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

DOWNS: Sussex Firefighter Tony Duivenvoorde died after operating at a brush fire in Wantage, according to News 12. Firefighter Duivenvoorde responded to two calls, April 12th, and he later died at his home. He worked as a security guard for Comet Security of Vernon Township. 

UPS: Jerry Arrvda has been appointed to the Kearny Fire Department.

DOWNS: A multiple-alarm fire displaced dozens of people at a condominium complex on Waterford Dr. in Edison, April 3rd. Officials said that 24 units were damaged. 

UPS: Hamilton firefighters rescued a person who was trapped inside of a burning Jeremiah Ave. home, April 2nd. First responders were seen treating the victim on the front lawn, and then they transported the victim to a local hospital, according to Mid-Jersey News.

DOWNS: Fire raced through three Jaques St. dwellings in Elizabeth, April 9th. Numerous mutual aid fire companies responded to either the fire scene or for house coverage in Union County. At least 28 people were being assisted by the Red Cross, according to WCBS news.

UPS: Wayne Township dedicated a new playground in memory of Firefighter Glenn Mc Coog, who drowned in 1983 when his boat capsized in the swirling waters of the Pompton River. Members of P.O.L. Fire Company 2 said the 25-year-old volunteer was responding, with three other members, to a report of a smoke at a home in the flooded Hoffman Grove neighborhood. Never forget.

DOWNS: On April 8th, Hawthorne fire units were dispatched to a report of a person stuck under a fallen tree on Washington Ave. They found the victim's foot pinned underneath the tree, according to a fire department Facebook post. Attempts were made to free the victim with airbags, tools and cribbing, but that was not successful. Downes Tree Service was contacted for use of their crane and mutual aid from Paterson's USAR rescue unit with specialized tools. The victim was removed and turned over to medical personnel with non-life-threatening injuries.   

UPS: Firefighters rescued a pet dog from a burning Elm Ave. home in Saddle Brook, April 26th. Two people were reportedly treated for smoke inhalation. The fire was under control in 20 minutes, according to the Daily Voice. 

DOWNS: A 2-alarm fire at a Cape May camp ground was started by a propane explosion on April 11th, according to Press of Atlantic City. At least five trailers at Seaville Shores Camping Resort were destroyed and other trailers damaged. 

UPS: According to the Hillsborough Patch, members of Hillsborough Fire Co. 1 and Rescue 37 were able to quickly push a vehicle sideways and free a woman who was pinned between the car and a concrete post at the Sunny Days car Wash on Route 206, April 25th. The victim was taken to Robert Wood Johnson MC. 

DOWNS: A 3-alarm fire heavily damaged a home on Cheryl Lane in Old Tappan, April 7th. Fire units from the Pascack Valley area of Bergen County and Rockland County, N.Y., units responded to the fire. One firefighter sustained a facial injury, according to News 12. 

UPS: Edgewater firefighters rescued two boys who were trapped in floodwaters in an abandoned train tunnel, in April. They were stuck about 30-feet from the Edgewater entrance to the tunnel in an old New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway tunnel. The boys climbed on top of a metal pipe to evade rising flood waters. Fire Lt.'s Thomas Clinton and Robert Jacobson changed into water rescue suits and deployed an inflateable rescue boat to retrieve the teens from five-foot waters. “When we arrived they were sitting in a pipe that runs through the tunnel and they were just sitting, kind of half in the water, half out,” Lt. Clinton said. The boys were checked out by EMS after their rescue.

DOWNS: An unattached garage fire on Cedar St. in Garfield, May 1st, destroyed a 1957 Chevy Bel Air and a 1979 Chevelle, along with a motorcycle.

UPS: In May, four New Jersey firefighters were among the 144 honored during the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend in Maryland. Those who died in service to their communities:  Captain Charles Achong (Jersey City), Assistant Chief Ronnie Cordero (Little Falls), Firefighter Alex Moss (Upper Saddle River) and Basil Pizzuto (Saddle Brook). 

DOWNS: While returning from an alarm, the right side of Hackensack Engine 5 sank into a hole on Railroad Ave., April 29th. According to News 4, a contractor had been working in that area the day before. A spokesperson said it appeared that heavy rain and insufficient markings around the hole were to blame for the accident. The engine was placed out-of-service for mechanics to assess the damage. The contractor refilled the hole, and it was covered with a plate. 

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Ron JeffersNew Jersey Editor

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