|By RON JEFFERS
|Gong Club member Paul Schaetzle refers to historic points that are listed in the firefighter's work chart 2020 calendar at the department's memorial service in July. The calendars are published and sold by the Gong Club as a fundraising project.
UPS: Newly promoted deputy fire chiefs in Paterson are: Luis Cruz, John Bradle, Matthew Hyman, Robert Gardner and Gabriel Aboyoun.
DOWNS: An early morning fire involved two Indiana Ave. dwellings and displaced two families in Atlantic City, Aug. 2nd.
UPS: New battalion chiefs in Paterson are: Joseph Henderson, Jose Molina, Michael Trommelen, Michael Cleeput, John Botero, Dante De Stafano, Jackson Brock and Kenneth Kiefer.
DOWNS: A 16-year-old boy was killed in a dwelling fire on McBride Ave., Neptune, on July 23rd. Two other occupants made it out to safety.
UPS: Recently promoted to the rank of fire captain in Paterson are: Ryan Higgins, Michael Hascup, Leonardo Acosta, Tyshan Hawkins, Thomas Gander, Anthony Selby, John Howe Jr., Robert Tierney, Kyle Hoffman, Winfried Roman, Carlos Pagan, Raphael Paredes and Herbert Eggers III.
DOWNS: An all-hands fire displaced ten people from their Pine St. dwelling in Jersey City, July 27th.
UPS: Bayonne firefighters and police from the city and the Port Authority worked together to rescue a dog from the waters under the Bayonne Bridge, Aug. 10th. The dog got loose and made its way into the Kill van Kull. Firefighters were able to rescue the dog, using Marine 1, by pulling the animal up and donning it with a life preserver and returned the dog to its owner, officials said. Fire Chief Keith Weaver praised the quick actions by firefighters and police tracking and rescuing “Cher.”
DOWNS: New Brunswick and area firefighters answered 3-alarms for a fire that started in pallets that contained plastic materials set for recycling purposes at GDB International, Inc., on Home News Row, Aug. 12th. The Middlesex County hazmat unit took air samples at the site and immediate area, but they did not receive any readings of harmful chemicals in the air from the fire, city spokesperson Jennifer Bradshaw said. The huge column of smoke could be seen for miles.
UPS: West Orange Fire Captain Will Holder was released from University Hospital, Aug. 20th, after he was seriously injured when a dump truck crashed through an accident scene on Route 280 and struck several emergency vehicles. Captain Holder was greeted with applause as he left the hospital and headed to a rehabilitation facility, according to township officials. Wearing a neck brace and moved on a stretcher to an ambulance, Captain Holder saluted the crowd that showed up of support his recovery.
DOWNS: Authorities charged a woman with attempted murder for allegedly setting an occupied Woodbury home on fire, Aug. 4th. The occupant was hospitalized with burns and smoke inhalation, and a dog was rescued from the building, police reported. After speaking with witnesses and reviewing surveillance video, a Gloucester Township woman was arrested on numerous charges.
UPS: Andrew Hoehn has been hired as an additional on-call, per diem firefighter for the Hope Fire Company to serve residents of Upper Freehold Twp. and Allentown.
DOWNS: A pet dog died as the result of a dwelling fire on West Demarest Ave., Englewood, Aug. 18th. The occupant said he was alerted to the fire by his two barking dogs. He got one dog out, but the other became scared and ran upstairs, he said.
UPS: New firefighters in Montclair are John DiGeronimo and Ocival Mar.
DOWNS: A fire destroyed a home on Cannonball Dr., Tinton Falls, on Aug. 12th. Mutual aid from four departments were called in.
UPS: Stephen Tallody has been promoted to fire captain in Millburn.
DOWNS: New Kitchen restaurant on Bowden Rd., Cedar Grove, was involved in a fire, Aug. 15th, causing at least three businesses to be evacuated. Fire units from Verona and North Caldwell assisted at the scene.
UPS: New firefighters in Westfield are Michael Sawicki, Richard Allocco and Anthony Grasso Jr.
DOWNS: Fire destroyed three tractor-trailers and a car behind a haunted house attraction on Brighton Ave., Passaic, Aug. 17th. Two firefighters were injured according to officials; one from this city and one from Clifton. They were treated and released from a local hospital.
UPS: Newly promoted fire lieutenants in Westfield are Karl Kelber and Kevin McCormack.
DOWNS: A fast-moving fire took the life of a 75-year-old woman in West Deptford Twp., Aug. 26th. The fire was described as so intense that fire crews were forced to evacuate the Division St. dwelling.
UPS: Anthony Tiller was promoted to fire chief in Westfield. His newly promoted battalion chiefs are Rick Jurgens and Michael Duelks.
DOWNS: A Walnut St. home in Mahwah was heavily damaged as the result of a 3-alarm fire, Aug. 20th. A woman was taken to the hospital and treated for smoke inhalation, Assistant Chief Thomas Loreto said.
UPS: Paterson received a $289,450 AFG federal grant to support purchase of equipment, training, emergency vehicles, and other firefighting and prevention activities, Rep. Bill Pascrell announced, in August.
DOWNS: An Ocean Township woman was facing a disorderly persons charge plus a traffic summons for telling a West Long Branch police officer, who pulled her over for speeding on Aug. 22nd, that her house was on fire. The officer radioed in the claim and Ocean Township police and firefighters, from Oakhurst Hose Company, were dispatched to the woman's home. There was no fire according to officials. The driver received a speeding ticket and a summons for creating a hazardous condition, police said.
UPS: New York's Country 94.7 honored Jersey City Fire Captain Vic Petrucelli, of Rescue Co. 1, on First Responder Friday, Aug. 30th. The 37-year member of the FDJC has been a captain for 30 of those years. He was nominated by Captain Anthony Klocko, of Squad Co. 4. “Captain Petrucelli is the guy you want to be working when s*** hits the fan and you need help,” Captain Klocho said on his Facebook page.
DOWNS: One firefighter was taken to the hospital to be evaluated for heat exhaustion after a fast-moving fire in a condo complex on Auburn Ct., Mount Laurel, Aug. 27th. Firefighters rescued several pets, and 20 condo units had to be evacuated, police said.
UPS: On Aug. 31st, Hackensack Engine Co. 2, along with Hackensack UMC BLS, ALS and city police responded to 30 Prospect Ave. for a drowning victim. Upon arrival the victim was already removed from the pool by the lifeguard on duty, who then started CPR. Police assisted with CPR until the arrival of Engine 2 and medical personnel, according to officials. They also provided CPR and AED protocol. ALS personnel began advanced patient care. While moving the victim to the elevator a pulse was regained. The patient was transported to HUMC for further treatment.
DOWNS: On August 31st, two Fifth St. residents and a firefighter plummeted two-stories from a ladder and were injured during a 2-alarm fire, Passaic officials said. One of the injured residents was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and another was taken to a local hospital, complaining of inhaling smoke. Fire Chief Peter Trentacost said the injured member, Firefighter Rene Rivera, was taken to St. Mary's General Hospital and was in “stable” condition. The chief said 20 people were displaced.
UPS: The Jersey City Gong Club's popular Jersey City Firefighters 2020 Work Chart, and Ira Rubin Memorial calendar, are now available. Aside from being a local work tour calendar, it contains many historic date information and plenty of past fire apparatus and fire scene photography from this city. They are $8.00 in person or $10.00 via mail. Contact the club by their email address: firstname.lastname@example.org