SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – The Scotch Plains Rescue Squad recently held its annual Installation of Officers Dinner at Snuffy’s Pantagis Restaurant.  The evening also marked the 76th anniversary of the Squad.

Newly elected Mayor Kevin Glover and Deputy Mayor Colleen Gialanella as well as Township Manager Henry Underhill; Police Chief Brian Mahoney and Fire Chief Jonathan Ellis were some of the honored guests.

Robert Gurske, the Chaplain for the Rescue Squad, conducted a memorial service for the deceased members who served the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad for many years.

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Following the service, Mayor Glover administered the oath of office to: President, Edward Fiedler; First Vice President, Antonio Robertiello; Second Vice President, Patricia Buckridee; Secretary, Joanne Gurske; Treasurer, Harold Hill; Chaplain, Robert Gurske; Captain, Daniel Sullivan; First Lieutenant, Joseph Colon; Second Lieutenant, Carolyn Di Donato. Rescue Squad Delegates include Daniel Sullivan, Deborah Speth and James Baxter. Alternate Delegates are Robert Foester, Christopher Fuentes and April Gano. Serving as Trustees are Brian Cassidy, Robert Speth and Sue Baldani.

Service awards were presented to Harold Hill for 55 years of volunteer service; Deborah Speth for 30 years; Carolyn Di Donato and Joan Lozowski for 25 years; Steven Wheeler and Robert Foerster for 20 years; Aprilnicole Gano for 10 years; Karolyn Buckridee, Christopher Fuentes, Chang Yaramothu, Antonio Robertiello, Gregory Cassidy and Frank Mellana, Chris Smith, and Kathleen Yan for 5 years.

The Rescue Squad answered 1200 calls in 2012 and rendered mutual aid 73 times to six surrounding communities. During Superstorm Sandy, many Rescue Squad volunteers worked tirelessly with no power to the Squad building, rendering aid to Scotch Plains.

The Squad welcomes new members as well as those interested in contributing time and talent to support the organization. Individuals can apply for membership at eighteen years of age or serve as a cadet at age sixteen. Those ages fourteen or older can serve on the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad Auxiliary. For more information about becoming a Scotch Plains EMT, auxiliary member, volunteer, or to make a donation, contact scotchplainsrescuesquad@gmail.com or call (908) 322-2103 any week night between 6:00p.m. and 11:00p.m.