SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- They are public servants by nature, but these days Scotch Plains and Fanwood first responders are serving in different ways amid the coronavirus crisis. 

The Fanwood Fire Department, along with several other emergency agencies, visited Overlook Medical Center in Summit to display support for all the first responders, medical professionals, and staff who are working tirelessly in the face of this pandemic to save lives. 

The Scotch Plains Fire Department sent vehicles to a "Thank You" event to honor the volunteers at the Kean University COVID-19 testing center run by Union County. 

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The Scotch Plains Police are doing birthday drive-bys.

"We are careful to respect social distancing, and our officers bring gift bag filled with pencils, stickers, school supplies for the younger kids," said Scotch Plains police chief Ted Conley. "Our officers also take pictures (6 feet apart). It really makes their day."

Conley added that his department is trying to manage the number of requests as best they can because the drive-by events have become so popular for the kids (and the cops, too).

The Fanwood Police Department has been delivering food and medical supplies to the elderly who cannot get out to get them on their own. Seniors who need help should call (908) 322-5000 and speak to the police supervisor, who will then connect the senior with Dianne Howarth, the borough's Senior Coordinator. FPD has also expanded its daily pizza delivery for senior residents who have been nominated by others.

The Fanwood Rescue Squad and Scotch Plains Rescue Squad continue to serve the community's health needs. During this crisis, the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad is still responding to everyday life-threatening medical issues, such as heart attacks, strokes, and diabetic emergencies. It’s vital to keep ambulances available for these situations.

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