RED BANK, NJ: TAPinto Red Bank has been offering a series of “Back of the House” articles profiling the men and women who make Red Bank “work.”  Our purpose is to have the borough residents gain a personal sense of the people and the support personnel who perform behind the scenes to keep the town running efficiently and safe, 24/7.  Hence, “Back of the House.”

We asked the longest-standing member of the Red Bank Fire Department Frank Sole a few questions.  While he doesn’t actively participate, he does go out on daytime calls.

TAPinto: Tell us about yourself, where you grew up, your family history in Red Bank and how long you’ve been with the RBFD

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Sole: I was born in Red Bank in 1928 on Wall Street.  I graduated from Red Bank Catholic High School and in 1951 went into the Army serving two years in Korea. 

My mother came from Maryland & father from New York, and they opened up a bakery shop on Monmouth Street.

I am 92 years old and have been active in the RBFD for over 70 years.

TAPinto: Talk about the moment or circumstances in your life when you realized that you wanted to become a firefighter

Sole: I was asked by a member to join in 1951 and I love it!

TAPinto: What changes have you seen over the years that most surprise and impress you?

Sole: It’s a nice surprise to see how many the young people we have in the fire department

TAPinto: What are some of your fondest memories?

Sole: Being with the most dedicated professional firemen there are.  As I look back, I have fond memories on how we handled the big fires that Red Bank has had in the past

TAPinto: Ever think of retiring from the “House?"

Sole: I would like to go on forever, but my nighttime driving is not so good.  But I will keep going as long as I can!

Fireman run to the danger, not away from it.  All men are created equal, then a few become firemen.

Men like Frank Sole.

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