WARREN, NJ - The New Providence EMS held their annual Service Awards Dinner Dance on Friday, July 19 at Forest Lodge Sherwood Chalet in Warren. The annual event honors their members for their dedication and accomplishments throughout the year. The squad has been helping the residents of New Providence for 67 years.

In attendance were Mayor Al Morgan and his wife Christine, Borough Council Members Nadine Geoffroy and Peter DeSarno, Borough Administrator Doug Marvin, Deputy Administrator Wendi Barry, members of the Fire and Police Departments as well as members of neighboring rescue squads, and a representative from the EMS Council of New Jersey. Life members and retired members were also acknowledged.

Among the members being honored was Captain Susan DeLuise for her 35 years of service. The guests enjoyed a slide show of memories highlighting her various leadership roles and years of service. "Sue has been a constant for 35 years," said Sue Meyers.  She thanked her for her 35 years of leadership -- "and 35 years of friendship."

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Howie Meyer read a letter from Governor Phil Murphy written on behalf of the State of New Jersey to Captain Susan DeLuise.

"It is my pleasure to congratulate you for your hard work and dedicated service to the New Providence EMS volunteer rescue squad. As Governor, I applaud the 35 years of service you have given to the Borough of New Providence, its residents and visitors for over three decades. Your courage and selfless nature has helped countless individuals during their most vulnerable health and medical emergencies. New Jersey is fortunate to benefit from the service of rescue volunteers like yourself who work tirelessly to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of citizens in their most critical time of need. I commend you for your unwavering commitment and devotion to others. I am pleased to join the Borough of New Providence, the New Providence EMS Rescue Squad, along with your family and friends and neighbors to honor you for your outstanding service." 

Mayor Al Morgan said, "Through my years, I have seen a lot of groups and organizations, but the Rescue Squad has to be the most caring people I know. You do things that are so extraordinary -- you save lives. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart on behalf of the community."

The first award presented was the Presidents Award presented by New Providence Rescue Squad President Rick Doran to Susan Crum. He said, "We save lives -- that's true. CPR saves, being in the right place at the right time. But, one particular person this year saved a life -- for her unparalleled compassion and sympathy -- Susan Crum gets the President's Award."  

He said that Crum donated a kidney to a stranger. "It takes about 10 years to get a kidney. -- 13 people die every day waiting for a kidney," Doran said. "I am honored to call Susan my partner on Monday nights and my friend. Because of her selfless dedication and dedication to the squad, you get the award."

Crum said that she hopes to spread awareness of "important stuff -- helping your community however you can. I know what I did was extreme. -- Donate your time. Do whatever you can to make the world better."

The Captains Award was presented to the crew that responded to a train/car accident during a treacherous snow storm in November.  Acknowledged for their incredible acts were: EMT Denise Barber, EMT & Night Lt. Sara Costa, EMT Tim Sagendorf, Cadet Kate Hearn and Dispatcher and EMT Howie Meyer.

Their certificate read: "An incredible act on the line of duty showing initiative and accomplishment on November 15, 2018 by answering a 911 call in which a vehicle was struck by a train, with a woman trapped. The crew administered BLS skills and transported her on a very dangerous night to Morristown Memorial Trauma Center. Throughout the call, the crew showed professionalism, as well as excellent patient care giving, gave her the best chance of survival. They did their job to the best of their ability."

The EMS Council of NJ Service Awards were presented in five year increments. This year's recipients are:

  • 35 years- EMT & Captain Susan DeLuise
  • 20 years- EMT Susan Meyer
  • 10 years- EMT Carolyn Glatz and EMT & Training Lt. Mollie Rosenkrantz 
  • 5 years- EMT Andrew Ruckriegel (currently serving overseas) and EMT William Zagorski

Congratulations to the award recipients and thank you to ALL of members for your dedicated and professional volunteer service to the Borough of New Providence.

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About the New Providence Volunteer Rescue Squad: All of the services provided by the New Providence Rescue Squad are free of charge to those in need of them. Being a non-profit operation, the Squad does not receive direct support from property taxes and relies solely on contributions from local residents and businesses for survival. All donations are tax-deductible, as the NPVRS is a IRS 501(c).

The Squad always needs volunteers, both medical and auxiliary. If you are interested in joining or would like additional information email  volunteer@newprovems.org.