In attendance were representatives from multiple agencies, life members of the Squad and Current Squad members with their invited guests. Township Councilman Scott Martin swore in the 2018 Officers: Al Couceiro, Chief, Steven Porth, First Lieutenant, Kevin Bender, Second Lieutenant, Nick Schulman, First Sergeant, Daniel Vanderclute, Second Sergeant, Debbie Amato, President, Stephanie Havens, Vice President, Debbie Visconi, Recording Secretary, Diane Stanaway, Corresponding Secretary, Nicole Couceiro, Treasurer, Elizabeth Saar, Trustee and Matt Scatigna, Trustee.
During his speech, Chief Al Couceiro congratulated the Squad as 2018 is their 65th year serving the residents of Jackson Township. He also highlighted some significant moments for the past year. In 2017, for the first time in over 35 years the Squad was able to purchase their own ambulance without any assistance from the Township Council, they also purchased a Supervisor vehicle with a plow, and most importantly, the Squad is now 95% self-sufficient. The Squad is now capable of funding the cost of fuel, vehicle maintenance, insurance, training, uniforms and equipment. One of the most significant things we did this year was introduced our new identity “Jackson Township Emergency Medical Services”. Chief Al Couceiro also applauded the efforts of the membership by answering over two thousand calls for the year 2017 and maintaining a nine-minute average response time. He also encouraged the members to take a minute tonight and speak with the life members present, listen to their stories, they were once us, because remember this “We don’t know where we are going unless we know where we came from”.
Amongst the many awards presented Patrick Handel received the Desirae Patricia Ferry Award for being 2017’s “Top Call Runner” by answering 238 calls for service. Nicole Couceiro was present the 2017 President’s Award. Stephanie Havens was presented the 2017 Chief’s Award while EMT’s Patrick Handel and Alexsandra Taylor were awarded the Jack Johnson Award.