SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Volunteer Firefighters Association held its annual Awards Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 11 at The Westwood and honored several local heroes, including:

  • Captain Ed Frame was recognized for the having the highest call percentage at Station 1.
  • Nicholas Letkowski, a second-year volunteer firefighter was recognized for having the highest call percentage at Station 2 on the South Side.
  • Robert Villegas, also a second-year volunteer, was awarded the 2017 Unsung Hero Trophy, an honor that is voted on by fellow comrades of the fire department.
  • Retired Scotch Plains Police Sergeant Ernie Hernandez was recognized for the donation of his original artwork – an American Flag made from fire hoses that will hang at Station 2 on the South Side. The artwork was created from recycled hoses of Scotch Plains fire trucks. Sgt. Hernandez also donated a piece to the raffle with proceeds benefiting the local UNICO Chapter of Scotch Plains-Fanwood. He was the honored guest of the SPFD for his many years of support.

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Chapter of UNICO President Paul Raphael donated Go Bags – carrying personal gear intended to assist fire fighters with any overnight deployments – on behalf of the organization.

Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith, Township Manager Al Mirabella, Councilman Ted Spera, a member of the Fire Department Committee, and former Councilwoman Colleen Gialanella were all in attendance of the event. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood's only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP.