Health & Wellness

Press Releases

Chatham's Richard Crater Named Emergency Medical Technician of the Year

From left to right, Sharon Kelly, Overlook Emergency Services Manager, Richard Crater-EMT of the Year, Captain Joseph Korkuch and Dr. John Tyrell

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – At the 21st Annual Excellence in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) awards dinner held recently at the Berkeley Plaza, Richard Crater was recognized as Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) of the year representing Chatham.

Each year Overlook Medical Center, a part of the Atlantic Health System holds an annual dinner to thank the EMS community, provide continuing education and recognize the area's best EMTs. The EMT of the year recognition is awarded to rescue squad members who are certified EMTs and have demonstrated a proven record for not only being a great EMT but also for going above and beyond their assigned duties.   

Joe Korkuch, captain of the Chatham Emergency Squad, Inc. described to the audience the characteristics that make Richard Crater EMT of the year. Crater has served the Chatham Emergency Squad for 16 years; he's currently President of the Squad and has also served as a Finance Vice President and Personnel Vice President.

Sign Up for E-News

In these roles Crater has had a great impact in many areas of CES's operation and administration, for example he championed the creation of the Squad's scholarship program for high school seniors. In addition to his duties as President, Crater serves as the Squad's fund drive manager, responsible for the annual fund drive which provides nearly all of the Squad's funding for operational and capital expenses.

According to Captain Korkuch, Crater has also been active in the community serving as a Borough councilman  and member of the Board of Education for the School District of the Chathams and the Borough of Chatham. 

"We are proud to have him as a member and a friend," Korkuch said.

Recent past Honorees from Chatham include Tim Brown (2016) and JIm Martin (2015). The Chatham Emergency Squad is an all volunteer organization serving Chatham residents,  businesses and visitors seven days a week 365 days a year. To donate or learn more about the Chatham Emergency Squad,  visit their website at







TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Berkeley Heights

Sleep out at Covenant House

June 18, 2018

I can enjoy the same movies over and over like it were the first time to see them.  My kids roll their eyes at this.  Well, many unimaginable things happen as you become a certain age, and you tend to learn to accept those things graciously as gift.   But I remember the movie “The Blind Side.”  Until I saw that movie, I didn’t know homeless children ...

Free Family Movie Night at Hanson Park featuring the Movie Coco

June 25, 2018

Bring your blankets and chairs and join us for a Movie in the Park on Saturday, July 14th at Hanson Park, 38 Springfield Ave. in Cranford.  The feature presentation will be Coco, a 2017 animated fantasy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The story follows a 12-year-old boy named Miguel Rivera who is accidentally transported to the land of the dead, ...

Shakespeare in the Park Returns to Union County, Sunday, July 8

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce the return of Shakespeare in the Park this summer. The first performance will be presented on Sunday, July 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the Raymond Wood Bauer Promenade in Linden.

The Shrew Mechanicals Troupe from The Shakespeare Theatre of New jersey will present an hour long performance of “Powerful Trouble,” a stirring ...

Imagine Hosts Annual Breakfast Fundraiser

Nearly 350 guests attended Imagine’s 7th annual breakfast fundraiser, Seasons of Hope, on June 6th, 2018 at Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains.  “We especially want to thank our breakfast sponsors -- our platinum sponsor Merck, our bronze sponsors ConnectOne Bank and Northfield Bank, the volunteers and donors that contributed to the breakfast” said Imagine Board ...

Local at-risk youth celebrate year of achievements at Community Access Unlimited

Community Access Unlimited (CAU) last night celebrated the achievements of a number of at-risk youth who are members of the agency's Transitional Opportunities Program (TOP). Each of these youth are within New Jersey's child services system and faced a number of life challenges before coming to CAU and TOP and since then have made significant progress in plotting a brighter future with ...

Watchung Borough Council Meetings Now Recorded

June 25, 2018

WATCHUNG, NJ - Watchung Borough Council Meetings are now being recorded for online viewing. Meetings will be recorded and uploaded to the borough website.

The last meeting, on Thursday, June 21, was the first to be recorded and available on video.

For agendas and to view council meetings, go to the Council Agendas page on the borough website at, ...

Linden Man Arrested After Explosion in Cranford

June 21, 2018

CRANFORD - On Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 7:06 p.m. the Cranford Police Department received
information that an explosion was heard in the area of Raritan Road and Summit Terrace. Through
a joint investigation with the Union County Prosecutor's Office and Linden Police Department, the
Cranford Police Department Detective Bureau identified a suspect through surveillance video ...

Upcoming Events


Mon, June 25

Summit YMCA, Summit

June 2018 College Tour



Mon, June 25, 7:00 AM

Summit YMCA, Summit

Pet Supply Drive at the Summit YMCA to Benefit ...

Giving Back

Mon, June 25, 9:00 AM


Kids' Critter Camp


Mon, June 25, 10:00 AM

New Providence Memorial Library, New Providence

Summer Reading Kick-Off: Eyes of the Wild

Arts & Entertainment

Mon, June 25, 10:00 AM

New Providence Memorial Library, New Providence

Summer Reading for Adults at the New Providence ...



Mon, June 25, 12:30 PM

Summit YMCA, Summit

Lunch & Learn "The Second Adulthood"

Health & Wellness

What's Hot and What's Not

Summer is a great time to take a step back, sip a cool beverage, and take a look at what’s going on in the world of college admissions.  Departments use the summer to evaluate how their year went and plan on any changes they want to make for the fall.  Did they over-enroll? Under-enroll?  What application materials were useful to them?  Which were redundant or time ...

Summertime Air Quality Issues

Summer weather can be harmful to your health due to air pollutants like ozone, mold, and moisture that are more prevalent both inside and outside than they are during cooler months. 

Sunny days, warm temperatures, and light winds don’t allow pollutants to be cleared from outside air. Instead, they encourage the formation of ozone, a leading air pollutant.  Ozone is ...