SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Rescue Squad hosted its 82nd annual Installation of Officers Dinner on Saturday, Jan. 5, at Snuffy's Pantagis.

Debbie Speth emceed the event, and Deacon Bob Gurske said the invocation on behalf of people who "wake up in the middle of the night in the dead of winter to help strangers." The evening also featured a celebration of the founders and past members of the organization.

The Scotch Plains Rescue Squad officers for 2019 are:

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  • President Dan Sullivan
  • 1st VP Deborah Speth
  • 2nd VP Chang Yaranouthu
  • Secretary Joanne Gurske 
  • Chief Caroline Sorge
  • Deputy Chief Robert Gurske
  • Deputy Chief Christopher Fuentes
  • Delegates to EMSCNJ Dan Sullivan, Patricia Buckridee, Rachel Voeltzel 
  • Alternative Delegates Rachael Siegel, Matthew Marcus
  • Trustees Robert Speth, Robert Foerster, Edward Fiedler

The squad acknowledged the following volunteers for their service milestones:

5 Years

  • Zoe Buckridee
  • Emma Chen
  • Jessica Fugett
  • Jessica Guan
  • David Lugara
  • Ethan Yoo

10 Years

  • Elizabeth Buckridee
  • Joseph Tufaro

15 Years

  • Melissa Padulsky

25 Years

  • William McLaughlin

30 Years

  • Robert Gurske
  • Justine Kennedy

40 Years

  • Suzanne Butler

45 Years

  • Brian Cassidy

The Scotch Plains Rescue Squad was originally sponsored by a few who saw a need for such an organization in the community. On March 9, 1937 it was formed and on April 10, 1937, was incorporated as the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad, Inc. The squad purchased its first vehicle in 1937; a used 1924 Kensington ambulance from Muhlenberg Hospital for $250. This ambulance was housed at the municipal building and members responded when the siren sounded. The original squad numbered about 20 members and all were qualified in advanced first aid work. Service began by answering calls in Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Mountainside and New Providence. 

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