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By Ron Jeffers, New Jersey Editor | March 01, 2022 | NEW JERSEY

Story No. 021422113

DOWNS: Firefighters battled a fire in a storage facility on Cheesequake Rd. in Sayreville, Jan. 11th, that went to 3-alarms. Police said the fire started in a unit that contained several cars.

UPS: A friendly Rottweiler unexpectedly took a dive into Newark Bay, Jan. 16th, and his owner rushed in after him. A Bayonne police officer was flagged down and called in the incident. “Members of the Bayonne police, fire, Hudson County Sheriff, McCabe Ambulance and Bayonne O.E.M. were on the scene and able to pull both Brody (the dog) and his owner to safety,” Mayor Jimmy Davis wrote on his Facebook page.

DOWNS: A fire displaced five people from a Wiggins St. home in Princeton, Jan. 10th, officials said.

UPS: New fire lieutenants in Union are Steven Moro, Scott Holroyd, George Aleu and Michael Scanlon, Jr.

DOWNS: A dwelling fire on Lake Winnepesaukee Dr. in Little Egg Harbor Twp., Jan. 18th, caused two residents to be treated for smoke inhalation, with one being transported to a local hospital.

UPS: In February, the Plainsboro career firefighter staff changed schedules to provide more service to local residents. Firefighters will now be on duty from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, instead of Monday through Friday. Volunteers are harder to come by, as per their Facebook post. The change has divided the staff into two shifts. In addition, Michael Guzy has been promoted to captain of “B” Shift. Captain Matthew Collins will continue as “A” Shift captain.

DOWNS: A pre-dawn classroom fire at the Haskell Elementary School in Wanaque, Jan. 18th, caused a significant amount of smoke damage in the building, officials said. No children were in the school when the fire started, shortly before 7 a.m.

UPS: Tom Dobkowski has been appointed to the position of municipal emergency management coordinator in New Brunswick.

DOWNS: Trenton firefighters pulled two squatters from a burning Genesee St. dwelling, Jan. 30th, and one of those victims died from smoke inhalation, according to WPVI-TV. The second person was in stable condition. The fire spread to two neighboring homes, leaving seven people displaced.

UPS: Newly promoted fire captains in Bayonne are Michael Mullane and Gustavo Caamano.

DOWNS: Officials said two people died after a MVA involving a fire unit from Lawnside and an auto, near Warwick Rd. & North White Horse Pike, in Magnolia, Jan. 19th. The rig was responding to a call in Magnolia at the time of the crash, officials said. Two occupants of the auto were killed. Three firefighters on the apparatus were not seriously injured. They were taken to Jefferson Stratford Hospital, officials said. The accident was under investigation according to a Camden County Prosecutor's statement.

UPS: New firefighters in Bayonne are M. Cotter, S. Hester, B. Johnston, E. Lyman, M. Lojewski, J. McHugh, J. McNamara, M. Nolan, M. Nowak, M. O'Hara, M. Patel, C. Regan and K. Ribbecke.

DOWNS: A fire in large piles of metal burned at the Eastern Metal Recycling Terminal in Port Newark, Jan. 25th, sending heavy columns of smoke over the area. The smoke drifted over Hudson and Bergen counties and New York City. Numerous departments received calls for smoke or an odor of plastic burning, during the early morning hours.

UPS: Newly promoted fire captains in Elizabeth are Tim Cowan, Mike Sinnot, Nick Baptista, Rich Figueroa and Matt Fanelli.

DOWNS: A woman jumped from a second-floor window of an Atkins Ave. home in Asbury Park, Jan. 31st, to escape flames and smoke. Several other people had already escaped before fire units arrived, Fire Chief Kevin Keddy said. The victim landed on a snow bank. She was hospitalized with broken bones, officials said.

UPS: The reopening date for American Dream's Big Snow indoor ski resort, in East Rutherford, has not been set, since a September fire occurred in the 16-story, 180,000-square-foot ski and snowboard park. As part of a story in the January 31st edition of “The Record,” Big Snow “saluted the 'quick and expert' response of the Meadowlands Fire Department, local fire departments and its maintenance team.”

DOWNS: One resident at the Catherine Estates development in Clark was killed during a January 30th fire that severely damaged two units, officials said.

UPS: As tenants of a Main Street apartment were escaping a fire, via a fire escape, Jan. 28th, a resident informed Passaic Battalion Chief John Hayowyk that a woman was trapped on the third-floor. Lt. Joe Ivanicki entered the hallway. He crawled up the stairs in blinding smoke. His thermal image camera malfunctioned, making conditions worse. The lieutenant crawled past trash, strollers, bikes, boxes, etc., he later said, while hearing a scream and cough. The woman was laying on the landing at the roof door, which was padlocked. Unable to open the door under such conditions, the lieutenant took the victim back down the stairs, through smoke and flames. “I put her shirt over her face, put her on my chest, and went down the stairs backwards,” Ivanicki said. Passed the hallway debris, he made it to the first-floor and out to safety with his victim. Chief of Department Patrick Trentacost said he planned to nominate Lt. Ivanicki for the department's highest honor, the Medal of Honor.

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