Tag: Chester First Aid Squad
1961 was a banner year for car wrecks in Chester. A 12-car pile up occurred at the top of Lu Shann Hill on Route 206. A snowstorm was blamed for the initial head on collision. Other cars slammed into the first two, and in an effort to avoid the growing wreck, one driver hit a guard rail. First Aid Squad member Stephen Estason of Main Street was hit on the side of his car on the way to answer the call to duty.
In 1960, according to the Observer-Tribune, Vincent DeLucas, of the Windy Acres Trailer Park collapsed while voting in the school election. The First Aid Squad administered oxygen, but DeLucas did not survive his heart attack. Despite being incomplete (he had selected the candidates, but had not yet weighed in on the budget), his ballot was counted with all the others.
In 1955, the Mendham-Chester Tribune reported that a visitor to Merrigan Farms on Route 24 was reported missing. The Chester Fire Department sounded the alarm, and the Chester First Aid Squad lent their assistance in efforts to find young Billy Plochock, 11. He was located not long afterward in Morristown.
The Chester Rotary Club presented a check for $100 to John Hoffman of the Chester First Aid Squad. Henry Gapinski, the club president, also gave a $316 check to Louis Bell of the West Morris Regional High School Student Council, and $100 to Leonard Smalley, Chester Fire Chief. The Rotary Club meeting where all the awards were handed out took place at the Chester House in 1961. Source: Observer-Tribune
In 1956, a fight between Navarra and Malcolm Campbell, owners of the Crossroads Inn, ended with Malcolm’s death. Navarra told police they had been quarreling in the barroom of the Inn when Malcolm threatened her with a shotgun. After she hid behind the bar, he shot himself in the head. The Chester First Aid Squad rushed him to Morristown Memorial where he died. Source: The Mendham-Chester Tribune.