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Fanwood Council Honors Vets, Police Officers, Rescue Squad and Volunteers

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Colleen Mahr and the Grand Marshals of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Memorial Day Parade: Edward Miller, Joe Nagy, and Alan Ebersole (represented by his son). Credits: John Mooney
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Councilman Russ Huegel introduced Fanwood Police Chief Richard Trigo as the department was honored for National Police Week. Credits: John Mooney
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Bob Kruthers was honored for serving 60 years on the Fanwood Rescue Squad in a variety of positions, including chaplain and treasurer. Credits: John Mooney
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Eric Gaulin of the Fanwood Environmental Commission was recognized as Volunteer of the Month at the Fanwood Borough Council meeting on Monday, May 22. Credits: John Mooney
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Mayor Colleen Mahr with representatives from Moms Demand Action at the Fanwood Borough Council meeting on Monday. Credits: John Mooney
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Mallory Banks, organizer of Rockin' for Autism, announced that this year's event on April 29 raised $12,170. Credits: John Mooney
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Councilwoman Kathy Mitchell, a retired nurse, read a proclamation in honor of National Nurses Week. Credits: John Mooney
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Councilman Tom Kranz with Fanwood Rescue Squad colleague Bob Kruthers and Mayor Colleen Mahr, who honored Kruthers for 60 years of volunteer service. Credits: John Mooney
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Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr with Edward Miller and Joe Nagy, who will serve as Co-Grand Marshals of the 2017 Scotch Plains-Fanwood Memorial Day Parade Credits: John Mooney
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FANWOOD, NJ – In a jam-packed agenda on Monday, Mayor Colleen Mahr and the Fanwood Borough Council honored a number of residents for their service to the community, including:

  • Memorial Day Grand Marshals Edward Miller, Joseph Nagy and Alan Ebersole (posthumously)
  • Robert Kruthers, who has served for 60 years in a variety of capacities on the Fanwood Rescue Squad
  • Volunteer of the Month: Eric Gaulin of the Fanwood Environmental Commission
  • Several officers of the Fanwood Police Department who saved lives in 2017

A significant amount of time was spent on the work of the Fanwood police in saving the lives of local residents – ranging from teenagers to a woman in her 60s – because of drug overdoses. During the televised meeting, Mahr and Police Chief Richard Trigo implored the audience in the council chambers and at home to attend a drug awareness presentation on Wednesday night at Forest Road Park.

“We are fortunate that the county’s top law enforcement officer, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park, is coming to Fanwood, to lead this discussion,” said Mahr, who is the mother of three teen and pre-teen boys.

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Additionally, the mayor and council read proclamations and a resolution in recognition of

  • Autism Awareness Month
  • National Gun Violence Awareness Day (June 2)
  • Rescue Squad/EMS Month
  • National Police Week
  • Historic Preservation Month
  • National Nurses Week
  • Lillian Olsh, a Fanwood resident who recently celebrated her 100th birthday
  • Rabbi George Nudell of Congregation Beth Israel, who recently retired.

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