SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Members and supporters of the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad marked the squad's 80th anniversary on Saturday evening with the installation of its 2017 officers.
Mayor Al Smith swore in the new officers at an event held at Snuffy's (250 Park Ave., Scotch Plains) that highlighted the Rescue Squad's 2016 accomplishments and honored past members.
In 2016, the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad responded to nearly 1,100 calls that included home illnesses and accidents, motor vehicle accidents, public illnesses, fire alarms and maternity calls. More than 1,000 duty crews logged 7,326 hours and drive 18,616 miles over the past year. Most calls (612) occur between the hours of 6:00 a.m. an 6:00 p.m. Patients are most frequently transported to Overlook Hospital (554 occurrences) and JFK (134 occurrences). Many times (330), patients refused transportation. In addition to serving Scotch Plains, the squad provided mutual aid to Fanwood, Plainfield, Westfield, Clark and other neighboring towns.
Officers for 2017 are: Ed Fiedler (president), Robert Foerster (1st VP), Gregory Cassidy (2nd VP), Joanne Gurske (secretary), Harold Hill (treasurer), Robert Gurske (chaplain and trustee), Dan Sullivan (chief and delegate), Carolyn Sorge (deputy chief), Chris Smith (deputy chief), Patricia Buckridee (delegate), April Gano (delegate), Karolyn Buckridee (alt. delegate), Tom DiGiacomo (alt. delegate), Chris Fuentes (alt. delegate), Brian Cassidy (trustee), Robert Speth (trustee).