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Giant Among Volunteers, Ramsey's Charles Schucht, 75, To Be Laid To Rest Giant Among Volunteers, Ramsey's Charles Schucht, 75, To Be Laid To Rest
Giant Among Volunteers, Ramsey's Charles Schucht, 75, To Be Laid To Rest 𝗧𝗥𝗜𝗕𝗨𝗧𝗘: It's a measure of Charles Schucht's well-known dedication to helping others that he volunteered for the Ramsey Ambulance Corps in his late 60s. "Many people knew Chuck volunteered at RAC, but few realized the extent of his involvement due to his humility," Corps Chief Marc Greenwood said. "Chuck prided himself on participating in almost every single birthday drive by during COVID," Greenwood said. "When he wasn’t spreading cheer, he was helping transport critically ill COVID patients when many other volunteers had to step back for their families." Schucht was on duty in uniform wh…
Ridgefield Senior Hospitalized In Accidental Bedroom Fire Ridgefield Senior Hospitalized In Accidental Bedroom Fire
Ridgefield Senior Hospitalized In Accidental Bedroom Fire A Ridgefield senior was hospitalized early Saturday following an accidental bedroom fire, responders said. A mattress in her second-floor bedroom on Elm Avenue caught fire after the tenant fell asleep with a lit cigarette around 6:30 a.m. May 11, a family member said. An oxygen tank the woman uses also caught fire, the relative said. EMS tended to the victim before transporting her. Firefighters contained the fire and quickly doused the flames. Mutual aid was provided at the scene and in coverage by firefighters from Cliffside Park, Fairview and Palisades Park. Damien Danis took the pho…
NO CHOICE: Police Justified Shooting Knife-Wielding NJ Man, Grand Jury Finds NO CHOICE: Police Justified Shooting Knife-Wielding NJ Man, Grand Jury Finds
NO Choice: Police Justified Shooting Knife-Wielding NJ Man, Grand Jury Finds UPDATE: Police were justified in shooting a New Jersey man seen on bodycam video charging at an officer with a knife, a grand jury investigation required by state law found. Luke Mendez, 26, had his wrapped around the knife handle as he barreled down the steps of an Old Bridge home last April 24. Mendez was only two steps from the landing -- less than three feet from an Old Bridge officer -- when he left police no choice. Mendez was pronounced dead at a local hospital about 90 minutes later. Grand jurors reviewed various evidence but didn't really need any more than the bodycam video…
Hillsdale Man, 50, Falls From Deck While Watching Eclipse Hillsdale Man, 50, Falls From Deck While Watching Eclipse
Hillsdale Man, 50, Falls From Deck While Watching Eclipse A man was airlifted to the hospital after falling from a residential deck in Hillsdale while watching Monday's solar eclipse, authorities said. The 50-year-old victim fell 10 feet from a deck without a railing while watching the Monday afternoon eclipse on Knickerbocker Road off Riverdale Street, Hillsdale Police Chief Sean Smith said. A medical helicopter landed at the nearby George White Middle School field a short time  later, the chief said.  Check out JJMontouri's videos at: youtube.com/@jjmontuori jjmontuori The victim was then flown to Hackensack University Medica…
SUV Plows Into Ridgefield Firehouse SUV Plows Into Ridgefield Firehouse
SUV Plows Into Ridgefield Firehouse An SUV plowed into the main entrance of Ridgefield's Company 1 firehouse early Monday evening. The Asian driver, who was alone in the Lexus RX 350, said the brakes failed. Witnesses, however, told police the vehicle had been speeding north on Broad Avenue just before the 6:10 p.m. March 11 crash. The driver refused medical attention, borough firefighters said. No other injuries were reported. The SUV plowed into the front entrance of the Company 1 firehouse on Broad Avenue in Ridgefield on Monday, March 11. Jo Fehl for DAILY VOICE There was serious structural damage to the front …
Frozen Hydrants Challenge Firefighters In Wanaque Basement Blaze Ignited By Lithium Battery Frozen Hydrants Challenge Firefighters In Wanaque Basement Blaze Ignited By Lithium Battery
Frozen Hydrants Challenge Firefighters In Wanaque Basement Blaze Ignited By Lithium Battery A Wanaque homeowner required EMS attention for smoke inhalation after a lithium battery ignited a fierce basement fire, authorities said. The basement on Ramapo Mountain Drive was fully involved when firefighters arrived shortly before 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, they said. Frozen hydrants left the first two engines just about tapped, with the blaze extending to the first floor, when mutual aid came through, responders said. That included firefighters from Pompton Lakes, Ringwood and Bloomingdale. A Passaic County hazardous materials unit also was requested.
Smoky Post-Christmas House Fire Ravages Passaic Home Smoky Post-Christmas House Fire Ravages Passaic Home
Smoky Post-Christmas House Fire Ravages Passaic Home A smoky house fire in Passaic went to four alarms the day after Christmas. No injuries were immediately reported in the blaze, which ignited in a Van Buren Street home near Central Avenue around 11 a.m., Passaic Mayor Hector Carlos Lora said. "All tenants are reported to be out and safe," the mayor said around noon. "Nobody appears to be in the building." Firefighters were quickly removed after a partial ceiling collapse, Lora said. They had two ladder trucks and multiple hand lines in operation. Damien Danis for DAILY VOICE Although smoke met them at the scene, the fire may have b…
Homeless Laborer Kicks Englewood Hospital EMT In Face In Ambo, Faces Severe Charges: PalPark PD Homeless Laborer Kicks Englewood Hospital EMT In Face In Ambo, Faces Severe Charges: PalPark PD
Homeless Laborer Kicks Englewood Hospital EMT In Face In Ambo, Faces Severe Charges: PalPark PD A homeless day laborer from Palisades Park deliberately kicked a female EMT in the face as an ambulance took him to the hospital for alcohol treatment, authorities said. Police said they called the ambulance for Xavier Contreras, 41, under the provisions of a state law known as the Alcohol Treatment and Rehabilitation Act (ATRA). Area emergency responders are familiar with Contreras, an Ecuadorian national who'd previously been arrested for trespassing and various other misdemeanors over the past several years. Under ATRA, alcoholics and drunks can't be prosecuted simply because they dran…
Woman Impaled By Fence Post In Garfield Woman Impaled By Fence Post In Garfield
Woman Impaled By Fence Post In Garfield A woman was hospitalized after being impaled on a fence post in Garfield, authorities said. It was just after midnight on the 4th of July when police responded to the medical call on Grace Avenue off Herman Street near eastbound Route 46, Capt. Mario Pozo said. They found the 30-year-old victim, who the captain said had "fallen on a small fence post that was on the ground outside the residence." "The post went into her thigh," he said. The officers rendered aid until an EMS team from Hackensack University Medical Center took over, Pozo said. The victim was taken to HUMC in stable conditi…
Angels In Blue From Small Bergen Town Honored For Saving Convulsing Infant's Life Angels In Blue From Small Bergen Town Honored For Saving Convulsing Infant's Life
Angels In Blue From Small Bergen Town Honored For Saving Convulsing Infant's Life Guardian angels come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Three of them were all wearing blue one steamy day last summer when an infant suddenly stopped breathing in Cresskill. Cresskill Police Officer Bryan Gil was working a road detail at the intersection of Union Avenue and Piermont Road when he heard a young mother scream for help. Her child, barely 15 months old, had begun convulsing. Gil radioed for EMS and other resources, then began delivering back blows to help clear the infant's airway. Arriving instantly were Officer Andrew Vigorita, who continued the back blows, and Officer Michae…
UPDATE: Carbon Dioxide Leak Clears Stew Leonard's In Paramus, Three Employees Rescued From Roof UPDATE: Carbon Dioxide Leak Clears Stew Leonard's In Paramus, Three Employees Rescued From Roof
Update: Carbon Dioxide Leak Clears Stew Leonard's In Paramus, Three Employees Rescued From Roof Five employees checked out OK, and firefighters plucked three others from the roof, after a broken refrigeration pipe filled Stew Leonard's in Paramus with carbon dioxide early Tuesday. The store hadn't opened yet when responders rushed to the Paramus Park mall at 7:45 a.m. Nov. 6, Police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg said. The pipe had been ruptured, releasing the CO2, while a service company was doing maintenance work, the chief said. Everyone was evacuated, including three workers who'd gone to the roof of the building and had to be collected by borough firefighters using a ladder truck, Ehr…
Driver Flown To Trauma Center In Warren County Crash With School Bus: PHOTOS Driver Flown To Trauma Center In Warren County Crash With School Bus: PHOTOS
Driver Flown To Trauma Center In Warren County Crash With School Bus: Photos A driver was flown to a nearby trauma center after a multi-car crash involving a school bus in Warren County, authorities said. (Scroll for photos). The Mansfield Township Fire Company responded to the crash on Route 57 near Watters Road in Mansfield Township around 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, the department said on Facebook. The crash involved a school bus with no passengers and a driver that had self-extricated with serious injuries, the department said. Emergency crews worked to stabilize the vehicles while an Atlantic Air 1 medical helicopter was called to take one of the victims to a…
Pedestrian Leaving MNF Game On Route 3 Whacked In Head By Rental Truck Mirror Pedestrian Leaving MNF Game On Route 3 Whacked In Head By Rental Truck Mirror
Pedestrian Leaving MNF Game On Route 3 Whacked In Head By Rental Truck Mirror A man walking from MetLife Stadium on Route 3 after the Giants-Cowboys Monday Night Football game was clocked in the head by the mirror of a rental truck. The 29-year-old victim from North Bergen was headed eastbound near the Hackensack River bridge when he was whacked from behind by the mirror of a Ryder Chevy, East Rutherford Police Capt. Jeff Yannacone said. He tried to keep walking but required medical attention and was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center by East Rutherford EMS, the captain said. The 61-year-old driver from Paterson remained at the scene, he said. No summonse…
2 Hospitalized In Head-On Morris County Crash (PHOTOS) 2 Hospitalized In Head-On Morris County Crash (PHOTOS)
2 Hospitalized In Head-On Morris County Crash (Photos) Two people were hospitalized following a head-on crash in Morris County, authorities said. The Long Valley First Aid Squad responded to the crash with EMS and Rescue 1 and 2 in Long Valley during the afternoon on Saturday, Sept. 10. The Long Valley Fire Company No. 1 tended to a fluid spill while EMS crew members treated two patients at the scene and transported them to nearby hospitals, the squad said. The cause of the crash was not immediately clear. Click here to view additional photos from the scene.
Driver Hospitalized After SUV Rollover Near Paramus Mall Driver Hospitalized After SUV Rollover Near Paramus Mall
Driver Hospitalized After SUV Rollover Near Paramus Mall An SUV driver was hospitalized after a rollover crash near the Garden State Plaza. Firefighters had to extricate the Mazda driver after the early-lunchtime crash Tuesday on West Passaic Street in Rochelle Park, up the street from the northbound Garden State Parkway. A Hackensack University Medical Center ambulance took the victim to the hospital with an ALS unit on board. A Hackensack University Medical Center ambulance took the victim to the hospital.Boyd A. Loving Her condition couldn't immediately be determined. Maywood firefighters assisted their Rochelle Park colleagues. Belf…
US Coast Guard Rescues Fisherman Off Jersey Shore US Coast Guard Rescues Fisherman Off Jersey Shore
US Coast Guard Rescues Fisherman Off Jersey Shore A 46-year-old fisherman suffering a medical emergency was rescued off the Jersey Shore by members of the US Coast Guard from Barnegat and Atlantic City, authorities said. The rescue involved the fishing vessel "Captain John" about 45 miles east of Point Pleasant. A crew member aboard Captain John reportedly used a marine radio to notify Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay watchstanders of the emergency at about 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6. The Coast Guard launched an MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter crew from Air Station Atlantic City. A 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station B…
Firefighters Free Driver In Englewood Crash Firefighters Free Driver In Englewood Crash
Firefighters Free Driver In Englewood Crash Englewood firefighters extricated the driver of an SUV that hit a parked vehicle and landed on its side. The Honda CRV coincidentally struck another CRV before topping on Van Nostrand Avenue between Broad and Grand avenues just off westbound Route 4 around 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 25. The driver was checked out and cleared by EMS.
Elizabeth EMT Supervisor Recovering After Serious Motorcycle Crash Elizabeth EMT Supervisor Recovering After Serious Motorcycle Crash
Elizabeth EMT Supervisor Recovering After Serious Motorcycle Crash Support is surging for an EMT supervisor who was seriously in a motorcycle crash while coming home from work in Elizabeth Friday. Jason Hamilton, affectionately known as "Hammy," was flown to the hospital after the crash at the corner of Magie Avenue and Springfield Road, City Spokeswoman Kelly A. Martins said. Hamilton faces a long road ahead as he recovers at University Hospital, those who know him say. Please keep in your prayers our EMS Supervisor Jason “Hammy”Hamilton (S5) who is assigned to the Elizabeth Fire... Posted by Friends of Elizabeth NJ EMS locals 87 & 309 on Saturd…
Volunteer Carpenters Begin Reviving Paramus Firehouse Volunteer Carpenters Begin Reviving Paramus Firehouse
Volunteer Carpenters Begin Reviving Paramus Firehouse Paramus' bravest are getting a welcome assist from a group of benevolent tradesmen in renovating one of their firehouses. Members of The Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters Local 253 who volunteered their services began this past weekend by installing new drywall in the second-floor meeting room and staircase leading to it at the Company 1 firehouse. Volunteer members of the International Union of Painters and Tapers District Council 711 Local 1976 will join the carpenters next in taping and finishing the drywall.  Local 253 has a long history of volunteering to help a…
Injured EMT Settles Suit Against Mountain Creek For $1.75 Million Injured EMT Settles Suit Against Mountain Creek For $1.75 Million
Injured EMT Settles Suit Against Mountain Creek For $1.75 Million An EMT who was injured in a fall while working at Mountain Creek reportedly settled a lawsuit against the resort for $1.75 million. Frank Villecco was working for Atlantic Health, which provided emergency medical services to the Vernon Township resort, when he slipped on water while bringing an injured skier into a medical room in March 2013, New Jersey Law Journal reported. Villecco suffered a herniated disc, which required fusion surgery, a spinal cord stimulator implant and pain medication for what became a chronic condition, his lawyer said. He sued Mountain Creek for not removing the …
WATCH: Newark Firefighters Revive Car Crash Victim Thanks To Newly Implemented Training WATCH: Newark Firefighters Revive Car Crash Victim Thanks To Newly Implemented Training
Watch: Newark Firefighters Revive Car Crash Victim Thanks To Newly Implemented Training A newly-implemented policy in Newark requiring all firefighters respond to life-threatening calls paid off big time Saturday. Firefighters who otherwise may not have responded to the crash at Elizabeth Avenue and W. Peddie Street were able to revive one of the drivers. Arriving crews found one of the drivers without a pulse, and Battalion Chief Orlando Arce immediately began chest compressions while members of Engine 10 administered oxygen, Newark Public Safety Director Brian A. O’Hara said. Members of Ladder 5 and Rescue 1 removed the driver from the vehicle and also assisted wi…
Woman Seeking Cherry Hill EMT Who Saved Her Life In Crash 20 Years Ago Woman Seeking Cherry Hill EMT Who Saved Her Life In Crash 20 Years Ago
Woman Seeking Cherry Hill EMT Who Saved Her Life In Crash 20 Years Ago Beth Mazgajewski is fully healed from the crash that nearly took her life 20 years ago in every way except for one. She hasn't been able to stop thinking about the Cherry Hill EMT who saved her life. Mazgajewski recently took to Facebook to seek out the off-duty responder, calling the attempt to find him a "long shot." Mazgajewski says she was broadsided while trying to make a left turn on Haddonfield-Berlin Road exiting the TD Bank parking lot next to Vito’s pizza on Sept. 22, 2001. Well, I did not expect this post to get the attention it did but getting more eyes on it can’t hurt. …
HERO: State Trooper Saves Unconscious Man At Garden State Parkway Service Area HERO: State Trooper Saves Unconscious Man At Garden State Parkway Service Area
Hero: State Trooper Saves Unconscious Man At Garden State Parkway Service Area A New Jersey State Trooper performed life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a 44-year-old man who collapsed and stopped breathing at a service area on the Garden State Parkway in Central Jersey, authorities said. At about 5 p.m. on Friday, Trooper John Taggart, of Troop “D” Holmdel Station, was dispatched to a 9-1-1 call for a man who reportedly suffered a medical episode and collapsed in the bathroom of the Monmouth Service Area in Wall Township, state police said. When Taggart arrived, he found the man lying on the floor unconscious and not breathing. After determining th…
VIDEO: Bodycams Show Moments Before Driver's Fatal Medical Episode Off Rt 80 VIDEO: Bodycams Show Moments Before Driver's Fatal Medical Episode Off Rt 80
Video: Bodycams Show Moments Before Driver's Fatal Medical Episode Off Rt 80 Body camera footage released Friday shows a diabetic Paterson driver who died following a traffic stop having a medical episode in the back of a State Police cruiser. Troopers handcuffed Sergio Rodriguez, 51, and led him to the marked SUV after finding heroin in his car during a June 27 stop outside their Totowa barracks on Minnisink Road, the footage released by state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal shows. Rodriguez tells the troopers that he’s low on insulin, so one asks him whether they should call EMS. Rodriguez says he doesn’t want his family finding out, but the trooper insists. “…
DWI Bergen County Woman Faces More Serious Charges In Crash That Killed Hudson County Man DWI Bergen County Woman Faces More Serious Charges In Crash That Killed Hudson County Man
DWI Bergen County Woman Faces More Serious Charges In Crash That Killed Hudson County Man Charges have been upgraded against a Bergen County woman accused of killing a 66-year-old man in a Hudson County crash last year, authorities announced Monday. Denisse Ortega, 35, of New Milford, was initially charged with aggravated manslaughter and death by auto after the fatal crash on Sept. 29, 2019, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said. The latter charge has been upgraded to death by auto and DWI while within 1,000 feet of school property, Suarez said. Ortega surrendered to authorities Monday, Suarez added. Ortega was heading north on JFK Boulevard when she failed to obey multi…
Palisades Park Firefighters Battle Extreme Heat, Terrain To Douse House Blaze Palisades Park Firefighters Battle Extreme Heat, Terrain To Douse House Blaze
Palisades Park Firefighters Battle Extreme Heat, Terrain To Douse House Blaze It wasn’t the easiest job: The air was thick, with temperatures still in the high 80s, when a fire broke out in a home on a Palisades Park hill at the top of a private driveway. Borough firefighters lugging hoses and ground ladders doused the Monday night blaze -- saving the house -- with no serious injuries. An air conditioning unit in back of the Chateau Road home ignited, sending flames up the vinyl siding, then into a soffit and roof rafter, shortly before 8 p.m., Fire Chief John Mantone said. Mantone’s firefighters had help at the scene from their colleagues from Ridgefield and Leoni…
Troubled Man Enters Paterson Police HQ With Shirt On Fire Troubled Man Enters Paterson Police HQ With Shirt On Fire
Troubled Man Enters Paterson Police HQ With Shirt On Fire An emotionally disturbed man walked into Paterson police headquarters with his shirt on fire, responders said. A desk officer at the Frank X. Graves Public Safety complex on Broadway quickly extinguished the fire and summoned EMS following the incident around 1 a.m. Monday, they said. The man’s condition couldn’t immediately be determined. CHECK BACK FOR MORE DETAILS
WATCH: Bodycam Footage Shows NJ Transit Officer Reviving Newborn Baby In Train Station WATCH: Bodycam Footage Shows NJ Transit Officer Reviving Newborn Baby In Train Station
Watch: Bodycam Footage Shows NJ Transit Officer Reviving Newborn Baby In Train Station A fast-acting NJ Transit officer revived a lifeless baby born in Newark Penn Station.  He rushed her to the hospital in the passenger's seat of a police car Tuesday morning and didn't stop CPR until he got to the hospital, where she began to cry. Every second was captured by body cameras worn by the officers. The officers responded to a report of a medical event in the women's restroom at Newark Penn Station around 10 a.m., to find a mother cradling her newborn baby in her arms, NJ Transit officials said. The baby was grey in color and not breathing. Officer Bryan Richards can be see…
PHOTOS: Ambulance Collides With SUV In Montclair PHOTOS: Ambulance Collides With SUV In Montclair
Photos: Ambulance Collides With SUV In Montclair An ambulance and SUV collided Monday morning in Montclair, injuring the EMT driving the rig and a patient who was being transported at the time, responders said. The front driver’s side of the Atlantic Mobile Health ambulance took the brunt of the hit and ended up on a lawn at the corner of Grove Street and Bellevue Avenue shortly after 11 a.m. The SUV was totaled, with major damage to the front, as well as the rear passenger side. All airbags in the vehicle deployed. Montclair police and firefighters responded, along with other ambulances. The SUVDAILY VOICE photo CHECK BACK FOR MORE…
320 EMS Workers Will Lose Their Jobs When Monmouth Ocean Hospital Services Folds 320 EMS Workers Will Lose Their Jobs When Monmouth Ocean Hospital Services Folds
320 EMS Workers Will Lose Their Jobs When Monmouth Ocean Hospital Services Folds A major Emergency Medical Services company in Wall Township will begin shutting down after 42 years of operation on April 1. The shutdown of Monmouth Ocean Hospital Services Corp. (MONOC) affects 320 employees, according to this W.A.R.N. notice issued by the state Department of Labor.  MONOC, a non-profit company and healthcare co-operative, provides ambulance and other services to 13 acute care hospitals in New Jersey. In a Jan. 23 letter to company workers, Jeff Behm, MONOC's president and CEO, said the company was closing due to “a challenging financial environm…
HEROES: Heart Attack Victim, 55, Revived By Responders On Tubing Hill At Campgaw HEROES: Heart Attack Victim, 55, Revived By Responders On Tubing Hill At Campgaw
Heroes: Heart Attack Victim, 55, Revived By Responders On Tubing Hill At Campgaw The “magic carpet” lift at Campgaw Mountain in Mahwah was full when a 55-year-old skier from Wayne on a school trip with his wife and children keeled over nearly 100 yards up the tubing hill. Several riders and the lift operator rushed to the heart attack victim's side and began CPR. One of them is a nurse, another an off-duty police officer from Bergen County who was with his son on the trip. “The conveyor belt was a little unsteady,” said the officer. “At first I thought he just fell down. Then I realized it was a lot worse than that. “He wasn’t moving, so things started to pile up on t…