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BERGENFIELD, NJ - An afternoon fire caused extensive damage to a dwelling in Bergenfield on April 12th. The blaze left the home uninhabitable, but caused no serious injuries. At approximately 4:00 P.M., Bergenfield firefighters were dispatched to 108 Carnation St. for a report of a fire. On arrival heavy fire was in the rear of the two-and-half story split level extending from ground level outside up into the eaves and into the attic area. - See fu ll story on page 10

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Stubborn Fire Keeps Passaic Firefighters Busy PASSAIC, NJ - A stubborn fire that involved a two-and-ahalf story wood-frame Victorian type dwelling kept firefighters in the city of Passaic, and mutual aid companies, busy for several hours, March 22nd. Units were dis­ patched to a re­ ported fire at 229 President Street, shortly before 1:00 PM. Battalion Chief Colavitti re­ ported smoke com­ ing from the eaves of the structure, followed by a “working fire”. This was followed by a sec­ ond-alarm. The fire apparently started in a second floor bedroom and ex­ tended to the attic. An interior at­ tack commenced. It was reported that 17 people were evacuated from the building. Some left on their own and others were rescued by firefighters, according to Chief of Department Patrick Trentacost. During the initial stage of firefighting operations, live over­ head power lines fell in front of the building, prompting an urgent call for PSE&G. There were also some water supply issues, that in­ cluded an inoperable fire hydrant. Mutual aid companies were called to the scene above the sec­ ond-alarm level. This brought in fire units from Paterson, Clifton, Wallington, East Rutherford, Rutherford and Garfield. As conditions worsened, all members were ordered out of the structure. Flames vented out of various upper floor windows. Ex­ posure “B” is St. Nicholas School, which is separated by a driveway, and did not experience any extension of fire. Exterior hand lines and two ladder pipes were placed into operation. Por­ tions of the roof collapsed during the battle. It took some two hours to contain the fire, with numerous hot spots that continued to flare up from time to time. Two fire­ fighters were injured, according to the chief. One firefighter was injured when a piece of plaster fell on his back during a search. Another member twisted his knee. Both were treated at a local hospital. The building is registered as a two-family home, but appeared to have been subdivided into multi­ ple apartments, officials said. The Red Cross was on the scene to as­ sist the displaced residents.



RONJEFFERS Pockets of fire burned for several hours during the multiple-alarm fire on President St., Passaic.

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Arkansas: Scott Chassells, 48 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: August 6,2021 Death Date: September 18, 2021 Fire Department: North Little Rock Fire Department Initial Summary: Lieutenant Scott Chas­ sells responded to several medical incidents during which he encountered COVID-19 positive patients and patients with COVID19-like symptoms. Chassells subsequently contracted the vims and started showing symptoms on Aug. 15, 2021. He passed away from complications due to the vims on Sept. 18,2021. Ohio: Frank D. Duff, Jr., 66 Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic Incident Date: August 12, 2021 Death Date: September 19, 2021 Fire Department: Columbus Division of Fire Initial Summary:While on-duty, Fire­ fighter/Paramedic Frank D. Duff, Jr., con­ tracted COVID-19. He passed away from the vims on September 19, 2021.

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Ohio: Carl Frederick Kleinman, 55 Rank: Deputy Fire Chief Incident Date: August 23, 2021 Death Date: September 15, 2021 Fire Department: South Point Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Deputy Fire Chief Carl Frederick Kleinman contracted COVID-19 while responding to numerous emergency response calls. He passed away from the vims on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. Texas: Robert Liguez, 52 Rank: Driver/Operator Incident Date: August 16, 2021 Death Date: September 17, 2021 Fire Department: Alice Fire Department Initial Summary: Driver/Operator Robert Liguez contracted COVID-19 while re­ sponding to numerous EMS calls. Many of the patients he assisted tested positive for the vims. He passed away on Friday, September 17,2021. Ohio: Randy Miner, 57 Rank: Fire Chief Incident Date: September 12,2021 Death Date: September 26, 2021 Fire Department: Mary Ann Township Fire Department Initial Summary: On Sunday, September 12, 2021, Fire Chief Randy Miner responded to an EMS call with a patient with a known case of COVID-19. He subsequently con­ tracted the vims and passed away on Sunday, September 26,2021.

Florida: David Hackett, 44 Rank: Driver/Engineer Incident Date: July 30, 2021 Death Date: September 25,2021 Fire Department: Hernando County Fire and Emergency Services Initial Summary: While on duty, Driver/Engineer David Hackett contracted COVID-19 at the fire station. He passed away from the vims on Saturday, Sept. 25, 202 L Kentucky: Joseph “Joey” Wright, 39 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: September 14,2021 Death Date: September 24,2021 Fire Department: Nichols Fire Protection District Initial Summary: On Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, Firefighter Joseph “Joey" Wright par­ ticipated in strenuous mandatory ladder training with the Nichols Fire Protection District. After the training was completed, he continued to work at the department assist­ ing with the CAD system. He then left and went to work where the onset of chest pains and dizziness occurred. He was sent to an immediate care center where they evaluated him and transported him by ambulance to the hospital. He remained in the Intensive Care Unit for 10 days before passing away on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, from numerous heart attacks. Maryland: Kelly William Frye, 53 Rank: Firefighter/EMT Incident Date: August 29, 2021 Death Date: September 29,2021 Fire Department: City of Cumberland Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter/EMT Kelly Frye contracted COVID-19 while on duty after responding to multiple medical calls with COVID-19 positive patients. Fire­ fighter/EMT Frye was hospitalized and passed away from complications due to the virus on Sept. 29, 2021. Indiana: Mark Gillam, 58 Rank: Engineer Incident Date: August 21, 2021 Death Date: October 3, 2021 Fire Department: Elwood Fire Department Initial Summary: On Aug. 21, 2021, while on duty, Engineer Mark Gillam provided medical care to patients for a 12-hour period during a local festival. On Aug. 25,2021, Gillam became sick with symptoms. Be­ cause his symptoms worsened, Gillam went to the hospital on Aug. 30,2021, where he tested positive for COVID-19 and was ad­ mitted. Gillam was eventually placed on a

ventilator and put into a medically induced coma but passed away from complications of the virus on Oct. 3, 2021. S Carolina: Andrew Orphanoudakis, 56 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: August 31, 2021 Death Date: October 3,2021 Fire Department: Hardeeville Fire Department Initial Summary: On Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, Lieutenant Andrew Orphanoudakis re­ sponded to an EMS call with a patient with a known case of COVID-19. He subsequently contracted the vims and passed away on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. Lieutenant Or­ phanoudakis has been posthumously pro­ moted to Captain. Colorado: Marshall Grant Brookfield, 41 Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic Incident Date: September 13,2021 Death Date: September 29, 2021 Fire Department: Emergency Response Logistics Initial Summary: Wildland Firefighter/Paramedic Marshall Grant Brookfield was deployed to the McCash fire in Orleans, CA when he contracted COVID19 and a rare fungal infection that was found to be directly associated to the wildfires and smoke inhalation. He was removed from the incident due to severe illness and sent to the hospital where he was admitted and re­ mained in the Intensive Care Unit until his passing on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021. New Jersey: Nicholas Prioli, 89 Rank: Safety Officer Incident Date: October 23, 2021 Death Date: October 23,2021 Fire Department: Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company Initial Summary: On Sat., Oct. 23,2021, Safety Officer Nicholas Prioli responded to the fire department for a call of a vehicle ex­ trication that was ultimately cancelled. He left the fire house and was returning home when he experienced a medical emergency. Emergency personnel responded to the scene where they found Safety Officer Prioli in cardiac arrest. He passed away shortly there­ after.

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Fire Captain and Grandfather Image Honored UPS &

DOWNS Notes from Ron Jeffers

The late Captain Louis F. Cappelluti, of the Jersey City Fire Depart­ ment, touched many lives, both on the job and off. On the morning of March 19th, family, friends, fire­ fighters and boy scouts assembled at the Summit Avenue firehouse to honor the man who dedicated years of service to the community. Captain Cappelluti, who passed away in 2020, was the captain of En­ gine Co. 7, at the Summit Avenue quarters. In addition, he served as the Scoutmaster for Jersey City Boy Scouts of America Troop 466 for 45years, ending in 2017. On this cloudy morning, a plaque dedicated to the captain's memory was unveiled on the front of the fire­ house. Current Scoutmaster Rich Peters welcomed the impressive turnout of people for the ceremony. “Peters said Captain Cappelluti was concerned, in keeping the boys safe. Fie was there almost like a grandfather.” Peters added, that he taught moral values and to be a good person.

RONJEFFERS Boy Scouts of Jersey City Troop 466 and Third Battalion firefighters line up after dedicating a plaque to the late Fire Captain and Scout Master Louis Cappelluti at the Summit Avenue firehouse, March 19th.

Peters thanked Chief of Depart­ ment Steven McGill and 3rd Battal­ ion Chief Rich Gorman for their assistance, making the ceremony possible. When hearing of the project, B.C. Gorman said, “We were on board. Nothing is more important than the Brotherhood of the Fire Service, and the second family of the Fire Serv­ ice. We have that both, here.”






Retired city Firefighter Larry Cureton remembered Captain Cap­ pelluti from his rookie days at the fire school. “I stayed safe remembering what he taught us,” he said. Cureton added, “He had a big heart. I'll al­ ways love him.” A former scout gave an emotional speech of how his dad couldn't be around and the captain, “was like a grandfather to me.” “He was an amazing man.” As the sun began to peek through the clouds. Scoutmaster Peters said it was time to unveil the plaque. Two scouts did so, followed by standing ovation of the assembly. The plaque is now part of the fire­ house that is the home of Engine Companies 7 and 18, Marine Land Unit (MLU), Ladder 3 and the Chief of the 3rd Battalion. DOWNS: A 5-alarm fire raced through four Smith St. dwellings in Elizabeth, March 13th. Wind gusts between 15 and 39 mph helped fan the flames in below freezing temper­ atures, officials said. It was reported that dozens of people were displaced. UPS: In Passaic, Guillermo Her-


nandez and Louis Santiago have been promoted to battalion chief. Promoted to captain was John Tuohy. New fire lieutenants are Ricardo Figueroa and Rene Rivera. DOWNS: Officials said that a damaged lithium battery ignited in an East Madison Avenue living room in Dumont, March 13th, that caused a fire in the home. Flames were con­ tained to one room. A recent study blamed more than 400 fires in a fiveyear period on products powered by lithium batteries, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commis­ sion. UPS: Essex County officials pre­ sented the keys to a new ambulance to Nutley Director of Public Safety Alphonse Petracco, Match 16th. The Nutley Fire Department responds to county emergencies involving haz­ ardous materials. The ambulance will be used to treat residents or firefight­ ers injured at hazmat emergencies, respond to regular medical calls and assist with Essex County Health De­ partment programs and activities, ac­ cording to Essex News Daily. DOWNS: A mobile home was de­ stroyed and three others damaged by a fire off of Route 206 in the Vincentown section of Southampton, March 17th, Vincent Fire Company Chief Scott Mitchell said. UPS: In March, Lodi ex-fire chiefs Phil Alberti and Archie Dowson were recognized for their 50-years of serv­ ice to the community. DOWNS: Two residents of a Mount Everest Lane home, in the Silverton section of Toms River, were injured due to a fire and had to be flown to the hospital, March 20th, according to News 12. Two firefight­ ers were also reported to have been injured. UPS: Holmdel Fire & Rescue Co. 2 set April 30th as the date to cele­ brate the opening of their new fire station, at 12 Crawfords Comer Rd., according to a social medial post. The “wet down” will include live music and refreshments. DOWNS: Two firefighters were

injured as the result of a huge fire at a Pepsi warehouse in Piscataway, March 22nd. All 30 employees es­ caped the fire and reported explo­ sions, according to officials. Over 100 firefighters operated at the scene. One firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion and one for a shoulder in­ jury, according to WCBS-TV. UPS: In Hackensack, John Hynes has been promoted to fire captain. Pietro Maio is the new lieutenant. DOWNS: A fire occurred in an au­ ditorium building behind Holy Cross Lutheran Church on Hooper Ave. in Toms River, March 22nd. It broke out while children were in attendance for preschool services,officials said. All children and staff were safely evacuated. UPS: James Delgado has been promoted to fire captain in Camden. DOWNS: A building under con­ struction at The Paragon apartment complex in Jackson caught fire on March 30th. Police officers said flames were observed on all three floors of the building, off of Larson Rd. UPS: Carteret Borough has awarded a $110,000 annual contract to the Robert Wood Johnson Health Network to provide daytime emer­ gency medical services for residents, officials said. As of April 4th, first re­ sponders from RWJ Barnabas Health-Rahway will respond to serv­ ice calls from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, providing ALS ad BLS services. Certified EMTs from Carteret's EMS unit will continue to provide EMS services from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. DOWNS: A Dunkin Donuts em­ ployee was sickened by carbon monoxide fumes at the Mountain Ave. store in Hackettstown on April 6th, authorities said. A faulty HVAC unit was the source of the fumes, the fire department found. The 21-yearold worker complained of a headache and nausea, but refused medical treatment, police said. - CONTINUED ON PAGE 10

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Ups & Downs Continued from Page 8 UPS: The city of Paterson has re­ ceived hundreds of smoke detectors from Operation 7 Save-A-Life. WABC-TV reported that in the past 24-years, Operation 7 Save-a-Life has given out more than 200,000 smoke alarms in New Jersey. DOWNS: A propane tank ex­ ploded during a fire involving a Paisa Ave. dwelling in Elmwood Park, March 28th, that knocked three fire­ fighters to the ground, officials said. Two occupants tried to extinguish a fire in the homes first-floor computer room, but “the fire became larger, which forced them to evacuate,” said Police Chief Michael Foligno. The firefighters were examined at a local hospital before releasing them with­ out injury, Foligno said. UPS: In March, East Rutherford Fire Official Dennis Monks retired after 25-years of service to the Bor­ ough. “Dennis has been an unwaver­ ing supporter of the ERFD and the health and safety of our members,” stated in a Facebook post. DOWNS: Two twin brothers died and four firefighters were injured as the result of a fire on Carteret St. in Trenton, April 2nd. The brothers were stack on the third-floor and de­ spite efforts of family and firefight­ ers, no one could get to them in time, according to Channel 6 Action News. Four firefighters were taken to Capi­ tal Health Regional M.C. and treated and released. UPS: Millville firefighters rescued several people from a burning North High St. apartment building, April 4th. Firefighters battled the fire and a ladder company lowered occupants to safety from third-floor windows, according to KYW-TV.

DOWNS: A single-engine Mooney M20M Turbo aircraft crashlanded just feet from a home on South Main St. in Manville, April 4th. The location is a few blocks away from Central Jersey Regional Airport. A local resident saw the pilot exiting the plane and appeared to be uninjured, according to CBS News New York. He was transported to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick. The Federal Avia­ tion Administration is investigating the crash. UPS: New firefighters in Teaneck are Patrick Burke, Dakota Marositz and Brandon Prins. DOWNS: Ten Perth Amboy resi­ dents were left homeless after a fire that raced through two First Street dwellings, April 3rd, according to the Daily Voice. UPS: In April, Matt Carbone was sworn in as a member of the Summit Fire Department. DOWNS: Evacuations were per­ formed by area first responders after the Hackensack River crested and flooded the area around River Edge Rd. in New Milford, April 8th. Police said the Passaic River also over­ flowed and flooded nearby streets. UPS: Teterboro Airport has re­ ceived a new piece of hands-on train­ ing equipment. The Aircraft Rescue Firefighting Trainer simulates gen­ eral aviation aircraft. The type of small, private planes that fly in and out of Teterboro. The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey com­ mand staff worked with engineers to help develop the first-of-a-kind equipment, officials said. Teterboro has an average of 500 flights a day, according to fire officials.


Heavy Fire Damages B ergenfield Home BERGENFIELD, NJ - An af­ ternoon fire caused extensive damage to a dwelling in Bergen­ field on April 12th. The blaze left the home uninhabitable, but caused no serious injuries. At approximately 4:00 P.M., Bergenfield firefighters were dis­ patched to 108 Carnation St. for a report of a fire. On arrival heavy fire was in the rear of the two-andhalf story split level extending from ground level outside up into the eaves and into the attic area. Heavy smoke was also pushing out of the eaves on the 'A' side. A

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second-alarm was transmitted as two lines were stretched in the front door. The truck company vented the roof and heavy fire came through the vent hole. As parts of the roof began to burn away and collapse, members had to make a hasty retreat. All companies were with­ drawn from the home and a thirdalarm was sounded. Multiple hand lines were operated from three

sides to knock down the heavy fire. In less than one hour the vis­ ible fire had been knocked down and members were once again in­ side to open up and overhaul. The fire was placed under control in about 45 minutes. Mutual aid was provided at the scene by Teaneck, Englewood, Dumont, Tenafly and New Milford. The cause is being investigated, but some construc­ tion supplies in the rear is consid­ ered a possibility. - BILL TOMPKINS


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Five-Alarm Fire Ravages Piscataway Pepsi Plant PISCATAWAY, NJ - More than 100 firefighters responded to a massive fire that broke out at the Pepsi plant on New Brunswick Avenue in Piscataway on Tuesday evening, March 22nd. The fire was re­ ported around 6:30 PM. and took just over four hours to bring under control around 10:30 PM. According to offi­ cials, the fire, which went to five alarms, started on the exterior of the building. Thankfully, dozens of work­ ers inside the plant were able to get out safely. Two firefighters sustained non-life-threatening in­ juries while battling the fire. Both were treated at a local hospital and released. No other injuries were reported. In a Facebook post, Piscat­ away Township Mayor Brian C. Wahler and the Township Council expressed their deep appreciation to the following for responding to the fire: Arbor Hose Co. #1, Inc. - The Pride of the North Side, Holmes Marshall FD, New Mar­ ket FD, North Stelton Vol. Fire Co., Possumtown Vol. Fire Co. and River Road Fire Co.; fire de­ partments from Colonia, Dunellen, East Brunswick, East Franklin, Jamesburg, Kendall Park, Metuchen, Monroe, Mid­ dlesex Boro, North Brunswick, Plainsboro, Sayreville and South Plainfield; Piscataway Office of Emergency Management, Piscat­ away Public Works, Piscataway Township Police Department, Middlesex County Fire Marshal Bureau, Middlesex County Haz­ ardous Materials Unit, New Jer­ sey Forest Fire Service, HMH JFK EMS - Hackensack Meridian Health JFK Emergency Medical Services, Rutgers Emergency Services, New Market Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary, and the Ameri­ can Red Cross New Jersey Re­ gion. The cause of the fire is cur­ rently under investigation.





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H a rris o n S a ys G o o d b ye to a H e ro Firefighter Vincent Doffont loved being a firefighter. He also served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, completing two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a rifleman. Be­ fore becoming a firefighter, he was a Hudson County sheriff's officer and a Harrison police of­ ficer. All of that service, as well as being a husband and father, in just 37-years of life. Fire­ fighter Doffont died in March after suffering an apparent medical episode following training with new recruits, offi­ cials said. Firefighter Doffont had returned to fire headquarters from a training exercise, in a town building, where he assisted new members performing roof ventilation practices. At head­

quarters, Doffont suffered a medical episode, and he was found unconscious. On the morning of March 26th, local firefighters assembled with family members and local officials at Holy Cross Church for a departmental funeral. In addition, firefighters attended the funeral from as far as Asbury Park and Atlantic City. “He had a carefree, give you the shirt off his back way about him that everyone around him grav­ itated to,” said Deputy Chief Henry Richard. “He was a go-getter firefighter,” the chief said. “He loved the job. It was a lifelong dream of his to become a firefighter.”

RONJEFFERS Firefighters from as far as Atlantic City attended the funeral for Harrison Firefighter Vincent Doffont to pay their respects for an American Hero.


Firefighters Injured at Elmwood Park House Fire ELMWOOD PARK, NJ Elmwood Park firefighters fought high winds and heavy fire condi­ tions at 34 Paisa Av­ enue in the early morning hours of March 28th. Around 4:30 Jump to file# A.M., companies 032822103 were dispatched on a structure fire with occupants report­ edly trapped. On ar­ rival of first due chiefs, heavy fire was already showing on the first floor and ex­ tending to the second floor of the home. The homeowner and a roommate tried to douse the flames after the fire ignited in a first floor computer room, but were unsuc­ cessful. High winds fanned the flames that threatened exposures, but they were kept in check. A propane tank exploded during the fire attack, knocking down several firefight­ ers. All were checked out at a St. Joseph's Hospital before being re­ leased without injury. Mutual aid from Fair Lawn and Saddle Brook assisted on the scene, and companies from Clifton and Rochelle Park covered at the Blvd. firehouse. The Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary provided rehab on the scene. No other injuries were reported. The fire, which ap­ pears to be accidental in nature, was declared under control about 45 minutes later. - DAMIEN DANIS DAMIEN DANIS


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la Bi d2021 a, On Wednesday, September 1,2021 communities in New Jersey, was struck with excessive amounts of heavy rain as well a s excessive flooding. During a four-hour period, th e Borough expenenced over seven inches of rain causing stream s to overflow their banks and becom e swift flowing rivers in o u r streets. The West Paterson Fire Department responded to 60 calls during this time period. Many people w ere rescu ed from their vehicles and houses by fire departm ent personnel under extremely hazardous conditions, putting their lives in danger to rescue others. Paul SaJomone J c - Chief Jack Wittig - A s s t Chief Michael Diana - Lieutenant Patrick Biemat Kevin Connors ToddHoHritt

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and placed under control in a little over one hour. Companies re­ mained on scene for extensive overhaul. One firefighter and one occu­ pant suffered minor injuries and were transported to Hackensack UMC. Additional units on scene were Bogota, Hackensack UMC BFS, Hackensack police and the building department. The fire is currently being investigated by Hackensack Fire Prevention. - JUSTIN DEREVYANIK


W e s t P a te rs o n L ife S a v in g A w a rd s a n d U n it C ita ta tio n s PASSAIC COUNTY, NJ - The West Paterson Fire Department awards ceremony took place at the recent Woodland Park Council meeting. The awards recognized the members in­ volved with Tropical Storm Ida on September 1, 2021. Assis­ tant Chief Ficarra (Car 11), Captain Fink and Firefighter Spies from Engine Co. 3 were honored for a life saving rescue on Lackawanna Ave. during the storm. Unit Citations for all three West Paterson fire companies and uniform bars for all members that participated in the events of Tropical Storm Ida were issued.


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Last multiple alarm? Hackensack Deputy Chief Pete Danzo, left, was the I.C. at a mutual aid, multiple-alarm fire involving a State Street OMD, March 20th. D.C. Danzo's last tour was at the end of March.

Elmwood Park Chief of Dept. Robert Bruce commands a house fire on March 28th on Paulsa Ave.

Hasbrouck Heights Assistant Chief Mike Greco com­ mands a working fire on March 30th at 471 Jefferson Ave.



Garfield Chief of Dept. EJ Morano and Assistant Chiefs Mike Colon and Alan Tani discuss operations during a fire on March 24th on Morrell Place.

Hackensack Deputy Chief Pete Danzo received his retirement gift from members of the Second Platoon at Fire Headquarters on March 28th. Danzo served the city for 34-years. "Most kids will say they want to be a fireman when they are little...that is all I ever wanted to be," he said. "I can honestly say I never 'worked' a day during my 34-year career because to me it was so much more than 'work'."


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RON JEFFERS Again, in New Jersey's congested city streets, Passaic's Chevy battalion Chief's gig is positioned off of the street, for apparatus to set up, at a multiple-alarm fire on President Street, in March.

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This month we feature from Hunterdon County, Brush 46 of the Annandale Hose Company in Clinton Township. It is a 2018 Ford F-450 4x4 with a gas engine and a Weis body. The four-door cab has five seats. It has a Darley 300-GPM pump and UPF 300-gallon water tank, two side spray nozzles on the bumper and a one-inch reel. Other features and equipment include a Ramsey 9,000 pound portable winch, SCBA’s, Indian tanks, donut rolls, hand ex­ tinguishers, hand tools, collapsible safety cones, life preservers, fire rakes and flexible 2 V2 -inch suction hose. JAMES WOOD, SR.

JOHN M. MALECKY Annandale Hose Brush 46, 2018 Ford F-450/Weis, 300/300 with 9,000 pound portable winch. It has side spray nozzles on the bumper.


Garage F ire E xtends, Ig n ite s S tru c tu re in P assaic PASSAIC, NJ - Just after 2:00 A.M. on April 2nd, Passaic Po­ lice started receiving multiple calls for a garage on fire at 271 Madison Street. Acting Battalion Chief Rodrigues arrived on scene to find a detached garage fully involved and told units to step it up as the flames began extending to the rear of the house and into the attic. Crews quickly stretched a line to the attic and knocked the fire down. The fire went to a sec­ ond-alarm and then a third-alarm to cover firehouses. A total of 17 people were displaced. Passaic firefighters gave out blankets to all the displaced residents. The fire was placed under control shortly before 4:00 A.M. Passaic fire and police are investigating the cause. There were no injuries reported.

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FRANK ROBINSON Branchville Hose Co. 1 operates a 2004 Seagrave 1500/500/75' Quint as Truck 24.


Newark Tackles a Second-Alarm

MASSIMO MACERI Wood-Ridge Fire Department Rescue 903 is a 2008 KME combina­ tion walk-in heavy rescue.

NEWARK, N J - At about 11:15 RM. on March 21st, Newark fire units were dispatched to the intersection of Thomas and Brunswick Streets for reports of a fire. First due units were greeted by heavy smoke and fire from all floors of a four-story vacant mul­ tiple dwelling. The 'D' exposure building, a similar attached occu­ pied apartment building, was threatened. A second-alarm was transmitted immediately.

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small courtyard in the rear. Within a half hour all heavy fire was knocked down. Deep seated fire continued to burn within the structure and smoke continued to vent from all floors, but damage to the exposure build­ ing was kept to the exterior. Sev­ eral units were released in about two hours. No serious injuries were reported. - BILL TOMPKINS

MIKE NOWACKI Bamber Lakes Fire Co., located in Lacey Twp., recently put into service Brush 5939, a 1991 AMC M923 250/1100 brush truck. Mem­ bers spent countless hours in house to put the truck into service which included mounting of pump and water tank, painting, and wiring of all emergency lights. Brush 5939 is a Co-Op truck with the New Jersey Forest Fire Service.

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Firefighter William Renner Loved and Served the Community Retired North Hudson Firefighter William “Billy” Renner, 69, lost his battle with a long ill­ ness, in March. Renner started his public safety career with the former West New York Fire Department, be­ fore the North Hudson merger. He was a union officer in the West New York IAFF local.


Two Alarms Struck at Basement Apartment Fire in Hackensack HACKENSACK, NJ - On Fri­ day, March 25th at 9:36 P.M., the Hackensack fire desk received sev­ eral calls reporting a fire at 227 Prospect Avenue. Deputy 3 arrived on scene and confirmed fire showing out of the windows of a basement apartment and transmitted the second-alarm. Engine 5 first arriving company stretched the initial hoseline into the basement apartment with En­ gine 2 to begin extinguishment. Ladder 1 and Rescue 1 began searches on the floors above and

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performed ventilation of the build­ ing. Additional Hackensack compa­ nies stretched more hose lines into the building. Companies checked for fire extension in adjacent apart­ ments and conducted overhaul. The fire was under control in 30 min­ utes. Englewood and Teaneck Fire Departments assisted on scene with operations. There were no reported

injuries. Hackensack Fire Prevention conducted the investigation and deemed the fire not suspicious. Hackensack EMS, HUMC ALS, Hackensack building department, and the American Red Cross were also on scene. The first engine com­ pany arrived on scene in under two minutes. As a reminder, in a fire seconds count, if you see something call 9-1-1 and report it.

One of his labor-of-love proj­ ects was setting up the North Hudson firefighters and fire of­ ficers annual Christmas holiday parade down Bergenline Av­ enue, which included after re­ tirement. He acquired sponsors, floats, bands, etc. He would also walk the length of the parade from 83rd Street to 32nd Street. Before becoming a firefighter, Renner was employed as a su­ pervisor for the West New York Recreation Department. He was

a volunteer basketball and Pop Warner coach. In addition, he was part-owner of a local gas station. He participated in events to purchase equipment needed for school projects in the West New York School Dis­ trict. Renner loved photography, and always had a camera nearby. At a firehouse retirement party, civic affairs, union events, etc., he was snapping photos. He was old school and would later send you prints, in the mail. His Christmas card always pos­ sessed a family photo. After retiring from the fire de­ partment, Renner worked as a security guard at The Meadowlands. He was known for his big heart and called a “go-to-guy”. Billy Renner was loved, and will be missed, by many.


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RON JEFFERS CHUCK LOWE Originally operated by the Tansboro VFC in Winslow Twp., this 1987 Ford C8000/Grumman 1250/1000/30F now serves Brookfield, Massachusetts as Engine 1.

Retired North Hudson, and West New York, Firefighter William "Billy" Renner checks his participation list before the 2019 North Hudson firefighter's and fire officer's holiday parade. It was a labor-of-love.


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RON JEFFERS DAMIEN DANIS LODI, NJ - A downed power line extended to a Lodi home and a stretch of plastic fence on the evening of March 28th. Around 8:30 P.M., companies were dispatched to a reported structure fire at a home on the corner of Passaic Street at Charles Street, with mul­ tiple 9-1-1 calls being received. Arriving chiefs found a power line down across the sidewalk next to a home. The first floor of the home sustained minor damage after an arch ignited a window sill. Hasbrouck Heights and Wallington assisted on scene while units from Saddle Brook, Rochelle Park and Wood-Ridge covered.

JAMES WOOD, SR. PASSAIC, NJ - Passaic firefighters and mutual aid companies bat­ tled a structure fire at 229 President St. on March 22nd that took several hours to control.

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Union City EMTs assist one of the passengers that was trapped in an elevator at the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Station on Bergenline Avenue, March 17th. The elevator was lowered to the platform under the street, and the victims were transported via "rescue-train" to the Port Imperial Ferry Station in Weehawken.

First Responders Team Up for Light Rail Rescue UNION CITY, N J - Around 5:00 P.M. on March 17th, three women were trapped in a Hud­ son-Bergen Light Rail elevator, after it malfunc­ tioned some 75-feet below ground, at the Bergenline Av­ enue subway sta­ tion, near 49th Street, authorities stated. After an eleva­ tor technician was unable to make nec­ essary repairs, a rescue-assign­ ment from the North Hudson Regional F.D., a large turn-out of NJ Transit Emergency Service Unit police officers and Union City EMS units teamed up for the rescue operation. First responders were able to lower the elevator to the platform below, where a “rescue train,” designated for the victims and first responders, transported the victims to the Port Imperial Ferry station in Weehawken. There, the passengers were assisted by Union City and Weehawken EMTs. All three elevators at the sta­ tion were placed out-of-service until repairs could be made, ac­ cording to a spokesperson. The rail service was bypassing the Bergenline Avenue station and providing substitute bus service. - RON JEFFERS

RON JEFFERS North Hudson firefighters and NJ Transit ESU police officers teamed up to rescue passengers that were trapped in an elevator, some 75-feet below ground, at the Bergenline Avenue Light Rail station in Union City, March 17th.

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East Rutherford Fire Official Retires After 26 Years of Service EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ Dennis Monks, a Carlstadt fire­ man for 42 years, as well a a for­ mer ex-chief, served the borough of East Rutherford for 26 years as their Fire Marshal before officially becoming a retired man as of 4:00 RM. on March 31st. Monks' career began in 1992 when he was appointed as a fire inspector in Carlstadt. Then in 1994, a job opened up for a fire marshal in East Rutherford. Monks applied and was appointed to it, and has served their borough for the past 26 years. On his last day of work. Monks walked out of the building where he was greeted by family, friends, coworkers and firefight­ ers. He hugged everyone and

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North Hudson Promotions WEST NEW YORK, NJ - Five members of the North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue received promotions, at Fire Headquarters, on March 28th. Representatives of the regional management board were on hand, as provisional Chief of Department Michael Falco swore in the members to their new ranks. The regional department covers Union City, North Bergen, West New York, Weehawken and Guttenberg. James J. Corso was promoted to the rank of deputy chief. Adrian A. Prunes was raised to battalion chief. New fire captains are Zachary T. Zeliner, Vincent A. Caruso and Roberto Ortiz.

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This 1940 Mack Model 45 pumper is the original apparatus of the Morganville Independent Fire Company in Marlboro Township (Monmouth County). It has a 500-GPM pump and 200-gallon water tank. The intentions are to restore the vehicle when funds become available.

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NICHOLAS LENCZYK FAIR HAVEN, NJ - The Fair Haven Vol. Fire Company operates one firehouse located at 645 River Road in Fair Haven. The property for this firehouse was purchased in 1948 and the completion of the firehouse itself happened in 1952 as a four-bay building.

RON JEFFERS In 1962, the two-bay extension on the west side was created to house the first aid squad. In later years, two additional structures would be built on the property. In 1968, an "Outback" building was built featuring a kitchen and more storage. This building would also act as a concession stand for the annual firemen's fair. In the 1980's, another storage building was built on the western back portion of the property that housed bathrooms, offices, and two additional bays used for cascade and water rescue equipment. In late 2008, the front two bays were torn down and a new addition for the "New Generation" was built in anticipation of the future. This addition increased the height, length, and width of the building to house three vehicles. In 2016, after the completion and arrival of a new Pierce Enforcer pumper, the two newest responding apparatus were relocated out back along with an Air-Rescue Unit already being housed there.

North Hudson Rescue 1 (2020 Ferrara), left, and Rescue 2 (2006 Spartan/Rescue 1), were utilized for the rescue of three NJ Transit Light Rail passengers trapped some 75-feet below the Bergenline Avenue Station, Union Ctiy, in a stuck elevator, March 17th. Rescue 2 is a NJ Metro Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) apparatus. Besides utilizing equipment on the rigs, they were used as anchor points during the operation.

This property was the second of the Fair Haven Vol. Fire Company No. 1. The first location was located a half mile away off of Fair Haven Road and still exists today as a professional building.

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prove communications. This pres­ entation is extremely valuable! I cannot impress upon you enough how proper communications can­ not only achieve the message given, but save lives as well. Ex­ amples of how miscommunication has cost lives are illustrated in this video and how a simple lack of grammar can send the wrong mes­ sage. He explains the advantages and disadvantages of different types of communications, such as face to face as opposed to texting for instance. One of my disap­ pointments is e-mail. I cannot un­ derstand how many recipients can be so ignorant as to not acknowl­ edge a message with a simple “Thanks” or “OK”, but rather have the caller figure it was re­ ceived because there was no fail­ ure notice later. A message is received if it is understood by the sender and acknowledged by the receiver and hence carried out if need be. This column does not have the space to detail all of the points laid out in proper commu­ nications, but I will just state that it is a DVD long in the making and one that will help us work smoothly and promote safety along the way.

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Working Attic Fire in Lodi LODI, NJ - At 5:15 P.M. on April 6th, Lodi Fire and Lodi Police were dispatched to 15 MacArthur Ave. for smoke showing from the ceiling. Chief of Dept. Garzon arrived seconds after dispatch and found smoke coming from the eaves of the structure and notified all incoming units, con­ firming a working fire. A FAST team from Wallington was requested to the scene along with an additional engine from Hasbrouck Heights. A second-alarm was struck for Rochelle Park, Saddle Brook and Hasbrouck Heights to cover Lodi firehouses. The fire was located and con­ tained in the attic space of the home. No injuries were reported, and the fire is under investi­ gation by the Lodi Fire Prevention Bureau.

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Engine With Different Front Bumper Setup In Middlesex County, when die Port Reading Fire Company in Woodbridge Township designed their new E-ONE pumper dtey decided to mod­ ify the front bumper to address two important issues. They explain that dtey respond to a vast number of fires and emergencies on die highway, namely die New Jersey Turnpike. These calls are mainly for vehicle fires and accidents. They involve use of water and extrication tools. Their pumper is designed to store extrication tools on die top of die front bumper widi access to 100-feet of 1 Vi-inch below. It seemed to be a unique idea when I photographed die vehicle and so die pumper and die front bumper sedip are shown in die photos. Other photos this month include an Osage Warrior Type III ambulance from Port Reading’s EMS, a Type 1 Horton 4571 ambulance and a Pierce Enforcer pumper from Linden in Union County, a Rosenbauer 75-foot quint from die Parkertown Fire Company in Litde Egg Harbor (Ocean County) and last is dieir Spartan/Smeal pumper. Before we get to dealer news, we want to confirm die move by die REV Group to shift production from die KME Nesquehoning, PA and Roanoke, VA plants to Holden, Louisiana, die headquarters of Ferrara Fire Apparatus (which is anodier REV manufacturer). The announcement of die move took place on April 1st while diis column was being put togedier. We were told that 60 KME office workers will remain at die Pennsylva­ nia location. The KME “800” phone number is also still active. In dealer news. Firefighter One has received an order from die North Hud­ son Regional Fire Rescue (Hudson County) for a Ferrara LP 102-foot aer­ ial on an Inferno chassis. Specs and features include an 11-foot diree inch travel height, 225-inch wheelbase, 315-cubic-feet of compartment space and 177-feet of ground ladders. Pater­ son (Passaic County) has ordered five heavy duty pumpers on Cinder chas­ sis. They all feature a Hale Qmax, 1500-GPM pump. Two will have an eight-inch raised roof cab and a 750gallon water tank and die odier diree will have flat roofs and 500-gallon water tanks. Peapack - Gladstone (Somerset County) ordered an Igniter heavy rescue widi an 18-foot extruded aluminum, non-walk-in body with 768-cubic-feet of compartment space. The cab features an additional large compartment in the extension allow­ ing for access to equipment from eidier outside or inside die cab. Newton (Sussex County) ordered an HD77 quint on a Cinder chassis widi a Waterous CSU 1500-GPM pump and 500-gallon water tank. Deliveries in­ clude an Igniter pumper widi 10-inch raised roof cab, 2000-GPM Waterous CMU pump, 750-gallon water and 30gallon foam tanks to Jackson Town­ ship District 3 (Ocean County) and a Cinder pumper widi Hale Qmax 1500-GPM pump and 500-gallon water tank and heavy duty extruded body and pump house widi low crosslay height and full depth officer side Please send any comments or news tidbits you might have about Apparatus of the Month to us at 1st Responder News, 1 Ardmore Street New Windsor, NY 12553. Or you can e-mail them to Apparatus@lstResponderNews.com.

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Woodbridge Township, Port Reading First Aid Squad FA-14,2017 Ford E-350/Osage Warrior.


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Linden E-1, 2021 Pierce Enforcer 2000/500. It was sold by Fire & Safety Services.


Front bumper setup on Port Reading engine. compartments to Barrington (Camden County). VCI Emergency Vehicle Specialists has made die following Horton ambu­ lance deliveries: a Model 553 stock re­ mount on a Ford E-450 chassis to die Moorestown F.A & E S. (Burlington County), diree Model 457’s on Ford F450 chassis to die Monroe Township EMS (Middlesex County) and a Model 453 on a Ford f-450 chassis to die Peapack-Gladstone F.A. & R.S. (Somerset County). Campbell Supply Co., LLC has de­ livered a Spartan ER Star pumper on Metro Star MFD chassis widi 10-inch raised roof cab each to Millbum (Essex County) and Railway (Union County). Specs on Millbum include a Cummins ISX, 500 hp diesel engine, Spartan Advance Protection System, Hale QTwo 1500-GPM pump, front intake and discharge, deck gun, two rear discharges, 500-gallon water/20gallon and 40-gallon foam tanks, low hose bed design, SCBA stage in wheel wells, FRC and Wlielen scene lighting. Smart Power 6 kw generator and one cord reel. The Rahway pumper has a Waterous 1500-GPM pump, 750-gallon water tank and a Cummins L9,450 hp diesel engine. Orders include for Washington Township’s Grenloch FC (Gloucester County), a Spartan ER Star rescue pumper on a Gladiator LFD chassis widi 10-inch raised roof cab. It will have a Hale 1500-GPM

pump and 750-gallon water tank. Also for Marlboro Township Fire District 1 (Monmouth County) a Spartan ER Star tanker widi a Kenworfh T-880 chassis. Specs include a Hale Qmax 2000-GPM pump, 3500-gallon water and 50-gallon foam tanks. Foam Pro 2001 system, two hydraulic racks, RC electric TFT deck gun, side and rear dump valves widi chutes and an FRC 360 HD camera. They also received two E.V.I. orders from die Middlesex County OEM. The first is a liazmat unit on a Freightliner M2 106 chassis widi a Cummins L9, 350 hp diesel en­ gine. Features and specs include a walk-in interior in die front of die body widi a climate controlled work space and seating for two additional riders. It will have an Onan 15 kw generator, a cord reel, upper body storage and a speedy dry hopper. The second is a Medical Exam Unit on a Freightliner M2 chassis widi a Cummins L9, 350 hp diesel engine. The unit has two complete examination rooms, with sink and running water, each room having a slide out. It will be climate controlled throughout, have a Big Foot stabilizing system, a wheelchair lift, medical freezers and refrigerator, a large awning and a lavatory. It will have a Power Tech #PTI-20SI, 20 kw T4F, Quiet Enclosed diesel generator.


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FRANK ROBINSON Plainsboro Fire Company operates this 2003 E- One/Saulsbury as Rescue 49.

- CONTINUED FROM PAGE 38 The Green Bank FC in Washington Township (Burlington County) has re­ ceived the last KME apparatus to be sold by First Priority Emergency Vehi­ cles. Specs include an International HV 607 SBA (set back axle), 4-door, 6x4 chassis, Cummins L9, 450 hp diesel engine, Waterous CX 1500-GPM sin­ gle stage pump, 3000-gallon water and 30-gallon foam tanks, Waterous Aquis 1.5 Class “A” foam system, 213-inch aluminum Eliminator body (tank ex­ tended forward over pump), rear swivel dump, provisions for a genera­ tor inside the left/rear compartment and high side compartments with pro­ visions to store the folding tank inside. Defender Emergency Products re­ ceived an order from the Freewood Acres FC in Howell Township for a triple-axle pumper/tanker on a Peterbilt 389 chassis. It will have a Hale 3000GPM pump, 4850-gallon water tank, speedlays, side and rear dump valves and a Rosenbauer FX 3/16 inch alu­ minum body. Fire & Safety Sendees reports the following Pierce orders: for the Mon­ mouth Junction FC in South Bmnswick Township, a Velocity 100foot Ascendant mid-mount tower; for the Old Bridge FC in East Brunswick Township an Enforcer pumper and for Monroe Township District 2 a stock

Freightliner 3000-gallon tanker (all Middlesex County). For Union Town­ ship in Union County, an Enforcer PUC heavy rescue with non-walk-in body and for Montville District 2, Towaco FC (Morris County) a Velocity 100-foot Ascendant mid-mount tower. Pierce deliveries include to North Brunswick FC 3 (Middlesex County) a stock Arrow XT pumper (the unit is getting some third part modifications done prior to being placed into serv­ ice); to West Caldwell (Essex County) an Enforcer pumper; to the Taunton FC in Medford Township (Burlington County) a Velocity dry side tanker; to East Hanover (Morris County) a Ve­ locity heavy duty recue pumper and to the Scullville FC in Egg Harbor Town­ ship (Atlantic County) a Kenworth T880 elliptical tanker. Absolute Fire Protection has done an inspection o f Oakland’s 100-foot rear-mount E-ONE platform (Bergen County). They have received an order from Dunellen for an HP 95 mid­ mount quint platform, a Typhoon res­ cue with an aluminum walk-in body and an eMax rescue pumper similar to the one they have. The Colonia FC in Woodbridge Township ordered a Cy­ clone top mount pumper (all Middle­ sex County). Also, Wayne Township FC 3 (Passaic County) ordered a Cy­ clone top mount stainless steel pumper.

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Beware Insurance Tricks of the Trade: Delay, Deny, Defend I f y o u ’ve ever had to file an insurance claim , y ou know the frustration that seems baked into the m aze o f endless form s and confusing small print. Com panies that once lived up to their prom ise to be “a good neighbor” w hen dis­ aster strikes dram atically shifted business practices in the 1990s to m eet Wall S treet’s dem ands for short-term profits. The result is chronicled in the book Delay, Deny, Defend: W hy Insurance Com panies D on’t Pay Claim s and W hat You Can Do A bout It by dis­ tinguished Rutgers law professor Jay Feinman. N ot surprisingly, in­ surance com panies are recording astronom ical profits as a result. H ere’s how it works:

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DAMIEN DANIS HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Shortly after 10:00 P.M. on March 30th, Hasbrouck Heights firefighters responded to 471 Jefferson Avenue for a reported structure fire. On arrival of Assistant Chief Mike Greco, fire was showing from a garage underneath a home. The fire extended to the first floor, but firefighters had it knocked down in under 30 minutes. Mutual aid from Wood-Ridge, Carlstadt, Little Ferry, Lodi, Moonachie, South Hackensack and Wallington assisted.

-Read your policy carefully: You should know precisely w hat is covered and w hat you need for an appeal if your claim is denied.

-Double- and triple-check forms: A n incorrectly filled-out form can be used by an insurance com pany to deny or delay claims. Simple errors are also often an ex­ cuse to retroactively deny cover­ age. Be thorough and honest on every form you fill out.

-Do not cash the check right away: Insurance com panies w ill send checks w ith lowball offers or pay prem ium refunds if they re ­ scind your coverage. C ashing these checks can be legally inter­ preted as accepting an offer.

-Get everything in writing: If you need to fight your insurance com pany, yo u may need to p ro ­ duce every bill, form, and piece of correspondence. -Reach out for help: A n ex ­ perienced p la in tiff’s law yer can guide y ou through your claim s process and provide the firepow er necessary to challenge the insur­ ance com pany in court if neces­ sary.

DAMIEN DANIS HACKENSACK, NJ - Hackensack firefighters handled this job at 227 Prospect Ave. on the evening of March 25th. Heavy fire was showing on arrival of first due fire companies involving a ground floor apartment. The fire was contained to one apartment which sustained heavy damage. There were no reported injuries to civilians or firefighters. Hackensack Fire Prevention is investigating the cause.



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