The September 29 train accident at the Hoboken NJ Transit terminal had ripple effects into many towns in the region including Summit. Just before 9 AM, an in bound train failed to stop and crashed into the terminal. It was not immediately known how many were injured, but initial reports placed that number at 150-200. It was later learned that 108 people were injured and 1 person lost their life.
Mayor Nora Radest has issued a Proclamation designating September as "Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad Month". During Tuesday’s Common Council meeting, the Mayor acknowledged the squad and its all volunteer membership for their dedicated service to the Summit community for over 50 years. She also noted that the First Aid Squad’s annual fund drive will launch later this month and encouraged all to generously support the squad. Accepting the proclamation on behalf of the Squad were President Mike D’Ecclessis and Chief Kari Phair. Mr.
Five Junior Members of the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad were recipients if this year’s Alice Nichols Memorial Scholarship. The fund was established in memory of a long time squad member Alice Nicholes who passed away unexpectedly in 2000. Alice had been an active volunteer for over 30 years and was serving as the squad’s President at the time of her death. She had also served for many years as a mentor to our Junior members. The scholarship is funded through private contributions and benefits graduating high school seniors who plan to attend college.
Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad President Mike D’Ecclessis and Chief Kari Phair took some time from their busy schedules to lend a hand to the SAGE Meals on Wheels program. The pair of volunteer EMTs spent the morning delivering pre-prepared meals to elderly and disabled residents throughout Summit.
Our Buy-A-Brick program allows you to support the Squad and also own a piece of Summit history. Commemorative bricks are available in 3 sizes and will be engraved with text chosen by each supporter. A logo or graphic of the donor’s choosing may also be included. Each brick will installed in the walkway outside the main entrance to our new headquarters at 1000 Summit Ave.
The Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad begins 2016 with a newly reorganized Board of Trustees and Officers that include some new members as well as some familiar faces.
Mike D’Ecclessis, a volunteer for nearly 40 years who served as President in once in the 1980s and for 2 years in the early 90s returns for a 3rd tour of duty in that position. John Buscaino is the new Vice President. Steve Mortenson is the new Corresponding Secretary while Ken Herr and Chris Raymond will remain in their roles as Treasurer and Recording Secretary, respectively.