|By RON JEFFERS
|Elizabeth recruit firefighters stand at attention.
DOWNS: A fire tore through a vacant dwelling on Telford Ave. in Newark on Nov. 28th. One firefighter fell through the floor while battling the blaze, but was quickly rescued and continued to fight the fire, officials said.
UPS: To memorialize Stephen Benish, who was a member of the Cranford Fire Call Dept., the CFD's new tower ladder was dedicated in his honor on Nov. 28th. That date marked the 12th anniversary of his death-killed in Iraq at the age of 20. At 18, he joined the call department and looked forward to becoming a career firefighter. When we were attacked on 9/11, he put firefighting aside to serve his country in the army.
DOWNS: An 82-year-old Middletown man suffered second and third degree burns and smoke inhalation after a fire at the Shadow Lake Village complex on Nov. 26th. Three other people were treated for smoke inhalation.
UPS: Recent fire department promotions in Vineland are Tony Salter to captain and John Hendershott to lieutenant.
DOWNS: On Dec. 6th, a woman entered the quarters of Elizabeth Engine-3 and Ladder-2, on Trumbull St., seeking assistance after suffering from multiple stab wounds. EMS took the woman to UHNJ.
UPS: Montclair firefighters and local counterparts teamed up on Dec. 3rd to rescue a man who was trapped as he was removing an underground oil tank from a Linden Ave. yard. The man was reportedly attempting to cut it when he was pinned. Officials said he removed the top portion and got into the tank, and that's when dirt pushed down metal on top of him, trapping the worker. The soil around him collapsed, covering him up to his chest. Rescue operations included attaching “come alongs” and rope systems to pull the metal from the victim. An aerial ladder was used to create a pulley-system. As the metal was being lifted, firefighters placed airbags around the man to protect him. It took about 90 minutes to extricate the worker. Firefighters from Millburn, Caldwell and Cedar Grove assisted. The man was transported to University Hospital in Newark and treated for minor injuries. “Everyone just really did a great job working together to bring it to a good conclusion,” Montclair Fire Chief John Herrmann said.
DOWNS: An armed robber stuck a handgun in a Trenton fire captain's face while he was on a call on the dead-end of Cummings Pl. on Dec. 6th. As the captain of Engine-7 returned to his rig to get a piece of paper to leave a note about equipment, he was approached from behind, officials said. The actor pointed a gun at the captain and ordered him to empty his pockets. Another man appeared nearby and the actor said something to that person like, “This guy is not from my hood,” officials said. Both men fled on foot.
UPS: New firefighters in Millburn are Shane McAlinden, Ruben Perello, Julio Carcamo, Mike Adubado and Kevin Maguire.
DOWNS: Three Paterson firefighters sustained non-life-threatening injuries while battling a fire in a three-story dwelling on East 18th St., Dec. 16th.
UPS: The Boys & Girls Club of Passaic County recently honored “Hometown Heroes.” Paterson FF Luis Vega and Passaic FF Gary Delgado were recognized for their service to the community, as firefighters and as volunteers with The Boys & Girls Club.
DOWNS: A 60-year-old man who was critically injured in a two-alarm fire on Bramhall Ave. in Jersey City, Dec. 9th, died later in the day, authorities said.
UPS: In Wayne, Firefighter Scott Kooreman was presented with a 40-year service award at Company-4's installation dinner on Dec. 2nd.
DOWNS: High winds helped to spread a fire at a Townsend St. dwelling in New Brunswick on Dec. 9th, to a neighboring home, authorities said. About 12 people were displaced from the original fire building and six from the exposure.
UPS: Firefighters from Bloomingdale rescued a deer that had fallen through ice at a reservoir in Kennelon on Dec. 11th. The Kinnelon FD contacted the Bloomingdale FD, which responded with ice rescue equipment.
DOWNS: A house-lifting worker was trapped in shallow water on Dec. 13th, when part of a house had collapsed in Wildwood. The worker was sent into frigid water when part of the waterfront home collapsed on the Jersey shore. A beam from the home struck the worker in the head, sending him into the shallow water below. He was trapped under water for about 15 minutes by a chain wrapped around his leg, officials said. Firefighters used bolt cutters to free the victim, who was airlifted to AtlanticCare Regional Medical Center.
UPS: Sea Bright Fire Rescue and Monmouth Beach first responders were among the agencies called in to rescue a hunter and his dog who were briefly marooned on a small island in the Shrewsbury River on Dec. 15th, after high winds blew his boat away. When firefighters approached the island in boats, the man entered the water, where he was aided by firefighter swimmers, and he and his dog brought to shore.
DOWNS: A 77-year-old woman was injured when she was trapped in her burning Jackson home on Dec. 15th. Firefighters found the victim inside of the Huntington Dr. house after police officers could not get past the heavy smoke to get inside the house, said police Captain Steven Laskiewicz. Firefighters from Station-54 arrived and located the unconscious woman in a side room, officials said. The woman was taken outside, where firefighters from Station-55 started efforts to resuscitate her. Quality First Aid and MONOC paramedics continued those efforts and she was rushed to a local hospital.
UPS: Hackensack firefighters helped to free a man who got his hand caught in a printing press on Russel Pl., Dec. 13th. Firefighters made sure the power to the machine was shut off and couldn't be restarted, and then they took it apart with small hand tools, Captain Justin Derevyanik said. The victim was freed in about 15 minutes, he said. The victim was then transported to HUMC.
DOWNS: A man described as a squatter was killed in a dwelling fire on Sanford St. in Trenton, Dec. 18th.
UPS: Newly promoted fire lieutenants in Madison are Kevin Williams, Kyle Wickman, James Blair and Brian Tappen.
DOWNS: A two-alarm fire tore through a Bordentown public works garage off of Crosswicks St. on Dec. 20th, destroying everything stored inside.
UPS: The Bayonne Fire Department has been awarded a $4,000 fire prevention grant from FM Global to assist the department with fire prevention activities.
DOWNS: A fire heavily damaged a Firth St. dwelling in Phillipsburg, located across the street from a town firehouse, Dec. 20th.
UPS: Hoboken's newly appointed firefighter is Benny Rotondi, Jr.
DOWNS: More than 20 people were displaced due to a fire on North 3rd St. in Millville, Dec. 20th.
UPS: A Compassionate Fire Department Award from PETA was presented to the Sayreville Fire Department, which came to the rescue of a young deer that had fallen through the ice in Waterworks Park on Dec. 16th. It took Firefighters Chris Mierzwiak, Ray Deecken and Mike Marcinyck Jr. to pull the deer out of the water using special ice-rescue suits, ropes, a flotation device and a sled.
DOWNS: The body of a badly burned man was found inside a 40th Street home in Irvington, Dec. 26th. Four other people who lived in the home escaped, officials said.
UPS: Cedar Grove firefighters rescued two cats from a dryer fire at an apartment building on Pompton Ave., Dec. 19th.
DOWNS: A man suffered serious burns to more than half of his body in a garage fire on Fourth Ave. in Asbury Park, Dec. 24th. The garage contained oxygen and acetylene tanks and was being used to repair vehicles, officials said.
UPS: The Trenton Fire Department has added a second deputy chief's position and promoted B.C. Robert Tharp, a 27-year city firefighter, to that position. D.C. Leonard Carmichael will be the deputy chief of operations and Tharp will handle mainly administrative functions, Fire Director Qareeb Bashir said.
DOWNS: A Christmas morning fire in a Westfield Ave. dwelling in Elizabeth displaced six residents.
UPS: Carmine Ruta has been promoted to fire captain in West Orange.
DOWNS: A two-alarm fire on Park Ave. in Paterson, left one person dead and about 20 displaced, Dec. 20th.
UPS: Jordan Zales has been promoted to fire lieutenant in Ridgewood.
DOWNS: A one-alarm fire displaced 14 people from their East 16th St. home in Paterson on Dec. 26th.
UPS: Newly appointed firefighters in Millburn are Joseph Odee, Ruben Perello, Kevin Maguire, Shane McAlinden, Michael Adubato and Julio Carcamo Jr.
DOWNS: A propane tank in a garbage truck exploded, sparking a fire that raced through four stores at the Mendham Village Shopping Center, Dec. 28th. The truck uses a propane tank for fuel as a type of green technology, officials said.
UPS: Newly appointed firefighters in West Orange are Ryan Ciccaglione, Jospeh DePasquale, Anthony Loretto and Nick Manzella.
DOWNS: The cab of an Elizabeth FD ambulance caught fire, Dec. 29th, at the corner of Morris Ave. & Johnson Pl. in Union.
UPS: New firefighters in Elizabeth are M. Mulroy, J. Chen, D. Luque, M. Carter, M. Backiel, J. Abella, D. Rosa, M. Diaz, D. McConway, K. Flores, J. Mooney, K. Haszko, G. Martin, K. Moran, D. Jensen, C. Barry, J. Cort Jr., R. Mawer, K. Cowan, B. Butterly and K. Malone.