HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - It was a sunny Saturday afternoon when 15 members of Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department set out on a special holiday mission: to escort the Easter Bunny around town.
Chief Dave Gumbrecht said the department realized the borough's children missed visiting with the Easter Bunny when the town-wide Easter egg hunt was canceled. The department decided on Tuesday to give the Bunny a proper visit.
This is the first time the HHFD ever escorted the Easter Bunny around town. And there were two Easter Bunnies to visit the town's children, one pink and one white, both were wearing the appropriate face mask in accordance with CDC guidelines.
When the time came, each hopped into his awaiting pick up truck. The pink Easter Bunny rode in a classic 1957 white Chevy pick up driven by Assistant Chief Tim Moots; he even donned a HHPD turnout jacket. The white Easter Bunny rode in a shiny, black Ford Super Duty pick up driven by Captain John Riordan. They each had a three vehicle convoy which included a Chief's truck, Easter Bunny, and engine.
The Bunny brigades headed out at 12 noon, with on starting at Lincoln Avenue and the Boulevard, and the second beginning at Central Avenue and the Boulevard. The convoys worked their way through town, down the dead end streets and apartment complexes, waving at the waiting children and families.
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