By Chris Concannon
Gloucester City News
Two members of Bellmawr’s EMS Unit were honored with citations at the recent Bellmawr Borough Council meeting. Bellmawr Fire Chief Jim Burleigh presented the awards to Michael Cox Jr. and Charles “CJ” Ruff. They were honored for saving the life of Joseph Toomey, who went into cardiac arrest August 4.
Cox and Ruff responded to Mr. Toomey’s home and, using an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), re-started his heart function. Then, they took him to a local hospital.
A very thankful Toomey was at the meeting for the presentation. Well-known to residents, he is a retired Bellmawr Sewer Director.
EMS Supervisor Chuck Hannum said this was one of three cardiac saves within the past year, which is unheard of in the EMS community. He said Bellmawr EMS’s response time has improved by 9 percent.
In other news, a thank you card was read from the Barrett family to the Bellmawr EMS for assisting their family on September 11.
During reports, Jim D’Angelo discussed vehicles speeding along Browning and Creek roads. Mayor Frank Filipek said they are working on eliminating the problem, noting the possibility of installing speed bumps near school areas using grant money which has been applied for.
Lou Di Angelo said the Bellmawr Recreation Center has begun its transformation for this year’s “Christmas In the Park,” which will be held over two consecutive weekends – December 3-4 and December 10-12, all from 6 to 9 p.m. The annual Fire Truck Parade and Tree Lighting will be Sunday, December 5, at 7 p.m.
In their congratulatory remarks to Cox and Ruff, Mayor and Council members all expressed their pride in the excellent work by Bellmawr EMS.
Jim D’Angelo said they are all professionals, Lou Di Angelo said they have one of the best response times in Camden County, and Regina Piontkowski was ever-thankful, recalling the many times Bellmawr EMS had been called to her home to assist her late husband, Andy.
All items on the agenda were approved, with the following of note:
The second reading, public hearing and final adoption of both Ordinance #09:09-10 (Fire and EMS equipment), along with Ordinance #09:10-10 (Reconstruction of Booth Drive, improvements to the 6th Avenue park and Lake Drive dog park) were read and approved;
The first reading and introduction was also read, as to Ordinance #10:11-10, which involves the purchase of a new street sweeper, along with the first reading and introduction of Ordinance #10:12-10, regarding the purchase of a new trash truck, which will be used by the Borough, as well as Mount Ephraim.
Borough Solicitor Bob Messick said the $180,000 cost would be split between the two towns.
Licenses and permits were approved for Annunciation Church for their 2011 Lucky Day Calendar, along with the Lazarus Lodge #001, Inc., for a cabaret social on November 27 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.