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NEW YEAR USHERS IN NEW SQUAD OFFICERS

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The New Year ushered in a new line of leadership at the Atlantic Highlands First Aid & Safety Squad.

 

For 2016, Life Member and experienced EMT, Bill Mount is the new chief. Mount has served as captain for the previous two years.

 

EMT Lance Hubeny, who has served in the line in the past, became the Squad’s new captain. And Jerry Pandolfo, who had been chief for the past two years, is the new 1st lieutenant.

 

On the executive side, Paul Sully, a Life Member, remained president of the all-volunteer organization.

 

Life Member Walter Curry, the Squad treasurer for years, became the vice president. Ray Stoever, who was 1st lieutenant in 2015, is the new treasurer. And Janet Nolan, who served as secretary in 2015 will continue in that position in 2016.

 

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS RESIDENTS DONATE HUNDREDS OF FOOD ITEMS AS PART OF THE ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS FIRST AID SQUAD’S “SANTA RUNS”

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Atlantic Highlands residents opened their cabinets and donated hundreds of non-perishable food items as part of the Atlantic Highlands First Aid & Safety Squad’s annual “Santa Runs” events.

 

The items, which were collected by Santa and his elves during the four-day event, were delivered the AACC Food Pantry in Atlantic Highlands by AHFAS Chief Jerry Pandolfo and President Paul Sully.

 

Residents responded to the AHFAS’ request for donations by meeting Santa with bags and boxes of food and other household items. The donations all go directly to help area residents in need.

 

“The response from residents to the food drive has been overwhelming,” says Chief Jerry Pandolfo.

 

“A lot of local families will be helped because of the generosity of the residents during the ‘Santa Runs,’” says President Paul Sully.

 

For the past several years, the AHFAS incorporated a food drive into the annual “Santa Runs,” which feature squad elves helping bring Santa throughout the borough. During the trips, Santa travels with the assistance of AHFAS ambulances using a specially built sleigh. Along the way, Santa spends time with children posing for pictures, listening to holiday lists and providing a little joy during the holiday season.

 

The “Santa Runs” are an annual mission by the AHFAS to engage with the community during the holiday season. Each night squad members head out with Santa, who is accompanied by sirens and holiday music. As in past years, residents were able to track Santa’s progress on Facebook and Twitter, with several posting pictures of Santa and their children.

 

This year the “Santa Runs” got special assistance from Atlantic Highlands Mayor Fred Rast, Highlands Councilman Roy Dellosso, and Gordon and Kate Saunders.

 

 

AHFAS CHIEF JERRY PANDOLFO HONORED BY PSE&G WITH RECOGNIZING EXCELLENCE IN VOLUNTEERISM AWARD

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AHFAS Chief Jerry Pandolfo has been honored by PSE&G with the company’s Recognizing Excellence in Volunteerism Award.

 

Pandolfo received the honor Oct. 15, 2015 at a luncheon honoring company’s top volunteers. Along with the Pandolfo’s award comes a generous $10,000 grant to the AHFAS, which will be used to purchase supplies, training and equipment that will go directly to benefit the community.

 

A Life Member of the AHFAS, Pandolfo was honored for his commitment to the community, his family, and his work to nurture the next generation of emergency medical service responders. For nearly two decades, Pandolfo has been a dedicated volunteer to the AHFAS. His efforts have had an indelible impression on the squad, the community, surrounding towns and the state.

 

The long-time PSEG employee was cited for his EMS work in Atlantic Highlands, and around the state, during such events as the aftermath of Supertstorm Sandy. Indeed, after the devastating storm hit New Jersey, Pandolfo used personal vacation time so he could help at an emergency care center to help those hurt in the storm.

 

During his time with the AHFAS, Pandolfo has served in many positions. He’s been Chief in 2014 and 2015, he’s served as president, and he’s responded to upward of 200 calls a year. As a former executive with the 11th District of the New Jersey State First Aid Council, Pandolfo has helped influence policies and procedures that impact volunteers throughout the state. As a member of the New Jersey EMS Task Force, Pandolfo has been an integral part of the EMS efforts at the New Jersey Marathon, Warped Tour, Bamboozle, and other natural and man-made events.

 

Locally, he launched a blood drive resulting in much needed donations that helped others and he’s taught free CPR class to countless area residents, who then use those skills to make the community stronger.

 

He’s done all of this while being a devoted husband and father of two children.

 

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AHFAS EMT LANCE HUBENY HONORED AS WELLS FARGO VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

 

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AHFAS member Lance Hubeny was honored by Wells Fargo as the company's top US volunteer this year. Hubeny earned the award for his work at as a dedicated member of the AHFAS, his work with the AHFD, and beyond.

 

Along with the honor is a generous $25,000 grant to the squad, which will directly benefit the residents of Atlantic Highlands.

 

At a very young age, Lance Hubeny’s parents instilled in him the spirit of giving back. For more than 37 years he’s been doing just that. As a highly trained EMT, Lance volunteers for the Atlantic Highlands First Aid Squad and he responds to approximately 250 emergency calls a year. Those emergencies range from minor medical situations, to cardiac arrest and major traumas.

 

“It’s an amazing feeling when you can help someone that’s in need on his or her worst day,” he explains.

 

Additionally, he serves as a volunteer fireman in the community and he’s a certified CPR instructor. In his free time, Hubeny puts his CPR certification to work by training civic groups, police officers and teachers in his community and the surrounding area.

 

The $25,000 Volunteer Service Award grant will be used to pay for additional EMT/First Responder training for the Atlantic Highlands squad. As Lance explained, there are always new policies and procedures that we must adopt. The goal of the squad is to strengthen its position of having the best-trained EMTs in the area, which will significantly benefit the residents of our community. Grant funds will also be used to upgrading equipment.

 

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THE ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS FIRST AID AND SAFETY SQUAD LENDS A HAND TO HELP THE ST. BERNARD PROJECT REBUILD A SUPERSTORM SANDY DAMAGED HOME

 

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Volunteers from the Atlantic Highlands First Aid & Safety Squad recently got their hands dirty for a good cause when they used their home repair skills to help the St. Bernard Project rebuild a Superstorm Sandy damaged residence in Union Beach, NJ.

 

Members spent part of Saturday, Aug. 8, sanding, applying spackle and taping sheet rock

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in a home that experienced flooding during Superstorm Sandy. The AHFAS was connected to the St. Bernard Project through squad member and EMT Julie Giebler, who is a SBP AmericCorps member.

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“We’ve all experienced the impact of Superstorm Sandy,” said AHFAS Chief Jerry Pandolfo. “This was one small way for the members to give back. A little bit of our time went a long way in helping get a family displaced by the aftermath of the storm get back to normal living.”

 

SBP’s mission is to ensure that disaster-impacted communities and residents recover in an efficient and predictable manner. The organization was formed in 2006 in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, following Hurricane Katrina. The St. Bernard Project launched a division in Sea Bright in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy and has been working with families in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

 

“As a member of the AHFAS, it felt great to work on recovery efforts alongside my fellow first responders who already donate their time and life to helping others,” Giebler said.

 

Members of the AHFAS and some of their families helped with the workload. The team, which also included a member of the AHFAS Cadet organization, worked alongside staffers of the St. Bernard Project to get the first floor of the home ready for the next stage of repair. The goal is to get the family back into the home in late September.

 

The AHFAS is an all-volunteer EMS and rescue organization that provides around-the-clock services to the borough of Atlantic Highlands and occasionally the surrounding area. The AHFAS operates on donations from the community and the borough. For information about the AHFAS log onto www.ahfirsaid.org. For information about the SBP visit www.stbernardproject.org.

 

“Everyone who participated in the project walked away with a new perspective on the damage done by Sandy and what still needs to be done,” Pandolfo said.

 

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ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS FIRST AID & SAFETY SQUAD RECEIVES AED DONATION FROM THE JOHN TAYLOR BABBITT FOUNDATION 

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The Atlantic Highlands First Aid & Safety Squad has received a generous grant of four new AEDs and a training unit from the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation.

 

The new units, along with two matching units purchased by the squad, have been placed into service and will immediately improve the care provided to residents of Atlantic Highlands and surrounding communities.

 

“Access to rapid defibrillation is critical to increasing the survival rates of sudden cardiac arrest,” said AHFAS Chief Jerry Pandolfo. “These new units donated by the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation replace equipment that was badly in need of updating. This donation places state-of-the art, life saving AEDs in the hands of our members.”

 

The John Taylor Babbitt Foundation provided funding for four new AEDs, along with a matching AED training unit. The AHFAS also funded the purchase of two additional units, all from V.E. Ralph Emergency Medical Products. The devices will be used on all AHFAS frontline emergency response units on land and water, as well as in CPR and AED training for local community groups, recreation department sports coaches and schools.

 

In addition to providing 24-hour EMS services, the AHFAS is dedicated to educating community members about the benefits of learning cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how they are a critical link in helping in sudden cardiac arrest situations.

 

The Chatham, NJ-based John Taylor Babbitt Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing sudden cardiac death and is focused on installing AEDs in schools, athletic venues and public gathering places.  The foundation, which is also focused on raising awareness for the need of AEDS and the prevalence of sudden cardiac arrest, was formed following the sudden death of John Taylor Babbitt in 2006. He was 16 and died from an undiagnosed heart condition while playing in his church basketball league.

 

The Atlantic Highlands First Aid & Safety Squad is an all-volunteer emergency medical service and rescue organization serving the borough of Atlantic Highlands and occasionally surrounding communities. The organization operates only on donations from the Borough and the community.

 

“The John Taylor Babbitt Foundation has made it possible for our squad to have the tools we need to immediately save lives,” said Pandolfo. “It is an honor to have been chosen for the organization’s generous donation.”

 

For information about the AHFAS, please call the non-emergency number, (732) 291-8118 or visit www.ahfirstaid.org. Also follow the AHFAS on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ahfirstaid and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ahfirstaid. For information about the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation visit http://www.jtbfoundation.org.

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THREE YOUNG AHFAS MEMBERS HONORED BY THE WHITE HOUSE FOR THEIR VOLUNTEERING EFFORTS

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The AHFAS is proud that three of our young members have been honored by the White House for their commitment to volunteering.

 

 

Will Reynolds, Ali Maddock and Maha Elgohail have each earned The President's Volunteer Service Award for 2014. Their efforts with the AHFAS have helped make our community stronger.

 

Will was on hand for the Squad's annual holiday dinner where he was presented his certificate by Chief Jerry Pandolfo.

 

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AHFAS HONORS LOCAL BUSINESSMAN FOR HIS UNWAIVERING SUPPORT OF THE SQUAD

 

The Atlantic Highlands First Aid Squad in December honored Chris Kousouris for his dedication and "unwavering support" of the all-volunteer organization.

 

Chris and his wife Irene were on hand at the organization's annual holiday dinner.

 

They were presented the award by Squad 2nd Lt. Gwen Reynolds.

 

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE LINE AND EXECUTIVE OFFICERS ELECTED TO REPRESENT THE AHFAS IN 2015

 

President: Paul Sully
Vice President: Lou Marotta
Treasurer: Walter Curry
Secretary: Janet Nolan
Assistant Secretary: John Ligon

Chief: Jerry Pandolfo
Captain: Bill Mount
First Lieutenant: Ray Stoever
Second Lieutenant: Maria Barquero

 

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HHRS STUDENTS TURN OUT FOR CADET INFO SESSION

 

Some 33 students at Henry Hudson Regional High School turned out recently to learn about the Atlantic Highlands First Aid & Safety Squad’s Cadet group.

 

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Cadet Will Reynolds, a HHRS senior, talked with students about becoming a member of the organization, which gives those between the ages of 14 and 18 a chance to give back to their community by becoming part of the award-winning, all-volunteer EMS organization.

 

Members of the AHFAS demonstrated various EMS techniques, discussed the squad’s mission, and let students tour an ambulance.

 

The squad also had on hand an AED trainer as well as lifting and moving equipment.

 

As a member of the AHFAS Cadets, participants learn basic first aid, CPR and what it takes to be part of a volunteer EMS organization. Once members reach the age of 16 they are allowed to go on some actual emergency calls under close supervision of adult members. When they become 18, Cadets can transfer to the adult team. Cadet members meet once a month and participate in several events throughout the year, including the squad’s annual Santa Runs.

 

Reynolds designed the event as a way to encourage HHRS students to consider joining group.  By the time he and the AHFAS members were done, there were a dozen new potential Cadets.

 

For more information about the AHFAS Cadets, log onto http://www.ahfirstaid.org/cadets/ or call our non-emergency number at (732) 291-8118.

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BUSY SUMMER FOR THE AHFAS

 

It has been a busy summer for the members of the Atlantic Highlands First Aid & Safety Squad.

 

Besides responding to emergency calls from residents, members have been active in the community and around the state.

 

In July, the squad hosted a blood drive. With help from members of the community, more than 30 pints of blood were donated and will go directly to help people desperately needing transfusions.

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Squad members also participated in standbys for the annual car show and for the Film One Fest.

 

Moreover, members provided EMS help to such events as the Warped Tour concert at the PNC Bank Arts Center and the Atlantic City Airshow.

 

This fall, members will provide EMS assistance to participants at the Iron Girl Triathlon on Sandy Hook and more.

 

Check back here regularly for the latest updates from the AHFAS.

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