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Rescue squad installs officers for 2012
Wed. Feb 8th 2012

 Manville First Aid & Rescue Squad and the Auxiliary installed the year’s officers at a dinner Saturday night at Fire Company No. 1.

   In his invocation, Chaplain Bill Stefany said, “The people of the Manville area are blessed by the dedication and tenacity of the members of the Manville Rescue Squad. We ask you to bless them and their auxiliary as well as the firefighters and the police officers of Manville. Give them the graces that they need to perform their duties. Let all of us search our hearts and rededicate ourselves to the commitment that we have made to the Rescue Squad and our community.”

   Squad officers for the year include Capt. David Kohler, 1st Lt. Robyn Barb and 2nd Lt. Stephen Priatka. Sheila Lessing was sworn in as the president, Sharon Kohler as vice president, Lora William as treasurer, Rebecca Burke as secretary, Linda Ellis as senior trustee, Peter Priatka as second trustee, Jeffrey Peterson as third trustee and Mr. Stefany as chaplain.

   Auxiliary officers were sworn after the squad members. Robert Ours is the president. Vice president is Betty Cowen, the secretary is Thelma Bartus, and Ellen Ours is the treasurer.

   Mr. Ours presented clocks along with life memberships to auxiliary members. These members of 10 years included Marie Buday, Ann Palfy and Josephine Pschar.

   Ms. Lessing made a special emotional and touching memorial presentation for Theresa Kaschak, who died 28 days before her 10-year anniversary. Ms. Kaschak was made an honorary life member. Her name is included on the auxiliary life member plaque.

   The auxiliary raised funds throughout the year, and Mr. Ours presented $7,000 to Ms. Lessing for the Rescue Squad from its efforts.

   Through the year’s bad times with flooding, “we have to say thank you to the people of Manville for coming through as well as they did this year,” he said.

   A life membership was presented to Capt. Kohler.

   Mayor Corradino thanked him by saying, “Volunteers are this borough’s most important asset, and the job that everyone does is phenomenal. Without your services on the squad, the auxiliary and the volunteer Fire Department, we couldn’t afford the town. But to serve 10 years and become a life member is a phenomenal quest.”

   The mayor said the captain came out “in all kinds of weather and any hour of the day and night.”

   He said, “On behalf of myself and the council, we would like to thank you for your service to our community.”

   Janet Alcaide also was presented with her life member card.

   Ms. Lessing presented John Snow, past president of the squad, with a gift from the members. Ms. Lessing also presented a certificate of appreciation to Sue Asher, Borough Council liaison to the squad, for her dedication and support.

   ”She never missed a meeting in four years, and we enjoyed her company,” Ms. Lessing said. “We gave her a lot of grief, sometimes. She did a lot of investigating, asking questions on topics that we needed answered.”

   Ms. Asher said, “It was an honor to be a part of the Rescue Squad family.”

   Certificates of appreciation for their support of the squad were presented to the auxiliary, mayor and Borough Council, Police Department, the three borough fire companies, Department of Public Works, Hillsborough Rescue Squad, Manville Office of Emergency Management and VFW Post 2290.

   Andy Henkel, commander of VFW Post 2290, presented Ms. Lessing a donation of $500 for the squad and thanked the squad for its service.

   Certificates were awarded to the top 10 responders who answered the most calls. The top responders were Dave Kohler with 232 calls, Rebecca Burke with 213 and Robyn Barb with 200. Mark Barb made it to 158 calls, John Snow, 156, Steve Priatka, 146, and Cindy Snow Zazenskowski, 129.

   New member James Monto was on 125 calls, Steve Zazenskowski Jr., 73, and Linda Ellis, 64.
   Capt. Kohler presented Ms. Snow Zazenskowski with a gift for her years of service. He also presented members who helped during Hurricane Irene and put in a lot of hours.

   ”There was no rest and lots of work, but there was no complaining, and they just went ahead and got it done,” he said. “They did a real fantastic job, and I give them sincere thanks when even their homes were in jeopardy. They pushed on and were able to provide the medical care that the residents requested and deserved in the borough of Manville.”

   Both the squad and the auxiliary are looking for members. Those interested should call 908-725-0903 or visit

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