SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- With over 120 people were in attendance, the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad hosted its 83rd annual Installation of Officers dinner on January 11th, 2020 at Snuffy's Pantagis Renaissance.

Attendees included Mayor Al Smith and members of the Scotch Plains Council, rescue squad, police, and fire personnel, local hospital and other EMS organizations that have helped and supported the vital volunteer organization throughout the years.

During the dinner, late squad members were honored and remembered, and current squad members were recognized for their service. Length of service awards went out to various long time members such as Joanne Gurske and Jean Lozowski for 30 years, Edward Fiedler for 40 years, Robert Speth for 45 years, and Daniel Sullivan for 50 years. 

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The officers for 2020 were also sworn in by Mayor Al Smith and included the following:

  • President: Daniel Sullivan
  • 1st Vice President: Chang Yaramouthu
  • 2nd Vice President: Deborah Speth
  • Secretary: Joanne Gurske
  • Treasurer: Harold Hill
  • Chaplain: Robert Gurske
  • Chief: Carolyn Sorge
  • Deputy Chief: Robert Gurske
  • Deputy Chief: Ronald Mahaffey
  • Delegates: Daniel Sullivan, Patricia Buckridee, Rachael Siegel
  • Alternate Delegates: Rachel Voeltzel, Matthew Marcus, Ryan Lemence
  • Trustees: Robert Speth, Robert Foerster, Edward Fiedler

"I was proud to swear in the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad Officers and members for 2020," said Mayor Al Smith. "Congratulations President Daniel Sullivan and Chief Carolyn Sorge and all the Officers and Members for 2020. In particular, congratulations to Dan Sullivan for 50 years of service and Ed Fiedler for 40 years of service."

The Scotch Plains Rescue Squad is proud to have so many dedicated members who continue to be there for their fellow neighbors in times of need. While many other volunteer agencies have had to close their doors in recent years, the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad stands strong and determined to carry on its mission.

 Author Susan Baldani is a life member of the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad.