Last evening the Southard Fire Dept. No.1 held our annual elections for our Fire Officers and Administrative Officers of 2023. We want to congratulate the following members and wish them nothing but success in their positions.
Chief of Department - Steven Hadgkiss 1st Assistant Chief - Jon-Eric Charles 2nd Asstistant Chief - Travis Tucker Captain - Matthew Karabin Lieutenant - David Lovey
President - David Lovey Vice President - Steven Hadgkiss Secretary - Nick Guerrino Assistant Secretary - Jeff Hodges Treasurer - Chris Guirguis Financial Secretary - Mark Orsini Chaplain - Travis Tucker Assistant Chaplain - Jim Outwater Trustee - Anthony Matos Sr. Trustee - Mike Acevedo Trustee - Danny Ryan ... See MoreSee Less
We thank Mr. Blewett for his years of support to not only our department but all the emergency services agencies in the surrounding area. Our thoughts are with the Blewett family and staff during this very difficult time. Rest in peace sir. ... See MoreSee Less
Today we pause to remember the life and legacy of John Hugo Somay who died in the line of duty on 11/15/1993. May his memory remain and he continue to rest in peace.
15 Nov 1919 15 Nov 1993 A lifelong resident of Howell Township, NJ, John Somay was a WWII Marine Corps. Veteran. He joined the Southard Fire Dept. #1 on May13, 1949 and rose through the ranks of the department ultimately becoming Chief in 1958-1959. One of the reasons John was so popular amungst the membership and community was his work as a machinist, he would tell the members,”Why spend money on parts when we can build them”. And he did, fixing the fire apparatus many times with parts he made in his own garage. In later years, John became a Fire Police Officer for the department as well as the Monmouth County Fire Police. When Howell Township was divided into five Fire Districts, on Feb. 20, 1960, John was elected as one of the Charter Fire Commissioners, and held that position for many years. On Nov. 15, 1993, his 74th birthday, John packed his car with $386 worth of brand new fishing gear to enjoy his favorite pastime, fishing the rivers of upstate New York. Just before he was to leave for vacation, a brush fire was called in on Miller Road. John told his wife Teenie, “On the way back from the fire, I’m gonna fill up with gas and get some ice”. John never got a chance to do that. While directing traffic at the fire scene, John was struck by a vehicle and died. Free and Accepted Masons Crescent Temple ... See MoreSee Less
This evening Engine Tanker 19-3-78 was requested to East Brunswick to provide a standby with water due to a water main break. The crew will be there for a twelve hour period ending at 0800. ... See MoreSee Less