SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit First Aid Squad and Family Aquatic Center came together to recognize their service to the community on the important anniversaries they celebrated on Wednesday.

SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit First Aid Squad, founded in 1962, celebrated its 50th anniversary while the Family Aquatic Center, which opened in 1972, celebrated its 40th.

Hosted at the Summit Family Aquatic Center, this anniversary party featured a variety of events throughout the day. Regular members of the pool took part in the festivities while the Summit Family Aquatic Center honored First Aid Squad members and their families by allowing them to attend the event for free.

Beginning at noon, the first 200 families were given Summit Family Aquatic Center lanyards and 40th anniversary buttons. The pool will give members commemorative buttons on anniversaries to come so that the buttons can be collected and worn on Summit Family Aquatic Center lanyards.

The first arriving guests were also entitled to a meet and greet with the pool’s mascot, Shark Diddy.

Event attendees were sure to have a good time. Other festivities included an Afternoon Dance with EMS DJs, Party Games and Trivia with Mr. Fun, and an Evening Dance Party and Photo Booth with Summit Soundz.

At 6 p.m., the Summit First Aid Squad was recognized during the Special Unveiling and Dedication Ceremony. A statue, hidden throughout the day, was uncovered and bestowed upon them at this time.

Crafted by Bob Eigenrauch, a chainsaw artist, the statue depicted the Family Aquatic Center’s mascot, a shark, jumping out of ocean waves. The statue will be placed in front of the Family Aquatic Center with a plaque in honor of the First Aid Squad.

Admission to the joint anniversary party was free for all guests during the Special Unveiling and Dedication Ceremony and Evening Dance Party and Photo Booth.

On why the Summit Family Aquatic Center and First Aid Squad celebrated their anniversaries together, Judith Leblein Josephs, Director of the Summit Family Aquatic Center, said “we consider the First Aid Squad our partners in safety. . . whenever we need medical assistance they are right there.”

And on this beautiful Wednesday in June, the accomplishments of both Summit organizations were worth celebrating. “Forty years ago someone had the foresight and courage to create what was then the Summit Community Pool,” Josephs explained, “and forty years later it's thriving.”