: Emergency responders are assisting one of their own. Firefighter Mike Metzger and his family lost their Franklinville home to a fire on Sept. 22nd. The family escaped unharmed but they lost everything, according to Captain Matt Mills of the Monroe Twp. Ambulance & Rescue Association. Metzger is a firefighter for the Star Cross F.D., in Franklinville, and he is also a member of the Monroe ambulance association. The ambulance unit established a GoFundMe account to help Metzger and his family.