Saddle Brook, N.J.:
Under the Civil Defense program in 1963, Ted Topoleski
CD-DC Coordinator was able to recruit 5 local teenagers who became
first junior firefighters in the township. Under this
program the junior firefighters were insured and after a twenty hour
training course at the Fire Academy in Mahwah, NJ were able to
respond to fire calls and assist the regular firefighters. Time
limit restraints were imposed for answering alarms, so that school
studies would not be adversely affected. Junior firefighters were
also not allowed to enter burning structure fires. The following
teens were the first CD Firemen in Saddle Brook.
Roy Havekost Jr.
Ralph DeJulia Sr.
I remained in the CD program until I was
21 years old and then transferred into the regular service with
Engine Company #2 after my release from active duty with the
U.S. Navy. I would go on to hold the ranks of Firefighter,
Lieutenant and Captain before resigning from Company #2 in 1973
when I moved out of Saddle Brook to live in Pompton Lakes, NJ.
I would again rejoin Engine Company #2 in
1998. Due to my lapse of service I was required to attend the
Firefighter One training course at the Fire Academy in Mahwah,
NJ. The course was now more than one hundred hours and state
mandated. Again as a Firefighter I would now go on to hold
the titles of Assistant Chaplain, Secretary of Company 2,
Department Secretary and Department Website webmaster.
In 2004 I resigned for the last time to
move myself and family to the sunshine state of Florida.
No more white stuff to shovel. I still keep in contact with 'the
guys' and continue to maintain the department website.