Roselle’s Inaugural Jon Young Memorial 5K Race Set For Sept. 30

ROSELLE –– On Sunday, Sept. 30, citizens throughout the state will come together to honor a fallen Roselle town hero.

In November 2011, longtime Roselle Fire Captain Jon Young died suddenly of a heart attack while on duty.

In his memory, and in an effort to preserve his love for the community, the Borough of Roselle, the Roselle Chamber of Commerce and Agape House of Worship are holding the First-Annual Jon Young Memorial 5k.

“Not only was Jon Young an upstanding citizen, he was also a staple of this small, tight-knit community,” Mayor Jamel Holley said. “I firmly believe that this event will serve as a reflection of the impact he made on all our lives.”

Young dedicated his life to his job and his community. He was a long-time resident of Roselle and a graduate of Abraham Clark High School prior to becoming the fire captain and emergency coordinator in Roselle.

“Jon was a colleague, but more importantly a friend,” Roselle Fire Chief Paul Mucha said. “He left some big shoes to fill in the department and I find it hard to believe that anyone ever will.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Saint Barnabas Burn Foundation, Roselle Public Library, Roselle Recreation and the Junior ROTC program at Abraham Clark High School.

“My brother was a giving soul who lived to help others,” Karen Thomas said. “My family and I are very grateful to everyone who supported us at the time of his loss and is assisting in keeping his memory alive.”

Officials are urging area residents to come out and be a part of this great event.

Registration will begin at 3:30 p.m. at Borough Hall on Chestnut Street in Roselle. A one-mile run/health walk will take place at 4:30 and the 5k will begin at 5 p.m.

All registered runners and walkers will receive a t-shirt and prizes will be awarded to top male and female participants. There will also be a free pasta party following the race.

Those interested in supporting the event can address donations to Chief Paul Mucha at the Roselle Fire Department on 725 Chestnut Street, Roselle, New Jersey 07203. Checks should be made out to Borough of Roselle.

For more information or to register for the event, visit the borough’s website or call 1-908-259-3036.

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