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Feb., 2021, UPS, Page 2

By Ron Jeffers, New Jersey Editor | February 01, 2021 | NEW JERSEY

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DOWNS: A 63-year-old Piscataway man died as a result of a fire in a Maple Ave. dwelling, Nov. 28th. First responders pulled the unconscious man out of the building and started CPR, before he was transported to JFK MC, police said. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. The New Market Fire Company of Piscataway responded to the fire.

UPS: Toms River Fire Co. 1 won first place in the annual Jon Bon Jovi Kitchen Chili Cook-Off contest for New Jersey first responders. Bon Jovi and his wife, Dorothea, presented ex Company 1 Chief Albert McDaniel and his daughter, Kori McDaniel, with a plaque commemorating their win, on Nov. 21st.

DOWNS: A Summerfield Rd. dwelling in White Twp. was destroyed by fire, Nov. 30th. A tanker task force brought water from Route 519 near the Warren County jail.

UPS: At a modified version of the Randolph F.D.'s annual inspection, Nov. 14th, Mayor Carey presented a special proclamation to Firefighter Ted Carman in recognition of his 50-years of firefighting service. Carman began his service in 1966 when he became a member of the New Jersey State Forest Fire Service, while he was still in high school.

DOWNS: A Mount Holly woman was seriously injured in a fire at her Washington St. home on Dec. 9th. The victim was rescued from the burning building, a police spokesman said, and she was taken to Virtua Hospital in Voorhees and later transferred to Penn Medicine in Philadelphia.

UPS: On December 2nd, the NJ Department of Community Affairs and Atlantic City officials swore in 16 new firefighters. The new members bring the city's total to 190.

DOWNS: A fire at the Hollywood Motel on Route 1, Avenel, consumed one room and started to spread to connecting rooms, Dec. 9th, but firefighters were able to contain the flames and prevent it from spreading, according to Avenel Fire Officials Cory Spillar.

UPS: A Bound Brook man has been indicted by a Somerset Grand Jury in connection with the 7-alarm fire that destroyed two apartment buildings that were under construction on Main St., Jan. 12th. Juan Hector Padilla, 29, faces charges of second degree burglary, second degree aggravated arson, third degree aggravated assault (for an injured firefighter) and third degree hindering apprehension of oneself, according to county prosecutor Michael Robertson.

DOWNS: A 5-alarm fire raced through a Macopin Road dwelling in West Milford on Dec. 14th. Area tankers were called in and township fire officials summoned the Passaic County Prosecutor's Arson Unit.

UPS: The Bayer Fund, a philanthropic arm of the life sciences company Bayer, recently announced the award of a $25,000 grant for the purchase of a “fit-tester” machine for over 100 of Hanover Township's first responders. This will provide better protection from COVID-19 exposure. Fire Chief Chad DiGiorgio submitted the grant application on behalf of Fire District 3 for the benefit of all Hanover Township first responders.

DOWNS: A man was injured in an “explosion” after he parked his vehicle on Johnson Ave., Newark, Dec. 15th. Firefighters found two intact 20-pound propane tanks and two intact one-pound tanks inside of the victim's car, authorities said. First responders observed property damage to nearby vehicles and a church building.

UPS: The Wildwood Crest Volunteer Fire Company recently achieved an Insurance Service Office (ISO) Public Protection Classification of Class 3 status, following a recent reevaluation, Chief Ron Harwood announced. The company had been a Class 4 department since 2015.

DOWNS: An electrical panel caught fire at the Kings Inn Hotel on Route 23, Wayne, Dec. 15th, that a worker was attempting to repair, according to Detective Captain Dan Daly. The worker suffered burns and a hotel guest suffered minor injuries. They were taken to a local hospital and a third person was treated at the scene. All others in the hotel escaped without injury, the captain said.

UPS: Recent promotions at Monroe Township Fire District 3 are Wayne Lyons to chief and Jim Hannon to lieutenant. Mike Galvin is the new firefighter.

DOWNS: As firefighters arrived at a burning Fourth Ave. building in Passaic during a snow storm, Dec. 17th, they found people hanging out of windows and on the fire escape. Firefighters encountered heavy fire on the upper floors of the building and were forced out by the flames. A wall collapsed on top of one firefighter in the rear of the structure, leaving him with cuts to his head. He was taken to Saint Joseph's UMC, said Fire Chief Patrick Trentacost. Firefighters rescued several residents. Several firefighters were treated at the scene for exposure and minor injuries, the chief added. Two women were treated at St. Mary's Hospital for injuries. More then 75 firefighters battled the 4-alarm fire from Passaic and Bergen counties. Twenty-five people were displaced, authorities said.

UPS: Twenty-two cats were rescued from a 2-alarm fire involving a Westervelt Ave. dwelling in Hawthorne, Dec. 16th. The fire involved the third-floor. Some firefighters and a police officer suffered minor cat bites from the frightened felines, Fire Chief Joe Speranza said. Five residents were displaced.

DOWNS: A man died following a fire in a Buena Vista Twp. dwelling on Unexpected Road, Dec. 11th. Firefighters located the victim in the house, and he was taken to Inspira Medical Center, in Vineland, where he was pronounced dead.

UPS: In December, Cailin Brodel was promoted to fire captain in Bayonne. Brodel, who is also a registered nurse, became the first female firefighter in the city, and she is now the first to hold the rank of captain.

DOWNS: A car carrier caught fire on Route 17 in Ho Ho Kus, Dec. 21st, closing the highway at 4:30 a.m. The fire appeared to have started in the rear axle and extended to the lift equipment and at least two vehicles on board, officials said.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.