Stuart Jensen and Vinnie Sarullo of Navesink Hook and Ladder with their potful of chili at JBJ Soul Kitchen’s chili cook-off. Below, Union Beach Fire Company’s entry won first place. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)[See clarification below]
By SUSAN ERICSON
Firetrucks and EMS vehicles crowded the area of the JBJ Soul Kitchen in Red Bank this weekend, but the only thing on fire was taste buds.
Kicking off its three-year anniversary, the pay-what-you-can Monmouth Street restaurant hosted a chili cook-off Saturday, inviting local firefighters and EMS squads to serve up their fiery best.
By CONNOR SOLTAS
That Little Silver’s EMS Cadets, the town’s squad of teenaged paramedics-in-training, can manage being on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for an an unpaid lifesaving job might paint them as miracle-workers at a time when free time is scarce as ever and seemingly everyone needs extra cash.
And they are, no doubt, to those whose lives they save.
Yet if you ask the cadet program’s graduates, some of them 10 years older than when they began, there’s more to their story than the boilerplate tale of altruism.
Cadet camaraderie, they say, is what compelled them to stick with such a demanding schedule.
“There’s a special connection you make with others that you can’t understand until someone’s, like, dying in front of you,” said 2004 cadet Elizabeth Giblin, who this year became the EMS squad’s second-in-command, as first lieutenant.
The experience transformed the lives of many cadet corps alums, locals who joined in high school some of whom continue to be involved with EMS work. To get the full scoop, redbankgreen dropped by the home of Kim Ambrose, of Little Silver’s EMS department, for a reunion of former cadets celebrating the corps’ tenth anniversary Saturday.
By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
A motorist crashed into the telephone pole and wires downed by former Fair Haven Fire Chief Shaun Foley in the November 22 Rumson wreck that led to his being charged with drunken driving, according to records obtained by redbankgreen.
Police reports on the accident also reveal that Foley tried to flee the scene in his heavily damaged fire department vehicle before it conked out just a block away, in front of Rumson’s Borough Hall.
As previously reported, 27-year-old Foley, who worked as a Rumson police dispatcher and part-time policeman, then took off on foot to the Oceanic Bridge, a mile away, where he jumped into the Navesink River, prompting a massive rescue effort involving helicopters and boats.
The 17 pages of reports, though, give the first official indication of the earliest stages of the drama that began unfolding shortly before 6p that Sunday evening.