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

DOWNS: In May, the Wood-Ridge Fire Department announced the LODD of Firefighter James J. Bartlett from 9-11 related cancer. Firefighter Bartlett responded with Rescue 903 to Manhattan as part of an evidence recovery team on September 14, 2001, where he was exposed to toxins that led to a cancer diagnosis, according to the W-R FD Facebook page.

UPS: On May 31st, members of the Hawthorne and Glen Rock FD's took ownership of 80 SCBA sets. They were purchased through a joint application. The AFG funds amounted to $293,409, according to a Facebook post. 

DOWNS: A 2-alarm fire involved a Hawthorne dwelling, May 24th. Chief Speranza was advised that an occupant was trapped inside. The resident was removed and turned over to EMS crews. A helicopter was called in to transport the victim to a burn center, according to a Facebook post. 

UPS: New firefighters in Elizabeth are: Jose Giraldo, Bounzy Bourgovin, Justin McGhee, Sean McGovern, Jake Vignali, Jeremy Rosario, Malachi Dye and Samantha Grzywacz. 

DOWNS: A resident of a Washington Ave. dwelling in Laurel Springs died as the result of a fire, May 31st. The house was broken up into four apartments, officials said.

UPS: During a Mountain Avenue dwelling fire in North Plainfield, June 4th, firefighters advanced a hose line to the second-floor and began a search for a person reported to still be inside. Captain Scott Otto and Firefighter Brian Buckhardt were able to knock down enough fire to reach the victim, according to Tap into North Plainfield. Captain Otto continued to operate the hose line on the flames as FF Burkhardt and Plainfield Lt. Pete Landis removed the victim from the burning home, and into the care of EMTs. 

DOWNS: A firefighter was injured battling a fire on Ridgeway St. in Gloucester City, May 24th. The two-alarm fire spread to multiple row homes, according to WPVI-TV. 

UPS: In June, Jesse Flay was promoted to fire chief in Camden. 

DOWNS: A 2-alarm fire involved the Flannigan Auto & Truck Center on Crescent Blvd., Pennsauken, June 12th.  Several explosions were reported, according to WPVI-TV. 

UPS: In July, Kyle Wickman was appointed acting fire chief in Madison. This appointment follows the retirement of Chief Lou DeRosa III, a 40-year veteran of the department. 

DOWNS: A huge fire ripped through numerous buildings in South River on the evening of June13th. Officials said the fire started in an abandoned warehouse on Herman St. and traveled to multiple dwellings near that structure. Officials said that it seemed many, if not all of the destroyed structures had been abandoned. 

UPS: In June, Richard Gorman was named Director of the Toms River Fire Academy. Gorman is currently a battalion chief with the Jersey City Fire Department. He is also a volunteer lieutenant with the Silverton F.D. in Toms River. 

DOWNS: Fire officials said that a dog knocked over a burning candle that caused a fire at a 19th Avenue home in the Herbertsville section of Brick, June 15th. The home was fully involved when first responders arrived, according to the Brick Patch. Two dogs that were in the home were safe and there were no injuries as a result of the fire. 

UPS: Paul Imbimbo has been promoted to deputy fire chief in Summit. Ken Jenks is the new battalion chief. 

DOWNS: Three people were hospitalized due to a fire that involved six row homes on Belfield Ave., Atlantic City, June 21st. “Immediately on arrival, the firefighters went into rescue mode,” Atlantic City Fire Chief Scott Evans said. More than 45 firefighters answered three alarms, according to KYW-TV. In a follow up, a 48-year-old woman was charged with intentionally starting the 3-alarm fire. WPVI-TV reported that Monica Parish was charged with aggravated arson. Parish allegedly set several porches on fire.   

UPS: Newly promoted fire lieutenants in Summit are Chris Esposito, Mike Mammone, Joe Moschello and Chris Dorko. 

DOWNS: One person died and another seriously injured as the result of a fire in a Mercer St. dwelling in Phillipsburg, June 18th, according to NJ.com. 

UPS: Newly appointed firefighters in the city of Summit are: Vincent Abbate, Matt Carbone, Jim Hintze, Adam Oare, Nick Papa, Carlos Villalobos, Sergio Villalobos and William Zagorski. 

DOWNS: Six people were displaced due to a fire at The Venue adult community development in the Whiting section of Manchester Twp., June 18th. Arriving units found a structure “fully involved” that extended to an adjacent home, according to the Manchester Patch. 

UPS: Paterson has received a $1.4 million grant to upgrade its 911 dispatch system. The improvements will allow callers to send text messages and live-stream videos to the 911 dispatch center, according to The Record. The new technology will also allow dispatchers to identify the exact location of cellphone callers. 

DOWNS: Bayville Volunteer Firefighter Brian Letrent died after suffering a heart attack, June 21st, the day after participating in a full-scale drill, according to the US Fire Administration. “Firefighter Letrent has been a vital asset to our department always willing to go above and beyond the call of duty to protect our residents and brother firefighters,” the Bayville Fire Company said in a statement. 

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