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ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - The Atlantic Highlands First Aid Squad started 2008 with the installation of first aid and executive officers.

Two-time past captain and veteran EMS volunteer Jerry Pandolfo was named captain for the third consecutive year.

Newly elected 1st Lieutenant Richard Huff and 2nd Lieutenant Andrew Crawford will work with Pandolfo to assure that area residents continue to receive the best possible emergency medical services from the all-volunteer AHFAS.

"Each year the squad gets stronger and stronger," Pandolfo said. "We've got a new team in place this year that will continue to build upon the foundation set by past leaders. Our goals are the same; provide professional EMS services to the community while also focusing on attracting new members."

Pandolfo said the squad was also seeking to boost its cadet program, which allows residents between the ages of 14 and 18 to become involved with the first aid squad.

Also taking office on January 1 were president, Lou Marotta, who will start his fourth consecutive year running the organization; vice president, Shannon Martiak; treasurer, Walter Curry; secretary, John Ligon; and assistant secretary Beverly Glynn.

The AHFA responded to 448 calls for help in 2007 ranging from broken legs, medical emergencies and car accidents. The Atlantic Highlands First Aid Squad is an all-volunteer emergency response organization that operates on donations from the borough and the community.

For information on supporting the AHFA or becoming a member, call the non-emergency number (732) 291-8118. As always, for emergencies, call 911.

"Being a member of the AHFAS is a great way to become part of the community," said Pandolfo. "Likewise, helping our friends and neighbors when they need us most is extremely rewarding. All of us at the squad are looking forward to the new year."

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