SOUTH PLAINFIELD – Acting Governor Kim Guadagno presented a $5,000 check to benefit South Plainfield’s emergency services on Thursday. The money comes from a fund set up by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and was the seventh of $135,000 in grants to be awarded to 13 fire departments and other first responders in northern New Jersey. Departments receiving money have agreed to assist the Port Authority when emergencies arise. Township police, fire and rescue squads typically respond when needed to emergencies in local communities.
The upcoming 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks have brought more attention on the work of New Jersey first responders, many of whom are volunteers.
“As we prepare for the tenth anniversary of 9/11, we must never waver in our support for New Jersey’s first responders, and never forget the heroism that defines their daily responsibilities,” Guadagno said during a ceremony at the South Plainfield Fire House. “In South Plainfield and across the state, we take pride that such fine men and women have answered this call to service.”
Grant rules stipulate that municipalities must use the money to buy public safety equipment or to upgrade facilities. South Plainfield, which has 52 volunteer firefighters, plans to use the grant to buy firefighting equipment.
Also on hand was Bill Baroni, a former state senator and the deputy executive director of the Port Authority. He noted that the grant was timely, coming as it did when the Port Authority is commemorating its 90th anniversary.
Guadagno also spoke about the importance of helping municipalities, saying, “These presentations put money directly into the hands of those who know the needs of their localities and will best utilize the funds to protect their citizens and community.”
Guadagno has previously presented checks to benefit first responders in Linden, Woodbridge, Cedar Grove, South River, Perth Amboy and Hasbrouck Heights.
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