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North Hudson Captain Ed Quinn's retirement celebration

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July 28, 2023 | NEW JERSEY RON JEFFERS, New Jersey Editor
This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.

On July 18th, retired and active firefighters, family and friends attended North Hudson Captain Ed Quinn's (4th from left) retirement celebration at Ladder Co. 5's quarters in North Bergen. Retired First Battalion Chief Lenny Calvo, left, made it a point to attend. On August 9th, 1998, before the regional department was organized, the three North Bergen members, on the right, were part of a daring balcony rescue operation of then Firefighter Calvo, of the Union City FD, during a fatal mutual aid high rise explosion and fire on Granton Avenue, North Bergen. A total of three oxygen cylinders, used by two women on the 4th floor, exploded. The force was so powerful that it blasted through walls and fanned the fire, sending smoke throughout all 20-floors. Four residents lost their lives. Discussing the incident with Chief of Department Donald Donnarumma, are retired firefighters Glenn Turner and Thomas Willbergh. One year later, the North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue was formed and they all became part of the same fire department. Just before Captain Quinn's tour ended on the next morning, his company was dispatched to a working fire on Granton Avenue! A quick down in a dwelling.

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RON JEFFERSNew Jersey Editor

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