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AUG., 2020, UPS, page 2

By Ron Jeffers, New Jersey Editor | August 01, 2020 | NEW JERSEY

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DOWNS: Two men were critically burned before firefighters rescued them from an overnight dwelling fire on Essex Ave., Maplewood, on June 3rd. A candle left burning on the front porch apparently was to blame, fire officials said. First arriving police got an elderly woman out to safety, they said. Firefighters located one man on the first floor and they rescued the other man from the second floor with a ground ladder.

UPS: Sewa International's North Jersey Chapter distributed 25,000 masks, 500 sanitizers and disinfectant wipes to first responders at the Police Athletic League building in Parsippany, May 29th. First responder personnel from Morris, Passaic and Bergen Counties took part in the event. “Through this drive, we are saying 'thank you' to EMS workers, police officers and firefighters who are working hard to help the country fight the pandemic,” said Sewa International North Jersey Chapter Joint Coordinator Rashmith Shanbhag.

DOWNS: Secaucus firefighters, using Marine 1, recovered the body of a young man who was involved in an accident on his motorbike, June 2nd. The victim was ejected from the bike, falling off a bridge and into the Hackensack River below, officials said. Firefighters found his body floating in the river near the abandoned Empire Hotel, Deputy Chief Joe Schoendorf said.

UPS: Brian Taylor has been promoted to fire captain in Teaneck, effective June 1st.

DOWNS: Five residents were displaced and one person was pronounced dead at the scene of a 2-alarm fire involving a 17th Avenue dwelling in Paterson, June 2nd.

UPS: On June 4th, members of the Elizabeth F.D. technical rescue team carefully extricated a person who accidentally got their leg stuck in a sewer grate while stepping out of a vehicle.

DOWNS: Flames consumed an abandoned row house on North Pennsylvania Ave., Atlantic City, on June 4th and extended to an occupied dwellings, Chief Scott Evans said. Thirteen people were displaced from two occupied row homes. One pet dog died, while another was rescued from a different dwelling along the row.

UPS: The quick thinking of a Lyndhurst police lieutenant/volunteer firefighter, helped to save the life of a woman and her cat that were trapped on the second-floor of a burning Forest Ave. dwelling, June 5th. According to the police, a woman appeared out of a second-floor window, telling first arriving police officers that she was unable to get out due to the thick smoke. Police Officers Brian Knapp and Anthony Giaquinto, with the help of a Good Samaritan, retrieved a neighborhood ladder which they set up and extended to the second-floor. Off duty Lt. Andrew Marmorato, a township volunteer firefighter, heard the alarm and being in the area, he responded directly to the scene to join the police officers. Police Officer Michael Le Strange began to ascend the ladder, as Lt. Marmorato observed the overall situation. Fearing that time was limited, he entered the building, without protective gear, and went up the stairway to the second-floor and retrieved the trapped woman. He escorted her and a pet cat to safety, unharmed. Fire damaged was reported to be limited to the basement by firefighters.

DOWNS: Ten horses died in a horse transport truck that was involved in an accident and fire on the New Jersey Turnpike, near mile marker 68.6 North, approximately one mile North of Exit 8-Hightstown, June 8th. The truck lost control and struck a concrete divider, officials said. Two injured persons were taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brusnwick.

UPS: In June, Woodbine officials announced that they would be receiving funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development, totaling $27,000, for the purchase of dual-ban radios for the local volunteer fire department. Previously, the borough received a grant for $5,000 from South Jersey Gas First Responder Grants Program, which was essential in addressing a significant leveraging of the USDA grant, bringing the total award to $32,000.

DOWNS: Three North Third St. dwellings in Millville burned, June 4th, and displaced several families. Fire units from around Cumberland County responded to the scene.

UPS: A Brick Township police sergeant's quick actions, June 9th, likely saved the life of an EMT who was working at the police station, officials said. EMT Katelyn Lammer was stationed at the front door of town hall to screen people entering the police side of the building when she began to choke on her food. Lammer went to the police window for help. Sgt. Charlie Kelly burst through the door and began using the Heimlich Maneuver to clear her obstructed airway until she signaled that she was okay.

DOWNS: Fairview firefighters responded to an accident in which a woman was struck and killed by a commuter bus on Fairview Ave., June 10th. The woman was crushed by the driver's side rear tires, according to a NJ Transit spokesman.

UPS: Firefighters rescued a person from a burning State Ave. home in Lindenwold, June 11th. Firefighters located the victim on the second-floor, suffering from smoke inhalation, authorities said.

DOWNS: On June 1st, residents of a burning Reading Rd. home, in Readington Twp., “narrowly escaped the blaze,” after waking up to smoke alarms, police said.

UPS: Westfield firefighters saved several ducklings trapped in a storm drain on Rahway Ave., June 10th. Firefighters removed the drain gate and retrieved the ducklings, according to witnesses.

DOWNS: A recovery team pulled a woman's body from Barnegat Bay in Toms River, June 9th, authorities said. Toms River police and firefighters, the Island Heights Vol. Fire Co. and a NJ State Police marine unit responded to the incident.

UPS: Atlantic City firefighters rescued a woman who fell through a dock, June 16th, and was partially submerged in the water. Officials said she was crabbing on the dock near N. Trenton Ave.,when her leg went through. Firefighters from Engine 6 and Ladder 2 pried part of the wood to free the victim.

DOWNS: A Newark firefighter was treated for a non-life-threatening injury as the result of a 3-alarm fire on South 16th St., June 14th. The fire started in a vacant three-story wood-frame building and extended to two adjacent vacant structures, officials said.

UPS: On June 14th, the East Rutherford F.D. was sent to the Hackensack River for a kayaker in distress. The victim was unaware of her exact location. Police Lt. Hopkins stayed on the phone with the kayaker, continuing to ask questions and using mobile technology in pinpointing her location, guiding the fire department boat to her aid. Carlstadt and Secaucus marine units also assisted, according to the ERFD Facebook page.

DOWNS: Two people were killed as the result of a MVA and fire on Route 22 East near Empire St., Newark, June 9th, according to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.

UPS: During a fire at the Town House Motel on Franklin St. in East Windsor, June 20th, firefighters rescued and revived two cats, according to MidJersey.com. Firefighters found heavy smoke in Room 216 and the adjacent rooms. They extinguished flames and found two cats suffering from smoke inhalation. The cats were taken outside and revived with the assistance of EMS personnel. First responders used special oxygen masks designed for animals. The cats were later transported to the NorthStar Vets in Robbinsville for additional treatment.

DOWNS: Two people escaped unharmed after a fishing boat caught fire in Barnegat Bay, south of the Mantoloking Bridge, June 21st, authorities said. Fire units from Brick and Manasquan as well as Brick police and the US Coast Guard responded to extinguish the fire.

UPS: John Dec, 16, is a Life Scout, Patrol Leader of Unit 305, and a senior at High Tech H.S. His Eagle Project was made to give back to Kearny firefighters. On June 18th, Dec and fellow scouts and leaders of Troop 305 delivered a custom-made table for the firehouse dining room on Midland Avenue. The top of the table features the KFD's shoulder patch, graphics representing Engine 3 and Ladder 1, a ribbon of the American flag and a remembrance of 9-11. The legs of the table are constructed of pipes and fittings, wrapped with hoses.

DOWNS: A 60-year-old Teaneck man got wedged between a wooden table and a workout bench in a garage off of Bogert St., June 24th, according to officials. A passerby noticed the man and called police. Firefighters, police and EMTs extricated the unconscious man, who may have suffered a medical episode, Deputy Police Chief John Faggello said. It was initially unclear how long the victim had been pinned. He was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center and reported in stable condition.

UPS: Parsippany first responders teamed up on June 20th to rescue multiple ducklings that fell through a water drain grate at Arlington Plaza. The team effort was accomplished by the township police and animal control, Fire District 5 members, Parsippany Rescue & Recovery and Par-Troy EMS.

DOWNS: A woman in Hainesport, Burlington County, was rescued by firefighters after being buried in sand on Easton Way, June 26th, officials said. Firefighters found a young woman buried up to her chest after a dump truck reportedly unloaded sand on top of her. Reports say the sand was to help with a pool being built in the neighborhood.

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