Cedar Grove Firefighters provided coverage for the Township of Montclair while they battled a general alarm fire.
Cedar Grove Police and Fire were dispatched to the area of Pompton Avenue between Vincent Road and East Lindsley on a report of a possible vehicle fire. Upon arrival police located a vehicle parked in the outside lane of Pompton Avenue Southbound. The vehicle’s engine compartment was fully engulfed. Firefighters extinguished the fire quickly. No injures were reported. The cause of the fire is unknown however it does not appear to be suspicious in nature.
On Thursday, August 15th 2019 at 1:50 PM, Cedar Grove Police Department received a report of a fire inside New Kitchen Restaurant at #8 Bowden Road. Upon arrival, officers found fire coming from the roof. Police immediately began evacuating the building. Cedar Grove Fire Department arrived shortly and began working on extinguishing the fire. The fire began to extend into adjacent, attached, Dry Cleaning Store. But was stopped there by firefighters. The cause of the fire is under investigation, however it does appear to be accidental in nature. The Montclair, Verona, North Caldwell, Caldwell and Fairfield Fire Departments assisted along with the Cedar Grove Ambulance and Rescue Squad. “Due to the efforts of all the first responders the fire was contained to the restaurant with some extension in the roof area of Lucy Dry Cleaners. The fire department with the assistance of the adjacent towns made a great stop. There are a number of attached business and this fire could have been far worse. Most importantly, there were no injuries reported.
Ex. Chief Alfred R. Giancola, Sr., 91, of Cedar Grove, N.J., passed away on July 21, 2019 Freddie was a lifelong resident of Cedar Grove. He honorably served in the US Navy during World War II and then the Korean War. Prior to his retirement, he was a postal worker for the Cedar Grove Post Office for 36 years. He was a member of the American Legion Little Falls Post 121 and the VFW Cedar Grove Post 6255. For 66 years, he was a dedicated volunteer with the Cedar Grove Fire Department.
Predeceased by his parents, Antonio and Yolanda Giancola, Ida Giancola (nee Capitanelli), his beloved wife of 68 years, and sister, Henrietta Basile.
Surviving are his beloved children, Linda Jacobus (John), Alfred R., Jr. (Carol), Raymond (Linda) and Joyce Ober (Robert); 10 cherished grandchildren; 8 treasured great-grandchildren.
Ex Chief Stanley Crowell, 61, of Cedar Grove, N.J., passed away on Sunday, June 2, 2019. Born in Newark, N.J. to the late William and Joanne (nee: Delezenski) Crowell, he lived in Bloomfield, N.J. before settling in Cedar Grove in 1980. He was the owner and operator of S. Crowell Electric. For over 34 years, he proudly served the Cedar Grove Volunteer Fire Department, serving as Chief in 2002-2003, and then as the Fire Prevention Director.
Predeceased by his beloved parents, and his beloved father-in-law, Gerard Del Polito, Sr., he is survived by his beloved wife, Debra (nee: Del Polito); loving children, Taylor Martinez, and her husband, Damian, Heather Sinton, and her husband, Doug, and Brittany Leuzarder, and her husband, Tim; cherished grandchildren, Austin, Charlie, Ellie, and Olivia Hope; caring siblings, Fred Crowell, Guy Crowell, Roxanne Pinck, and her husband, Rich, Mark Crowell, Glen Crowell, and Lisa Rossetti, and her husband, Michael; step-mother, Ona Crowell; mother-in-law, Domenica Del Polito; brother-in-law, Gerard Del Polito; and sister-in-law, Justina Del Polito.
Cedar Grove Firefighters responded to the rear of 69 Birch Road on the report of a vehicle on fire inside of the garage. Firefighter arrived and extinguished the fire, conducted searches of the apartments above and then overhauled the fire. The fire was contained to the car itself and the garage area. One police officer was transported to a area hospital for smoke inhalation then released. No other injuries were reported.
Cedar Grove Fire Fighters along with Police and EMS responded to the scene of a motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Route 23 and Ozone Ave. Two persons were transported to the hospital with none life threatening injuries. Both vehicle were towed.
The Following four firefighters graduated from the Passaic County Public Safety Academy Firefighter I. Program. From left to right Lt. Zachary Lynch, FF Ryan Pagano ,FF Victor Castro, FF Robert Lynch, FF Dominick Riccelli, and Chief Dave Shaulis.