CRANFORD - At this past Tuesday's Cranford National Night Out, the Cranford Fire Department dedicated its new apparatus, Engine 2, in memory of former Call Lieutenant Brian Koshney.
Prior to Fr. Tom Quinn St. Michaels Church blessing the new truck, Cranford Fire Chief Daniel Czeh called up the family of Call Lt. Koshney and presented them with an identical plaque to the one that is on Engine 2 and spoke on his memories of Call Lt. Koshney.
"Call Lt Brian Koshney was a 23 year member of our volunteer fire division. For 23 years, he volunteered countless hours helping residents during their time of need. It could be the middle of the night, Christmas Day – if we needed his help, he came and never complained. He loved the fire department and loved helping others. Lt. Koshney passed away at the age of 50 after a courageous battle with cancer last August. The tremendous dedication Lt. Koshney gave to the fire department and most importantly the residents of Cranford will not be forgotten! For that reason, it is my honor and pleasure, to dedicate Engine 2, in memory of Call Department Lt Brian Koshney," said Czeh.
Engine 2 is a Pierce pumper mounted on an Enforcer Chassis. It is equipped with a Cummins Diesel motor, Husky 3 Foam System, 2000 GPM pump and meets all current NFPA Fire Apparatus safety requirements. As with all fire apparatus, it was custom built to suit the department's needs and took 10 months to build. This new apparatus replaced a 23 year old apparatus that had many maintenance issues and reached the end of its life span.