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MVA In Front of Regent Diner

Sunday, October 9, 2011   Early this morning the Southard Fire Department was dispatched is a motor vehicle accident in front of the Regent Diner.  Upon arrival Chief Hadgkiss established command and performed a scene survey.  It was found to be a SUV that appeared to have rear ended a flat bed tow truck.  EMS was onscene evaluating the driver of the vehicle while fire units were arriving.  The SUV needed to be extricated from the tow truck due to entanglement. 



Joint Drill with Adelphia Fire Company

Saturday, September 24, 2011   The Southard Fire Dept and Adelphia Fire Company participated in a joint drill at the Middlesex Fire Academy to work on operating together as well as mayday procedures, search and rescue, advancing hose lines, roof operations, and pump operations.  The drill was a success with both companies gaining a better understanding of how each company operates.  
Thank you to Howell First Aid for the use of their Rehab Trailer.



9-11 Memorial, a Day of Remembrance

Sunday, September 11, 2011   Today the Southard Fire Department participated in a 10 year anniversary 9-11 Memorial at Howell Township Town Hall.  It was a very somber event with a great deal of remembrance.

May all the victims that were murdered, rest in peace!



Southard Responds to South Orange for Tanker Task Force

Thursday, September 1, 2011   Southard was requested to South Orange due to the effects of Hurricane Irene.  Water supply in the area was severely compromised due to a pump house being submerged by flood waters.  Chief 19-3-66, Chief 19-3-67 as well as Tanker 19-3-96 responded with the Monmouth County Fire Marshalls office as well as Freehold, Millstone, Ramtown, and Freewood Acres Fire Companies.  Units were stationed at South Orange Fire Dept..  Thank you to the South Orange Fire Dept for their hospitality!



Taxpayer Drill Provides Great Learning Experience

Saturday, June 11, 2011   On Saturday the Southard Fire Dept traveled to the Middlesex Fire Academy to drill on a taxpayer (Commercial) prop.  While on location, the units drilled on basement fires, search techniques, roof operations, Mayday and communications.  There were a few lessons learned and overall it was a very good experience.  Thank you to Howell First Aid for providing the Rehab Trailer for this event.



Thank You to Howell Wal-Mart for Donating a Structure for Training!

Saturday, March 26, 2011   The Southard Fire Department would like to thank Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for donating a structure that they are going to demolish to our department for training purposes.  The department was offered the opportunity to train in this residence prior to demolition.  

The department brought in members from Ramtown Fire Company and Adelphia Fire Company in an effort for all departments to operate as one when an incident comes in.  All members from all three departments honed their skills in roof operations, rescue of citizens, breaching walls, recovering a member that is lost, proper techniques for clearing windows, and aerial operations.

Without the generosity of Wal-Mart, this drill could not have been such a success.

Thank You Again, Wal-Mart!



Pittsburgh Drill Successful

Friday, March 4, 2011   The Southard Fire Department created a maze inside our sub-station in an effort to help train our members for fires in residential structures.  The building was filled with smoke and members needed to navigate through bedrooms, over "A" frame obstacles, and under mock wall collapses in an effort to recover a citizen or another member.




Saturday, January 15, 2011   On September 1, 2010 Rich Parker and Nancy Pahl of Ocean Township, New Jersey, received news that no parent ever wants to hear. Their not-yet-four-year-old son, Logan (nephew of Howell Police Corporal and Southard 1st Asst Chief John Tucker and his wife, Margaret), had been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). But the horror of that news did not stop there. At first it was believed that with several years of chemotherapy, Logan would be among the 80-90% of survivors of this disease and be cancer-free. He was placed in a “standard risk” category. However, in early October, they were struck with another blow. Tests had shown that Logan actually had a very rare type of ALL…hypodiploid ALL. In hypodiploid ALL, the individual does not have all the genetically-complete chromosomes necessary for humans. In this case, the survival rate is 40 – 50% and Logan has now been placed in a “very high risk category” and is currently undergoing a very aggressive chemotherapy treatment.

Because of the rarity of his disease, his case was presented to the Leukemia Board at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) who has recommended a cord blood stem cell transplant. The transplant – fraught with its own risks – may take place at the end of this month or early February and the family is anxiously awaiting final word from CHOP about Logan’s admission to the hospital.

In addition to the emotional and psychological toll this is taking on the family, there is also the financial burden. While, up to this point, insurance has covered a great deal of the medical expenses, the future is increasingly uncertain. Add to that the fact that Nancy has had to quit her job in order to care for Logan and when he is hospitalized, Rich often loses time from his job as a restaurant server. Once admitted to CHOP, Rich will be taking a leave from his job in order to be with Nancy and Logan. He doesn’t make a lot of money to begin with and the loss of even one day’s pay creates worry and anxiety. However, he fears being so far away from Logan with so much hanging in the balance. The hospital stay for the transplant is estimated to be at least six weeks.

The Logan James Parker Fund was established to help the family with the financial issues that lay ahead. Friends have already begun organizing fundraisers, selling awareness bracelets and seeking outright donations. But, there is a long road to be traveled and so much more is needed. Any help that can be provided to this family is more than welcomed and accepted with the deepest gratitude.

The next fundraiser will be a Super Bowl Party to be held at Howell Township’s Southard Fire House on February 6th. We are reaching out to friends, neighbors and local merchants to ask for assistance with this, and future, fundraisers. For the Super Party we are seeking help in the form of food, beverage and other supply donations as well as monetary donations. If you think you might be able to help, please contact John or Margaret Tucker at 732-905-9144. A list of items needed for this event is attached, with this letter. We would be very grateful for any assistance you can offer.

The Logan James Parker Fund



Mutual Aid Response to Ramtown for Structure Fire

Tuesday, January 11, 2011   Today the Southard Fire Department was requested by Ramtown Fire Company to provide an engine and tanker for a fully involved structure fire on Lakewood Allenwood Road.  Upon arrival Chief Hadgkiss was assigned as water supply officer and both crews were asked to provide manpower at the residence.

A hydrant was setup in the Park Side development to act as a fill station for the tanker shuttle.  Tanker 19-3-96 provided two loads of water.  

Operating on the scene were Ramtown Fire Company, Squankum Fire Company, Adelphia Fire Company, Freewood Acres Fire Company, Herbertsville Fire Company, Southard Fire Department, Howell Police Dept, and Howell First Aid.

Units were on location for four plus hours because of the roof and second floor collapsed into the first floor.



Two New Additions to the Southard Family

Monday, January 3, 2011   The Southard Fire Dept would like to announce two new additions to the Southard Family.  Chief of Department Steven Hadgkiss and his wife Melissa have had a baby girl, Emma Rose Hadgkiss on 12-30-10, 7lbs 9oz, 21inches.  In addition, Firefighter Donny Franklin and his wife Sara have had a baby boy, Connor Paul Franklin on 1-4-11, 9lbs 4oz, 22inches.

Both families are doing great!

Welcome to the family!!

Emma Rose Hadgkiss

Emma Rose Hadgkiss

Connor Paul Franklin

Connor Paul Franklin


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