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Former Walgreens Site Provides Unique Training Opportunity For Bellmawr FD

In advance of the impending demolition of the former Bellmawr Walgreens store, which will make way for a new Royal Farms, members of the Bellmawr Fire Department capitalized on a unique opportunity to use the empty commercial building for training purposes.

On Monday night, approximately 25 members of the all-volunteer Department attended the training session at the long closed pharmacy at Browning Road and the Black Horse Pike.

Under the direction of Chief Jim Burleigh, volunteers braved frigid temperatures as they ran through various scenarios in turnout gear and in the dark, which included access to the sprinkler system and the use of power tools to break through locked doors.

The volunteers spent several hours on site performing training exercises inside and outside of the building before heading up to the roof.

During one drill on the drive-through side, the piercing sounds of metal being cut could be heard while sparks flew from above. With Ladder 32 idling behind them, several firefighters climbed a ladder, one by one, while others stayed ground level bracing the ladder as the parking lot became slick with ice.

The Walreens building is set to be demolished later this week, according to a post dated January 31 on the Bellmawr Fire Department’s Facebook page. Fencing is now in place.

Training Exercises Included:

  • Sprinkler operations. Volunteers hooked up and supplied an activated sprinkler system and witnessed its effectiveness.
  • Ground ladder placement and techniques for ventilating a commercial building.
  • Use of hand and power tools to gain entry through locked doors.
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Fencing is now in place to prepare for the demolition of the closed Walgreens. (All photos by SJO)

Well-Attended & Productive Night

The training was well-attended, the post noted. It was also a “productive night of training by a great group of dedicated members, always striving to be able to safely mitigate any type of emergency that they may be called to handle at any moment.”


More photos from the training can be viewed on the Bellmawr Fire Department’s Facebook page:

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33 Motorists Charged With Alcohol/Drug Influenced Driving Offenses From Drive Sober Get Pulled Over Campaign

As a result of the statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign that took place during the last three weeks of December, Gloucester County police officers on special patrols targeted impaired drivers. Thirty-three motorists were charged with alcohol or drug-influenced driving offenses. In all, the total number of motor vehicle violations issued amounted to 268, according to a statement released today by the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office (GPCO).

The GCPO distributed $45,000 to police departments in 13 towns for extra patrols during a time when impaired driving typically increases by nearly 10 percent.


As a result of the special patrols, those charged with offenses included:

  • 104 charged with speeding.
  • 79 summonses issued for failing to use seat-belts.
  • 28 charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.
  • 21 charged with reckless driving.
  • 17 charged with careless driving
  • 14 charged with texting while driving.
  • 5 arrested for drug-influenced driving.

The grant from the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety was part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide campaign that uses high-visibility enforcement and public education to raise awareness about the dangers of driving under the influence.

“This enforcement campaign by our police departments made our roadways safer during a dangerous time of the year. We appreciate and thank them for their fine work,” Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean F. Dalton said.

Participating Police Departments were Clayton, Glassboro, Pitman, Westville and Woodbury and also from the Townships of Deptford, East Greenwich, Greenwich, Harrison, Logan, Mantua, Monroe, and Washington.

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(Source: Gloucester County Prosecutor Media Release)

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Bellmawr Police Department Honored As Triton’s Hometown Heroes

The Bellmawr Police Department was recently honored as “Hometown Heroes” by Triton Regional High School.

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Chief Willam Walsh of the Bellmawr Police Department was joined by Triton students and Cpl. Arty Tessier, Ptl. Jared Walton, Ptl. Kevin Stinger, Capt. Scott Parker, Cpl. John Mader, Cpl. Ron Miller, and Ptl. Anthony Franklin. (Image credit: Melissa Sheppard).

Established in September, 2013, the Hometown Heroes program honors people or organizations that make a difference and improve the community. Those selected are recognized for their honorable character and selfless acts, explained Lori Hunt, Instructional Mathematics Coach at Triton.

On Monday, Chief William Walsh, along with several other members of the Bellmawr Police Department, were acknowledged during a pre-game ceremony prior to the boys’ varsity basketball game.

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Above is the plaque Triton Regional High School awarded to the Bellmawr Police Department during the pre-game ceremony. Below is the letter from Triton Principal, Melissa Sheppard, informing the Bellmawr PD that they were named Hometown Heroes. (Photos courtesy: Bellmawr PD Facebook)

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How to Nominate a Hometown Hero

Hunt said that recipients are electronically nominated via the nomination form and selected by a committee. Currently, there are three students on the committee who contact each nominee to congratulate them and obtain information about the nominee or their organization. The students use that information for their presentation when giving the nominee their plaque.

To find out more about the Hometown Heroes program and to view all of the previous recipients, click here to be directed to the Hometown Heroes tab on Triton’s website.

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K9 Remi Retires From Westville PD After Many Years of Service

Today marks the last working day for a distinguished member of the Westville Police Department: Remi, the K9. Remi will be working the streets during his final shift with his handler, Patrolman Brian Ewe, just as he has for many years before easing into a “well earned retirement.”

On its Facebook page, the Westville PD posted that Remi “has been responsible for numerous apprehensions, seizing countless amounts of drugs, and bringing in currency as well as seized vehicles.”

Remi Shows Off

In July, 2009 during Westville’s Independence Day Celebration Events, a canine demonstration was part of the day’s festivities. A large crowd gathered to watch Patrolman Brian Ewe and Remi demonstrate suspect apprehension techniques. The demonstration also highlighted the close relationship between Patrolman Ewe and Remi while showcasing the high level of training required of K9’s and their handlers.

Special Recognition for Remi

The Boardwalk Kennel Club and the Gloucester County K9 Association will be recognizing Remi on Saturday, January 21st at 5:00 p.m. at the Wildwood Convention Center.

Westville Council will honor Remi at their monthly meeting on Monday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Westville Council Chambers.

All are welcomed attend.

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Smart 911 Now Available in Camden County 

(Lindenwold, NJ) – The Freeholder Board has launched Smart911 in Camden County to save critical time in emergency situations and encourages county residents to register with the program.

Smart911 is a free nationwide service that allows users to create a Smart911 Safety Profile, which provides vital information to emergency dispatchers and first responders during an emergency.

“Our first responders need as much intelligence as possible to ensure positive outcomes and this program is a key to gathering that strategic analysis to provide help,” said Freeholder Jonathan Young, liaison to the Camden County Department of Public Safety. “By giving the department of public safety your home and work address, or even photos, you can let first responders know exactly where to go and who they are looking for. When every second counts, Smart911 can and will save lives.”

Smart911 allows individuals to create a safety profile at for their whole household that can include any additional information they want the county communication center and first responders to have in an emergency situation. When an individual makes a 9-1-1 call, their Safety Profile is automatically displayed to the dispatcher, allowing them to send the most appropriate response to the exact location with the right information.

With Smart911, residents can link both home and work addresses to mobile phones, which can be passed on to police and fire personnel in the field for more a detailed, rapid response. Additional information including current medications, preexisting medical conditions, vehicle details in the event of an accident, emergency contacts and much more can all be included in a Safety Profile.

“Residents who link their safety profiles to their cell phones will provide first responders with the vital information they need,” Young said. “Even if you are in an area with a weak cell signal or a location where the call drops, you will have the added assistance of having your safety profile speak for you.”

All information is completely optional and only displayed when the linked phone dials 9-1-1 and then is only available for a certain window of time. The caller has the ability to choose what details they would like to include.

Smart911 is currently available nationwide in more than 1,500 counties and municipalities across the country, and has been credited with positively impacting emergency outcomes including a missing child in which the girls photo and physical description were immediately available to first responders, as well as a heart attack victim where an address and medical notes allowed help to be dispatched to his location quickly.

Camden County residents are encouraged to create their Safety Profile with Smart911 to have their information available to dispatchers and to receive emergency notifications. Smart911 is private and secure, is only used for emergency responses, and only made available to the 9-1-1 system in the event of an emergency call.

(Source: Camden County Press Release)