SPRINGFIELD, NJ — In a post on their Facebook Page earlier this week, the Springfield First Aid Squad (SFAS) mourned the death of a long-time member who had been with the squad for over 50 years.

Jaclyn Herzlinger had served the SFAS for 58 years, joining in 1963.

According to current SFAS President Elizabeth Fritzen, in her time on the squad Herzlinger dove headfirst into organizational responsibility. She served as the squad’s Training Officer for many years, as well as the Captain, Crew Chief, Trustee, and other Committee appointments with the SFAS.

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"A Registered Nurse and Health Educator by trade she had a great deal of knowledge and education in the medical field," Fritzen said. "Jackie loved to teach the members of the squad, and they respected her knowledge and experience."

Along with her time on the SFAS, Herzlinger was also very involved in Girl Scouting in Springfield, and served as a leader and role model to many young women in town.

“Jackie Herzlinger was a pillar of the organization giving 58 years to the Squad, the residents of Springfield and those passing through our boarders in their time of need," Fritzen said. "She was a compassionate and knowledgeable EMT providing her skills and tender loving care to the patients she took care of.  She was involved in the saving of countless lives.  A job well done and the members of the Springfield First Aid Squad will miss her.”