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Elizabeth Firefighters Jump In to Fix Kids' Bicycles

Firefighters at Ladder 1 Engine 7 at 411 Irvington Ave. helped children fix their bikes on July 11. Credits: Courtesy of David Bialas
Firefighters at Ladder 1 Engine 7 at 411 Irvington Ave. helped children fix their bikes on July 11. Credits: Courtesy of David Bialas
Firefighters at Ladder 1 Engine 7 at 411 Irvington Ave. helped children fix their bikes on July 11. Credits: Courtesy of David Bialas
Firefighters at Ladder 1 Engine 7 at 411 Irvington Ave. helped children fix their bikes on July 11. Credits: Courtesy of David Bialas
Firefighters at Ladder 1 Engine 7 at 411 Irvington Ave. helped children fix their bikes on July 11. Credits: Courtesy of David Bialas

ELIZABETH, NJ - The city’s fire department responded to a little different call of duty earlier this week.

When a group of kids stopped by Ladder 1 Engine 7 at 411 Irvington Ave. looking for assistance with their bikes, members of the fire department jumped in to help.

“That particular event happened [three] days ago, but it usually happens quite often,” Fireman's Benevolent Association Local 9 Vice President David BIalas said yesterday.

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Fire department members, including Captain Rich Mooney and probationary firefighter Brian Butterly, fixed the handle bars and put air in the tires of the kid’s bikes, Bialas said.

“It’s not in the job description, but our job is helping out the community,” said Bialas, adding that children sometimes stop by to chat. “Our doors are always open to the public.”

An EMS member snapped the photos, Bialas said, which were shared on the local firefighter union’s Facebook page.

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