SUMMIT, NJ — More than 100 members of the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad and their guests gathered at The Grand Summit Hotel Saturday to celebrate the beginning of the squad’s 67th year of service, to install its new officers and to honor its outstanding volunteers with its annual dinner dance.
“For me, personally, out of all the places that I’ve ever worked or volunteered, I’ve never come across a more selfless or altruistic group of individuals who administrate great care and aid to those in need,” newly sworn-in Squad President David Sloan said in his welcoming remarks.
Mayor Shelley Brindle swore in the 2018 officers: David Sloan, president; Michael Besaw, vice president; Cacheca Evans-Hoff, Secretary; Edward Hance, Treasurer; Keith Peterson, assistant treasurer; Sergio Guzman, EMS chief; Kevin Torress, deputy chief; Tremain Ellis, scheduling lieutenant; David Ozga, ambulance lieutenant; Eric Taylor, equipment lieutenant; Estelle Cervantes, training lieutenant.
The invocation was given by Father Peter Delvizis of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. The church annually donates part of the proceeds from its NJ Greek Fest to the rescue squad.
“We’re pleased to continue that partnership,” Delvizis said.
The all-volunteer squad went out on 2,181 calls in 2017, according to records kept by WVRS. The squad is funded solely by donations.
Marie Keller, who retired recently, was honored for 45 years of service with the squad, first as an EMT and then as a dispatcher. Keller was the first female member of the WVRS.
Also honored for length of service were dispatchers Bob Barrett (five years), Angela Taylor (five years), Drew Fleyzor (five years), Suanne Fleyzor (five years) and Tom Hoens (15 years). EMTs honored for length of service were: Diego Morales (five years), Shane Strano (five years), Judith Caron (15 years) and Jeanne Gladdis (20 years).
Several squad members received awards Saturday night:
EMT award for most calls in 2017: Keith Peterson
EMT with most pager calls answered in 2017: Art Cooke
Crews with CPR Saves in 2017:
Greg Redeker, Art Cooke and Sean Waller
Brayan Zambrano and Cacheca Evans-Hoff
Cacheca Evans-Hoff and Jason Evans
Steve Korba, Tremain Ellis and Ryann Scoles (two saves)
Michael Besaw and Sinthia Soca
Keith Peterson and David Sloan
Keith Peterson and Allison Orthwein
To learn more about the WVRS, visit their website at www.WestfieldRescueSquad.org and watch our video, Ride Along with the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad.