DOWNS: The Fairfield Animal Hospital was the victim of a 3-alarm fire on Jan. 4th. No staff or animals were inside the building at the time of the fire.
UPS: On Jan. 5th, Paterson firefighters rescued a 38-year-old woman who said she'd been trapped in a clothing donation bin for 2 ½ days. The apparently homeless woman stated that she was reaching into the bin behind a Broadway apartment building when someone pushed her in. Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale said that was not likely. It was the third time in two years that the same woman had to be rescued from a donation box.
DOWNS: Fire units from Piscataway's six fire companies responded to a roof fire on Titworth Pl., involving the central heating and cooling plant, at a Rutgers University campus building, Jan. 3rd.
UPS: Glen Rock's first dog park was recently opened. It is dedicated to the 300 search and rescue dogs who took part in recovery efforts at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks. It is privately funded through donations and grants, including a $5,000 grant from the Greater Bergen Association of Realtors. The park's vendors, Phil Gulmy of Glumy Construction and Brian Houseworth of Han Fence Company, have contributed much of their work on a pro bono basis, according to The Ridgewood-Glen Rock Patch.
DOWNS: A Union firefighter was treated at St. Barnabas MC for second degree burns on his ears and burns on his neck after battling a 2-alarm fire at a Stecher Ave. dwelling, Jan. 7th, according to Fire Chief Mike Scanio.
UPS: New firefighters in Gloucester are Ryan Holmes, Charles Sanderson IV and Jack Driscoll.
DOWNS: Smoke and flames broke through the roof of the 35XXXV Gentlemen's Club in Sayreville, Jan. 10th. The club was open when the fire broke out, but there were no injuries, according to Fire Chief Jonathan Magaw.
UPS: A rescued pit bull in Millville is the first of its kind in New Jersey to become an arson-detection K-9 officer, officials said. Hansel the pit bull and Millville Firefighter Tyler Van Leer are now partners. Hansel was rescued from a dog-fighting ring in Canada when he was seven-weeks old. The K-9 made his way to the Throw Away Dogs Project-a group that takes rescued dogs and turns them into working dogs.
DOWNS: Three Newark firefighters were injured while battling a 2-alarm fire in a two-story vacant commercial building on South Orange Ave., Jan. 10th. The fire extended to a second vacant building. One firefighter was taken to University Hospital for treatment of a minor head injury and released. The other two were treated at the scene by EMS and remained on duty, officials said.
UPS: In January, Newark donated a 1987 E-One 110-foot rear-mount aerial ladder, with assorted equipment, to the Dominican Republic. The donation was made to Fire Chief Juan David Garcia of the San Jose de los Llanos, a municipality of the San Pedro de Marcoris Province, in the DR.
DOWNS: A conflagration roared through several buildings, that included a pair of apartment complexes under construction, in downtown Bound Brook, Jan. 12th. One Bound Brook firefighter was treated for a sprained ankle. The fire also involved two dwellings and an electronics store, officials said.
UPS: Newly appointed firefighters in Teaneck are: Brian Jaeger, John Haak, Joseph Di Mauro, Christopher Naylis, Kyle Erick, Sebastian Rollo, Cameron Scott, John Campbell and Alex Kneisler.
DOWNS: A 76-year-old man was found dead as the result of a fire in his Raven Rd. home in Colts Neck, Jan. 13th. Firefighters tried to enter the home upon arrival but the heavy fire condition kept them back from an immediate entry, officials said.
UPS: New firefighters in West Orange are: Anthony Williams, Matthew De Sacia, Fethnat Ni Shuileabhain and Anthony Torrisi.
DOWNS: A mother and her 7-year-old son died as the result of a fire in a Park Ave. home in Nutley, Jan. 18th. A 74-year-old man was also injured, according to officials. The mother and son were pronounced dead at Clara Mass MC, according to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.
UPS: Newly promoted fire captains in Jersey City are Dave Budinick, Jeffrey Walter, Daniel Dornacker, David Myers, Nicholas Vecchio and John Bellezza.
DOWNS: A 4-alarm fire damaged several businesses on Washington St., Bloomfield, Jan. 21st. A large column of smoke could be seen for miles, causing traffic delays on the Garden State Parkway.
UPS: The South Plainfield Fire Department's 125-year-old self-winding wall clock has been restored and put back into service in the firehouse. The clock originally hung in the original firehouse on Hamilton Ave., and it was an integral part of the old street box system, according to their Facebook page. The clock has not run since the pull box system was removed around 1986. This clock is part of the department's history and the members are happy that it is back in service.
DOWNS: An adult and child were killed in a dwelling fire on Jill Court, Edison, Jan. 22nd. One victim died at the scene and the other was taken to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, but could not be saved, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office. A dog also perished.
UPS: Thomas Harrington and Gary Keyser were recently honored by the Cedar Knolls Fire Department, in Hanover Twp., for 50-years of active service. Harrington served as chief from 1981-1983 and served as fire commissioner in District 3. Keyser was instrumental in bringing the first aid squad forward, became an EMT in 1969, and he also served as captain. He has served on the Board of Commissioners and was chairman, Keyser is also a department historian.
DOWNS: Forty apartments were damaged, but no one seriously injured, as the result of a 3-alarm fire at the Buttonwood Village apartment complex in Gloucester Twp., Jan. 21st.