Lights on the evergreen tree on the front lawn of the Florham Park Memorial First Aid Squad are still flickering and will continue to do so through Feb. 14.
What a symbolic way to remember loved ones and honor special people in the lives of local residents during the winter holidays and through Valentine’s Day, the celebration of love and affection.
The first aid squad dedicated the new addition of its facility during its twenty-first annual Tree of Lights Ceremony last Nov. 8. The addition was largely made possible by a donation of the Ely Sun Family in memory of deceased family members Gladys Sze Sun and Anna Chao Sun. This expansion now allows all three of the squad’s ambulances to be secured indoors and provides much-needed space for equipment and supplies.
Lights on the evergreen tree on the front lawn were turned on during the ceremony and the names of additional people being remembered were read. Residents were invited to donate $25 to designate a light on the tree in honor of the person of their choice, with red lights recognizing the living, white lights in remembrance of deceased loved ones, and blue lights in honor of those currently in service to our nation. Participants were asked to submit the name of the person being remembered and the color of the light to the squad. Lights will be turned on each evening through February 14.
The volunteer first aid squad depends upon donations to provide emergency medical services without charging patients. The squad answers approximately 1,100 calls for medical assistance each year, and operates three ambulances staffed with emergency medical technicians 24 hours a day. The squad often provides fully-staffed crews to be on site for major events within the town. Donations to the non-profit first aid squad are tax deductible. For further information, call 973-377-4226.