CRANFORD - Mayor Hannen opened Tuesday's Township Committee Meeting with the announcement of the passing of Cranford Call Lieutenant Brian Koshney. A moment of silence was held before the official meeting got underway.

Koshney was a 23-year veteran of the Cranford Fire Department and also served as Maintenance Manager at the Cranford Pool & Fitness Center. He had been involved in the responses for many significant fires and incidents including; Hurricane Floyd in 1999, the September 11 attacks in 2001, the Tax Day storm in 2007, Hurricane Irene in 2011, and Superstorm Sandy in 2012. 

At the end of the meeting, following the Professional and Commissioner Comments, Mayor Hannen used his time to remember Koshney.

"Brian was a 23-year member of the Cranford Fire Department Call Division," said Hannen. "He was also know as 'Mr. Fix-It, the maintenance person around the Cranford pools. Brian was made a lieutenant in the Cranford Call Department in 2016, and through the time that Steve Robertazzi would allow him to attend calls of fires in Cranford, during daytime he became one of the few people that were able to show up for daytime calls from the call department. Brian was always willing to help people and loved telling old stories of fires past with both the older members of our department and passing those stories down to some of the newer members of the department. Over the past couple of weeks since Brian has been sick, the Cranford Fire Department included him in their morning radio test, where they test the radios each and every morning, and he would always answer from his room over on Birchwood in the nursing home. This morning, Brian did not answer the radio test. Brian's answered his final bell, and we will miss him very much."

A GoFundMe has been started for the family of Brian, and donations can be made here.