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Thursday, 02 October 2014
MIDDLETOWN, NJ - The Middletown Police Department has issued a warning to its citizens about recent phone scams that have been occurring. Police have... Read More...
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Thursday, 02 October 2014
RED BANK, NJ - On Sunday, October 12, 2014, from 4 to 8 PM, The Salvation Army Red Bank Corps will host a neighborhood party, presenting Dragon... Read More...
9th Annual Shore Walk Now for Autism Speaks - Oct 11th
Thursday, 02 October 2014
LONG BRANCH, N.J. – The New Jersey Chapter of Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, today announced that... Read More...
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Wednesday, 01 October 2014
LINCROFT, NJ - On the 1st of October, 90.5 The Night Brookdale Public Radio marks its 40th Anniversary of radio broadcasting by kicking off a... Read More...
16th Annual Interdisciplinary Forum on the Vietnam Era
Wednesday, 01 October 2014
Holmdel, N.J. – On Friday, October 17, 2014 from  8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation will hold its... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Skewed View - October 2, 2014
by Tom Brennan
Thursday, 02 October 2014
Do you have a copy of Windows 8?  Great, now you'll get a free copy of Windows 9: http://yhoo.it/1wQyt35 If you haven't heard,Microsoft is... Read More...
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by Woody Zimmerman
Thursday, 02 October 2014
On November 1, 1950, two Puerto Rican independence activists, Oscar Collazo and Griselio Torresola, attacked guards at the Blair House in Washington,... Read More...
IMAGE The Hangover
by Anne Mikolay
Wednesday, 01 October 2014
Let's talk about my hangover. Shall we? Let me begin by saying this: my hangover has absolutely nothing to do with liquor or Bradley Cooper's 2009... Read More...
IMAGE The Fast Changing World
by George Hancock-Stefan
Wednesday, 01 October 2014
Sometime last year, I shopped at one of the large stores in the Monmouth Mall.  I bought a suit and the gentleman selling me the suit was so... Read More...
IMAGE What’s Living in Raritan-Sandy Hook Bays?
by Joe Reynolds
Sunday, 28 September 2014
On Sunday, September 28, volunteers with the Bayshore Regional Watershed Council, an all-volunteer environmental group dedicated to restoring Raritan... Read More...

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School Age Programs Grades K and up
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Preschool Story Time Ages 3 – 5
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What’s On Your Plate? Family Nutrition
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Jersey City Revisited
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HOWELL, NJ – In a solemn memorial service at the Monmouth County Fire Academy on Oct. 2, Freeholder Deputy Director John P. Curley joined firefighters from around Monmouth County and their families to remember the 43 men and women who have lost their lives in the line of firefighting duty, and congratulate those who were awarded citations for bravery this past year.

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Patricia Schmedes Murray of Atlantic Highlands places a flower at the foot of the Monmouth County Fallen Firefighters Memorial in remembrance of her father, Francis Schmedes, who died in the line of duty in 1974.

“Nothing serves as a more vivid reminder of the sacrifices firefighters make than the recent 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on our country,” Curley said in his remarks. “Now, after a decade of reflection on the events of that terrible morning, we can fully appreciate the degree to which firefighters everywhere place their lives in danger. We thank you for your service.”

“I would like to thank each and every one of you for your service to your towns and this county,” said Freeholder Amy A. Mallet, who also attended. “It takes real dedication and a commitment to making your community safer that allows you to spend time away from your loved ones so that you can be involved in such a dangerous, but necessary activity to protect our lives and property.” 

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Freeholder Deputy Director John P. Curley helps carry a wreath toward the Monmouth County Fallen Firefighters Memorial  during a ceremony held at the Fire Academy on Oct. 2. 

The memorial and awards ceremony was led by the Monmouth County Fire Marshal’s Office, and included laying of a wreath in honor of the 43 firefighters from Monmouth County fire companies who died in the line of duty. As each name was read, backed by the ringing of a bell, a red carnation was placed at the foot of the flag pole and a salute offered by family members and firefighters.

After honoring the fallen, Curley and Fire Marshal Henry Stryker awarded Unit Citations and Medals of Valor for rescue and firefighting efforts during the past year.

“They are all special and dedicated individuals,” Stryker said. “They are firefighters who, without hesitation, leave the safety and security of their families, homes and places of work and answer the call – often placing their own lives on the line while working to save the lives and property of others. These firefighters are truly heroes and we honor them and cheer for them.”

“These men and women have exemplified and upheld the proud traditions of the fire service, and we are very glad to have them protecting us,” Curley said. “Firefighters are a very special breed of public servant, and are grateful to you and your families for your efforts.”

The local Fallen Firefighters Memorial Services coincided with the 30th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial weekend that was held in Maryland. October is National Fire Prevention Month.

Award Recipients

Unit Citations were awarded to the following:

  • Matawan Fire Department, for a rescue at a motor vehicle accident with fire and entrapment on April 12, 2010. Cited were Chief Timothy Clifton, Assistant Chief Carl Boomer, Capt. Peter Rivera and Firefighters Ronald Protokowicz and Anthony Castro. 
  • Sandy Hook Fire Department, for a water rescue of three people on June 9, 2010, in which a boat overturned tossing occupants into rough seas. Cited were Acting Fire Chief Tim Regan, Assistant Chief Kevin Heuser, and Firefighters Robert Louden, Peter Tortorell, Patrick Strang, Alexander Krstevski and Ted Johnson.
  • Wayside Fire Company, for a rescue on the Garden State Parkway on May 3, 2011, in which a victim who was thrown from the vehicle was revived during CPR.

 

Valor Award

  • Firefighter Robert McDonald of the Unexcelled Fire Company, Neptune, for his actions assisting three injured occupants from a burning vehicle before extinguishing the fire himself.

 

Administrative Medal

  • Hazlet Township fire official John Beslanovitz, for his work collecting personal protective firefighting equipment for the people of Uruguay in South America.

 

Special Recognition

  • Firefighter John C. Edwards of the New Point Comfort Fire Co. in Keansburg, for his actions while performing a rescue operation at a structure fire in Neptune City. While at work he noticed a fire inside a camper parked between two homes. After reporting the fire he evacuated the residents of the two homes as the fire began to spread.

 

  • Firefighter Edward Skelly of the Middletown Fire Department, who on March 16, 2011 successfully removed a suicidal person who had ignited materials and barricaded himself inside his home.

 

Certificates of Recognition

  • Freehold Township Police Officers, for entering a burning apartment and rescuing and reviving an elderly victim who was found unconscious on the floor with no pulse. Cited were Detective William Holohan and Police Officers William Ketelaar and Michael Smith.