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East Franklin Fire Department Station 27

121 Pinegrove Avenue
Somerset, NJ 08873
Phone (732) 247-0820
Fax (732) 247-1780

 
 
 

 


Established on July 29, 1929 the East Franklin Fire Department has faithfully served the residents of Franklin Township Fire District 3 in Somerset, New Jersey for over 75 years. Bordering the City of New Brunswick in the southeast corner of Somerset County, East Franklin, Station 27, responds to a small but densely populated 6.25 square mile area with approximately 25,000 residents. Our mission is to respond in a safe manner to all reported emergencies in the community of Franklin Township, Somerset, N.J. to help the citizens deal with natural and man-made emergencies, and with the resources available and with the utmost regard for the safety of the members of the department, work to the best of it's abilities to limit the loss of life, the environment, and property.

 

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8th Anniversy of the loss of a Hero
Friday, April 11, 2014 
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Today marks the 8th anniversary of the tragic fire that took the lives of Firefighter Kevin Apuzzio and the woman that he was trying to save. Every year on this day family, friends and members of East Franklin gather for a mass at Kevin's church, and head to the cemetery to honor our lost brother.

In honor of Kevin, Chief Dan Krushinski has these words to share:

"On April 11th, 2006, many of our lives changed in a heartbeat, especially the life of 21 year old Firefighter Kevin Apuzzio. Kevin stood courageous on the front lawn of 36 Whittier Avenue and said "Chief, what do you need my crew and I to do?" I Said "Kevin, go in ...and get her." While it only seems like yesterday, to me it is still clear as day. With a house full of heavy smoke and an elderly women confirmed trapped, Kevin (and crew) did not hesitate and attempted to rescue her. I knew when the floor collapsed and my Firefighters fell into that basement -literally just feet from removing her out the front door, from that point forward, their lives along with many others would be changed forever. While several were seriously injured and burned, Kevin lost his life with the victim he and his Brothers were valiantly trying to save.

Kevin Apuzzio, you will always be by our side and your name is tattooed on my arm to prove it. On that day, you lost your life and became a hero doing something you loved to do, that was helping strangers...."
"Tomorrow, my family which includes the men and women of Station 27, my wife and children and the Apuzzio Family will again be spending the day together. We will share story's about our hero's life and not mourn Kevin, but celebrate his life and all that he stood for. God bless you Kevin, continue to watch over us each and every day...."

Kevin's legacy lives on in many ways, not just through his friends and family, but now also through a book. Kevin's father, Dr. Joseph Apuzzio, and Chief Krushinski are featured in a new book by Chief Billy Goldfeder, a 40-year fire service veteran, solicited insights and pearls of wisdom from our country's greatest firefighters, fire officers and emergency responders. Copies of the book are available at: http://www.fire-police-ems.com/books/bp0190.shtml and all proceeds go to support great causes like the Fallen Firefighters Foundation and Chief Ray Downey Scholarship.


 
   
   
Remembering a Hero...
Thursday, April 10, 2014 
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A e-mail sent by Chief Billy G to members of the secret list: All, Tomorrow is the anniversary of the Line of Duty Death of New Jersey Firefighter/Foreman Kevin Apuzzio...who gave his life while attempting to save the life of a trapped civilian. Below are the factual details from the Incident Commander....Chief Danny Krushinski of the East Franklin (NJ) FD : "....On April 11th, 2006, many of our lives changed in a heartbeat, especially the life of 21 year old Firefighter Kevin Apuzzio. Kevin stood courageous on the front lawn of 36 Whittier Avenue and said "Chief, what do you need my crew and I to do?" I Said "Kevin, go in ...and get her." While it only seems like yesterday, to me it is still clear as day. With a house full of heavy smoke and an elderly women confirmed trapped, Kevin (and crew) did not hesitate and attempted to rescue her. I knew when the floor collapsed and my Firefighters fell into that basement -literally just feet from removing her out the front door, from that point forward, their lives along with many others would be changed forever. While several were seriously injured and burned, Kevin lost his life with the victim he and his Brothers were valiantly trying to save. Kevin Apuzzio, you will always be by our side and your name is tattooed on my arm to prove it. On that day, you lost your life and became a hero doing something you loved to do, that was helping strangers...." "Tomorrow, my family which includes the men and women of Station 27, my wife and children and the Apuzzio Family will again be spending the day together. We will share story's about our hero's life and not mourn Kevin, but celebrate his life and all that he stood for. God bless you Kevin, continue to watch over us each and every day...." Chief of Department Dan Krushinski-EFFD THE FIRE DETAILS: On April 11, 2006, Foreman Kevin Apuzzio died while he and four members of the East Franklin VFD selflessly and heroically attempted to rescue 75-year-old Betty Scott from a single family dwelling fire. Foreman Apuzzio died when he became trapped after falling through a floor that collapsed into a well involved basement....he fell just a few feet from the front door - with Mrs Scott in hand. Mrs. Scott also died in the fire as Kevin and crew were attempting to remove her. It is sadly but widely acknowledged, that most FF LODD's can be prevented. However, in this case, it is well documented that Kevin died while he and his crew were heroically attempting a rescue - that based upon conditions and size up, was the right thing to do. We take a moment to once again remember Kevin, the Apuzzio Family and the members of the East Franklin FD, along with all area FD's that were impacted by the Line of Duty Death of Kevin. Rest in Peace. HERE is the FIRE / LODD REPORT: http://www.state.nj.us/dca/divisions/dfs/reports/eastfranklin.pdf HERE is the EFFD Website: http://www.station27.com/ HERE is a related VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w05Y6saNYEw NOTE: Both Chief Krushinski and Dr Joe Apuzzio, Kevin's Father-are contributors to the book "PASS IT ON...What We Know..What We Want You To Know" -- being sold as a fundraiser with 100% of the royalties being split between both the Nat'l Fallen FF's Foundation and The Chief Ray Downey Scholarship Fund. Please consider your purchase ..in Kevin's memory: http://www.fire-police-ems.com/books/bp0190.shtml

 
Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade
Saturday, March 15, 2014 13:00
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     On Saturday March 15th, 2014 at approximately 1pm, 9 members of the East Franklin Fire Department participated in the annual Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade, held in Union Township.

     The members arrived in style, utilizing Car 27 and Utility 27. While being attired in full Class A Uniform, the men marched from the intersection of Jeanette Avenue and Morris Avenue (NJ Hwy. 82), up to the intersection of Stuyvesant Avenue and Chestnut Street. Everyone looked sharp and the department was given recognition by the parade judges. A job well done by all who attended.

     Pictures Posted...


 
The Chief leads the men up Morris Ave.
   The Chief leads the men up Morris Ave.
The men marching up Morris Ave.
   The men marching up Morris Ave.
Read Across America Day
Thursday, March 6, 2014 10:00
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     On Thursday March 6th, 2014 at approximately 10:00am members of the East Franklin Fire Department were requested to Conerly Road School, for the Annual Read Across America Day.

     Engine 27-8 went over to the school with Lt. Archibald, FF/EMT Daughton and FF Espinoza. During this time we each read to separate classrooms, explaining to them the importance of reading and maintaining your education as well as teaching them about Dr. Seuss and the history of his readings.

     Thank you to the members who came out and pictures will be posted soon!


 
Fire Prevention Detail
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 14:30
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     On March 4th, 2014 at approximately 2:30pm members of the East Franklin Fire Department were requested to Macafee Road School (53 Macafee Road) in order to speak to an Aftercare School Program regarding Fire Prevention.

     FF/EMT Daughton, FF Cezar, FF Espinoza and FF Lebrew visited the school with Engine 27-8. During this time, we went over preventative measures to take regarding equipping your homes with working smoke detectors, having fire extinguishers readily available, setting up an escape plan in the event of an emergency and how/when to dial 9-1-1.

    After a brief speech with the group (Approx. 50 Students), FF Lebrew and FF/EMT Daughton demonstrated what a fully geared up firefighter would look like, should we respond to the children's residence. Following this, we allowed them to view E-278 and spoke with them about all the equipment we use, during natural and man-made emergencies.

     Pictures are posted below, enjoy!


 
FF Daughton speaking with the kids
   FF Daughton speaking with the kids
FF Cezar talking about the Turnout Coat
   FF Cezar talking about the Turnout Coat
Mutual Aid into the Borough of Highland Park
Saturday, March 1, 2014 21:00
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     On Saturday March 1st, 2014 at approximately 9pm, The East Franklin Fire Department was requested Mutual Aid into the Borough of Highland Park on a reported Structure Fire located on South 8th Avenue.

     Larry Thiel, who is a member of both Highland Park and East Franklin Fire Departments was the first to arrive on scene. He was joined quickly by Chief Michael McMahon. A working fire was confirmed, at which time Command called for mutual aid. East Franklin, New Brunswick, North Stelton, River Road and Metuchen Fire Departments responded to the incident. Station 27 responded into the Borough with Engine 27-6, Squad 27, Car 27 and Car 273.

    The fire in the basement was quickly contained, thanks to fast response getting water on the fire and ventilating the hot air and gasses. A job well done by all who responded to the incident.


 
Holly Street Car Fire
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 
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On Wednesday, February 26th District #3 was dispatched to 17 Holly Street for a motor vehicle fire. Engine 278 arrived on scene and stretched a 1 3/4 line to the piercing nozzle and quickly knocked down the fire in minutes. Units on scene were Car 27, Asst. Chief 25, Deputy Chief 25, Engine 278, Squad 27, Ladder 25 and 908 units.


 
   
   
RU Basketball - First Annual Kevin Apuzzio Memorial Foundation First Responders Day
   
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 
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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights invite first responders out to the First Annual Kevin Apuzzio Memorial Foundation First Responders Day, Saturday March 1, 2014.  The Scarlet Knights take on the South Florida Bulls at 12:00pm. Follow the website, our Facebook page, or Twitter feed for more information.

Tickets being sold through the Kevin Apuzzio Memorial Foundation are $20*, plus processing fees, for center court, 300-level seats and will be dispersed on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Tickets are available through the following link:

https://kapuzziofoundation.ticketleap.com/2014firstrespondersgame/t/20141stresponder/

*All proceeds from ticket sales through the Kevin Apuzzio Memorial Foundation go to support the Foundation and its mission to honor the legacy and memory of Kevin Apuzzio.


 
Red Line Classic: Battle of the Boards, Charity Hockey Game
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 
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On Sunday, February 9th Foreman Billy Davitt will be playing in a charity hockey game at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City against several former Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils.

Billy's father, Chief Training Officer Jimmy Davitt will be the Assistant Coach for the White Team.

The Red Line Classic is an annual event that raises funds for the All Hands Working charity, a non-profit that provides firefighters with fitness equipment grants, health and nutritional resources, and survival training. Money raised by this event will be used to fund grants as well as establish scholarship programs for families of firefighters.

Tickets are $20, $50, and $100. Please see Billy Davitt for tickets.

For more information, please visit www.theredlineclassic.com


 
2014 Installation of Officers Dinner
Saturday, January 4, 2014 
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On Saturday, January 4th the department, along with guests and friends celebrated their Installation of Officers Dinner at The Imperia in Somerset. The officers were sworn in by Dr. Apuzzio. We would like to thank Chief Krushinski, and his wife Lisa for organizing the event. A great time was had by all! 2013 Top Ten Responders (459 Calls Total) 1. Dan Krushinski 2. Chris Banks 3. Tom Cicerale 4. Benji Ferretti 5. Conner Ferretti 6. Tom Canales 7. Hector Malave 8. Billy Davitt 9. Brandon Shannon 10. Craig Miller Other awards from the night included: Kevin Apuzzio Award - Hector Malave Vincent Sidotti Award - Victor Garach Fire Officer of the Year - Chris Banks Junior Firefighter of the Year - Benji Ferretti Firefighter of the Year - Conner Ferretti Log Agg Spirit of Volunterism Award - Brandon Shannon Howard Reed was awarded with a 60 years of service award by the Chiefs, with a standing ovation.

 
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