First aid squad holds open house to recruit volunteers

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Capt. Howard Rockhill [right] gives new member Julia Whalen a tour of the ambulance during the first aid squad's open house on Saturday, Jan. 11. PHOTO BY DANIELLA HEMINGHAUS

SPRING LAKE — In an effort to recruit more volunteer members Spring Lake First Aid Squad held an open house on Saturday, Jan. 11.

The first aid squad provides basic life support services to Spring Lake and Spring Lake Heights as well as mutual aid to Manasquan and other municipalities as needed. Currently there are 26 volunteer members on the roster, however, Capt. Howard Rockhill said he would like to see that number increase to at least 35.

“Volunteerism is a problem, that’s why we have these open houses … to find somebody that may have that inkling that they might like to do this,” said Mr. Rockhill. “Doing something with the fire or first aid is a perfect opportunity to give back to your fellow residents.”

“I just totally get satisfaction out of helping the patient. That’s my job – patient care,” he said. Mr. Rockhill has been a member of the squad for 30 years and has spent the past five years as captain.

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