Bob Kruthers, a member of the Fanwood Rescue Squad since 1957, received the EMS Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Award Friday, November 14, 2014, at the annual NJ Statewide EMS Conference in Atlantic City. Bob, the Rescue Squad's treasurer, has answered more than 5,000 calls and provides ongoing leadership and mentoring to squad members. Below is the nominating letter, more photos and video of the presentation.
The New Jersey State First Aid Council awarded the Fanwood Rescue Squad the 2014 Outstanding Call of the Year during the awards banquet at the annual NJSFAC convention at the Somerset Doubletree Hotel. The award acknowledged our response on January 1 to the young man with a severed arm found lying next to the train tracks near Hetfield Avenue. Read the details of that call here.
Bob Hoyer, our friend and fellow member since 2006, passed away October 5, 2014, following an episode of cardiac arrest at his home. He was 67. Bob was one of our top responders for several years
after first joining as a driver and first responder. He won our EMS Responder of the Year at the annual Overlook Dinner in 2007. Bob's wife, Bernadette, retired last year after teaching at
Brunner Elementary school for many years. Our thoughts are with Bernie and the family during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations in Bob's memory to the Fanwood Rescue Squad.
Thanks to everyone to turned out September 28th for Fanny Wood Day, the annual street fair that attracted hundreds of visitors this year.
Chelsea Senior Living raised $28,000 at its golf outing this year, money distributed to volunteer rescue squads who serve communities in which Chelsea has properties. Each squad received $2,000.
Congratulations to 1st Lt. Nancy Mustachio on winning this year's EMS Excellence award at the annual Overlook EMS awards Dinner on May 21st. Presenting was Capt. Patty Buckridee and Dr. Paul Mastrokyriakos, chief of Overlook's ER. Other local winners included Carolyn Sorge of the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad and Dalber Pereira of the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad. Well done, everyone!
Thanks to our members who did standby duty at the Fanwood Downtown Street Fair Sunday, June 8, 2014: Liz Buckridee, Karolyn Buckridee, Patty Buckridee, Brian Downing, Jeff Downing, Jazzmin Dixon, Ben Gechtman, Mike Hopkins, Tom Kranz, Jamie Pedinoff and Steve Siegal.