Current and former members of the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad recently celebrated 56 years of service to the community at their annual Membership and Awards Dinner. Mayor Nora Radest was also in attendance. Several volunteers were recognized for their contributions including Anthony Campanelli and Robert Endress for 5 years of service; Cory Platt, Mel Harari and Henrietta Mahon for 10 years of service and John Staunton for 35 years of service. Campanelli just completed a term as Equipment Lieutenant and Endress assumes that post. Mel Harari has served as Records Lieutenant for several years and Henrietta Mahon has chaired the Fund Drive for several years. During Staunton’s 35 years he has been elected President 5 times, Captain 4 times and also served as both Training, and Equipment Lieutenant as well as Vice President, and chair of the Fund Drive multiple times. He is currently the Squad’s Public Information Officer.
Outgoing President John Buscaino awarded the annual Presidential Award to John Christmann, a 16 year member who has served as President , Vice President and Personnel Lieutenant. He wll chair this years. Fund Drive. Chief Kari Phair bestowed the annual Chiefs Award upon Marco DiMayorca in recognition for his work migrating the Squad to an electronic Patient Care Report System.
During the event, the Chaham Emergency Squad provided EMS coverage for Summit. Next month Summit returns the favor when they cover for Chatham’s dinner.
The all-volunteer First Aid Squad is entirely funded through private donations and does not bill for service. The Squad answers emergency calls 24-hours a day, provides health & safety training to the public and is also an approved training site for the NJ EMT certification program. The Squad has 90 members, including 20 junior members and is always looking for new volunteers to join its ranks. All needed training, uniforms and equipment is provided. Follow these links for information on becoming a volunteer, or donating to the squad, or call us 908-277-9479.