DOWNS: Seven cars were damaged by fire outside MetLife Stadium, Oct. 21st. Police said tailgaters were at fault. The NJSP said careless tailgaters left hot coals in the parking lot during a Jets game. Cars were parked over the coals in two separate incidents, causing them to catch fire. One of those fires spread to several other vehicles.
UPS: The Port Monmouth First Aid Squad assisted in the delivery of a baby girl on the side of the Garden State Parkway in Middletown, Nov. 4th. The parents were driving from Lakewood to Hackensack UMC to deliver the baby, but the baby girl did not want to wait. When first responders arrived, the baby had just been born, and the umbilical cord was still attached. Lt. Coreen Dowens cut the cord to complete the delivery.
DOWNS: Four pets perished as the result of a fire that involved several mobile homes at Brookside Mobile Park, Oct. 24th, in South Brunswick.
UPS: The Burn Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center honored members of the Summit and Millburn Fire Departments for their rescue operations at a Dec. 31st, 2017, fire in an apartment building. Firefighters were met with heavy fire conditions throughout the building and made multiple rescues of occupants trapped on the second and third floors. Honored from Summit were Firefighters Brian Travis, Christopher Esposito, Dwight Nichols, Gabriel Iannella; Lt. James Pignatello and Battalion Chief Henry Clint Evers. Honored from Millburn were Firefighters Michael Pershyn, Augustine Muresan and Captain Bernard Cunningham.
DOWNS: A fire at the Jumping Brook Apartments, in Neptune, engulfed the rear of Building 17, Nov. 3rd. Multiple apartments received heavy damage and one resident was treated for smoke inhalation, officials said.
UPS: Newly promoted fire lieutenants in Dover are Jon Sperry and Bryan Waagner.
DOWNS: A fire that appeared to have started from a dryer in the basement of a Summit Ave. home in Perth Amboy, Nov. 4th, spread up to the attic.
UPS: Newly hired firefighters in Vineland are Jorden Perez and Joseph Wheeler.
DOWNS: A truck struck an unmarked gas line in Lakewood, Nov. 12th, igniting a fire that forced hundreds to evacuate from apartments, officials said. The fire broke out in the area of Second St. & Forest Ave.
UPS: Ocean City firefighters now have “bailout system” gear developed by California-based CMC Rescue, Inc. Costing $465.00 apiece, the personal lifesaving kits will be carried by all 63 members of the department, Captain Ray Clark said.
DOWNS: A 2-alarm fire struck The Manor, a well known wedding and fine dining venue in West Orange, on Oct. 31st.
UPS: The Northern Central Volunteer Firemen's Association presented awards to Newark firefighters and a police officer for their team effort that rescued an elderly man from a March, 2018, fire in a multi-family dwelling. Firefighters Rod Bliss, Juan Ortiz and Doug Velte collectively received the Firefighter of the Year Award. Police Officer Dan Weegar received the First Responder of the Year Award.
DOWNS: A Clifton firefighter was sent to St. Joseph's UMC after a small dog bit him during a West First St. dwelling fire on Oct. 21st.
UPS: Buffalo, N.Y., Fire Captain Ken Sikora and FDNY Dispatcher Bill Ladell became Life Members of the Gong Club, in November.
DOWNS: One firefighter suffered a minor injury during a fire that involved two adjoining homes on Delsol Pl. in Gloucester Twp., Oct 20th.
UPS: Members of Secaucus Ladder 1 and Rescue 1, along with DPW workers, teamed up to rescue a puppy that was stuck in a pipe at Laurel Hill Park. The dog was trapped for nearly 24-hours. The incident began on Nov. 17th. Firefighters worked into the night before being forced to call off the operation until the next morning. After cutting away several feet of pipe and using an extrication tool, firefighters rescued the dog and turned it over to a grateful owner.
DOWNS: A woman jumped out of a second-story window to escape a fire in her Crest Circle home in Millstone Twp., in November. She was transported by helicopter to the hospital.
UPS: On Nov. 18th, Camden firefighters, along with assistance from Price Rite, spent time donating turkey meal baskets to city residents.
DOWNS: On Nov. 18th, a shooting victim arrived at the quarters of Newark Engine 26 & Ladder 12, in Vailsburg, seeking help. The female victim was shot in the arm and chest, according to reports.
UPS: Police rescued an elderly woman from a fire in her McKinley Ave. home in East Hanover, Nov. 16th. She was unaware of the fire. A passing motorist reported smoke on the second-floor, officials said. Sgt.'s Thomas McPartland and Kenneth McCoy along with Captain Jack Ambrose kicked in the front door and found the woman on the first-floor watching television. She was escorted out of the house as the fire department arrived.
DOWNS: Three firefighters were injured and members of 18 families left temporarily homeless after an explosion caused a 4-alarm fire in Perth Amboy, Nov. 18th. Firefighters found a mixed occupancy building, that contained El Boy Restaurant, at State St. & DeLalb Ave., heavily involved in fire.
UPS: In November, Jordan Zaretsky was officially sworn in as Chief of Department in Teaneck.
DOWNS: Five people jumped out of a second-floor window at 119 Bayview Ave., Jersey City, Nov. 18th, due to a 3-alarm fire. They were not seriously injured.
UPS: On Nov. 19th, active and retired members of the Hackensack F.D. donated 100 turkeys and hundreds of pounds of food to the Center for Food Action, in the city, for Thanksgiving. All food donated was paid for by the H.F.D. members and IAFF Locals 2081 and 3172.
DOWNS: A woman was killed and three others injured when fire tore through a Reservoir St. dwelling, Nov. 15th, in Trenton.
UPS: Members of Teaneck Engine Co. 4 released a deer that was trapped on a 6-foot basement window well on Quigley Ct., Nov. 22nd. The deer was then set free.
DOWNS: In Bridgewater Twp., Green Knoll Firefighter Michael Galay, 71, died after answering an alarm and then assisting members at Station 1 with a new apparatus. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, FF Galay answered the call on Nov. 21st and later went home. He was found unresponsive by his wife the next morning. FF Galay had dedicated 30-years to the fire service.
UPS: In November, Jersey City promoted six firefighters to the rank of fire captain. They are: James Pappas, Jon Burns, Matthew Ostrowski, Robert Delfino, James McGraw and Patrick Donnelly.
DOWNS: One of Camden's busiest firehouses, Squad 7 on Kaighns Ave., was closed on Nov. 14th due to an imminent structural hazard, according to reports. Squad 7 was relocated to the firehouse at Broadway & Liberty St. This city also has “brown outs,” where fire companies are closed on a tour.
UPS: The North Hudson Regional F.D. has been awarded three U.S. Homeland Security grants totaling nearly $275,000, for the purchase of safety equipment, training for 68 firefighters and maintenance for its fire boats.
DOWNS: Paul Caneiro, 45, of Ocean Twp., was charged in the slaying of his younger brother, sister-in-law, niece and nephew, all of whom were found dead after a fire at their Colts Neck home, in November. Caneiro was charged with four counts of murder, according to reports. Monmouth County Prosecutor Christophen Gramiccioni told reporters that the motive was “financial in nature,” and related to the two businesses Paul Caneiro and his brother ran in Asbury Park.
UPS: In November, Paterson firefighters presented a check for $17,000, to St. Joseph's Hospital. The money was raised by the sale of breast cancer T-shirts.
DOWNS: One pet dog died and another was saved as the result of a dwelling fire on Andrews Pl., Pequannock, on Thanksgiving. The residents were not at home according to Pompton Plains Engine Co. 1 Chief Christopher Bell.
UPS: The Demarest F.D. has 12 new portable radios that were purchased using nearly nearly $100,000 in AFG funds.
DOWNS: Fire ripped through St. Mary's Ukrainian Church in Carteret, Nov. 27th, and went to 3-alarms.
UPS: Newly appointed firefighters in New Brunswick are: Filberto Reyes, Randall Boyle, Joseph Allen, Erin Bradley and Nicholas Giannaci.
DOWNS: A two-story house on Grumm Rd., Hardyston, was “obliterated” by an explosion, Nov. 27th, according to police Chief Bret Alemy. Fire Official Bill Walsh said, “only a hole in the ground” was left.
UPS: New firefighters in Vineland are Joseph Wheeler and Jorden Perez.
DOWNS: A fire engulfed one building on Trumbull Ave., in Lawrence Twp., Nov. 24th. Neighbors told a news station that the residents of the home escaped with minor injuries and that they had a new gas meter installed about a week earlier.