|By RON JEFFERS
|Ogdnesburg Firefighter Dave Dolan back's the department's 1935 American LaFrance Series 400 pumper back into the municipality's Old Schoolhouse & Fire House Museum. Ogdnesburg firefighters will celebrate their 100th anniversary by hosting the Sussex County parade on October 6th.
DOWNS: Englishtown Firefighter Pasquale “Pete the Pepper” Di Benedetto, 68, a 47-year veteran of the department, died after suffering a medical emergency, Aug. 2nd, hours after responding to a carbon monoxide call along with other firefighters.
UPS: Jersey City's 16 engine companies now carry Naloxone, more commonly known as Narcan, that is used to block the effects of opioids during an overdose.
DOWNS: A playground designed specifically for special needs students at Matthew Jago School, Woodbridge, was torched on Aug. 1st, officials said. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire in the play area, which was unoccupied at the time.
UPS: Patrick Finn rescued a man and two young children when his neighbor's house caught fire on Phillips Court, Swell, Washington Twp., Aug. 4th. Using a ladder, Finn climbed onto the roof and rescued them through a 2nd-floor window, police said.
DOWNS: Members of Newark Engine 9 called for police and EMS when a person was shot in the back in front of their Summer Ave. quarters, Aug. 8th.
UPS: The Atlantic City F.D. and Absecon City Fire Co. 1 have been awarded AFG funds for $619,091 and $10,715, respectively.
DOWNS: An August 2nd fire damaged a 3-story apartment building on Lexington Ave., Lakewood, and left 10 families homeless.
UPS: Firefighters from Hamilton and Lower Makefield, Pa., teamed up to rescue an elderly man from the Delaware River, off Trenton on Aug. 9th. The man was submerged up to his neck when firefighters loaded him into a boat and brought him to land across from the Morrisville, Pa., water works, officials said. When he was turned over to EMS, he was conscious and alert, Trenton Captain Jonathan Little said.
DOWNS: Hamilton police were investigating the death of a man whose body was found inside a burning dwelling, Aug. 12th. Firefighters found the unresponsive man in the living room, officials said. He was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
UPS: Paterson Captain Scott Parkin, of Rescue Co. 2, rappelled down to the base of the Great Falls, Aug. 12th, and rescue a stranded dog that was trapped on a bushy ledge, just feet from the water. Captain Parkin managed to lure the dog toward him with some food and then got the animal into a large net-like bag. Other firefighters on a bridge, above the river, pulled the dog up. It was taken to a local animal shelter to be examined before being put up for adoption.
DOWNS: A tractor trailer traveling on Route 513, in Frenchtown, struck a telephone pole, at Trenton Ave. & Bridge St., and then ran into Galasso's Pizzeria and burst into flames, Aug. 13th. The pizzeria was described as a “total loss,” police said.
UPS: New firefighters in Union are David Abreu, Jake Fernandez, Joseph Giambusso, Joseph Mate and Christian Trejo.
DOWNS: Lightning struck a Sarah Court dwelling in Edison, Aug.11th, causing a fire in the attic area, officials said.
UPS: Joseph M. Paolo has been promoted to fire captain in Plumsted Twp. Aaron Mazeall has been appointed as the new firefighter/EMT.
DOWNS: Eight residents were displaced from their Avenue B dwelling, in Bayonne, as a result of a 2-alarm fire, Aug. 14th.
UPS: Ocean Twp. Fire District 2 has been awarded $67,938 in AFG funds that will be used to purchase a new set of extrication tools.
DOWNS: Kiss of Ink Tattoo's business on Hamilton Ave., Trenton, was gutted by a 2-alarm fire on Aug. 21st.
UPS: The dog that was rescued by Paterson firefighters when it was stranded on a ledge near the base of the Great Falls, Aug. 12th, is expected to be adopted by Rescue Co. 2 and live in their Getty Avenue firehouse. The pit bull mix was being treated at Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge and was in good health. The dog will be vaccinated and neutered. Authorities believe the dog, named “Paterson,” was likely thrown off the ledge and stranded there for days. The dog had a collar, but no tags.
DOWNS: A dwelling fire, on Ship Ave., Beachwood, destroyed the home of a Pine Beach police officer. One pet dog perished as a result of the fire.
UPS: A man was rescued from the base of Paterson's Great Falls, Aug. 18th, after he fell attempting to retrieve his cell phone, authorities said. After the man was given a rope and life vest, Firefighter Justin Angelica, wearing repelling gear, assisted the victim. First responders hauled both men up with a pulley operation. The victim was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital to be examined.
DOWNS: A firefighter became trapped inside of a Mount Ephraim dwelling and was rescued by fellow members, Aug. 20th. Authorities say the firefighter was briefly trapped inside the home before he was brought to safety. He did not appear to be seriously injured.
UPS: Wildwood Deputy Chief Ernie Troiano III and Captains James Gravel and Daniel Dunn have graduated from the Rutgers School of Public Affairs & Administration-Certified Public Manager program, in August.
DOWNS: A bus caught fire on Lincoln Tunnel bound Route 495 in North Bergen, Aug. 20th. The bus was traveling to New York from Washington, D.C. All of the passengers escaped as flames began to consume the vehicle.
UPS: The Clifton Fire Department has been awarded a SAFER grant for $455,792. It will be used to add four firefighters to the department.
DOWNS: A Newark firefighter fell off the roof of a burning Pacific St. building, Aug. 24th, and broke his foot, officials said.
UPS: The Secaucus FD has been awarded a FEMA Port Security grant worth $346,410 for a new fire-rescue boat. Secaucus serves as a first responder to 14 bridges along the Passaic River and 14 bridges along the Hackensack River.
DOWNS: Five firefighters were treated or assessed after they were injured battling a dwelling fire on North Oak Ave., Pitman, Aug. 26th. Officials said those members were injured when a staircase leading to the basement collapsed.
UPS: The Robbinsville Twp. FD has been awarded $18,477 in AFG funds to purchase smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, which the department will hand out to residents who need them, free of charge.
DOWNS: A lit candle on a bedroom dresser is the likely cause of an Aug. 26th fire that damaged two bedrooms of a Morgan Dr. home in Sparta, officials said. Ogdensburg and Andover fire units were called in to assist.
UPS: Newark will receive $2,682.981 in SAFER funds that will go towards hiring 20 firefighters, officials announced in August. Currently, the department has 468 firefighters, 125 captains and 37 chief officers.
DOWNS: The well-known Blue Plate restaurant in Mullica Hill was closed after an Aug. 28th fire destroyed the kitchen area.
UPS: The Cinnaminson FD recently received an ISO upgrade of a #2 rating.
DOWNS: Edison firefighters were busy on Aug. 28th. A Grove Ave. 3-alarm dwelling fire left the building uninhabitable. Then, a large brush fire occurred in the area of Raritan Center Parkway, with heavy smoke visible from a distance.
UPS: The Ogdensburg Fire Department is enjoying its 100th anniversary and will combine celebrating by hosting the Sussex County parade, October 6th.