CLARK, NJ – The Clark Volunteer Emergency Squad recently installed their new slate of officers during their annual installation dinner.   Councilman Patrick O’Connor was at the recent gathering and shared some thoughts about the group.

“The squad truly is like a family,” he said.  “Many members are from the same family including nephews, brothers, parents and their children and others are on the squad with their spouses or fiancés.”  This year’s officers are:

Administration

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  • Ron Welosky - President
  • Charlie J. Poyssick – Vice President
  • David Newby – Treasurer
  • Susan Alacchi – Corresponding Secretary
  • Charlie W. Poyssick – Recording Secretary
  • Lorraine Podraza – Trustee
  • Laurie Sheldon – Trustee
  • George Olear - Trustee

Operations

  • Gino Fiorenza – Captain
  • Charlie W. Poyssick – Assistant Captain
  • Michael Chabak – 1st Lieutenant
  • Ron Weslosky – 2nd Lieutenant
  • Carl Stamer – 1st Sergent
  • Michael Eastman – 2nd Sergent
  • Vitoria Pascal – 3rd Sergent

During the event numerous members were recognized for their time in service, including four members that have served over 40 years on the squad.   Those recognized included:

45 Years

  • Alan Reilley
  • Garry Wagner

40 Years

  • Sylvia Cosentino
  • Mike Sasala

25 Years

  • Debbie De Angelo
  • James Ulrich

15 Years

  • Michael Carrig
  • Charles W. Poyssick
  • Bill Weslosky

10 Years

  • Nicholas Massarelli
  • Wayne Waltner

5 Years

  • Brian Butterly
  • Michael Chabak
  • Katherine Sheldon

According to O’Connor the volunteer squad relies on donations from the community, businesses and organizations to keep running.   He said unfortunately, in recent years the fundraising totals have been down.  Despite this O’Connor said, “the squad continues to maintain exceptional response times usually arriving within 7-8 minutes from dispatch.”

The squad is always looking for new members.  According to O’Connor, being part of the squad does not always require direct patient contact.   Individuals can become drivers or volunteer to fundraise for the squad.  

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