RANDOLPH, NJ - The Randolph Township Council commemorated the Rescue Squad’s 50 years of service through a special proclamation at Thursday’s meeting. Councilman Al Napoliello, liaison to the Board of Health, began by reading the proclamation to the crowd and thanking the squad for their service.

“The Randolph Rescue Squad was formally established as an independent, non-profit volunteer rescue and first aid association designed solely to serve the entire Township of Randolph in June of 1967,” Napoliello said, reading the proclamation.

Over the past 50 years, Randolph has grown to the third largest municipality in Morris County with a population of over 26,000 residents. The rescue squad not only serves homes, apartments, and assisted living complexes, but also the six public schools, County College of Morris, industrial parks, businesses, and a major highway, the proclamation explains.

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“Today, the Randolph Rescue Squad consists of 35 active volunteer members who are highly trained, nationally and state-registered Emergency Medical Technicians,” he continued. “The members of the Randolph Township Council join with the residents of Randolph in honoring the Randolph Rescue Squad on its 50th Anniversary for its exceptional and exemplary record of volunteer service, and we offer our heartfelt gratitude for its continuing efforts to help people in need.”

President of the Randolph Rescue Squad, Bill Stroh, thanked the council for their support over the years and thanked the many members of the squad who were present, saying, “I want to thank these folks, who are out there, 3 o’clock in the morning, when the bell rings.”

Residents and rescue squad volunteers, Jim and Betty McConnell, wrote a history of the Randolph Rescue Squad and provided a copy to meeting attendees. “The roots of our organization go further back than our incorporation 50 years ago. In 1942, the Mt. Freedom Fire Company #3, still located on Millbrook Avenue, included the Mt. Freedom Rescue Squad, and a few years later, in 1947, the Millbrook Fire Company #2 on Route 10, formed a second and separate entity known as the Millbrook Rescue Squad,” the document reads.

As Randolph grew, so did the rescue squad. “Likewise, the Randolph Rescue Squad has grown from its original one-vehicle garage on Route 10 to three bays: Headquarters on Rte. 10 plus satellite bays at Town Hall and on Dover Chester Road adjacent to Ironia School… At present, the Squad maintains four ambulances and a fire rehab vehicle.”

The McConnells state that while much has changed over the years, some very important things have not. “We volunteers have always been men and women dedicated to helping our neighbors, friends, and visitors just passing through the Township… Most importantly, throughout our 50 years of existence, community support for us has remained constant.”