WOODBRIDGE, NJ — The Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad held its 66th annual dinner dance and installation of officers Saturday night at the Woodbridge Renaissance Hotel. Several members were recognized for their dedication and life-saving work.
About 140 people attended the annual event, including the squad’s volunteer EMTs and dispatchers. The invocation was given by Deacon Robert Gurske. Mayor Andy Skibitsky swore in the squad’s 2017 officers.
“I want to thank everyone for coming out,” WVRS President David Ozga said. “The mayor, Chief Wayman and Captain Battiloro of the Westfield Police, the presidents and captains from Scotch Plains, Fanwood and Cranford squads. It’s always nice to see the other volunteers here who come and help us out.”
According to Ozga, the squad has grown from just under 40 EMTs to almost 60 in the past two years, and many of the newest members are younger people.
“It’s good to see a lot of our newer and younger members here,” said Reid Edles, a former squad president who served on the WVRS for 30 years. “They are the future of the Westfield Rescue Squad.”
The all-volunteer squad answered more than 2,200 calls in 2016 and transported people to the hospital 1,135 times, always for free. The squad is funded completely by donations.
To learn more about the WVRS and to donate, visit www.westfieldrescuesquad.org.