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Jan., 2021, UPS, page 2

By Ron Jeffers, New Jersey Editor | January 01, 2021 | NEW JERSEY

Story No. 113020112

DOWNS: A log cabin style home on Coles Ave., Mountainside, was involved in flames, in October. Officials said the home was being razed to make way for a new dwelling.

UPS: Wallington ex-fire chiefs Richard Sedor and James Furtak have completed 45-years of service to the community and the fire department. Both are members of Truck Co. 1.

DOWNS: Members of the NJ Fire Museum reported that on the morning of Nov. 2nd their black and silver colored enclosed trailer was stolen from the museum's yard in Allentown. The trailer had donated firematic items inside it. The trailer is 24-feet in length with NJ plate TVU63Z.

UPS: On Nov. 11th the Ridgefield F.D. received a large shipment of toys from First Responders Children's Foundation as part of their Toy Express program for Christmas. The toys were distributed to children of first responders in the immediate area through the holiday season.

DOWNS: A Paterson woman ran back into her burning home to save her dog and did not make it out as a 5-alarm fire raced through a row of homes on Summer St., Nov. 8th. Two city firefighters were treated for burn injuries at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston. A total of 47 residents were displaced.

UPS: The Rutgers School of Public Health received a $1.5 million FEMA grant to support cancer research for volunteer firefighters, according to the grant's principal investigator, Judith Graber.

DOWNS: A 73-year-old woman died after firefighters removed her from a burning apartment on Juliustown Rd., in the Browns Mills section of Pemberton Twp, Nov. 4th, officials said. She was pronounced dead at an area hospital. The Burlington County fire marshal preliminary ruled the fire as accidental. Investigators believe the victim was smoking near oxygen tanks in the residence.

UPS: Blairstown volunteer firefighter and EMT Bob Halberstadt, 80, has served his community for decades. He was recently honored by Rachael Ray, who honored him on her television show as part of her “Thanks for Giving” series leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday. Halberstadt retired from his job as a driver for the New York Daily News eight years ago and, despite being a member of the Bliarstown volunteer ambulance corps for 26-years, he felt the need for additional service to his community. Last year, he completed training to become a volunteer firefighter with Hose Co. 1. Halberstadt has a desire to remain active along with his belief in the adage that age is just a number.

DOWNS: A man accused of setting an Abinger Pl. dwelling on fire, in Newark on Nov. 11th, had to be rescued from the burning building after he ran to its roof, officials said. Stephen Jones, 24, was charged with arson following his rescue, according to Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose. Firefighters rescued the man and he was immediately arrested. Jones suffered burns to his hands and a firefighter sustained neck burns. Both were treated at University Hospital.

UPS: The Ridgefield F.D. has received a donation of a 53-foot trailer from Toufayan Bakeries. It will be converted into a large mask confidence course training maze, according to Fire Chief Dave Brierty.

DOWNS: A Hasbrouck Heights firefighter fell through the second-floor of a burning Henry St. dwelling, Nov. 16th, but escaped serious injury, officials said. Firefighter Robert Knobloch was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries, following the mayday call.

UPS: The Market Street firehouse in Morristown was built in 1870 and now serves as a location for antique apparatus and historical paraphernalia. Recently, the brick structure received an exterior upgrade with new garage doors. They are described as carriage house style garage doors. The firehouse was the home of Washington Engine Co. 1 and the Independent Hose Company. No longer in use, volunteers continue to restore the structure and apparatus.

DOWNS: Nine buses suffered damage as a result of a fire at a Route 27 bus yard in Franklin Twp., Nov. 3rd. Fire units from the Community Fire Co. and East Franklin extinguished the fires.

UPS: On Nov. 3rd, Linden firefighters helped deliver a baby at the woman's home on 4th Ave. Firefighters found the woman in bed with the baby crowning, according to a statement from Linden Fire Chief William Hasko, Jr. The birth was imminent, and they were able to safely deliver the girl at 7:12 a.m. and transport mother and infant to a local hospital.

DOWNS: Police charged a 12-year-old Ocean City boy with arson related charges for a November 15th fire that closed the Acme supermarket on Eighth St., officials said. The fire was limited to the parking garage under the supermarket.

UPS: On Nov. 23rd, members of Hackensack IAFF Locals 2081 & 3172 donated 100 turkeys and nearly a thousand pounds of dry food and Thanksgiving fixing to the Center for Food Action in Hackensack and Saddle Brook.

DOWNS: Members of a Hudson Avenue family, in Englewood, were displaced from their home after the house caught fire while plumbing work was being done on the second-floor, Oct. 31st., officials said.

UPS: Hackensack firefighters, using a boat and ropes, rescued a troubled 32-year-old man from the Hackensack River after he plunged from a pedestrian bridge on FDU campus grounds, Nov. 23rd. The man was suspected of committing a series of burglaries, according to police. The man was taken to HUMC for treatment and a mental health evaluation.

DOWNS: One firefighter was injured and 10 residents displaced after a fire at a Franklin Ave. dwelling in West Orange, Nov. 5th. The firefighter suffered a fall resulting in a minor knee injury and was taken to St. Barnabas Medical Center for evaluation. A pet cat was rescued from one of the apartments, officials said.

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