BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Councilman Matthew Moench will host a free breakfast May 20 for the township's police, firefighters and rescue squad members, and their families, in recognition of Police, Firefighter and EMS Appreciation Day.

According to a release, guests will enjoy a hot breakfast of eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage and bagels, and kids will get their faces painted and play with balloons.

"Last year's breakfast was a great success, and I hope that this tradition continues and grows," Moench said in the release. "Many people do not realize it, but in 1986, the state legislature passed a law designating the third Sunday of May to be Police, Firemen and First Aid Recognition Day. This breakfast is simply a very small way of saying thank you to the men and women who protect the residents of Bridgewater every day. These individuals put their lives at risk every day to help those that live and work in our community."

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Bridgewater has five volunteer rescue squads – Bradley Gardens First Aid and Rescue Squad, Finderne First Aid and Rescue Squad, Green Knoll Rescue Squad, Martinsville Rescue Squad and Bound Brook Rescue Squad. The township is also served by six volunteer fire departments - Bradley Gardens Fire Department, Country Hills Volunteer Fire Company, Finderne Engine Company, Green Knoll Volunteer Fire Company, Martinsville Fire Company and North Branch Volunteer Fire Company.

The breakfast will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Bridgewater Senior Center, on Somerville Road. Walk-ins are welcome, but RSVPs are appreciated by emailing