BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Members of The Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad (BHVRS) were joined by guests at its Annual Installation and Awards Dinner Dance held at Berkeley Plaza on January 10. Lifetime members of the BHVRS as well as members of the Town Council, Police Department, Fire Department, neighboring Squad representatives and Father Andy Prachar (who provided the invocation) joined the squad to celebrate their successes and accomplishments of 2014.  New line and administrative officers for 2015 were sworn in as well.

Installation of officers was officiated by Howie Meyer, BHVRS member and NJ First Aid Council President. This year’s line officers are Chief: Noel Genco, Deputy Chief: Samantha Lloyd, Training Lt: Joe Plocinski, Vehicle Lt: Bill Schulz, Equipment Lt: Donna Foster and Supply Lt: Kevin Jow. The new administrative officers are President: Toni Ann Gestone, Vice President: Jen Brookes, Recording Secretary: Jim Cline, Corresponding Secretary: Arlene Burnett, Treasurer: Ilene Weber and Trustees: Rich Bower, Linda Balling and Tim Brown.

The officers recognized several active members for length of service and thanked them for their dedication: Bill Schulz (25 years), Meik Skoss (15 years), Donna Foster (10 years), and Linda Balling (5 years). Special awards were presented to Ilene Weber (President’s Award) and Joe Plocinski (Chief’s Award) for their outstanding work in their positions. College student members Julianne Kingsley and Eileen Hsieh were recipients of the BHVRS scholarship awards.
The “Top Call Awards” went to Kevin Jow with top honors followed by Allie Deegan, Sam Lloyd, Peggy Dendinger, Jen Brookes, Joe Plocinski, Ilene Weber, Jennifer Bruckstein, and Cadets Ruhani Mumick and George Lloyd.

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The Squad also gave special recognition to members Meik Skoss, Arlene Burnett, Joe Savino, Ruhani Mumick, Bill Schulz and Howie Meyer for performing lifesaving CPR and defibrillation on a patient who suffered a heart attack in December.

In 2014 BHVRS responded to 828 calls.  The Squad is always looking for people who have a desire to help people in need.  Their assistance is provided 24/7 and there is never a charge. If you’re interested in joining BHVRS please call 908-464-1141. Visit them on Facebook