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Beachwood Vol. FD Celebrates 100th Anniversary

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June 25, 2022 | NEW JERSEY BEACHWOOD VOL. FD, Correspondent
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BEACHWOOD, NJ - On June 25th, the Beachwood Fire Department held their annual awards and anniversary dinner at the Days Inn in Toms River, where they celebrated their 100th Anniversary as a family, reconnecting with "retired" life members who attended the event. While reminiscing over old stories about the past century, they also recognized members for outstanding service in 2021.

Jhonatan Benavente and Gregory Fanelli received their ceremonial oaths for completion of their probationary period in 2021 and becoming active members.

Robert Tapp was recognized for 50 years of continuous active service (and still going strong), with a length of service award from the Ocean County Fire Marshall, and the 2021 Beachwood Fire Department President's Award. Mr. Tapp was also presented with a fire department ring in recognition of his 50 years of service to the community.

Harley Kopenhafer was awarded the 2021 Beachwood Fire Department Chief's Award for his role in taking the lead as engineer and in training members on the new piece of fire apparatus, which is their first aerial device.

Beachwood FD would like to thank the Days Inn staff for the great venue for the event and DJ T-Rexx for the awesome music, as well as Sam Sutter for the custom made Beachwood FD fire helmet cake, and G & B Creations for the coffee mugs presented as gifts to the members and guests.

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BEACHWOOD VOL. FDCorrespondent

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