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November 01, 2022 | NEW JERSEY Ron Jeffers, New Jersey Editor

DOWNS: An estimated 39 Newark residents were displaced from their Clifton Ave. homes due to a 3-alarm fire on Sept. 3rd. The fire appeared to have started in an abandoned building and spread to two neighboring homes, officials said.

UPS: Austin “Vic” Bauer has been promoted to battalion chief in Elizabeth. Zachary Muse was promoted to captain.

DOWNS: A fire on Sept. 7th forced the temporary closure of two businesses and damaged apartments above, on Millburn Ave., in Millburn, officials said.

UPS: In September, the Belmar F.D. received a $223,571 federal grant to purchase new SCBA equipment.

DOWNS: Four Jersey City firefighters and six tenants suffered respiratory issues and eye irritation from a chemical irritant spray that was released inside a four-story Bergen Ave. apartment building, Sept. 13th. The fire department was dispatched to a strange odor call, officials said. A large emergency response included the fire department's haz mat and decon units, police and O.E.M. units. A city spokesperson said the odor was cited as bear mace that was somehow released on the fourth-floor.

UPS: On September 9th, Newark Captain Dayon Cobbs was discharged from the Burn Center at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center where he was treated for injuries that he received battling a 3-alarm apartment building fire on August 13th. He was greeted by a line-of-blue as his fellow firefighters and officers saluted the captain as he left the hospital.

DOWNS: A 3-alarm fire on Union St. in Irvington, Sept. 20th, involved the 4th floor of an occupied apartment building, and then flames spread to the 5th floor, officials said. Firefighters rescued some residents from fire escapes on the upper floors, but most occupants were able to get out on their own.

UPS: Six Paterson firefighters teamed up to rescue a 53-year-old woman that was struck by a jitney bus on Mc Bride Ave., Sept. 14th. Engine Co. 7 and EMS 7, led by Captain Steve Ali, responded to the accident, according to Chief of Department Brian McDermott. Firefighters found the victim alert and oriented, but she was trapped underneath the frame of the bus that was resting on her hip. Citing the intense pain inflicted on the victim, Captain Ali made the decision to have firefighters manually lift the bus and free the woman. She was then transported to St. Joseph's M.C.

DOWNS: One firefighter was taken to a local hospital for evaluation after operating at a dwelling fire on Barbera Dr. in Holmdel, Sept. 21st. The occupants of the home safely evacuated their house, police said.

UPS: New probationary firefighters in Hackensack are Kevin Petry, Mateo Mendoza, Matthew Voorhis, Joseph Buttafuoco and C. William Raimondo.

DOWNS: A fire involving a West Cliff St. dwelling in Somerville claimed the life of a 68-year-old woman, Sept. 25th, the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office reported. Firefighters located the woman inside the home and attempted lifesaving measures, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

UPS: Bloomfield Fire Captain Carl Mercado was recently recognized for his professionalism, education and technical achievements, plus his community service efforts by attaining the designation of Fire Officer from the Center for Public Safety Excellence. The title is shared with only 660 other fire officers internationally, according to “Tap into Bloomfield.” In addition, Captain Mercado recently retired from the Navy Reserves as a Chief Petty Officer.

DOWNS: Fire damaged a modular private school on Cross St. in Lakewood on Sept. 27th. The fire occurred in the early morning hours, and the modular was not occupied, officials said.

UPS: On September 27th, the Passaic F.D. honored a 9-year-old boy who is battling kidney failure. Antonio Garcia Cardozo's dream of becoming a Passaic firefighter came true when he was sworn in as an honorary member by Mayor Hector Lora and given customized turnout gear. Firefighters then conducted a drill where Antonio helped put out a controlled fire at a training facility, in the presence of firefighters from all over Passaic County. The Make a Wish Foundation assisted in making Antonio's dream become a reality. His father, Matias Garcia, donated his own kidney to his son, he said.

DOWNS: A 3-alarm fire destroyed the gymnasium and damaged other sections of the Ewing Senior Community Center on Sept. 30th. Fire department tankers were called to the scene from Pennington, Hopewell and Washington Crossing, Pa., as a precaution, officials said.

UPS: Members of the Perth Amboy F.D., working with the Red Cross, AmeriCorps and PARTNER, conducted their 2022 Sound the Alarm campaign throughout the Gateway neighborhood, Sept. 24th. They reached over 200 residents with fire safety information and completed the installations of 147 smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, according to a Facebook post.

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