MIDDLETOWN, NJ - The Middletown Township Committee recognized several volunteers and township staff for outstanding service at their December meeting.
Six firefighters were presented with Life Saving Awards for their rescue of a man during a house fire in November.
The Middletown Township Committee and the Middletown Fire Department recognized Captain Emeritus Jack Hueston, Captain Emeritus John A. Waltz Jr, and Engineer Christian Burbank of Community Fire Company for their heroic rescue of the victim. MTFD Fire Chief Emeritus Michael Chenoweth and Firefighters James Phillips and Matt Deickmann from Belford Engine Fire Company were commended for their skills and professionalism in assisting with the prompt removal of the victim from the burning house.
Middletown Fire Chief Pete Laimann, Deputy Fire Chief Rick Hibell, 1st Assistant Chief John Gorsenger Jr., 2nd Assistant Chief Anthony Citarella and 3rd Assistant Chief Ryan Clark joined Mayor Stephanie Murray for the presentation. Members of Community Fire Company and Belford Engine Fire Company were also in attendance.
A proclamation was presented to Jim Davis Jr, a long-time resident, business owner and youth sports coach, for extraordinary community service. Davis and his company, Whirl Construction, donated time, labor, tools and equipment this year to construct the Middletown 350 Anniversary Plaza at the Middletown Arts Center. Davis then ran the 2014 New York City Marathon in support of A Run for Coach Curti, a community fundraiser dedicatedto the memory of Jim Curti. He was also a 2014 Middletown Day sponsor.
A proclamation was presented to Planning and Development Director Jason Greenspan to thank him for his service to Middletown Township. In addition to deftly handling many day-to-day responsibilities, Greenspan spearheaded numerous projects and programs that make Middletown a beautiful, sustainable place to live now and in the future. He is also responsible for bringing millions of dollars in grant funding to the Township since he first joined the township’s management team in 2003.
Senior Center Supervisor Patrice Nugent was recognized for being named a 2014 Leader of Distinction in the Field of Aging by the Social Community Activities Network (SCAN). The awards were presented at the annual Leaders of Distinction Luncheon earlier this year. Nugent, who has managed the Middletown Senior Center for more than 11 years, was honored for making a significant contribution to the lives of senior citizens. For more than 34 years she has shared her dedication, time, talents and energies in addressing issues and causes that touch the lives of the elderly.
Mayor Stephanie Murray and Recreation Director Janet Dellett participated in the presentation.