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Famous Residents & Visitors

First Responders

    Civil Defense
        Berkeley Township Civil Defense
        Berkeley Township Junior Civil Defense

    Emergency Services & 911
        Berkeley Township SCUBA Team
        First District Mobilization Officers
        Fifteenth District Mobilization Officers
        Ocean County Mental Health Clinic
        Ocean County System of Emergency Numbers
       
    Fire Companies & Departments

       
Barnegat
             Barnegat Volunteer Fire Company No. 1
             Pinewood Estates Volunteer Fire Company No. 1
             Warren Grove Fire Company

        Bay Head Borough
             Bay Head Fire Company

        Berkeley Township
             Bayville Volunteer Fire Company No. 1
             Berkeley Township Emergency Response/HazMat Team
             Manitou Park Volunteer Fire Company
             Pinewald Pioneer Volunteer Fire Department Company No. 1

        Beachwood Borough
             Beachwood Volunteer Fire Company No. 1

        Brick Township
             Brenton Woods Fire Company
             Brick Township Fire District No. 1
             Brick Township Fire Department No. 2
             Herbertsville Fire Company
             Laurelton Fire Company
             Pioneer Hose Company

        Eagleswood Township
             Eagleswood Fire Company

        Island Heights Borough
             Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company No. 1

        Jackson Township
             Cassville Volunteer Fire Company No. 1
             Jackson Fire District No. 3
             Jackson Mills Fire Company No, 1
             Jackson Township Fire Company No. 1
             Jackson Township Firemens Mutual Benevolent Association Local 86
             Six Flags Great Adventure Fire Department
             Whitesville Volunteer Company No. 1

        Lacey Township
             Bamber Lakes Volunteer Fire Company No. 1
             Forked River Volunteer Fire Company No. 1
             Lanoka Harbor Volunteer Fire Company 61

        Lakehurst Borough
             Lakehurst Volunteer Fire Company No. 1
             Naval Air Engineering Station Fire Department Local F-114

        Lakewood Township
             Engine Company No. 1
             Hook & Ladder Company
             Junior Hose Company No. 3
             Lakewood Fire Headquarters
             Reliance Hose Company No. 4
             Rescue Company No. 2

        Lavallette Borough
             Lavallette Fire Company

        Little Egg Harbor Township
             Mystic Island Fire Company
             Parkertown Fire Company
             West Tuckerton Fire Company

        Long Beach Island
             Barnegat Light
                  Barnegat Light Volunteer Fire Company No. 1
             Beach Haven
                  Beach Haven Fire Company
             Harvey Cedars
                  HighPoint Volunteer Fire Company Station 51
             Ship Bottom
                  Ship Bottom Fire Company No. 1

        Manchester Township
             Manchester Fire Company
             Ridgeway Fire Company
             Whiting Volunteer Fire Company No. 1

        Mantoloking Borough
             Mantoloking Fire Co. 1

        Ocean Gate Borough
             Ocean Gate Volunteer Fire Company No. 1

        Ocean Township
             Waretown Volunteer Fire Company

        Pine Beach Borough
             Pine Beach Volunteer Fire Company

        Plumsted Township
             New Egypt Fire Company
             Plumsted Township Fire District No. 1

        Point Pleasant Beach Borough
             Ocean Fire Company No. 1
             Point Pleasant Fire Company No. 2
             Point Pleasant Fire Department

        Point Pleasant Borough
             Point Pleasant Boro Fire Company No. 1 (now Station 75)
             Point Pleasant Boro Fire Company No. 2 (now Station 75)
             Point Pleasant Boro Fire Department

        Seaside Heights
             Seaside Heights Fire Department

        Seaside Park
             Seaside Park Fire Department Fire Company No. 1

        Stafford Township
             Stafford Township Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 Station 47

        Toms River Township
             Dover Township Board of Fire Commissioners District 1
             Dover Township Fire Department
             East Dover Volunteer Fire Company No. 4
             Manchester Volunteer Fire Company No. 1
             Manitou Park Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, Inc.
             Ocean Beach Volunteer Fire Company No. 3
             Pleasant Plains Volunteer Fire Department
             Silverton Volunteer Fire Company No. 1
             Toms River Fire Company No. 1
             Toms River Fire Company No. 2

        Tuckerton Borough
             Tuckerton Fire Department No. 1, Inc.
             West Tuckerton Volunteer Fire Company Station 71

     Fire Wardens, Marshalls & Offices of Fire Prevention
          Ocean County Fire Marshal's Office
          Ocean County Fire Police     
          Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention
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    First Aid & EMS Squads

        Barnegat Township
             Barnegat Volunteer First Aid Squad
             Quality Medical Transport (Paid squad)

        Bay Head Borough
         
        Beachwood Borough
             Beachwood First Aid Squad

        Berkeley Township
             Bayville First Aid Squad
             Holiday City-Berkeley First Aid Squad
             Holiday Heights First Aid Squad
             Tri-Boro First Aid Squad (Pelican Island & South Seaside Park)

        Brick Township
             Brick Township Volunteer Emergency Medical Services
             BTPD Emergency Medical Services (Paid squad)
             Community First Aid Squad
             Herbertsvbille First Aid Squad

        Eagleswood Township
             Great Bay Regional Emergency Medical Services

        Island Heights Borough
             Island Heights First Aid Squad

        Jackson Township
             Jackson Township First Aid Squad
             Great Adventure First Aid Squad
             Quality Medical Transport (Paid squad)

        Lacey Township
             Bamber Lake Fire Company Emergency Medical Services
             Lacey Township Underwater Rescue & Recovery
             Lacey Township First Aid Squad
             Lanoka Harbor EMS 26
             Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station (OCNGS) First Aid Squad

        Lakehurst Borough
             Lakehurst First Aid Squad
             Naval Air Warfare Center (NAWC) Lakehurst Ambulances

        Lakewood Township
             Hatzolah Emergency Medical Services
             Lakewood Township Emergency Medical Services (Paid squad)
             Lakewood Township First Aid & Emergency Services
             Leisure Village First Aid Squad


        Lavallette Borough
             Lavallette First Aid Squad

        Little Egg Harbor Township
             Great Bay Regional Emergency Medical Services
             Tuckerton First Aid Squad

        Long Beach Township

             Barnegat Light Borough
                  Barnegat Light First Aid Squad

             Beach Haven Borough
                  Beach Haven First Aid Squad

             Harvey Cedars Borough
              
             Ship Bottom Borough
              
             Surf City Borough
                  Surf City Fire Company Emergency Medical Services

        Manchester Township
             Manchester Township First Aid Squad
             Whiting First Aid Squad


        Mantoloking Borough

        Monoc Paramedic
             Ocean Medical Center Unit (Brick & northern Ocean County)
             Kimball Medical Center Unit (Lakewood & northern Ocean County)
             Lakehurst Naval Air Station Station Unit
             Community Medical Center Unit (Toms River Area)
                  Lavallette to Island Beach State Park in summer season
             Southern Ocean County Medical Center - Stafford Unit
             Night time BLS/EMS coverage for Holiday City Berkeley

        Ocean Township
             Waretown First Aid Squad

        Ocean Gate Borough
             Ocean Gate First Aid Squad

        Pine Beach Borough
         
        Plumsted Township
             New Egypt First Aid Squad
             Plumsted Township Emergency Medical Services (Paid squad)

        Point Pleasant Beach Borough
             Point Pleasant First Aid & Emergency Medical Services

        Point Pleasant Borough
             Point Pleasant Borough First Aid Squad

        Seaside Heights Borough
             Tri-Boro First Aid Squad

        Seaside Park Borough
             Tri-Boro First Aid Squad

        South Toms River Borough
             South Toms River First Aid Squad

        Stafford Township
             Stafford Township First Aid Squad

        Toms River Township
             Dover-Brick Beach First Aid Squad
             East Dover First Aid Squad
             Ortley Beach First Aid Squad
             Pleasant Plains Volunteer First Aid Squad
             Silverton Emergency Medical Services
             Toms River First Aid Squad
             Toms River Township Office of Emergency Management
             TRPD Emergency Medical Services (Paid squad)


        Tuckerton Borough
             Great Bay Regional Emergency Medical Services


Fires & Fire Science

    Arson & Arsonists
        Arson & Robbery
             Frank Parker House Fire, West Creek (1892)
    
        
John Robertson House Robbery-Arson, Toms River (1884)
             Debbie Platt's Tavern (1870s)

    
   
Arsonists
             Walter Burke
                  Former Beachwood Councilman Indicted House Fire (1997)
             Richard N. Crammer
                  Causeway Inn Arson (1987)
    
         David Dunfee
                  E.P. Emson House Arson, Cassville, Jackson (1884)
             Fireman (need name)
                  Firemen Charged with Setting 50 Fires (1977)
             Robert Flood

                  Police Officer Forest Fire Arson (1964)
             Patrick J. Geraghty
                  Berkeley & Brick Forest Fire Arsons 100 mph Chase (1964)
             Mrs. Unknown Huggins
                  Jesse Huggins Barn Arson by His Wife, New Egypt (1885)
             Birdie Jennings
                  Insane Owner House Fire Arson (1956)
             Joseph Marton
                  Blew Up House to Keep from Ex-Wife (1983)
             Frederick Muller
                  Cowperthwaite's Exchange Arson Trial, Toms River (1891)
             Robert J. Pascale
                  Firemen Indicted for Setting 10 Fires, Barnegat (1997)
    
        
David Southard
                  E.P. Emson House Arson, New Egypt (1892)
    
        
Joseph Southard
                  James Cottrell Farm Barn Arson, New Egypt (1892)
             Paul Vleck
                  Stafford Forest Fire Arson (1940)

    
   
Insurance Fraud
             William Chamberlain House Fire, Manahawkin (1888)

        Miscellaneous
             Barnegat Arson Spree (1988)
    
        
Eureka Building, Point Pleasant (1885)
             Abandoned House Fire Arson, Jackson (1995)

        Murder by Arson
             Mary Ann Adie (1997)
                Unknown Juvenile Named only as J.A.
             Lenwood Archer (2005)
                  Paul C. Wilson
             Breisdel-Davidson-Levinson-Poulas (1967)                                                           Fred E Craft
             Clayton-Lang (1928)
                   Elim Burrows
              Kiriaki Tyris & Vasile Vlaicu (1992) (1992)
                   Forked River House Fire
             Great Adventure Fire (1984)
                  Unknown Arsonist
             Ocean County Jail Fire  (1959)
                  General Petersen
             Sean Riccio (1994)
                  Stacey Dawn Ross
             David Schumm (1982)
                  Loretta Ruvolo
             Julian & Katherine Thomaszewski (1915)
                  Gilto Plazziano (assumed)

        Woods & Forest Fires
             Bayville & Pine Beach Forest Fire Arson (1911)
             Woods Fire Arson, Lakewood (1887)
             Woods Fire Arson, Toms River (1860)

   
Automobile Fires
        Route 9 Car Fire, Bayville

   
Boarding House Fires
        Lakewood Boarding House Fire (1920)
        Point Pleasant Beach Boarding House Fire (1981)

    Boardwalk, Park & Pavilion Fires
        Berkeley Arms Pavilion Fire (1892)
        Great Adventure Arcade Fire (1981)
        Great Adventure Funhouse Fire (1984) (see Murder by Arson)
        Point Pleasant Fire (1975)
    
   
Seaside Heights Boardwalk Fire (1958)
        Seaside Heights Boardwalk Fire - Restaurant-Ice Cream Parlor (1976)
        Seaside Heights Boardwalk Fire - Funtown USA Amusement Pier (1976)
        Seaside Heights Boardwalk Fire (1980)
        Seaside Heights Boardwalk Fire (1983)
    
   
Seaside Heights Casino Pier Fire (1965)
             See Video
        Seaside Heights Freeman's Amusement Center Fire (June 9, 1955)
             See Video
        Seaside Heights Pizzeria Fire (1988)
    
    Seaside Park Pavilion Fire (1914)

 
    Boat & Vessel Fires
        Houseboat Fire (1940)
    
   
Morro Castle (1930)

    Business & Store Fires
        Ayres Brothers Brickyard Fire (1888)
        Bailey Meat Market Fire (1882)
        Brackman Lumberyard, Lavallette (July 1965)
        Casino Fire at Casino Park (1894)
        Barnegat Park Office Fire (1891)
        Carpet Contractors/Sea Breeze Barbershop Fire (1986)
        Castle Woodcraft Fire (1992)
    
   
L. Cohens Store Fire (1891)
        Cosmic Gift Shop Fire (1975)
    
    Cowpertwait Exchange Basement Fire (1886)

        G.C. Cranmer Store Fire (1887)
        EP Empson Building Fire (1892)
        Adoph Ernst Cigar Store Fire (1892)
        Benjamin Evernham Store Fire (1892)
        Benjamin Evernham Store Fire (1893)
        Genos Pizza Fire (1983)
        Grants Department Fire (1965)
    
    Grover's Grocery Store Fire (1890)

        Gwyer Fruit Store Fire (1892)
        Harvey Cedars Gun Club Fire (1879)
        Dr Hilliard Office Fire (1887)
        Hirchs Store Fire (1891)
        Hochberg & Hallar Dry Goods Store Fire (1900)
    
   
Holman Store Robbery & Fire (1895)
        Horses Perish in Lumber Yard Fire in Lakewood (1915)
        Sheriff Ed Ivins Store Fire (1878)
        Jacobsen Business & Apartment Building Fire, Ocean Gate (1924)
        Kings Furniture Fire (1978)
    
   
Kosich Furniture Fire, South Toms River (1986)
        George M. Lane Storehouse Fire (1878)
        Lauria Building Fire (1957)
        Levin's Department Store Fire (1971)
        Marion Inn & Harris Store Fire (1930)
        Charles B. Mathis Office & Post Office Fire (1887)
    
    Millinery Store Fire (1880)
        Moores Farm Market Fire (1986)
        Old Potter Building Fire (1898)
        Pedersen Produce Market Fire, Beach Haven (1940)
        A Shear Delight Beauty Salon, Point Pleasant Beach (1983)
    
   
Pittengers Livery Stable & Blacksmith Shop Fire
        Rays Fabrics Fire (1985)
        Seaside Heights Multi-Store Fire (1982)
    
    Snyder & Page Shop Fire (1888)
        Abe Stout Store & Forest Fire,Silverton (1935)
        Traco Drug Store Fire (1962)
        Trash Bin Fire
        Joe Tuan Store Fire (1891)
        United Feed Company Granary Fire (1959)
        Unknown Furniture Store on Main & Water Street Toms River
        Water Street Store Fires, Toms River (1924)
        Water Street Store Fires, Toms River (1939)
        Whiting RR Station & Post Office Fire (1897)
        Ye Olde School Inn, Lavallette (August 1972)

    Church Fires
        Brick Church and Schoolhouse Fires (1915)
        Church of the Nazarene Fire (1976)
        First Methodist Church Fire, Tuckerton (1979)
        Holmansville Church Fire (1923)
        Lakewood Baptist Church Fire (1886)
        Presbyterian Church of Toms River Fire (1868)
        William Raws Memorial Building Fire at Keswick (1942)
        United Methodist Church Fire, Lacey (1990)
        Universalist Memorial Church Fire, Lacey (1973)

    Farm & Barn Fires
        S.R. Applegate Shed Fire (1891)
        Unknown Applegate Barn in Lightning Fire, Toms River (1854)
        Warren Applegate Barn Fire, Cedar Grove, Toms River (1891)
        Nathan Atkinson Barn Fire (1891)
        George Austin Barn Fires, Tuckerton (1897)

        William Balderson Lightning Barn Fire, New Egypt (1920)
        Barn Fires in Lakewood (1930)
        Barn Fire & Horse Death, Jackson (1994)
       
Annie Burleson Barn Fire, Whitesville, Jackson (1893)

        Central Hotel Barn Fires Kills Horses, New Egypt (1932)
       
Jesse Clayton Farmhouse Fire, Hope Chapel, Lakewood (1922)
        Corlis Clayton Barn Fire, Silverton (1895)
        Cranberry Bog Fire, Goose Creek (1885)
        Cranberry Bog Fire, Stickhole (1890)

        Dr. Rem Disbrow Barn Fires, Toms River (1896)

       
Christian D. Emson Barn Fire, Jackson (1886)
        E.P. Emson Barn Fire, Colliers Mills, Jackson (1891)

        Firecracker Starts Barn Fire (1996)
       
Four Lightning Fires, New Egypt (1922)

        John Graw Farm Fire, Toms River (1894)

        Uriah Havens Barn Fire, Forked River (1887)
        Nelson Hutchinson Barn Fire (1880)


        Hugh Johnson Barn & Horses Burnt, Bursville (Brick) (1918)
        Stephen V. Johnson Hotel Barn Fire, Cedar Creek, Lacey (1891)

       
Henry Keeler Barn Fires, Arnytown (1898)

        John Larkin Barn Fire, Hornerstown (1878)
        John Letts Stable Fire, Manahawkin (1879)

       
Maud Moller Farmhouse Fire, Bayville (1921)
        Multi-Farm Fire in New Egypt (1991)


       
William A. Parker Barn Fire, Prospertown (1887)
        John B. Pendleton Barn Fire, Toms River (1866)
        Ezekiel Perrine Barn Fire, Cedar Grove, Toms River (1895)
        Samuel D. Polhemus Barn Lightning Fire, White Oak Bottom (1899)

        Joseph E. Sapp Barn Fire, Tuckerton (1932)
       
James Speck Barn Fire, Tuckerton (1893)
        Stillwell Barn Fire, Osbornville (1887)

        John Wilbur Outhouse & Barn Fires, Cedar Grove, Toms River (1898)

    Fatalities
        Barnegat
              Fireman Harry L. Carter Dies Fighting House Blaze (1912)
        Lavallette
              Grand Central Avenue Cottage Fire - 2 Women (January 1955) 
              Magee Avenue House Fire - Married Couple (March 1968)
              Brooklyn Avenue - Elderly Artist (March 1969)
              President Avenue - 1 Woman (May 1972)
              Dickman Drive - 18-year-old man (June 1973)
        Seaside Park
              Sumner Avenue House Fire - 3-ye

    Fire Academy
        Forest Fire Training
        Ocean County Fire Training Center

    Fire Alarms
        Presbyterian Church of Toms River Bell as Fire Alarm (1898)
        Fire Alarm Procedure (1919)

    Fire Insurance
        Fischer, Brown & Co. (1897)

    Fire Protection (see First Responders)
        Asbestos Shingles (1898)

    Fire Towers
        Forked River Station Fire Tower (1898)

    Forest & Brush Fires (listed chronologically)
        Forest & House Fires, West Creek (1866)
        Forest Fire, Jackson (1873)
       
Brush Fire, Lakewood (1879)
        Forest Fire, Toms River (1880)
        Forest Fire, Toms River, Jackson, Manchester, Whiting, Bamber (1880)
        Forest Fire, Whitesville, Holmansville, Bennett's Mills (1880)
        Swamp Fire, Oyster Creek Swamp, Waretown (1880)
        Forest Fire, Whiting (1880)
        Forest Fire, Sunken Branch Cranberry Bog (1880)
        Forest Fire, Whiting (1880)
        Forest Fire, Barnegat & Waretown (1885)
        Forest Fire, Toms River (1887)
        Forest Fire, Buckingham & Hanover (1887)
        Brush Fire, Forked River (1888)
        Forest Fire, Forked River (1888),
        Swamp Fire, Toms River (1888)
        Forest Fire, Cedar Bridge, Toms River & Lakewood (1890)
        Forest Fire, Barnegat (1891)
        Forest Fire, Toms River (1891)
        Forest Fire, Toms River & Lakewood (1891)
        Forest Fire, Waretown (1891)
        Forest Fire, Waretown (1891)
        Forest Fire, Forked River Mountains (1891)
        Forest Fire, Toms River & Barnegat Park (1892)
        Forest Fire, Toms River (1892)
        Forest Fire, Toms River & Burrsville (Brick) (1892)
        Forest Fire, Tuckerton (1893)
        Forest Fire, Toms River (1893)
        Forest Fire, Toms River & Barnegat Park (1893)
        Forest Fire, Bayville (1893)
        Forest Fire, Stump Tavern (1893)
        Forest Fire, Bayville (1894)
        Forest Fire, Whiting & Other Areas (1894)
        Cranberry Bog Fire, West Creek (1894)
        Forest Fire, Barnegat, Manchester & Tuckerton (1894)
        Forest Fire, Jackson (1894)
        Forest Fire, Toms River & Lakewood (1895)
        Forest  & House Fire, Waretown (1896)
        Forest Fire, Tuckerton (1896)
        Forest & Town Fire, Beachwood (1953)
        Forest Fire Arson, South Toms River to Waretown along Parkway (1964)
        Forest Fire, Eagleswood Firemen Deaths (1977)
        Forest Fire, Barnegat (1981)
        Forest Fire, Tuckerton (1982)

    Hotel Fires
        Albertson Hotel Fire, Mantoloking (1898)
        Berkeley Arms Hotel, Seaside (1904)
        Carpenters Hall Fire, Lakewood  (1979)
        College Inn Fire, Bayville (1931)
        Edgewater Hotel Fire, Island Heights (1986)
        Eno's Riverside Hotel, Forked River (1952)
        Greyhound Inn Fire, Forked River (1957)
        Hamilton Hotel, Seaside Heights (1968)
        Hayden's Pinewald Villa Fire, Pinewald (1960)
        Holiday House Fire, Island Heights (1973)
        Hotel Allaben Fire, Lakewood (1976)
        Hotel Hiawatha, Seaside Park (March 1931)
        Hotel Leslie Fire, Lavallette (1914)
        Hotel Light Fire Arson, Lakewood (1974)
        Hotel Savoy Fire, Lakewood (1970)
        Hotel Traymore Fire, Lakewood (1930)
        Laffayette House, Forked River (1915?)
        Lavallette Hotel (1934)
        Laurel-in-the-Pines Fire, Lakewood (1964)
        Lincoln Hotel Fire Deaths, Lakewood (1979)
        Magahan Hotel Fire, Cedar Creek (1880)
        Manhansset Hotel Fire, Seaside Park (1931)

        Manhattan Hotel Fire, Lakewood (1973)
        Mansion in the Pines Hotel Fire, Lakewood (1980)
        Marion Inn Fatalities, Toms River (1961)
       
Maxson House Hotel Fire, Point Pleasant (1880)
        Murray Grove Hotel Fire, Lacey (1955)
        New Irvington Lodge Hotel Fire, Lakewood (1965)
        Old Dover House Fire, Toms River (1879)
        Ortley Inn Fire, Ortley Beach (1922)
       
Parry House Fire, Beach Haven (1881)
        Patterson Hotel Fire, Burrsville (Brick) (1897)
        People's Hotel Fire, Toms River (1854)
        Pines Hotel Fire, Barnegat Park, Berkeley Township (1894)
        Pinewood Hotel Fire, Lakewood (1969)
        Riviera Hotel Fire, Toms River
        Riverview Hotel Fire, Toms River (1965)
       
St. James Hotel Fire Death, Point Pleasant (1888)
        Union House Hotel Fires, Waretown (1891)
        Woodward Lodge Hotel Fire, Lakewood (1926)

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