The Southard Fire Department is happy to announce that we have finally solidified our plans with the North Pole and are ready to share it with the residents of Howell. We will begin our annual escort of Santa around Howell Fire District 3 on Sunday 12/10 at approximately 6PM (or whenever he is done with the township tree lighting, and gets some warm dinner). We will go until approximately 9PM. This is all however, weather permitting. Each night that follows, we will set out at 7PM (ending at 9pm) until our entire district is covered. NOTE that as always we CANNOT VISIT tight streets and cup-de-sacs. We will place our tracker link up each night and you can follow our live location. You will DEFINITELY hear us coming. (Every nights is weather permitting).
But wait… There’s MORE! On December 17th from 9am until 1 PM at our building we will have a breakfast with the big man himself. Come visit, eat all the pancakes you can and make sure he has the latest copy of your Christmas list. Truck Rides will go until 1pm.
Reminder to the Adults - no conflict or negative comments will be tolerated on our Santa posts. Each night we gather to bring this experience to you and your family is a night that we are giving up with our own. Please embrace the spirit of the season and be kind to the responders who put this on and to one another.
My husband and I look forward to this every year. We can’t wait to see the big guy and all his helpers!
You guys are so awesome for doing this each year!
Thank you to all involved! For over 20/25 (?) years our family has enjoyed this Howell tradition!
Always excited! You guys do an amazing job ❤️
Thank you so much for doing this every year I think I'm more excited than the kids lol love it😊🎄🎅
I am WAY MORE EXCITED for this than my kids will ever be!! 🤣🤣🤣 thank you for doing this year after year!! It's a wonderful Christmas tradition ❤️
As usual you all do a wonderful job keep up the great work and stay safe!
We can’t wait! You guys are the best! Last year was amazing! Especially the fire truck rides!! 🎅🏻❤️🎄
Thank you for all you do! I’m so excited and my kids can’t wait and love it! It’s truly appreciated!
We love the Santa tracker!
My kids are older but we still love it every year! Thank you for volunteering your time all year round!!
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It is with a heavy heart that the Southard Fire Department announce the passing of Life Member, Former President, and Ex-Chief John Walker.
Chief Walker joined the department in 1960 and was an instrumental part of one of the most influential and constructive generations that this department has seen. Chief Walker had a huge part in sculpting the professional and successful organization that we are today. John rose to the ranks of Chief in 1966 and later went on to serve as President in 1969.
John was a well respected member and mentored some of the finest firefighters and leaders that this department has produced. He put his heart and soul into the department, and for that we will forever be thankful. I wish I could state in this post how much he truly means to all of us, but there are simply no words.
Services for Chief Walker are as follows:
Viewing at Lakewood Funeral Home Friday 12/8/2023 5pm - 8pm Fireman’s service at 7pm
Funerals procession (begins at Lakewood Funeral Home) Saturday 12/9/2023 10am
We're thrilled to announce our 2024 Officers! Huge congratulations to all the new officers - your dedication to our community's safety is truly commendable.
A heartfelt thank you to our outgoing 2023 Officers for their hard work and commitment.
Here's to a year of continued excellence and service!
Chief of Department - Jon-Eric Charles 1st Asst. Chief - Travis Tucker 2nd Asst. Chief - Matthew Karabin Captain - Dave Lovey Lieutenant - Bill Billson
President - Dave Lovey Vice President - Steven Hadgkiss Treasurer - Chris Guirguis Secretary - Nick Guerrino Asst. Secretary - Jeff Hodges Financial Secretary - Mark Orsini Chaplain - Travis Tucker Asst. Chaplain - Andrew Pillarella Trustee - Mike Acevedo ... See MoreSee Less
Today we pause to remember the life and legacy of John Hugo Somay who died in the line of duty thirty years ago today, 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
Congratulations Chief Prochnow. Well-deserved recognition for a dedicated professional. It’s always a pleasure to work with you and your staff.￼￼Howell's Chief Fire Marshal Brian Prochnow was recently recognized by the Monmouth County Fire Marshal’s Office, Monmouth County Board of Commissioners, and the Monmouth County Fire Prevention and Protection Association as the 2023 Fire Inspector of the Year in recognition of his dedicated efforts in the interest of fire safety. Congratulations!! ... See MoreSee Less