|By RON JEFFERS
|The owner of a burning Jersey City dwelling was taken into custody, during the 3-alarm fire, for outstanding warrants, April 12th.
DOWNS: A fire destroyed an Ocean Grove building that housed a popular restaurant on the boardwalk, April 13th. Officials said the building is on top of the boardwalk, which partially collapsed, causing part of the building to collapse. Two firefighters were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
UPS: New Jersey volunteer fire and rescue squads are receiving grants from New Jersey American Water through the 9th annual First Responder Grant Program. A total of 21 departments are receiving grants totaling about $20,000 to support initiatives, training or upgrading equipment.
DOWNS: A woman was killed as the result of a fire that involved a Brookdale Pl. dwelling in Cranford, April 11th.
UPS: The Roselle Fire & EMS Department was recognized as the Agency of the Year by Trinitas Regional Medical Center, at this year's Emergency Care Symposium that was held at Kean Univeristy in Union, April 13th. “We are very honored to receive this prestigious award from Trinitas Regional Medical Center,” said Fire Chief Paul Mucha. “They have always been a fantastic partner in the field of emergency medical services.”
DOWNS: Firefighters were sent to the Mantua Township public works building on Main St., April 15th, where they found five trash collector trucks burning.
UPS: In Rockaway Twp., a joint effort between police and firefighters hiked into the woods in the Wildcat Ridge Wildlife management area, to locate and rescue a horse that became stuck between two trees and rocks, officials said. Firefighters and police officers got a rope around the horse's belly and rear legs to help reposition him, before the horse pulled himself up, Police Chief Martin McPartland said. There were no injuries.
DOWNS: According to the U.S. Fire Administration, Cape May Point Volunteer Firefighter John Leming, of Fire Co. 1, attended a drill on April 15th at the firehouse and later became ill at home. His wife called 911 for help. During transport to the hospital, Leming went into cardiac arrest and life-saving efforts were not successful. He was pronounced deceased shortly after his arrival at the hospital.
UPS: Retired Ventnor Firefighter Ernie Tarsitano was recently honored for entering a burning Galloway Township building twice, on July 26th, wearing a T-shirt and shorts, and rescued a 72-year-old resident who was yelling for help. Tarsitano was one-of-12 firefighters honored in April during the 28th annual Harold J. “Whitey” Swartz Valor Awards & Service Recognition ceremony, held at the Atlantic County Firefighters' Association meeting.
DOWNS: A neighbor, walking her dog on the morning of April 16th, alerted an Elbert St. family in Ramsey that the shed attached to their garage was burning. Flames extended to the attic space of the garage where firefighters contained the fire, Assistant Chief Brendan Sterbinsky said.
UPS: Madison firefighters assisted a utility worker who was stuck in the air in his bucket truck after a hydraulic hose burst, causing the bucket to remain in the air, on April 17th. Firefighters transferred the worker from the utility truck's bucket to their platform and lowered him to safety.
DOWNS: As a thunder and lightning storm hit the area, April 15th, a fire broke out in a Ridge Rd. dwelling in Rutherford around 4:30 a.m. The roof was damaged and three occupants got out safe, officials said. Police believe lightning may have struck the house, igniting the flames.
UPS: On April 26th, the city of Hackensack planted a tree for Arbor Day. The tree was planted near Engine Co. 2's quarters and dedicated, “In memory of Firefighter Dennis Walker". Walker passed away several years ago from 9/11 Ground Zero related cancer.
DOWNS: A Sea Isle City firefighter sustained minor injuries, and was taken to Cape Regional Hospital for treatment, as the result of a 75th St. dwelling fire on April 21st.
UPS: Evan Webb has been appointed to the Madison Fire Department.
DOWNS: Residents of nine units of the Norwich housing complex, in Franklin Twp., were displaced by an early morning fire on April 25th.
UPS: Englewood firefighters used an aerial ladder to successfully retrieve a female Basset Hound that fell out of a 4th floor apartment window at the Brownstones, April 28th, and became impaled on a street lamp. The dog was suspended 20-feet in the air from the light fixture, according to fire Lt. Dave Haenelt. The spike at the top of the street light pierced through the dog at the top of her left front leg. Lt. Haenelt said the dog was taken to the Oradell Animal Hospital and he heard that the animal was in stable condition.
DOWNS: A 76-year-old man died as the result of a 3-alarm fire involving an East 26th St. dwelling in Paterson, April 30th. Neighbors said the victim had limited mobility from a disability. Fire units reported the house to be fully involved upon their arrival.
UPS: In April, the Wallington mayor and council honored firefighters for their longevity and dedication to the W.F.D. and the borough. Honored for 50-years was ex-Chief Joseph “Ike” Ivanicki and for 25-years were Firefighters Eddie Tanderis and Michael Collins.
DOWNS: A 3-alarm fire destroyed one dwelling and caused damage to eight others on Franklin Terr., Irvington, on May 1st. Homes across the street were damaged by radiant heat, melting their sidings, officials said.
UPS: The Dominican Republic communities of El Naranjal and El Pinar will receive two ambulances thanks to an action by the Paterson City Council, in April. Fire Chief Brian McDermott said the vehicles are no longer in use and have hundreds of thousands of miles on each. They will be donated to the communities where persons in need of urgent medical care often find themselves being transported in the back of a pick-up truck or a moped, an official said.
DOWNS: A huge column of smoke was visible for miles from a 3-alarm fire at a Jersey City scrap metal yard on Linden Ave., April 25th. Smoke calls were received by fire departments from as far as Fair Lawn and Nutley, and around New York City. Fire boats from Jersey City, North Hudson, Bayonne and the FDNY were sent to the blaze.
UPS: In May, Richard Silvia received the Fire Inspector of the Year Award at the Building Safety Conference in Atlantic City.
DOWNS: A 3-alarm fire involved the vacant American History High School on Warren St., Newark, May 1st. One firefighter was transported to University Hospital with a minor injury.
UPS: In May, retired Wood-Ridge Fire Department member and dispatcher Eddie Pfeifer made a generous donation of an AED to the borough's Emergency Squad. Pfeifer joined the WRFD in 1979 and no longer lives in town; however, he has strong ties to the community.
DOWNS: A fire involved a stack of mattresses, stacked 10 to 12 deep, at an Eighth St. warehouse in Passaic, April 17th. Officials said the fire spread to the building, but was knocked down quickly by firefighters.
UPS: Michael Dillon has been promoted to fire captain in New Brunswick. Alex Eristavi is the new fire lieutenant.
DOWNS: A 3-alarm apartment building fire on State St., Perth Amboy, displaced about 31 occupants on May 5th.
UPS: Craig Hopkins has been promoted to deputy fire chief in Clifton. Promoted to captain was Kevin Danielson and Mark Zidiak to lieutenant.
DOWNS: Jersey City police arrested a man they believe torched four cars on Broadway and Garrison Ave. by stuffing burning napkins into windows and under hoods, on May 6th. Fire Chief Steve McGill said police arrived before firefighters and took the alleged arsonist into custody based on descriptions of the man that was called in, who was said to be carrying a bag full of napkins. Police Chief Michael Kelly said Rashaun Washington was found with paper in his hands and he had a lighter.
UPS: Newly promoted fire captains in West Orange are Gabriel Gatto and Frank Noborine.
DOWNS: A fire damaged a shop at the historic Smithville Village in Galloway Twp., May 8th. The fire, at the Through the Looking Glass store, was reported by an employee shortly after the business opened for the day, police said.
UPS: On May 9th, members of Bayonne Marine 1 responded to Newark Bay for a reported stranded jet skier in distress. They found the jet skier adrift with one person on board in the Newark Bay shipping channel. Firefighters rescued the operator as a large commercial ship passed within 50-feet of the jet ski, according to the city's OEM. The jet ski operator was treated for potential hypothermia. The jet ski had apparently malfunctioned and lost power. The operator, who was wearing a flotation device, had attempted to swim to shore towing the jet ski behind him. He was unable to swim towards the shoreline due to the water conditions and the current in the bay before being rescued by firefighters.
DOWNS: A box truck dangled from an overpass on I-195, in Hamilton Twp., May 9th, following a multi-vehicle accident. The driver was removed from the truck and suffered minor injuries, along with at least two other people, officials said.
UPS: Brett Derewsky has been promoted to deputy fire chief in Maplewood. Ciro D'urso is the new captain.
DOWNS: The owner of a Jersey City dwelling that displaced some 12 residents and where children were forced to escape via windows, due to an April 12th three-alarm fire, had unabated fire code violations, officials said. This included "electrical hazards," when the Gates Avenue building was last inspected prior to the fire, according to the Jersey Journal. The building was inspected by the fire prevention unit on Dec. 12th. The owner was cited for 11 violations. He was ordered to correct them within 30 days, but when fire officials inspected the building on Feb. 22nd, the owner was fined for four violations. He was given to March 1st to abate them. Fire Chief Steve McGill said the cause of the fire has not been determined and nothing can be ruled out during the investigation. On the day of the fire, the owner was led away from the scene in handcuffs due to several housing code bench warrants. He was processed and released on bail.