Hopewell Fire Dept Volunteer Spotlight: Learning to Save Lives Drastically Changed Her Own

At the start of ninth grade at Hopewell Valley Central High School,  Olivia Obst was too shy to raise her hand in class. Then, on a whim at age 16, she volunteered with Hopewell Fire Department & Emergency Medical Unit.

She became a junior member, then an EMT, then a firefighter.  Just out of high school, Olivia helped save the life of one of her Hopewell Valley neighbors, and went on to be named both Fire Fighter and EMT of the Year. Continue reading

New Volunteer Program Matches Hopewell Valley Baby Boomers With Fire/EMS Units – Learn More in this Multi-Part Series

With children grown or careers successfully completed, Baby Boomers may find themselves with free time. A new Hopewell Township program hopes to match them with a fulfilling way to use it: Volunteering with a local fire company or first aid squad.

The benefits are mutual, shared Hopewell Valley Senior Services Coordinator Randi Knechel, who started the program. The volunteer organizations always need volunteers and can greatly benefit from the experience and skills these 50- and 60-somethings have to offer. And, in this stage of their lives, members of the generation that defied all the rules may find themselves craving a little structure.

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Meet the Firefighting Families of Hopewell Valley in this Four Part Series

Volunteer fire and emergency service runs in the blood of some Hopewell Valley families. You’ll find just that in “Meet the Firefighting Families of Hopewell Valley,” a four-part series in which you’ll meet several of them!

Part 1: At the Pennington Fire Company, everyone predicts a day when the Demareski boys and their dad will fully crew a fire engine all by themselves.

Part 2: Union Fire Company & Rescue Squad husband-and-wife team David and Julie Crum each followed multiple generations into their volunteer life-saving and leadership roles;

Part 3: Hopewell Fire Department & Emergency Medical Unit’s fire house is the second home of more than a dozen Toths; and

Part 4: Volunteer with Relatives or Without. A Second Family Awaits

“Our volunteers serve a vital community role – one that also happens to be exciting and fulfilling. Fire houses and rescue squads are also fun, exciting, and welcoming places,” said Hopewell Township Fire District Board of Commissioners Chairman Michael Chipowsky. “Once someone of any age experiences the culture, they often want to be part of it.”

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