ELIZABETH, NJ – Dozens of firefighters and EMTs from Elizabeth and surrounding communities received the gratitude of a community expressed by the City Council in a ceremony held February 9 in City Hall.

“On November 11, a house blew up in Elizabeth,” remembered Fifth Ward Councilman William Gallman, Jr. “We don’t know why, but we do know we were protected. When most would run in the opposite direction, they ran in. They were doing their job, and we are so proud of them. We love you, and there is nothing you can do about that.”

Each participant in the rescue was called to the podium to receive a commendation from the Council members.

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The explosion of the two-family house on Magnolia Avenue left one person dead at the scene and 13 injured. Eventually, three more residents died of their injuries. Houses on both sides were severely damaged. The cause has not been determined.