WAYNE, NJ – Christian Healthcare Center (CHC) which operates Sienna Village and Summer Hill in Wayne, as well as several other affordable housing, senior independent living complexes in neighboring towns, are big supporters of Wayne’s first responders. Recently, they donated $5,000 to the Wayne Fire Department.

“Wow,” said Wayne Fire Commissioner Bob Minarick when the check was first presented by CHC President and CEO Doug Struyk who is a Wayne resident.

The presentation took place at Preakness Fire Company #4 during the ‘Chief’s meeting.’ All of Wayne’s fire chiefs and several of the captains were in attendance at the event.

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In October, CHC held a gala honoring first responders in Wayne, Wyckoff and Hawthorne and proceeds from the event have been distributed among these agencies. “So, the communities sponsored, and people made donations, and we’re presenting a portion of that to support the Wayne Fire Department’s budget,” said Sue Kelly CHC Director of Development.

“I am a lifelong Wayne Resident, so this is very special to me,” said Struyk. “We appreciate what you and your members do to protect our lives and our families and our property.”

Struyk presented the check along with a commemorative plaque for each of the fire houses and a letter from Governor Phil Murphy honoring the Wayne Fire Department and a resolution signed by Senator Kristen Corrado and Assembleymen Kevin Rooney and Chris DePhillips.

“We pray for you,” concluded Struyk. “We realize that you and your members put your lives on the line for us, and we pray for your safety and your well-being and for your families.”