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Tim Sullivan Was a Special Public Servant

By RON JEFFERS, New Jersey Editor | January 11, 2022 | NEW JERSEY

Story No. 011122100

Tim Sullivan, 67, served with the Bergen County Sheriff's Office for 30-years. He was also a volunteer firefighter, fire inspector, fire official and EMT. Sullivan recently lost his battle with cancer.

Sullivan joined the Wood-Ridge Volunteer Fire Department in 1973, and he was active at the time of his death. He was also past captain of the Wood-Ridge Volunteer Emergency Squad, from 1981 to 1983.

After the 9/11 attacks, Sullivan responded to Ellis Island and Liberty State Park with the ambulance corps to aid World Trade Center victims that were shipped over to those venues. He is believed to have died from cancer that he developed as the result of contact with the dust and debris that covered so many victims that he aided, Assistant Chief Kevin Cribben reported.

Sullivan received one life-saving award and three unit citations. Assistant Chief Cribben pointed out a metal he received after saving an employee from an underground tank accident at the Curtis-Wright Aeronautics facility in the 1970's.

As a dedicated sheriff's officer, he was also past president, and a current executive board member, of the state's police honor legion. In addition, Sullivan was a past member of the ASPCA, and he was devoted to his rescue dog, Daine.

Cribben said that Sullivan was a humorous man who looked after younger crew members, and he was always present at the fire department's Sunday cleaning session. He told it like it was.

β€œHe could always be found up here with a mop...and a cigar,” Cribben said.

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