Six emergency workers from Scotch Plains and Fanwood received honors at the Knights of Columbus' annual Shield Awards ceremony at on Wednesday, according to a press release distributed by Fanwood Rescue Squad Captain Tom Kranz. The Knights recognized one person each from the police, fire and emergency medical agencies that serve Scotch Plains and Fanwood:
The recipients, as described by the press release, were as follows:
- For the , volunteer EMT Jeff Pate, for his tireless efforts at keeping the ambulances and the squad's building functional.
- For the , volunteer firefighter Bruce Padulsky, who was the department's top-percentage responder.
- For the , patrolman Nick Mauro, for a recent pursuit of a stolen car that resulted in significant arrests.
- For the , Jennifer Speth, founder of the Rescue Squad's Auxiliary, which raises money for the organization.
- For the , firefighter Carmen Grausso, a veteran top responder.
- And for the , patrolman James Richie, for his aggressive work in taking drunk drivers off the road.
This was the 36th straight year that the Knights honored public safety responders, Kranz stated. The organization remains the only local group to do so every year.
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Editor's Note: Alan Neuhauser is a member of the Fanwood Rescue Squad.