ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – 1st Ave. Pizza in Atlantic Highlands has donated $2759.95 to the Atlantic Highlands First Aid & Safety Squad for the purchase of a pulse oximeter - blood pressure device.

The popular restaurant raised the money through a month-long sales drive in which 10% of sales on specific days were set aside for the project.  Squad members distributed fliers and encouraged residents to dine at 1st. Ave Pizza during the drive.


From Right to Left: Nicole Sherman, Melissa Sherman, Lea Sherman, Butch Sherman, Kathleen Sherman,owners of 1st Ave. Pizza, Chief of the AHFAS, Richard Huff, Lance Hubeny, Saranne Weimer, Ed Cetron, Lou Marotta, President AHFAS, Mayor Fred Rast. Photo Courtesy: Anna Decarlo

“We at 1st Ave. Pizza thought this was a great opportunity to bring the community together and hold a fundraiser to provide the Atlantic Highlands First Aid Squad with the much-needed equipment to help save people’s lives,” says Butch Sherman, owner of 1st Ave. Pizza.

The all-volunteer squad, which relies on generous donations from the borough and the community to operate, will use the money to purchase a vital signs monitor. The device will immediately benefit the squad’s ability to assist the community.

“This is an example of a local business and a volunteer organization coming together to benefit the community,” says Richard Huff, chief of the AHFAS. “It is collaborative efforts like this that make Atlantic Highlands a great place to live and dine. We appreciate the extraordinary support for the First Aid Squad from the folks at 1st Ave. Pizza.”

"The First Aid Squad has a long history of helping our residents: partnering with local business owners like the Sherman Family will further enhance our ability to assist in saving lives through purchasing state of the art equipment which would otherwise be beyond the financial reach of a volunteer organization,” says Lou Marotta, president of the AHFAS.

The donation was presented at a ceremony Sept. 16 at 1st Ave. Pizza, located at 75 1st Ave. The Sherman family selected that date to honor their late daughter Heather, who passed away two and a half years ago. Heather was committed to giving back to the community and spent a lot of time volunteering at local hospitals.

“1st Ave. Pizza is a family owned and operated business,” says Sherman. “Our pizzeria is an extension of our dining room at home, and our customers and those who volunteer for the community are an extension of our family. We wanted to give our continued support and hold a fundraiser to help our Atlantic Highlands First Aid ‘family.’ We thank the Atlantic Highlands community and those who supported from surrounding areas on making this fundraiser a success.”

For more than 80 years, the Atlantic Highlands First Aid & Safety Squad has been providing Atlantic Highlands with free, quality, around-the-clock emergency medical and rescue services.  For information about the squad log onto www.ahfirstaid.org or call (732) 291-8118. For information about 1st Ave. Pizza call (732) 872-1622 or visit www.1stavepizza.com