The Gloucester County Fire Chiefs and Fire Officers Association held its yearly dinner at Aulettos ballroom in Deptford, Thursday January 12th 2017. Officers were sworn in by State Senator Steve Sweeny, and guest speaker Retired Director William Kramer of the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety. The Association gave out over 70 awards including several to our own members. Chief Brian Golle, Asst. Chief Wayne Fanslau, Captain Joe Mehaffey, Lt. Roger Thorson, Lt. Richard St.Petery, FF Ryan Mehaffey, and FF Mike Coventree were all awarded Unit Citations for successfully completing a rescue of a down firefighter. Dispatched as the RIC company to a fire scene in East Greenwich Twp., The crew of 613 was activated when a firefighter fell through the floor from the second floor into the first floor. Crews were able to rapidly locate the down firefighter and remove him from the residence and turn him over to awaiting EMS. The Firefighter suffered minor injuries and was transported to an area hospital for evaluation.
Lt. Richard St.Petery was awarded a separate citation for a resuce while on training with the Gloucester County Technichal Rescue Team. Lt. St.Petery and several other members of the GCTRT who received the citation were in the mountains in Pennsylvania for special traning involving rope rescue. while performing their training task, a real life medical emergency occurred adjacent from the mountain. Battling steep inclines and rugged terrain, the members of the GCTRT acted flawlessly while performing patient packaging and medical care. The patient was extricated from the mountain by these members.