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April 01, 2024 | NEW JERSEY Ron Jeffers, New Jersey Editor

UPS: Elizabeth firefighters rescued a pet cat from a burning Kilsyth Rd. dwelling on Jan. 29th. They were able to revive the feline and reunite the pet to its owners, according to Tap into Elizabeth.

DOWNS: One person was killed and several residents displaced due to a fire at an apartment complex on Summer av. in Buena Borough, Feb. 2nd. The victim suffered severe burns and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to WCAU-TV. The fire burned through multiple units inside the complex.

UPS: The Jersey City Fire Foundation recently thanked George Harms Construction for the organization's generosity leading to the purchase of a 10,000-lb winch for Squad Co. 4. 

DOWNS: One firefighter was injured and eight people displaced due to a fire at an E. 44th St. dwelling in Bayonne, Feb. 4th. The fire extended to a neighboring one-family home, according to News 12. 

UPS: Due to the shortage of volunteer EMTs, the Monmouth County Sheriff's Office and the Monmouth County Board of Commissioners launched a new emergency medical service operation, in February. The sheriff's office is hiring 40 EMTs to to cut the response time to emergency calls, according to NJ Spotlight News. 

DOWNS: An early-morning fire on Raritan av. in Roxbury, Feb. 8th, took the life of one man and left seven other residents homeless, according to Tap into Roxbury. 

UPS: New firefighters in Summit are Jerry Palmer, Colin Kidd and William Melick. 

DOWNS: Three firefighters were injured battling a fire at an 11th Avenue home in Neptune Twp., Feb. 6th. Three families were displaced, according to News 12. 

UPS: Newly appointed firefighters in Jackson are Ryan Calhoun, Christopher Bizzarro, Dylan Dziedzic and Andrew Reaves. 

DOWNS: Fire consumed a vacant warehouse on Line St. in Camden, Feb. 7th, according to WCAU-TV. 

UPS: New fire captains in Orange are Sergeant Gardner, Clint Richards, Daniel McRae, Andre Bennet and Jesse Francione. 

DOWNS: On Feb. 7th, a fire raced through a hollowed out 135-year-old building in Woodbury that once served as a local theater group's home. According to the West Deptford Patch, the three-story building was once a school and later a local hub for the performing arts. 

UPS: Michael Corso has been promoted to battalion chief in Rahway. 

DOWNS: A 2-alarm fire consumed a home on Betsy Scull Rd. in Egg Harbor Twp., Feb. 12th, causing two residents to be airlifted to a hospital for treatment of their injuries, according to NJ Advance Media. The homeowners were French bulldog breeders and some of their animals died in the fire. The township's fire investigation unit was investigating the cause.       

UPS: Newly promoted fire captains in Rahway are: Richard Eger, Alex Torres, Daniel Marchica and James Thornton. 

DOWNS: Two people renting a home on East Washington av., in Washington Twp. (Warren County), suffered injuries as a result of a fire involving the dwelling, Feb. 12th. They were flown to a hospital, according to WFMZ-TV. 

UPS: The Rochelle Park FD has recognized ex-Chief Peter Donatello for 50-years of service to the community. He currently serves the township as OEM coordinator. In addition, he is an inspector with the Fire Prevention Bureau. 

DOWNS: An elderly woman died as the result of a fire in a Webster St. dwelling in Union, Feb. 14th. She was apparently trapped in a second-floor bedroom, according to WABC-TV.  

UPS: In February, the Wallington F.D. honored Robert Ventura and Stuart Stolarz for 50-years of service to the fire department and rescue squad. 

DOWNS: A fire deemed suspicious injured multiple people at a home on Palisade av. in Teaneck, Feb. 19th. Officials said multiple residents were trapped in an apartment and they were rescued by firefighters. Two victims were badly burned, according to WABC-TV. Several firefighters were treated for minor injuries. In a follow up, two of the victims later died at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, according to NJ.com. 

UPS: In February, Nicholas Stewart was sworn in as a career firefighter in Gloucester City. His father, Gloucester City Firefighter Thomas Stewart, was killed, along with two other firefighters, while fighting a dwelling fire in 2002. Thomas was trying to rescue three children when the building collapsed, according to WPVI-TV. Nicholas was a volunteer firefighter in Westville for the past three-years. Stewart was sworn in along with Nathan Castagna.  

DOWNS: Flames raced through multiple businesses in a Clinton strip mall, on Old Highway 22, Feb. 25th. That included a Walgreens and a liquor store. One firefighter was taken to a hospital with a minor injury, according to WFMZ-TV. 

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