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W. Thomas Kross - Celebrating 50 years of service with the South Amboy FD

By Jamie Norek SAFD, Correspondent | February 15, 2021 | NEW JERSEY

Story No. 021721102

On February 15th South Amboy city officials and members of the fire department along with family gathered at Independence firehouse to honor W. Thomas Kross for 50 years of service in the South Amboy Fire Department.

After graduating Perth Amboy High School in 1958 Mr. Kross enlisted in the U.S.Marine Corps. later moving to South Amboy with his wife Judy. Mr, Kross then joined the Independence Engine and Hose Co. SAFD in 1971 and went though the officer ranks serving as Captain in 1985. Mr. Kross also served as department photographer and a member of South Amboy Fire Police(Middlesex County). Mr. Kross was active with the Middlesex County Fireman's League bowling a perfect game of 300 in 1992.

Mr. Kross also coached for the South Amboy Little Fellas and is a member of American Legion Post 62. Tom and Judy are the parents of three children, grandparents of 6 grand children and great grand parents of three great grand children.

Mayor Fred Henry presented Mr. Kross with a Mayoral Proclamation and Company President Mike Toth presented a token of appreciation from Independence Engine and Hose Co. Also present were Councilman Brian McLaughlin, Fire Chief Andrew Bielak and Assistant Chiefs David Szatkowski and John Dragotta.

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