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May 01, 2023 | NEW JERSEY Ron Jeffers, New Jersey Editor

DOWNS: A 54-year-old man died as the result of a dwelling fire in Little Egg Harbor Twp., March 6th. A pet dog was rescued by firefighters, according to CBS News Philadelphia. 

UPS: The Madison Fire Department won the 2nd annual Morris County Firehouse Chili competition at Garden State Harley Davidson, March 4th. Second place went to Sterling Fire Co. 1. Morristown firefighters won third place. The Madison F.D. received a trophy and a donation, according to Tap into Madison. 

DOWNS: A Westampton woman was killed in a dwelling fire on Whitlow Dr., March 8th, according to local police. 

UPS: Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora recognized a mother-son duo, who are members of the city's fire department, with a proclamation, in March. They were celebrated for their public service, according to Mid Jersey News. Firefighter Karla Townsend is a 17-year-veteran, currently assigned to Engine Co. 9. Her son, Solomon, is a member of Engine Co. 3.

DOWNS: A 2-alarm fire on Ocean Ave. in Sea Bright displaced a family of four and damaged a hardware business on the ground floor, March 13th. Two trapped occupants were removed from the building via ladders, according to Rumson-Fair Haven Patch. 

UPS: Andrew Toth, Jr., has been promoted fire chief in Edison.

DOWNS: One person was killed in a fire that involved a Belmar dwelling at Surf & 18th avenues on March 15th. Strong wind gusts fanned the flames, but officials said the fire was mostly contained to that building, with some damage to other homes. A source told News12 New Jersey that one person was able to escape the house, but another occupant died. 

UPS: In Cranford, Arthur Anderson was promoted to battalion chief. Doug Petschow was promoted to lieutenant, and Andrew Di Francesco is the department's new firefighter.

DOWNS: The Red Cross assisted 10 people that were displaced by a fire that involved two homes on Lynd St. in Perth Amboy, March 16th. 

UPS: Robert Spagnoulo has been promoted to fire lieutenant in Nutley. New firefighters are Isaiez Carreras and Peter Russo.

DOWNS: A train came to a stop at the Maywood Avenue RR crossing, in Maywood, after a fire broke out in a car carrying construction debris and trash, March 17th. It was described as a “rolling dumpster fire of sorts”, by the Hackensack Daily Record. 

UPS: Metuchen has been awarded $300,000 in AFG funds to upgrade the borough's communications system. The new radio system will ensure uniformity with Middlesex County's and Rutgers University's dispatch system, officials said. 

DOWNS: A Manchester resident was killed in a fire involving a Heron St. dwelling, March 19th, officials said. First arriving police officers found the home heavily involved in fire. They were told that a family member was still inside. Officers attempted to enter, but they were met with heavy smoke and heat. Three police officers and the reporting family member were treated for smoke inhalation. An investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office and other agencies determined that the fire originated in a garbage can due to discarded smoking material.  

UPS: Promoted to fire captain in Hoboken recently were: James Twyford, Antonio Tamborra, Thomas Worley, Jr., Ryan Talerico, Anthony Diaz and Christopher Markey.

DOWNS: Three homes were involved in fire and six families displaced following two fires that happened over the March 18th weekend in Bound Brook, officials said. The first fire was located at a multi-unit dwelling on Somerset St., Saturday, March 18th. On Sunday, a fire involved two dwellings on Mountain Ave. 

UPS: New firefighters in Hoboken are: Anthony Pascale, Nickolas Gjoni, Ali Eleayar, Danyel Rivera and Damiano Lucignano. 

DOWNS: An 8-alarm fire destroyed the Fountain of Life Center on Columbus Rd. in Florence Twp., March 20th. A burned out shell was all that remained of the large house of worship. Over 150 firefighters from across South Jersey and Pennsylvania helped fight the fire or supply water, according to WPVI-TV. 

UPS: On the morning of March 22nd, members of Bayonne Ladder 3 saw a small bird caught in a traffic light, according to an OEM Facebook post. Firefighters quickly went into action and made a “rescue”, setting the bird free. Later in the day, city firefighters rescued a litter of kittens that were stranded at the bottom of a storm drain. Firefighters were able to bring them up to the street level and a neighbor planned to get them reunited with their mother. 

DOWNS: A fire in West Milford damaged three buildings and displaced two people on Lakeside Rd., March 18th.  According to authorities, the fire was started by a resident illegally burning debris. Firefighters found a brush fire rapidly extending along the mountainside. Flames spread to three homes. One house on Kushaqua Trail was almost entirely consumed. 

UPS: New probationary firefighters in Hackensack are Charles Redstone, Anthony Alexander, Ruben Ceballus, Anthony Colantino and Corey Eyer. 

DOWNS: A full-sized scooter, that had been left charging, ignited a fire on Commercial Ave. in Palisade Park, March 24th. According to the Daily Voice, its lithium battery was found on a nearby roof after the fire broke out.

UPS: Park Row Hose Co. 3 of Wallington will hold a 100th year anniversary celebration on June 10th at the Wallington Little League Field, Mount Pleasant Ave., noon-6 p.m. 

DOWNS: Deptford Firefighter, and past chief, Jeff Pfeiffer, suffered a cardiac arrest after returning from an alarm, March 23rd, at the Almonesson Lake firehouse. According to the Gloucester County O.E.M., Pfeiffer served the township as a firefighter for over 50-years. 

UPS: As Bergen County celebrated the completion of a major modernization project at the Law & Public Safety Institute, in Mahwah, a training facility street named “Larry Rauch Boulevard” was revealed. This was in honor of the former institute's safety coordinator Larry Rauch. He served in that position for over 18-years and dedicated his life to the fire service. The Navy veteran was a 49-year member of the Upper Saddle River Fire Department and served as chief on seven different terms. Chief Rauch died in 2021. 

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