Police Officer by Day, Volunteer Firefighter by Night

Diamonique Kennedy, 35, is on both sides of emergency services: police and firefighting. He has worked as a police officer for the City of Philadelphia for the past seven years and recently joined the volunteer fire service. “I’ve always been huge on public safety and giving back to the community,” said Kennedy. “Someone suggested volunteer firefighting to me and I … Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: Tracey Keelan

Tracey Keelan has always been drawn to volunteering for her community. Tracey has been an ocean lifeguard for 21 years. One night when all the guards were getting off duty, Ocean Beach Fire Company received a call for someone missing, and potentially in the ocean. Still on the beach, Tracey helped them deploy their Jet Ski. “Being someone who wants … Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: Michael Brophy

Michael Brophy has been a volunteer firefighter for more than 40 years, and says, “You’re never too old to learn new things.” When Michael moved from North Jersey to Toms River, one of the first things he did was sign up to volunteer at Ocean Beach Fire Company. “In North Jersey, we responded to almost all structural fires. Here, we … Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: Erin Seneca

“When I moved to Toms River, the first thing I did was sign up to volunteer,” said Erin Seneca, who volunteers at East Dover Fire Company. “I combined two things I was passionate about: volunteering and get involved in the town, and firefighting, which I always wanted to do.” Erin’s background was as an EMT and volunteering in emergency services … Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: Ryan LaVigne

Shortly after graduating from college, Ryan LaVigne joined Toms River Fire Company No. 2, volunteering as a firefighter for more than 4 years now. “Joining the fire department has opened many doors for me from a career perspective,” said Ryan. “I was able to take classes at the fire academy that helped me meet requirements for my current job as … Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: Paul Schulz

Paul Schulz, firefighter and President of East Dover Fire Company, has been volunteering with Toms River Fire Department for six years now. “I moved here from New York eight years ago. I thought, ‘If there was ever another Hurricane Sandy, I want to become friends with the people who would save me,’” said Paul. Paul enjoys helping the community and … Read More

Fire Prevention Experience October 8

Want to meet your local firefighters? Toms River Fire Department is giving you the chance. In honor of Fire Prevention Week, Toms River Fire Department is holding a free, family-friending Fire Prevention Experience on Sunday, October 8. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Toms River Fire Training Center, 1780 Church Road, Toms River. In … Read More

TR Fire District No.1 Launches Four-Year Recruitment Campaign

Toms River Fire District No.1 provides high quality fire protection services to the residents and guests of the Township of Toms River. To continue this level of service, Toms River Fire District No.1 launched a four-year campaign to recruit more volunteers. District No.1 is one of the most active fire districts in the area and is comprised of four fire … Read More

Fathers, Sons Share Passion for Firefighting in Toms River

To continue the next generation of volunteer firefighters in Toms River Fire District No.1, fathers Andrew Goresh and Michael Wartel passed down their love of the fire service onto their sons, Daniel Goresh and Salvatore Wartel. Andrew & Daniel Goresh – East Dover Fire Company No. 4 As a child, Daniel “Dan” Goresh, 35, was fascinated with the fire service … Read More

Toms River Family Reflects on Volunteer Firefighting Legacy

For the Weingroff family, volunteering in Toms River Fire District No.1 means there are big shoes to fill. Brothers Ron, 67 and Stephen, 73, uphold the legacy of their father, Charles, who died in the line of duty for Toms River Fire Company #1 in 1973. Along with Ron’s son, Carl, 42, the trio continues to serve their tight-knit community. … Read More