FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Council presented proclamations on Monday evening to several special individuals who have contributed to the borough town over the years.

Volunteers of the Month for December were Fanwood firefighters Captain Frank Dietl and Doug Germinder, who have long been among Santa’s helpers for the annual Santa Parade. The decades-old tradition -- in which Santa Claus goes door to door through the town delivering presents to our children -- takes weeks of planning and execution. Firefighters and their families collect the gifts, organize them into an efficient route, and then spend an entire day helping Santa deliver them. Dietl and Germinder play integral roles in making the day happen.

"Every time you see the smiling faces, it makes it all worth while," Germinder said. "I'm proud to do it."

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Mayor Colleen Mahr presented each with a print of the town’s historic train station and also thanked the Fanwood police officers and members of the rescue squad who also volunteer their time. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP.