NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Susan DeLuise, a 35-year veteran of the New Providence Rescue Squad, was publicly commended for her service during a Borough Council meeting Monday night.

“She just adores this town. She does everything she can to make our quality of life better,” said Mayor Al Morgan, who read the proclamation honoring DeLuise. 

“On behalf of our grateful community, I thank you for your service, and I wish you the very best in the future,” he said to DeLuise. 

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DeLuise joined the New Providence Rescue Squad in 1983 and currently serves as captain. She put in over 40,000 hours of volunteer service over the last 35 years on the squad, the mayor said.

Morgan said DeLuise received four life-saving awards during her tenure, in 2004, 2008, 2009, and 2012. She also received the EMT of the Year Award in 2014, Morgan said.

DeLuise also joined the New Providence Fire Department in 2005 as a firefighter, Morgan said. 

In addition to this service, DeLuise has been employed with the borough for the past 25 years. She began as a police dispatcher, Morgan said, and she is currently the Telecommunications Coordinator and Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator for the borough.

DeLuise spoke during the meeting, thanking both borough officials and members of the public for their support.

“The municipal council […] always let us do our job,” DeLuise said. “Thank you for always standing by the squad.”

“I’m proud to serve you,” she added, addressing the community she serves. “Thank you very much.”