Village Park, Lawrence Township
Pear Street and Michigan Avenue, Lawrence Twp.
On Sunday, October 3, 2004, several Lawrence Road Fire Co. volunteers, manning Telesquirt 22, took part in Lawrence Township’s annual “Community Day” event at Village Park. They then fought a car fire on Pear Street.
Telesquirt 22 reported to the park prior to the 11 a.m. start of Community Day and joined Snorkel 21, Ladder Tower 23, and Engine 23 for a display of Lawrence Township’s fire apparatus.
Telesquirt 22 was commanded by Capt. Chris Pangaldi, driven by Lt. Shaun Dlabik and crewed by Ff. Joseph Dlabik Jr., Ff. Ryan Dlabik and Ff. Charles Commini Jr.
Throughout the afternoon, Lawrence Road volunteers mingled with the public and showed township residents the various emergency equipment used by firefighters. Telesquirt 22 remained at the event until 3:30 p.m.
Telesquirt 22 was just leaving Veterans Park when, at 3:31 p.m., Mercer County Central Communications Center dispatched Slackwood Fire Co. for a reported auto fire in the area of Pear Street and Michigan Avenue.
Knowing that Telesquirt 22 was already on the road with a full crew, Slackwood Chief Mark Lenarski requested that Telesquirt 22 be added to the assignment. Telesquirt 22 immediately responded at 3:33 p.m.
At 3:35 p.m. Slackwood Assistant Chief Ray Jolly arrived on scene and reported he had a working fire under the hood of a vehicle.
At 3:37 p.m., Telesquirt 22 arrived and Lawrence Road firefighters immediately went in service with a 1.75-inch hoseline. Engine 21-1, meanwhile, responded at 3:38 p.m. and arrived at 3:43 p.m. Engine 21-1’s crew then helped Telesquirt 22’s crew overhaul the blaze.
At 3:46 p.m. Jolly advised Mercer County Central the fire was under control. Telesquirt 22 and Engine 21-1 both cleared the scene at 4:08 p.m. and returned to their respective quarters by 4:12 p.m.