Guttenberg C.E.R.T. Honored by Town Council

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(Photos Courtesy of Police Investigator Joseph Keselica)

Guttenberg C.E.R.T. was honored at a recent Guttenberg Town Council meeting on April 27, 2015.  Read below to see the article in the North Bergen Reporter, a publication of the Hudson Reporter.

Emergency response volunteers honored
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(Photo Source:  Hudson Reporter)

Also honored at the meeting were eight volunteer members of the town’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

“If we’re faced with a major emergency in town – a Sandy incident, a major blackout, a major fire, anything like that – the personnel resources in town, the police, the town staff, are going to be overwhelmed,” said Mayor Gerald Drasheff. “These volunteers are the people who we’ll be calling on to help us out with that. They’ve gotten some basic training in emergency response. For instance if we had to open a shelter in the school because of a major fire, these are the people we would be calling on and relying on to help us to do that.”

Police Investigator Joseph Keselica, who trained the eight individuals, added, “These are a group of citizens that stepped forward and really want to make a difference in the town they live in. They want to better the town.”

The eight CERT residents are Richard Delafuenze, Benjamin Jimenez, Melissa Lazo, Delores Loppe, Juana Malave, Marisol Montanez, Sandra Salazar, and Friederick A. Vialet. The group elected Montanez as incident commander and Salazar as alternate incident commander.

Read more at Hudson Reporter

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