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Samuel F. Andaloro Jr., age 63, aka 'Disc Jockey Caveman Sam', Firefighter, Communicator, Jokester, GCHS Alum

Samuel F. Andaloro, Jr. on November 17, 2022, of Deptford. Age 63. Beloved husband of Kathleen A. Andaloro (nee Riskus). Loving brother of Mary (John) Foster of Mickleton, John (Bridget) Andaloro of Delaware, and the late Josephine (Joseph) Comly. He is survived by many caring cousins, nieces and nephews. Sam was never one to stay idle, always the communicator and often the jokester. He enjoyed his Disc jockey days when he was better known as “Caveman Sam”. He also operated a ham radio set and spent time talking to other club members until recently. Sam was part of the Andaloro Farm Family. He served his community as a proud volunteer and life member of the Deptford Fire Department and Tacoma Fire Company for more than 40 years. He also was a member of the Camden County Fire Police. Sam will be missed by his loving wife, Kathy, with whom he... Read more →


Multi Alarm ShopRite Trailer Fire in Gloucester Townshipp

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ (November 12, 2022)--On Saturday, November 12, 2022, at approximately 7:56 am, GTPD responded to the ShopRite on Blackwood-Clementon Road for a report of a fire in the rear of the business. Upon arrival, officers observed heavy smoke and flames coming from a refrigerated trailer in the rear loading dock of the business. The fire quickly spread to the rear of the building. All occupants were safely evacuated from the business and one employee was transported to a local hospital after suffering from smoke inhalation. Gloucester Township Fire Department personnel from Gloucester Township Squad 88, Chews Landing Fire Department, Blackwood Fire Company, Lambs Terrace Fire Company, Gloucester Township Fire District 6/ Erial FD, Pine Hill Fire Department, Lindenwold Fire Department, and Runnemede Fire Department arrived on location and extinguished the fire. The Camden County Fire Marshal's Office, Camden County Health Department, and Gloucester Township, New Jersey Building Inspector... Read more →


Delaware's Volunteer Firemen Save Taxpayers Over $320 Million Annually Each Year

A fire engine is parked outside the station in Dover, Del. Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock.com (The Center Square) – More than $320 million is saved from Delaware taxpayers through volunteer fire departments. State Auditor Kathy McGinnis released the annual fire report, which says that there is a tremendous saving to the state by not having paid, full-time firefighters in departments across The First State. “Delaware’s fire service is a tremendous asset to Delawareans,” McGuiness said in a release. “We performed our annual detailed cost analysis and identified what it would cost taxpayers to have an entirely state-employed fire service instead of having mostly volunteers.” McGuiness said her office, despite the fact the state has zero plans of transforming volunteer firefighters into trained, paid firefighters, formulated the report to show the “fiscal value of having dedicated volunteer firefighters and EMTs.” “Delawareans would see a significant increase in property taxes if the... Read more →


Gloucester City Spotlights Fire Chief Michael Hagan/Septembers Employee of the Month

EDITOR'S NOTE: (October 10, 2022)CNBNewsnet--The City of Gloucester City spotlighted Fire Chief Michael Hagan in their September newsletter. Below is a copy of that article. We will publish information about other honored employees. CNBNews graphic files GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (September 21, 2022)--Gloucester City is extremely fortunate to have a fully staffed 24/7 Fire Department. The Gloucester City Fire Department (GCFD) covers 2.6 square miles, 11,256 residents, and is responsible for responding to emergencies in residential dwellings, commercial buildings, industrial facilities and shipping port facilities not only in Gloucester City but also provides automatic-mutual aid response to surrounding communities. GCFD is led by Chief Michael Hagan with 23 firefighters reporting to him. GCFD’s obvious function is that of fire suppression, but they are also charged with numerous other prevention and protection tasks. These tasks include, but are not limited to emergency medical response, rescue-special operations, code enforcement-fire safety inspections, public education.... Read more →


RETIRED GLOUCESTER CITY FIREMAN HAS NEW TITLE

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (September 26, 2022)(CNBNewsnet)--Former Gloucester City Fireman George Huston (photo)made the headlines recently. Huston, raised in Gloucester City, retired from the local fire department in 2017 with a *$70,337 pension. According to the New Jersey Globe, Huston is working as the Gloucester County Deputy Fire Marshal with a $63,960 annual salary. "Now the 59-year-old Huston is making 32% more money from public jobs than he was five years ago," stated the article. Huston’s new boss is Shawn Layton (photo below), the embattled county fire marshal who supposedly left a trained arson dog named Ember in a county-owned vehicle on an 87-degree day in August. As a result of his carelessness, the three-year-old Golden Retriever died from the heat. The outcry from the public and some politicians over the dog's death has resulted in Layton being investigated by the Gloucester County Prosecutors Office. Read the GLOBE article; Deputy Fire... Read more →


Multi-Alarm Fire in Glendora, No Injuries Reported

GLENDORA, NJ (September 23, 2022)(CNBNewsnet)--On Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at approximately 4:44 PM, the Gloucester Township Police Department responded to Hartford Drive in the Glendora section of Gloucester Township for a report of a dwelling fire. Arriving officers found fire and smoke conditions coming from the roof and interior of the home. As Gloucester Township Fire Departments were arriving, officers ensured that the residence and neighboring homes were evacuated as a precaution. Gloucester Township Fire Department Stations 81 Glendora Fire Company, 82 Chews Landing Fire Department and 88 Gloucester Twp. Squad 88 along with Runnemede, Bellmawr, Somerdale, and Magnolia Fire Departments arrived on location and gained control of the fire. No residents were injured however, the family was displaced due to fire, smoke, and water damage the home sustained. Assistance was provided by the Red Cross and Gloucester Township OEM. One fire fighter from Bellmawr Fire Department was treated for... Read more →


CNBNews Politics:

DELVECCHIO & LAZZARO, "Save The Barrington Fire Company" 

BARRINGTON, NJ (September 18, 2022)(CNBNewsnet)--Bob DelVecchio & Mark Lazzaro, Republican candidates for Barrington Borough Council, are outraged after the mayor and certain council members moved to disband the local fire company. “As a 40-year member of the Barrington Fire Company and past President, I've answered many fire calls,” DelVecchio said. “I have been proud to serve our community alongside the great men and women who continue to answer those calls.” "Today, former Public Safety Director Bob DelVecchio and I are answering this call to save the Barrington Fire Company," Lazzaro added. The mayor and two council members held a closed-door meeting without notice to the Barrington public CNBNews graphic file . At the meeting, the officials announced their plan to allow the Haddon Heights Fire Company to essentially take over the Barrington Fire Company beginning In January of 2023. "The taxpayers and residents of Barrington, and the members of the... Read more →


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

Upcoming Nicholson Road Shutdown will also Shutdown Gloucester City's Economy

SHOWN ABOVE, Nicholson Road, heading east into Gloucester City, NJ. Due to construction work on the freeway Nicholson Road, a significant thorofare for traffic in and out of Gloucester City will be closed soon. One of the other major roads for traffic is nearby Klemm Avenue which is also closed for several years due to the same freeway work. The sign reads ON OR ABOUT AUGUST 22, 2022. THIS ROAD IS TO BE CLOSED FOR REPAIR. PLAN ALTERNATE ROUTE. (CNBNews photo credit) Gloucester City has only six entrance roads. For several years Klemm Avenue has been shut down for the same freeway repairs. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Nicholson Road is a vital artery. The upcoming work on that significant thruway could have waited until the work completion of Klemm Avenue. Related: Klemm Avenue I-76 Overpass Work To Begin; Repairs Will Close A Major Gloucester City Highway We do not know... Read more →


*NJ Fire Fighter Jobs Open (all jurisdictions)

Symbol: M9999D Title: FIRE FIGHTER Issue Date: 07/01/2022 Closing Date: 08/31/2022 Jurisdiction: ALL LOCAL JURISDICTIONS Salary: * Num. of Positions: Vacancies Anticipated Workweek: 40 Hours per week Application Fee: $35.00 IMPORTANT INFORMATION: NOTE: Before proceeding, you MUST click here and read the "FIRE FIGHTER FACT SHEET". Applicants must be citizens of the United States as of August 31, 2022. Applicants must meet residency preferences specified on the Fire Fighter Fact Sheet as of August 31, 2022. Applicants must be high school or vocational high school graduates, or possess an approved high school equivalent certificate by August 31, 2022. Applicants must be at least 18 years old but not over 35 years old (one is over 35 years old on the day after his/her 35th birthday). An exception to the 35 year age limit is that volunteer Fire Fighters must not be over 40 years old as of their appointment date... Read more →


Morning House Fire South Collins Court

On Tuesday, August 9th at approximately 9:31 am, the Gloucester Township Police Department responded to South Collins Court in the Blackwood Section for a report of a dwelling fire. Arriving officers found smoke conditions coming from the roof of the town home. As Gloucester Township Fire Departments were arriving, officers ensured that the residence and neighboring town homes were evacuated as a precaution. Gloucester Township Fire Department Stations 82 and 88 along with Runnemede, Bellmawr, arrived on location and quickly gained control of the fire. The home was occupied one adult and three children. No one was injured, however they were displaced due to the smoke damage the home sustained. Assistance was provided by the Red Cross. At this time the fire does not appear to be suspicious. It is being investigated by the Gloucester Township Police Department Investigations Bureau, Gloucester Township Fire Department station 82 and the Camden County... Read more →


Driver Involved in Fatal Magnolia Fire Truck Accident Charged

Magnolia, N.J. – Camden County Prosecutor Grace C. MacAulay is announcing charges in a fatal motor-vehicle crash that occurred in January of 2022. On July 28, 2022, John Gibson, 29, of Lawnside, NJ, was arrested and charged with two counts of second-degree Vehicular Homicide by Operating a Vehicle Recklessly and causing the deaths of 68-year old John Bishop and 75-year-old Marie Endicott, both of Pine Hill, NJ. Gibson was also charged with third degree Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution.r On January 19, 2022, officers responded to a motor-vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 9:52 a.m., involving a Lawnside Borough Fire Department fire truck and a Nissan Sentra at the intersection of Warwick Road and the White Horse Pike in Magnolia, NJ. Both occupants of the Nissan Sentra sustained serious injuries. They both succumbed to those injuries, and both were pronounced deceased at the scene. An investigation determined Gibson, who was operating... Read more →


GLOUCESTER CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT NEWS

CNBNews Editors Note (GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ) (August 3, 2022)--We recently noticed several photos with captions on the Gloucester City Fire Department's Facebook page that we have republished below. This may be hard to believe, but there are actually people living in Gloucester City and Westville who don't have a Facebook account. As a result, they are unaware of the fire calls the GCFD has responded to, nor do they know about the training sessions the members participated in. The period being published is from May to July 2022. Prayer to Bless All Firefighters All-powerful Father, I ask You to look upon the Earth and bless Your servants who are members of the firefighting community. I ask that You bless and honor their willingness to sacrifice themselves for the sake of others. Give these heroes the protection and strength they need to carry out their civic function in a way that... Read more →


The Early History of the Gloucester City Fire Department Bells, Fire Department and Police Department

First published here on Thursday, May 13, 2010 By Ed Walens Gloucester City built its first Fire Department headquarters in 1879 on Bergen Street – where the police station is now. The fire hall was built on a lot adjacent to the old City Hall, which is now the new City Hall. After 1879, several fires took place without the knowledge of some firemen because there was no alarm bell to let them know. Some concerned Gloucester City businessmen decided to approach City Council and ask that a fire alarm bell be placed in the tower of the fire hall. The Councilmen liked the idea, and wasted no time planning for the installation of a fire alarm bell. They purchased a large bell that would be heard in every corner of the town. The alarm would be set off by electricity, and Council decided to put the bell in the... Read more →


Mount Ephraim Commissioner Answers Questions Pertaining to Alleged Turmoil in Fire Department

UPDATED/CORRECTED Mount Ephraim Fire Headquarters (source Facebook) William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNewsnet MOUNT EPHRAIM, NJ (July 13, 2022)(CNBNewsnet)--We recently received an unsigned comment about the Mount Ephraim Volunteer Fire Department. The individual alleged that one of the officers of the department was not qualified for several reasons not specified. Furthermore, the person implied that the fire department was being investigated by the NJ Department of Community Affairs. CNBNews also heard a rumor that several firemen were quitting because of the allegations made above. As such the department did not have enough volunteers to staff the department. To clear up the rumor (s) we questioned Mount Ephraim Commissioner George Gies, Director of Public Safety, about the allegations. Gies emphasized the Fire Department is an independent agency in terms of providing firefighting services and selecting and overseeing its personnel. "As Director of Public Safety, I am the liaison between the fire... Read more →


Gloucester City Firefighter Pays Tribute to Local Heroes

Above Gloucester City Fireman Jack Driscoll. (Facebook photo) GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (July 11, 2022)(CNBNewsnet)--Gloucester City Firefighter Jack Driscoll, ran a 5K recently in full gear in honor of firefighters Tom Stewart, from the Gloucester City Fire Department and Chief Jim Sylvester and Deputy Chief John West from the Mt. Ephraim Fire Department. Those men perished during a July 4, 2002 multi-alarm fire at Broadway and Mercer Sts. Three children also died in that fire. They included: Alexandra Slack, who was five when she died along with 3-year-old twin sisters Claudia and Colletta Slack. Above, Gloucester City fireman Jack Driscoll. Below are the three firefighters who perished, Chief Jim Sylvester, Tom Stewart and Deputy Chief Tom West. image source : https://www.firefighterclosecalls.com/ source of information Gloucester City Community Development Read more →


November 2008 Election The End of America as We Knew It

The following article was written by Phil Cohen, a retired Camden City Firefighter, and the editor of the Camden-HeartSoul news site http://www.dvrbs.com/Camden-HeartSoul.htm by Phil Cohen NOVEMBER 4, 2008--It's 4:07 AM, and by the end of the night you and I will know the fate of the United States as we know and love it.... if you are one of those who do not love this country and its traditions, please find another website to visit. Theodore Roosevelt the 26TH President of U.S. Theodore Roosevelt, a brilliant and great man as whoever walked this earth, gave the following speech addressing the Knights of Columbus in New York City on October 12, 1915: There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad.... Read more →


Lower Township Police Arrest Two "Firebugs"

Lower Township, NJ (June 29, 2022)(CNBNewsnet) - On Sunday, June 5, 2022, the Lower Township Police Department’s Officers responded to the area of the 1400 block of Bayshore Road, in the Villas section of Lower Township for a 9-1-1 hang-up. Upon arrival, officers observed smoke coming from a parked vehicle. The Villas Volunteer Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire. Members from the Cape May County Fire Marshal’s Office as well as the Lower Township Police Department’s Detective Bureau responded to conduct an investigation. As a result, two males were identified as being involved. Ernest Grey, a 47 year old, Villas resident was subsequently charged with Aggravated Arson, Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Arson, and Burglary. He was lodged in the Cape May County Correctional Facility in accordance with Criminal Justice Reform. The second identified male, Randy Grey, a 58 year old, Villas resident was also charged with Aggravated Arson and... Read more →


Attic Fire in Glendora, No Injuries, Family Displaced

GLENDORA, NJ--On Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at approximately 6:47 pm, the Gloucester Township Police Department responded to West Evesham Road, in the Glendora Section of Gloucester Township, for a report of a house fire. Upon Officers' arrival, they observed a heavy smoke condition from the attic area of the residence. Gloucester Township Fire Departments arrived to extinguish the fire. Officers ensured that the residents and family pet were evacuated. Gloucester Township Fire Stations Glendora Fire Department 81, Chews Landing Fire Department 82, Blenheim Fire Department 83, and Gloucester Township Squad 88 along with Runnemede Fire Department, Magnolia Fire Department, Bellmawr Fire Department, Somerdale Fire Department and Inspira EMS arrived and were able to keep the fire from spreading to the rest of the home and neighboring residences. No occupants of the home reported any injuries, but were displaced due to the fire. No Firefighters or Police Officers reported any injuries.... Read more →


Philadelphia Fireman Dies When Building Collapses; Five Other Philadelphia Employees Suffered Injuries

PHILADELPHIA (June 18, 2022)--— It is with great sadness that the Philadelphia Fire Department announces the loss of one of its own along with injuries to five City of Philadelphia employees—four firefighters and one employee of the Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I). Lieutenant Sean Williamson, 51, was killed in the line of duty while operating at this morning’s fire at 300 W. Indiana Avenue in the city’s Fairhill section. Lt. Williamson was a 27-year veteran of the Fire Department, most recently assigned to Ladder 18 located in the Hunting Park section of the city. Lt. Fire Lt. Sean Williamson Williamson leaves behind his mother and son. Injured during the emergency response were: Lieutenant Sylvester Burton, Fire Marshal Lieutenant Clarence Johnson Firefighter Dennis Daly Firefighter Robert Brennan, Jr. Thomas Rybakowski, Supervisor, Emergency Services Unit, L&I “The Philadelphia Fire Department is grieving with the family, friends, and community for all those... Read more →


Philadelphia Archbishop Nelson J. Perez Statement Regarding Death of Fire Lt. Sean Williamson

I was deeply saddened to learn that Lieutenant Sean Williamson of the Philadelphia Fire Department was killed in the line of duty this weekend. In the name of the people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, I extend my prayerful condolences to Lieutenant Williamson’s family and friends who mourn this tragic loss. My heartfelt sympathy also goes out to Adam K. Thiel, Commissioner of the Philadelphia Fire Department, and the faithful men and women of the Philadelphia Fire Department as they cope with death of their beloved brother who faithfully served our city for over 27 years. In addition, I ask all people of goodwill to join me in fervently praying for the speedy recovery of those who were injured in the fire and building collapse. We owe a debt of gratitude to the first responders who put their lives on the line to protect us each day. May God watch... Read more →


Philadelphia Mayor Releases Statement on the Death of Fire Lt. Sean Williamson

PHILADELPHIA — Mayor Kenney today issued the following statement on the death of Philadelphia Fireman Lt. Sean Williamson: “I am deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Philadelphia Firefighter Lieutenant Sean Williamson. This is a heartbreaking day for our city. For more than 27 years, he dedicated his life to serving and protecting the people of Philadelphia, and sacrificed his life protecting others. Early this morning, like every day, he exemplified heroism by doing what our first responders do every day: put on their uniform, leave their loved ones, and carry out their sworn duty to protect and serve the residents of this city. I share my deepest condolences with everyone who knew and loved Sean. I ask all Philadelphians to keep his family, and all members of the Philadelphia Fire Department, in your prayers at this difficult time.” To honor the memory of Lt. Williamson, all City... Read more →


Area Emergency Responders Working to Contain Fire on Barge in Delaware Bay

DNREC Onsite to Assess Possible Environmental Impacts Local emergency responders have been working into the afternoon today to contain a fire aboard a cargo barge in Delaware Bay approximately nine miles off the coast of Port Mahon. Crews from the U.S. Coast Guard and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control are onsite assessing the situation after the fire was reported just after 1 a.m. today. The DNREC Emergency Response Team joined federal and local partners monitoring the Delaware Bay by air and patrol boat for environmental impacts caused by the fire, which discharged a plume of smoke. While smoke is currently visible from the beach, air quality monitoring stations in the region are currently showing low readings of Particulate Matter (PM2.5). Data is available to the public at Airnow.gov or Purpleair.com. The USCG and DNREC crews are also looking for debris from the barge and its cargo... Read more →


Kevin D. Hannun Sr., 47, of Bellmawr, Police Officer, Volunteer Fireman, U.S. Marine, Triton HS Alum

He’s the goofy, fun loving man of passion; the key to Kevin D. Hannum, Sr.’s happiness was laughter. He was the one singing in the shower, dancing in the living room to his favorite tunes and everyone knew “that smirk”. He was butch enough to wear lipstick and pull it off. Kevin was integrity, courage and dependability. He was one of the few, one of the proud… SEMPER FI. Over the past few years, while challenged by indisposition, Kevin was tenacious, full of hope and faithful. You know what Ol’ Jack Burton says at a time like this? … Just look that big ol’ storm right square in the eye and say…. “Give me your best shot, pal. I can take it.” Kevin did just that. But, on Wednesday April 27, 2022 we learned how terrible it was to love something death can touch. Because Kevin would not stop for... Read more →


Beef and Beer Benefit to Help Hammonton Volunteer Fireman Domenick Digiovannangelo

Hammonton, NJ - For the last 22 years Domenick DiGiovannangelo has been serving the community as a volunteer firefighter with the Hammonton Fire Department and the Independent Vol. Fire Co. 2. In addition to his time served with Hammonton, Domenick previously served 15 years with the Winslow Township Fire Department’s Elm Fire Company. Besides serving as a senior firefighter and mentor to many of the younger members, Domenick is currently serving as Assistant Chief of the Hammonton Fire Department. Earlier this year Domenick was diagnosed with end-stage heart failure and a cancerous tumor for which he is currently undergoing aggressive treatment. Immediate care will involve the implantation of an LVAD (Left Ventricular Assist Device) and targeted radiation. A heart transplant will occur in the near future after his cancer recovery. As you can imagine this has taken a financial toll on Domenick and his family. His brother firefighters from Hammonton... Read more →


Woman Drives Vehicle Off of Freedom Pier into Delaware River; Police, EMT, Firemen Respond to the Scene in Gloucester City

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ -Rescue personnel search the vehicle to see if anyone else was inside of it. The driver, a woman drove her vehicle off of Freedom Pier, King and Cumberland Sts., Gloucester City. She was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. At this time her condition is not known. Also not known is how the accident happened. (Image courtesy of https://6abc.com ) The driver of the vehicle jumped the curb and crashed through the iron fence before her vehicle fell into the Delaware River. A concrete barrier has been placed where the fence was broken. (CNBNews photo) GLOUCESTER CITY , NJ (April 28, 2022)(CNBNewsnet)—A woman drove her vehicle off of Freedom Pier, into the Delaware River today around 1 PM. It is not known at this time what caused the accident. Either is the condition of the woman, who was taken to a nearby hospital. Police Lt. Jason... Read more →


CONGRATULATIONS: Six Members of the Mount Ephraim Volunteer Fire Department Honored for Saving Baby's Life

Above, Captain Joey Herrman holding the baby MOUNT EPHRAIM, NJ (April 7, 2022)(CNBNEWSNET)-The Mount Ephraim Commissioners honored six members of the Borough's Volunteer Fire Department at the monthly council meeting held Thursday night, April 8. The firemen were recognized for their actions on March 20th. Each of the volunteers received an Outstanding Service Commendation from the borough and were awarded a Unit Citation from the Department. Outstanding Service Commendation On March 20th 2022 there was a medical emergency at the Bell Road firehouse when a resident ran into the station with a three month old baby in distress. Captain Joey Herrmann, with assistance from firefighter Jason Green and Nick DiPaolo, quickly realized that the baby was not breathing. Captain Herrmann checked the infant's airway and realized the baby was choking on formula and mucus. He cleared the airway using the infant heimlich maneuver and after two attempts, the baby was... Read more →


THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: FOUND MONEY

Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews Contributor GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ-(March 29, 2022)--It looks as though we're in for another municipal (city) tax increase. Are we shocked? I doubt it. I found something, actually several somethings, that should shock every taxpayer, though. I'm finishing work on my cousin's estate and before closing it I thought I would check the state database for unclaimed property. The good news is I found $68 I didn't know I had and $2,100 I didn't know my cousin had and then...I looked into Gloucester City. Here is where we might be shocked and angry. Why are our politicians talking about raising taxes when there are twenty-one unclaimed accounts for Gloucester City and/or various departments? These accounts are old. The asset, usually money, was abandoned by the owner of the account and after a few years, it is turned over to the state treasury. The state tries to find... Read more →


The Gloucester City Bomber Found Guilty

William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNewsnet The GCity Cross-Fit gym, 512-514 South Broadway; the bomb, which was placed against the door, blew out the door but the plate glass windows on either side of the door were not damaged. (CNBNewsnet photo) GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (March 26, 2022)—Dwayne A. Vandergrift Jr. who was accused of detonating a homemade bomb at GCity Cross-fit gym, in the summer of 2020, pleaded guilty on Friday, March 25 in U.S. District Court, Camden City, according to the Courier Post. The gym is surrounded by residential homes. Those living in the area said they were awakened by a loud noise; some said it was around 3:30 AM while others told CNBNews it was 4 AM. Two days later, on Friday, August 28, 2020, Vandergrift Jr., was arrested at his home in the 700 block of Powell Street. The front panel of the door was made out... Read more →


Multi Alarm Fire in Audubon Destroys Home, No Injuries

AUDUBON, NJ (March 9, 2022)(CNBNewsnet)--A multi-alarm fire occurred Saturday night on Oswego Avenue in Audubon. According to a Facebook posting by the Audubon Fire Department at 8:24 PM, Taskforce 1 (Audubon, Audubon Park, Haddon Heights, Mount Ephraim, Oaklyn, and Westmont) were alerted to 16 Oswego Avenue in Audubon for a reported dwelling fire. Crews arrived to find heavy fire in the rear of the dwelling in an attached garage. The working firebox was then dispatched adding Engine 16 from Collingswood and Quint 5-1 from Gloucester City, along with Rescue 3-2 from Bellmawr as the RIT Team. Quint 1-1 arrived and stretched an attack line to the interior of the dwelling, while Ladder 15-1 (Westmont) started opening up for ventilation. An additional 1 3/4” attack line was stretched to the rear garage area for extinguishment. All occupants made it out safely, along with the family cat with no injuries being reported.... Read more →


Afternoon House Fire Displaces Residents on Hawthorne Ct, Blackwood Section of Gloucester Township,

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ(CNBNewsnet)On Tuesday, March 8th at approximately 4:15 pm, the Gloucester Township Police Department responded to Hawthore Ct, in the Blackwood Section of Gloucester Township for a report of a house fire. While En-route dispatch confirmed multiple callers were reporting the house had heavy fire and smoke. Arriving officers found the home with heavy fire showing. As Gloucester Township Fire Departments were arriving, officers ensured that the residents were evacuated. Gloucester Township Fire Department Stations 81, 82, 84, 85 and 88 along with Runnemede, and EMS units from Virtua arrived and were able to keep the fire from spreading to neighboring residences, as well as quickly gaining control of the fire. The American Red Cross is assisting the residents due to heavy damage to their residence. One occupant of the home reported minor injuries including smoke inhalation, and was transported by her husband to Cooper Trauma Hospital for treatment.... Read more →


Clement E. "Mick" McKinney Sr., of Brooklawn; Retired Captain of the Brooklawn Volunteer Fire Dept. and Bellmawr Park Fire Co.

BROOKLAWN, NJ (February 20, 2022)(CNBNews)--Clement E. “Mick” McKinney, Sr. was genuinely a good man, a good and honorable family man who believed in and spent a lifetime serving and supporting his community. “Mick” faced adversity and danger head-on, revealing his strength in character. Mr. McKinney loved to travel and had seen the world cruising it over the years. As we are about to go on a journey, “Bon Voyage” is shared and exclaimed. Goodbye and good luck… Clement E. “Mick” McKinney, Sr On Friday, February 11, 2022, after 79 trips around the sun, we said goodbye and farewell from his longtime home. What we do for ourselves, dies with us. But, what we do for others, endures. Mr. McKinney was born in Woodbury and had been an active and engaged Brooklawn neighbor, raising his family and protecting its citizens for many years. Mick began his career in the fire service... Read more →


False Fire Alarm at Winslow Township High School

stock photo WINSLOW TOWNSHIP, NJ (February 9, 2022)(CNBNews)--Today, Tuesday, February 9, at 7:41 AM, the Winslow Township Police Department school resource officer reported a fire alarm activation and an odor of smoke in the Winslow Township High School, 10 Cooper Road, Atco. Police Captain C. Dubler said all students and staff were immediately evacuated as Fire Department personnel and other emergency personnel responded. Investigation revealed that the odor of smoke had traveled over from a local business, which was conducting a controlled burn. There was no fire at the High School, and all staff and students were returned to the school without incident. Read more →


Fatal Fire in North Cape May, Under Investigation

Cape May Court House, New Jersey (February 7, 2022)– County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief Kevin Lewis of the Lower Township Police Department announced the investigation of a fatal fire in the North Cape May section of Lower Township. On Sunday, February 6, 2022, Lower Township patrol officers responded to the scene of a fully involved structure fire at 224 Suzane Road, North Cape May. Once the fire was extinguished, the remains of an unidentified female were found in the bedroom of the residence. An autopsy was conducted on Sunday, February 6, 2022, and the cause of the fire is being investigated by members of the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office, Lower Township Police Department, and the Cape May County Fire Marshall's Office. According to Prosecutor Sutherland, the preliminary investigation and autopsy have not revealed anything suspicious in nature at this time. Prosecutor Sutherland urges anyone who may have... Read more →


Jill Ann Travis, age 55, Succumbed To Injuries Substained From A House Fire

On January 13, 2022, Jill passed away due to injuries sustained from a house fire at age 55. (nee Oldson) Of West Deptford. Loving and devoted wife of 38 years to Merial “JR” E. Travis, Jr. Loving mother of Brittany Erin Craft (Brian), John Dillon Travis (Brittany Genovese) and Taylor Leigh Travis (Zach Pierce). Cherished grandmother of Katharine Lily Craft and Jack Phillip Travis. Dear sister of Carla Gillies (Edward) and beloved aunt of Meghan Gillies and Kendall Gillies. Relatives and friends are invited to her visitation on Monday morning, January 24th, from 10 AM to 12 Noon at the McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME, 851 Monmouth St., Gloucester City. Funeral service 12 Noon in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Wenonah Cemetery, Mantua. In lieu of flowers, donations are asked to JR, John, Brittany and Jack Travis to help them rebuild their lives. Condolences and Memories may be shared at... Read more →


Fire Truck in Magnolia Collides with Vehicle, Two People Die, Investigation Ongoing

Magnolia, N.J. – Detectives are investigating a fatal crash involving a fire truck Wednesday morning in Magnolia, announced Camden County Prosecutor Grace C. MacAulay and Magnolia Police Chief Scott Paris. At approximately 9:54 a.m., a fire truck responding to a call collided with a vehicle at the intersection of White Horse Pike and Warwick Road. Two people inside the vehicle have been pronounced deceased. Three firefighters who were inside the fire truck sustained minor injuries. The investigation into the circumstances surrounding this crash is ongoing. No further details are being released at this time. Read more →


Free Smoke Detectors/Installation for Gibbsboro Residents

Gibbsboro residents eligible for FREE smoke detectors and installation. Contact Fire Marshal at 856-783-6655, ext. 151 to schedule. With the recent increase in fire related injuries and fire deaths due to non-working or lack of smoke detectors, the Gibbsboro Fire Marshal Office and the Gibbsboro Fire Company are able to supply and install smoke detectors to our residents for FREE. Please contact the Fire Marshal Office 856-783-6655, ext. 151 to schedule an installation. Address/Location Gibbsboro Police Department 5 Foster Ave Gibbsboro, NJ 08026 Contact Emergency: 9-1-1 Non-emergencies: 856-783-0151 Read more →


New Jersey American Water Announces Grant Program for Volunteer Fire Departments

CAMDEN, N.J. (January 5, 2022) – Recognizing the bravery and commitment of volunteer firefighters and first responders, New Jersey American Water announces its 2022 grant program for volunteer fire departments and emergency responders (e.g., ambulance and first aid squads) located within the company’s service areas. “We are honored to support the brave firefighters and first responders through this grant program again this year, as we have for over ten years,” said Mark McDonough, president of New Jersey American Water. “These hardworking, selfless men and women serve on the front lives daily to protect the communities we serve, and this program is just one way we say thank you.” Grants may be used to cover the costs of personal protective equipment, communications gear, first aid equipment, firefighting tools, vehicle maintenance and other materials that will be used to support volunteer firefighter and emergency responder operations. Reimbursement for specific training courses, including... Read more →


UPDATED: Audubon Fire Department and Other Departments Respond to Brooklawn House Fire

UPDATED/CORRECTED Mt. Ephraim Fire Department (Dec. 24, 2021) post--Earlier today, at 9:30 am, your volunteer firefighters were alerted to cover Gloucester City Station 51 from Mount Ephraim Fire Department Station 45 while the Gloucester City Fire Department operated at an “All Hands” fire in Westville. While members stationed at our firehouse covering a large area of surrounding towns, your firefighters were alerted to a reported house fire (400 unit block of Chestnut St.,) in Brooklawn with reports of people trapped. Within seconds Squad 45, under the command of Captain Herrmann, was out the doors and responding with a crew of five. Fire Dispatchers on duty at the Camden County Communication Center advised responding units that police arrived on location and had heavy smoke showing from the dwelling. Within eight minutes of the first 911 call, Squad 45 arrived on location with smoke showing from a two-story single-family dwelling. The crew... Read more →


First Responders Children’s Foundation Active in NJ

(Jersey City, NJ) – First Responders Children’s Foundation, (the national non-profit organization that provides financial relief to the families of first responders who have been injured or killed in the line of duty), in partnership with the first responder agencies across the state of New Jersey today announced the that its Toy Express events are coming to Jersey City, Teaneck, Rockaway, Bergenfield, Paramus, Stratford, Berlin, Hackensack, Bogota, Barnegat, Manville, Maywood and Ridgefield - and will provide children with free toys that bring holiday cheer. The program has a profound impact on both first responders and the communities in which they serve. A record number of police officers and firefighters have died in the line of duty this year. That means more children are being left without a first responder parent this Christmas. FRCF is identifying those families and making sure those children and families get free toys and some holiday... Read more →


Blackwood Fire Co. Christmas Parade Saturday

Parade Route BLACKWOOD, NJ (December 3, 2021)--Saturday the Blackwood Fire Company Christmas Parade will be occurring today in Downtown Blackwood. The parade begins at 6:00 pm and ends at approximately 8:00 pm. During the parade, the Black Horse Pike will be closed in both directions between Church Street and Davistown Road. Davistown Rd will also be closed between Black Horse Pike and Argyle Ave. Heavy pedestrian traffic is expected in the area of the Black Horse Pike therefore drivers are advised to use caution when in the area and to expect minor delays. The detour route is East Church St. to Erial Rd. then make a right on College Drive. Alternately you can utilize Lakeland Road to Woodbury Turnersville Road to Blackwood Barnsboro Rd. to Church St. Officers will be on location at both closure points to assist drivers, however, to avoid delays please plan ahead and seek an alternate... Read more →


Winners of South Jersey Gas First Responders Grant Program Announced

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., November 29, 2021 – Today, South Jersey Gas, a subsidiary of South Jersey Industries (NYSE: SJI), announced the winners of its annual First Responders Grant Program. This year, 16 grants totaling nearly $67,000 were awarded to local first responder departments. “The South Jersey Gas First Responders Grant Program enables our company to give back to organizations whose continued efforts keep our customers and communities safe,” said Brent Schomber, President and COO, South Jersey Gas. “As we come into the holiday season, we are proud to partner with this year’s winners to support their work and future initiatives.” The 2021 First Responders Grant Program recipient departments include: Winslow Township Fire Department Absecon Fire Company Lawnside Fire Company Lower Township Police Department Vineland Fire Department Atlantic City Fire Department Glassboro Fire Department Upper Township Rescue Squad Alloway Township Fire Company Elwood Fire Company Middle Township Police Department Berlin Fire... Read more →


Audits of Pennsylvania Volunteer Firefighters Relief Associations Produce Wide Range of Findings

By Victor Skinner | The Center Square contributor (The Center Square) – Audits of dozens of Pennsylvania volunteer firefighters’ relief associations uncovered an array of issues, from unauthorized and undocumented expenses to noncompliance with prior audits and failures to maintain accurate equipment and volunteer rosters. Pennsylvania Auditor General Timothy DeFoor released audit reports over the past two weeks for 27 volunteer firefighters’ relief associations (VFRAs) in 25 counties. The associations are funded by the Department of Auditor General through a 2% tax on Pennsylvania fire insurance policies sold by out-of-state companies. The auditor general sent $54 million this year to 2,517 municipalities for VFRAs, which use the money for training, equipment, insurance and death benefits for volunteer firefighters. The relief associations are separate entities from the fire departments they support. “Relief associations provide vital support to Pennsylvania’s first responders,” DeFoor said. “Our audits make sure state aid is used to... Read more →


Everything You Need to Know About Buying Car Insurance 

image courtesy of Pixabay Not many people relish the prospect of purchasing car insurance; after all, this can be an expensive and time-consuming process, the benefits of which might take some time to materialize. While the process of buying car insurance might not be the most exciting activity, it can have a big impact on your finances. Buying the right car insurance means finding a solution for the right price that offers a level of coverage that suits your needs and preferences. The list below is designed to offer you the top tips to help you find the right car insurance for your needs more quickly and effectively. 1. Pay Attention to How Rates are Based As Root Insurance explains, one of the major challenges to finding car insurance can be down to the fact that many insurance companies base auto insurance rates on demographics such as age, gender, marital... Read more →


CONSUMER NEWS: Cooktops Are Top Culprits in Cooking Fires

As the holiday season approaches, SERVPRO fire restoration specialists in the Gloucester City area offer stovetop safety tips for home cooks Gloucester City, NJ (Grassroots Newswire) November 16, 2021 - From 2014 to 2018, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports* that U.S. fire departments were called to an estimated average of 172,900 home structure fires related to cooking each year. During the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, the number of home fires caused by cooking peaks to an average of 470 fires each day. "These fires are tragic because they result in property damage, displacement of families, injury, and even death," says Rick Isaacson, CEO of Servpro Industries, LLC. "The thing that compounds the tragedy, though, is that there are some simple steps everyone can take to reduce the chance of a cooking fire." The fire and water damage clean-up specialists at SERVPRO in the Gloucester City area urge homeowners... Read more →


William "Tony" Colucci, Camden City Fire Dept. Retiree, Emerald Society Member, Past Maple Shade Cop

Woodstock, Ontario – Formerly of Maple Shade and Bellmawr. Passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at his home on Monday, November 1st, 2021, at the age of 80. Much loved and cherished husband of Diane Colucci of Woodstock, Ontario. Stepfather of Shawn MacDonald from Calgary, Alberta, and step-grandfather of Jeremie, (Calgary), Naomi (Texas), and Kaitlyn (Hawaii). Tony also had a special bonded relationship with Justin and Kelly Byers of Woodstock and their children Mason and Audrey who considered Tony their 3rd grandpa. Tony leaves behind his brothers George (Madeline) Colucci, Anthony (Jenna) Colucci, Charlie Colucci as well as sisters Sandy (Mark), Charlene (Ron), and Patricia (Nick) all from New Jersey. Tony is survived by many nieces and nephews in the US, in-laws and great friends in Canada who all dearly loved him. Tony is predeceased by his brother Bobby, sister Laura, infant sister Barbara Jean and parents Anthony and Laura Colucci.... Read more →


Delanco Volunteer Fire Chief Charged with Inappropriate Touching

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Delanco Township Police Chief Jesse DeSanto announced that the volunteer chief of the Delanco Fire Department has been charged with touching the breasts of a woman from another local emergency services agency who had come to the fire house for work purposes. Todd R. Johnsen, 45, of Center Avenue, was charged with one count of Criminal Sexual Contact (Fourth Degree) in connection with the June 19 incident inside the Delanco Fire House. He is scheduled for a hearing in Central Judicial Processing Court on December 6. The investigation began after the victim reported the contact to Delanco police. The investigation revealed that Johnsen entered the room where the victim was seated at a table, then leaned over and wrapped his arms around her. It is alleged that Johnsen placed an arm under her breasts and pushed them up as he put his head down... Read more →


Multiple Alarm House Fire in Glendora, No Injuries

GLENDORA, NJ --On Friday November 5, 2021 at approximately 7:51 AM, The Gloucester Township Police Department was dispatched to a house fire on the 800 block of Huntington Avenue, in the Glendora section of Gloucester Township, New Jersey. Gloucester Township Police Officers arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the single family unit and located the lone occupant outside, unharmed. Firefighters from Glendora Fire Company , Gloucester Twp. Engine 88, Runnemede Fire & EMS , Chews Landing Fire Department , Bellmawr Fire Department , Magnolia Fire Department and Somerdale Fire Department arrived and extinguished the fire. The fire appears to be non suspicious. There were no injuries to emergency personnel or civilians. The resident will be displaced until smoke and water damage can be remediated. Saturday night we will be moving the clocks back one hour and this is a good time to check/change the batteries on your smoke detectors... Read more →


Fire in Blackwood Early Monday Morning

photos provided BLACKWOOD, NJ--(November 1, 2021)--On Monday, November 1 at approximately 12:41 am, the Gloucester Township Police Department responded to Oakmont Rd. in the Blackwood section of Gloucester Township, New Jersey for a reported house fire. Arriving officers found heavy smoke coming from the residence. Officers assisted residents safely from the residence, as well as evacuated any immediate neighbors. The Fire was quickly extinguished, and contained to the original fire residence by Gloucester Township Fire Department Stations 81, 83, 84, 86, and 88 along with, units from Pine Hill and Runnemede Fire Departments. The four occupants of the home were not injured, but (2) cats were found deceased by firefighters. The residents were displaced and were provided lodging with assistance by the American Red Cross. While this incident does not appear to be suspicious at this time, it is being investigated by the Gloucester Township Police Department Investigations Bureau, Gloucester... Read more →


South Jersey Gas Announces First Responders Grant Program

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., October 29, 2021 – South Jersey Gas, a subsidiary of South Jersey Industries (NYSE: SJI), today announced the kick-off of its annual First Responders Grant Program. Grants will be awarded to provide critical support for operations conducted by first responder departments. All paid or volunteer fire, emergency medical services and police departments serving at least one of the municipalities in the South Jersey Gas service area are eligible to apply. To review the official rules and guidelines, including a complete list of municipalities in the service area, and to submit an application, please visit www.southjerseygas.com/community. All submissions must be received by South Jersey Gas no later than Friday, November 5 by 5 p.m. About South Jersey Gas South Jersey Gas, subsidiary of SJI (NYSE:SJI), delivers safe, reliable, affordable natural gas and promotes energy efficiency to more than 400,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Atlantic, Cape May,... Read more →