The Bergen County Firemen’s Home Association: August Meeting & Barbecue August 21st. 2022

It was a great day for a barbecue that everyone enjoyed!

The Bergen County Firemen’s Home Association sponsors two barbecues at the NJ State Firemen’s Home in July and August

It was a spectacular day for a barbecue!

After having to cancel our June Barbecue because of bad weather (there was a rain storm all day on our date in June), we lucked out on our first barbecue on July 10th, when we had the most spectacular sunny and warm day with no humidity. It was the same for our second barbecue on August 21st. Clear sunny skies and low 80-degree weather had the residents of the NJ State Firemen’s Home coming out in droves to enjoy good music and delicious food.

The August barbecue was especially special.  The crowd included a large contingent from the Maywood Fire Department to help celebrate the 99th birthday of Maywood’s own George Steger, a guest at the firemen’s home and member of the Bergen County Firemen’s Home Association.  Maywood delighted the crowd with their 1938 Ahrens Fox pumper and their Truck 17 aerial.

The Maywood Fire Department with member George Steger celebrating his 99th birthday at the barbecue.

The menu included hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecue ribs and chicken, corn on the cob, baked beans and chili, macaroni and potato salads and fresh watermelon prepared by the home’s chef. Baked goods were prepared by a member’s wife for dessert and residents and members had a wonderful lunch under the shade trees and tents that were set up on the lawn outside the home.

Members assisting the staff at the grill

We followed all COVID protocols to keep the residents and their family members safe (there were not too many of them due to COVID rules) by wearing masks and gloves when cooking and serving food.

Members assisted the residents and their guests with their choices for lunch

We were entertained by the Bloomingdale Jazz Big Band during lunch and the Bergen County Pipe and Drum during the break making it a festive and engaging afternoon for everyone. It was an afternoon of good food and conversation and a real uplifting afternoon for everyone who after long lockdowns and wearing masks needed an afternoon outside to enjoy fresh air and sunshine.

Thank you to all the members of the Bergen County Firemen’s Home Association for making this possible and to all the firehouses who contribute each year with donations to make these wonderful events happen.

The members of the Bergen County Firemen’s Home Association in front of the Maywood Fire Department’s antique truck at the NJ State Firemen’s Home for the barbecue.

Have a good rest of the summer everyone!

Author: jwatrel

I am a free-lance writer and Blogger. I am the author of the book "Firehouse 101" (IUniverse.com 2005) part of trilogy of books centered in New York City. My next book "Love Triangles" is finished being edited and should be ready for release in the Fall. My latest book, "Dinner at Midnight", a thriller is on its last chapter. My long awaited book explains the loss of the 2004 Yankee game to Boston. I work as a Consultant, Adjunct College Professor, Volunteer Fireman and Ambulance member and Blogger. I have a blog site for caregivers called 'bergencountycaregiver', a step by step survival guide to all you wonderful folks taking care of your loved ones, a walking project to walk every block, both sides, of the island of Manhattan "MywalkinManhattan" and discuss what I see and find on the streets of New York and three sites to accompany it. One is an arts site called "Visiting a Museum", where I showcase small museums, historical sites and parks that are off the beaten track both in Manhattan and outside the city to cross reference with "MywalkinManhattan" blog site. Another is "DiningonaShoeStringNYC", featuring small restaurants I have found on my travels in this project, that offer wonderful meals for $10.00 and under. So be on the lookout for updates on all three sites and enjoy 'MywalkinManhattan'. The third is my latest site, "LittleShoponMainStreet", which showcases all the unique and independent shops that I have found on my travels throughout and around Manhattan. I have started two new blog sites for the fire department, one "EngineOneHasbrouck HeightsFireDepartmentnj" for the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department to discuss what our Engine Company is doing and the other is "BergenCountyFireman'sHomeAssociation" for the Bergen County Fireman's Association, which fire fighters from Bergen County, NJ, go to the Fireman's Home in Boonton, NJ to bring entertainment and cheer to our fellow brother fire fighters quarterly.

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