DOWNS: A fire that started in a Sea Isle City shed, on June 16th, engulfed a fuel tank and fishing boat on 43rd Place. Firefighters from seven departments responded and evacuated neighboring homes during the fire, officials said.
UPS: Anthony Tiller has been promoted to fire chief in Westfield.
DOWNS: Harrison firefighters recovered the body of a 30-year-old man from the Passaic River, July 4th. Authorities said the victim worked at a popular Ridgefield Park pizzeria and reportedly attended a soccer game earlier.
UPS: Christopher Connolly has been promoted to fire lieutenant in Teaneck.
DOWNS: A 4-alarm fire on S. 10th St., Newark, caused several families to lose their homes, June 15th.
UPS: The Asbury Park City Council recently approved an ordinance allowing the city to enter into a contract to buy property at 929 Asbury Avenue to become the city's new fire & EMS headquarters. The 3-story building is now used as a warehouse and has 6,000-square-feet on each floor. Officials hope to use the existing structure and convert it to a firehouse.
DOWNS: In June, a 17-year-old was arrested and charged with animal cruelty, arson and criminal mischief, after authorities accused him of killing a dog by setting it on fire in Newark.
UPS: Firefighters in Toms River used CPR to revive a cat that lives at the Harbor Front Condos after a cooking fire broke out in one of the apartment units, in June. The cat had stopped breathing, according to a release from the township's fire prevention bureau.
DOWNS: Two people were injured when a 3-alarm fire occurred in an Oakland St. apartment building in Red Bank, June 23rd. One of the injured was a firefighter. His injuries were reported as “heat related.”
UPS: The After Hours Lifeguard Emergency Response Team helped rescue a man from the ocean, June 30th, officials said. Margate City firefighters were sent to the Rumson Avenue beach for a report of a person in distress in the ocean. First responders located a man on a boogie board unable to get to the shore line. Three lifeguards used a rescue paddle board and two swimmers with a rescue torpedo to make the rescue.
DOWNS: A family of four was displaced after a fire at their North Black Horse Pike home in Gloucester Twp., June 26th.
UPS: Newly appointed firefighters in Union are: James Hannon, James Ellmer, Daniel Norris, Michael Sanford, Ryan Tevnin, Nicholas Watson, Alexander Lapilusa, Patrick Scanlon, James Holmes and Justin Fernandez.
DOWNS: Blairstown and area firefighters responded to a fully involved barn fire on East Crisman Rd., June 23rd.
UPS: New firefighters in Cranford are: Mike Kniazuk Jr., Adrian Taberna and Matt Kiamie.
DOWNS: The famed Hobby's Delicatessen & Restaurant in downtown Newark was damaged by fire on July 1st. The deli recently served as a backdrop for the filming of the “Soprano's” prequel movie.
UPS: Shaun Quirk has been promoted to battalion chief in Millburn.
DOWNS: A 5-alarm fire burned through a row of Paterson dwellings along Summer St., June 25th, leaving scores of people homeless and firefighters injured. A Red Cross official said 51 people in 13 families received Red Cross assistance for temporary lodging and other needs.
UPS: Mark Bagniewski has been promoted to fire lieutenant in Cranford.
DOWNS: Four firefighters were injured and a dog was killed as the result of a 3-alarm fire involving a Liberty St. dwelling in Passaic, July 6th. Three firefighters suffered heat exhaustion and one received a laceration to his arm.
UPS: Two elderly women were rescued by Atlantic City firefighters from the marsh off West End Ave. after their kayak ran aground, July 3rd. Firefighters used a drone to assist in the rescue operations.
DOWNS: A blind man who resided in a Wayne Ave. home, in East Orange, died as the result of a fire in the building. Two other residents managed to escape while the victim had to be removed by firefighters, officials said. David Swiney was declared dead at the scene.
UPS: Retired Paterson Firefighter Luis Vega has been appointed to the city's Youth Guidance Commission by Mayor Sayegh, so he can continue what he has done for many years with his time and talent to uplift children.
DOWNS: A fire in two E. 16th St. dwellings in Bayonne displaced 39 people, July 10th, officials said. The fire started in a garbage can between the two homes and spread to both. Three firefighters suffered from heat exhaustion.
UPS: A young pit bull was rescued from the Saddle River by Garfield firefighters, July 12th. The dog broke free to chase geese and got swept up in the current of the river, officials said. A rescue boat was launched and the dog was found east of the Midland Avenue bridge. Firefighters were able to grab him using a dog snare and returned Rocky Balboa to his owner.
DOWNS: In July, the city of Trenton closed Engine Co. 8's century-old firehouse, on Stuyvesant Ave., due to concerns over its structural soundness, officials said. Engine 8 has been relocated to Engine 9's quarters on West State St.
UPS: Asbury Park firefighters rescued a baby duck that fell into a storm drain at Main St. & 7th Ave., July 15th. Firefighters responded to the call and found a distressed mother duck nearby and removed the storm drain cover to reach the duckling. The baby became frightened and tried to flee into the pipes, Fred Bates of the APFD said. Firefighter Peter Keeshan pulled a nearby manhole and blocked the duckling from continuing down the pipe. He chased the duckling back to Captain Robert Fahnholz, who had jumped into the storm drain. Fahnholz lifted the duckling to safety and it waddled off with the mother and three other babies.
DOWNS: A sub-contractor employee hired by Verizon to work at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Pequannock became trapped up to his waist in dirt and rubble after a trench collapse behind the building around 9 a.m., July 8th. As he was digging a trench at a utility pole, a retaining wall caved in, according to police Captain Dan Comune. First responders were concerned about the man's circulation as time passed. Crews used metal panels to stabilize the trench, and the victim remained conscious. At noon, the crews extricated the man and he was taken to St. Jospeh's UMC in Paterson.
UPS: Rick Myers has been promoted to fire captain in Roselle.
DOWNS: On July 10th, Kearny firefighters responded to a fire at the same chlorine plant that was the scene of a May multiple-alarm, on Jacobus Ave. The Jersey City HazMat unit was called to the scene.
UPS: On July 20th, a crew of 20 firefighters from the New Jersey Forest Fire service boarded a plane for Alaska to help battle the Grouse Creek fire. Around the time that they arrived, an estimated 7,750-acres was burning in the community of Rampart. This is the first time the NJFFS has sent firefighters to Alaska, according to Assistant State Fire Warden Stephen Maurer.
DOWNS: Plumes of black smoke rose from a boat fire at Frank S. Farley State Marina in Atlantic City, July 17th. Firefighters knocked down the flames on the small boat docked at the marina near the Golden Nugget.
UPS: On July 4th, and his 79th birthday, PBS aired a segment featuring Bob Halberstadt as New Jersey's oldest graduate of the state's Firefighter 1 course. The former paper delivery driver retired at the age of 72. At 54, he joined the Blairstown Ambulance Corps as a volunteer EMT, and he remains an active member. In January, he learned that Blairstown Hose Co. 1 would be starting a Firefighter 1 class, the first state-mandated class, and he enrolled. He graduated in June and will remain a probationary member through November. Blairstown Ambulance Corps Captain Brian Walsh described Halberstadt as an asset to both agencies. With his EMT status, he safely helped deliver a baby boy when he noticed a man stopped in the Holland Tunnel, in 2000, while Halberstadt was on his way to work. That baby is now in college.
DOWNS: A 3-alarm fire raced through a century-old mansion on Norwood Ave., West Long Branch, July 16th, that was the former home of the late mayor Henry J. Shaheen, officials said.
UPS: A duckling that got trapped in a storm drain on Berkeley Ave., Bloomfield, was rescued by firefighters, in July. They lifted the grate and climbed down and retrieved the duckling.
DOWNS: Lightning was blamed for starting a fire at an inactive landfill off of Bergen Ave., Kearny, on July 17th. Twenty tarps that were used in the capping of the site caught fire, officials said. Flames could be seen for miles.