HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- In a show of brotherhood, the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department donated gear to fellow firefights in the Dominican Republic last week.

The effort was spearheaded by fellow Hasbrouck Heights firefighter Miguel Gonzalez, who is originally from Santiago in the Dominican Republic. Assistant Fire Chief Tim Moots, explained that the department is only allowed to use gear for 10 years. The Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department donated 19 sets of gear to firefighters in Santiago in the Dominican Republic. Gear includes the jacket and pants.

Dignitiaries from Santiago, who were in New York for a conference, came to Hasbrouck Heights to accept the donation. Abel Martinez, Mayor of Santiago, Felix Rodriguez, personal Secretary, and Jose Ferreras, Director of Public Relations, accepted the gear from Gonzalez, Council president Ron Kistner, and members of the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department.

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This isn't the first time that the HHFD has donated to other firefighters. Moots explained that after Hurricane Katrina, the department "adopted" the Pascagoula Fire Department in Pascagoula, Jackson County, Mississippi. The town was devestated by the storm surge, flooding over 90% of the city. Hasbrouck Heights donated gear, firetrucks, and items for their families. And after Superstorm Sandy, the city of Pascagoula collected a tractor trailer load of donations, including clothing, food, toiletries, and other items for Hasbrouck Heights, according to the city of Pascagoula website.

The Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department and Gonzalez will be recognized at the next Borough Council meeting on Tuesday, March 26.



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