Santa Parade 2013
65th Anniversary Celebration
2014 Officers Elected
Congratulations to our new officers for 2014, elected by the Fanwood Rescue Squad membership on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, to wit:
- President: Steve Siegal
- Vice President: Jeff Downing
- Treasurer: Bob Kruthers
- Recording Secretary: Jamie Pedinoff
- Corresponding Secretary: Karolyn Buckridee
- Captain: Patty Buckridee
- 1st Lt: Nancy Mustachio
- 2nd Lt: Rob Villegas
- Sergeant: Ian Lewis
- Training Officer: Jeff Carr
- Chaplain: Karolyn Buckridee
- Historian: Tom Kranz
- Trustees: Tom Kranz, Jamie Pedinoff & Dave Zawodniak
- Delegates: Karolyn Buckridee, Ian Lewis & Nancy D’Ambrosio
- Alternate Delegates: Melissa Padulsky, Joan Lozowski & Brian Downing
The Passing of John Oatis
Squad Turns Out for Memorial Day
Rob Villegas, 2013 EMT of the Year
2013 Choir Concert Packs Fanwood Presbyterian Church
The sanctuary of Fanwood Presbyterian Church was filled to capacity on Sunday, May 19th 2013, for the 2nd annual choir concert benefitting the Fanwood and Scotch Plains Rescue Squads. Music Ministry Director Tom Berdos led a large, regional choir with guest musicians and conductors for a concert that included inspirational and patriotic music.
Knights of Columbus Awards 2013
Fanwood Rescue Squad EMT Steve Siegal was honored for more than 20 years of service to the squad during the 38th annual Knights of Columbus Shield Awards March 21, 2013, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.
“He’s just a regular guy,” said squad president Nancy Mustachio, “who is always there. We appreciate his service.”
Steve originally joined the squad to gain medical experience for his planned career as a physician’s aide. He turned out to have a talent for managing people and spent a number of years in the food service industry followed by a successful career in sales.
Fanwood and Scotch Plains firemen who tried to save the lives of a mother and son who died in a December, 2012, house fire were among the other public safety responders honored by the Knights.
Fanwood Fire Chief John Piccola and Scotch Plains Fire Chief Jonathan Ellis each cited members of their departments who responded to a house fire on Church Avenue in Scotch Plains on December 18th, 2012. Upon arriving, Scotch Plains firefighters Matt Adams and Dennis Hercel, Jr., made entry into the smoke filled building, discovered a woman and her 3-year old son barricaded inside a second floor room. They removed the victims with the assistance of Fanwood Fire Captain Frank Dietl and firefighter Brian Piccola who began CPR on the unresponsive victims. Neither the woman, Katherine Halverson, 32, nor her son, Jeremy McDonald, 3, nor the family dog survived in what authorities later determined was a murder/suicide committed by Halverson.
“It was truly a team effort,” said Chief Ellis. “Those victims had the best possible chance of surviving. Unfortunately, it was not the outcome we had hoped for.”
Also honored was the entire Fanwood Police Department for its extraordinary efforts during and after Hurricane Sandy. They were represented by Sgt. Frank Marrerro and Patrolmen Mike Rusin and Ryan Gilmore.
Scotch Plains police officers Brian Cheney and Christian Ostrowski and Sgt. Michael Tardi were cited for entering a burning building on Mountain Avenue in October, 2012, and rescuing an elderly couple and other residents who had fled to the roof. Their story was related by Lt. Jeff Briel who represented Chief Brian Mahoney.
Scotch Plains Rescue Squad EMT Greg Cassidy was honored for his tireless dedication to the squad despite a challenging college schedule. Cassidy, whose father Brian Cassidy is a physician and 20-year member of the squad, attends college in Rhode Island.
“He makes more calls than many members who live here in town,” said Squad Captain Dan Sullivan.
Scotch Plains Mayor Kevin Glover and Fanwood Borough Councilwoman Kathy Mitchell also spoke in support of the honorees.
2013 Awards Dinner
Another great awards dinner at Berkeley Plaza, Berkeley Heights, NJ. Award highlights:
5 Years of Service:
- Dan Kranz
- Dennis Munchel
- Dan Strachman
10 Years of Service:
- Jim Drewes
20 Years of Service:
- Steve Siegal
- Dave Zawodniak
55 Years of Service:
- Bob Kruthers
A number of members also received a special award pin for Hurricane Sandy coverage.