|By RON JEFFERS
|Was Santa waving goodbye to the Wallington Holiday Parade in 2018? The parade will not be held in this borough this year; however, a parade between Totowa and Woodland Park will be held on November 30th. This would have been the same day for the Wallington parade.
DOWNS: A North Arlington woman was airlifted to St. Barnabas Hospital with severe burns to her body after a kitchen fire at her Madison St. home, Oct. 5th.
UPS: The Township of Washington (Bergen County) has approved a $6 million firehouse to replace a 60-year-old building. The new structure will be located east of the current firehouse on Washington Ave., near Pascack Rd. The ambulance corps will move into the new building. Five bays will be available to the fire department and two bays for the ambulance corps.
DOWNS: A tanker truck driver killed in a MVA on the NJ Turnpike, Oct. 8th, was identified as Assistant Fire Chief Anthony Jackson, 60, who served with the Logan Vol. Fire Co. of Pedricktown in Oldmans Twp., Salem County. The chief died after the truck he was driving went off the turnpike's southbound lanes, struck a guardrail and overturned, in Milltown, according to the state police.
UPS: During an October Bath council meeting, Mayor Fiorella Mirabito awarded a proclamation to Assistant Fire Chief Christopher Keenhold for bravery during a January 1st fire. During the Main St. blaze, two firefighters became trapped in the burning building. Keenhold entered the building, located the members, and brought them out to safety. The mayor named January 1, 2020, as Christopher Keenhold Day.
DOWNS: A woman, who was severely burned, was found in a Howard Johnson hotel parking lot by first responders in Gloucester Twp., Oct. 10th. The victim was flown to Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia. No further information was available.
UPS: Atlantic City Electric recognized Fire Prevention Week by donating 2,800 smoke alarms to local communities through its partners at the Southern New Jersey Fire Marshal's Office. This is the 20th year that ACE has donated smoke alarms.
DOWNS: A 4-alarm fire tore through four dwellings on Wade St. in Jersey City, Oct. 11th, leaving over 40 homeless. Authorities said the fire might be of suspicious nature, and the flames were apparently being fed by a leaky natural gas line.
UPS: Two workers dangling off the side of a seven-story building, at Atlantic & Kentucky Avenues in Atlantic City, were rescued by city firefighters, Oct. 14th. A mechanism malfunctioned on the scaffold rig, leaving one worker dangling from the ropes and the other stuck on the platform. The scaffolding dropped to a 45-degree angle, Fire Chief Scott Evans said. Firefighters went inside the building and pulled both workers through windows on the 5th and 6th floors, Evans said.
DOWNS: A vacant historic mansion on Clinton Avenue, in Newark, was destroyed by a 3-alarm fire on Oct. 17th. Known as the Kastner Mansion, it had been used as an Elks lodge. It was vacant at the time of the fire, officials said.
UPS: The Trenton F.D. has been awarded $85,291 in federal Port Security funds. The funds will be used to subsidize the cost of three watercraft with engines, dive-rescue equipment, swift water suits and vests, throw bags, a rescue gun and a dive communications system.
DOWNS: Three people were killed in a fiery multi-vehicle accident on I. 80, in Parsippany, Oct. 18th. The vehicles caught fire and three people became trapped in the cars, officials said. A fourth person was also injured.
UPS: The South Vineland Fire Company celebrated 100-years of service with a family fun day at their E. Sherman Ave. quarters, in October.
DOWNS: The Newark FD Haz-Mat unit responded to a not-too-routine oil spill, Oct. 15th. A delivery truck left a sheen of cooking oil three miles long on Stockton, Delancey, Adams and Thomas Streets. About 150-gallons of it. Officials said it was an accident. The sight glass on the rear of the 600-gallon tank, which enables truck operators to see the fluid inside, was damaged, allowing the oil to seep out. Firefighters applied a thick coat of sand to the streets to make them passable, police said.
UPS: Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad Chief Kari Phair has been named the 2019 Squad Member of the Year by the EMS Council of New Jersey.
DOWNS: A small fire in a New Milford nursing home caused 16 people to be hospitalized due to smoke, Oct. 25th, police said. Officials said the fire was accidental and started in an unoccupied room on top of a bed and spread to the wall, and it extinguished by the facilities sprinkler system.
UPS: In September, the Sergeantsville Volunteer Fire Company received $86,000 in SAFER funds. The money will be used in a new recruitment program and to purchase equipment.
DOWNS: A driver plowed his car into a home on Burlington & Totowa Avenues in Paterson on Oct. 18th, and was arrested when he assaulted a firefighter who was trying to help him, police said. No one was injured. When the firefighter tried to guide the driver to safety, the man became combative and started swinging at him, Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale said. The firefighter was hit on his right eyebrow but was OK, according to the director.
UPS: New battalion chiefs in Gloucester City are Desmond Chiodi and Patrick Hagan.
DOWNS: Newark police say a school bus crashed into an unoccupied city fire engine at 14th Ave. & South 9th St., Oct. 24th. Police said an 11-year-old student, a bus driver and driver's aide were on board during the crash. The driver and aide were taken to the hospital. The student was not hurt.
UPS: In October, the Holmdel First Aid Squad celebrated 50-years of volunteer service with fellow community members and first responders.
DOWNS: Three Linden firefighters were injured when their engine was struck by a tractor-trailer, Oct. 29th. The engine was attempting to turn from the Turnpike onto the Wood Ave. emergency access road when it was struck by the tractor-trailer, police said. One firefighter had to be cut out of the rig and all members were taken to University Hospital, in Newark, with non life-threatening injuries, according to police. The truck driver was not injured. The engine company was responding to a MVA near milepost 99.2 on the Turnpike.
UPS: Wallington Police Officer David Norris was credited with removing an 80-pound pit bull out of a burning Anderson Ave. home, Oct. 24th, Police Captain Shawn Kodlacik said. “The dog approached him, sniffed him, then immediately submitted as if to say, 'I trust you to help me','” Hodlacik said.
DOWNS: All school employees and students were evacuated from Pennco Tech in Gloucester Twp., Oct. 28th, due to a fire involving the roof at the Erial Road vocational school. Smoke from the 2-alarm fire was visible for miles.
UPS: Roselle firefighters hosted the 22nd annual Senior Brunch, Oct. 19th. Seniors from throughout the Borough came to St. Joseph's cafeteria to enjoy food prepared and served by local firefighters.
DOWNS: A Cessna 414 plane crashed into a home in the Colonia section of Woodbridge, Oct. 29th, causing a fire that destroyed the dwelling and damaged both houses on each side of it. No one was home at the time of the crash, officials said. The pilot, who was killed, was the only occupant of the plane. The NTSB was investigating the cause of the crash.
UPS: New firefighters in Montclair are John DiGeronimo and Ocival Mar.
DOWNS: A woman fell into a well in the backyard of a Trinity Pl. dwelling in Hillsdale, Nov. 1st. The local fire department called for a UASI response. Hackensack, Paterson and North Hudson units responded. A tri-pod, rope and rigging system was set up to remove the trapped woman. Firefighters maintained a constant flow of fresh air for the victim. The woman was placed on a harness and raised out of the hole. She was turned over to EMS and ALS personnel and treated for minor injuries.
UPS: Doug Johnson has been promoted to deputy fire chief in West Orange.
DOWNS: Two men trying to enter a burning Dumont home to retrieve a pit bull, that died in the fire, were arrested, Nov. 1st. One man “picked up and threw” a police officer against a car, authorities said. The house was heavily involved in fire, and a portion of the rear later collapsed. Several officers subdued the man, who was taken to Hackensack UMC with burns and smoke inhalation. The second man was charged with interfering with police, officials said. The police officer was treated for back and knee injuries, according to Captain Vincent Tamburro.
UPS: New fire captains in West Orange are Will Holder, Ben Boursiquot and Phil Johnson.
DOWNS: West Milford Company 4 Firefighter Liam Glinane, an officer with FDNY EMS, suffered a stroke while driving an ambulance in Queens, Oct. 17th. He was transporting the ambulance by himself. His stroke caused him to veer off the road, resulting in a collision with another vehicle. Responding to the accident, EMS Lt. Raymond Wang fell unconscious. He suffered an aortic aneurysm and was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, officials said. Glinane was initially listed in critical but stable condition at a city hospital. Glinane has been a volunteer firefighter in West Milford since 1990, and he has been a first responder in New York City for 28-years. In 2003, he was awarded West Milford's lifetime volunteer award. At press time, Company 4 Chief Chris Page had told the media that he had visited Glinane in the hospital and he was alert, aware and speaking with visitors. We wish both Glinane and Wang a full and speedy recovery.
UPS: John Lonergan has been promoted to battalion chief in Union. Tom Ociadacz is the new fire lieutenant.
DOWNS: The 17-year-old Wallington Holiday Parade will not be held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, according to officials. The parade cost $10,000 or more, and it has been primarily covered by sponsors. A parade Facebook page noted multiple reasons that made it difficult to continue, including finding sponsors. The parade consisted mostly of fire apparatus and other first responder vehicles that drive through the streets of the borough. The parade may or may not return in 2020, depending on participation and sponsors. Totowa and West Paterson fire departments plan to hold a holiday parade on the same day as the Wallington parade would have been held, November 30th. This parade will start at 515 Union Blvd. in Totowa and go through streets to McBride Ave. in Woodland Park, according to the Facebook parade page.