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Squad History

Special thanks to John Costello for contributing and correcting a lot of our information.

1956 12 men from the Tuckahoe and Petersburg area were invited to Ocean City for a First Aid Course. Upon completion, Ocean City established Unit 2 R.S. 4 of the Cape May County Rescue Squad.
1964 Due to the lack of meeting attendance and donations from Upper Township, Cape May County Rescue advised Upper Township the unit would be abolished. An emergency meeting was held to ask for a charter to be written to start our own rescue unit with no ties to Cape May County Rescue.
Paul Wanek Corville Griner Angela DeLanzo
Raymon Sharp Ralph Elia John Kellet
John Lorenzo Dorsey Hostler John Langley
Franklin Sack Gilbert Terry Charles Webb Sr.
Mountie Bozzie Thomas Elia Channing Godfrey
  Howard Wooley  
10/29/1964 Upper Township Rescue Squad was born. A charter was drawn up and signed, with a total 0f 16 members listed on the roll call.
Angela DeLanzo Dorsey Hostler Thomas Elia
John Kellet John Langley Alex May
Lester Thorm Charles Webb Sr. Charles Webb Jr.
Ralph Elia Robert Webb Gilbert Terry
  Raymond Sharp  
11/13/1964 Cape May County Rescue donated the fully equipped ambulance already in Upper Township to the Rescue Squad. This unit was known as TU4 (Tuckahoe Unit 4) The Squad averaged 6 calls a month with total expenses of $60 a month.
1965 The first new ambulance was purchased. A Chevy Centurian priced at $7,500. Pictured is our original unit (left) and our first new unit (right).

Photo courtesy of Rich Litton.
1966 First Installation Dinner held at the American Legion Hall in Tuckahoe with a cost of $3.00 per person.
1985 First Full-Time Employees hired to cover the Township during the daytime.
Present Day We now have over 30 Volunteers. There are over 1500 calls for emergency medical services a year, and we maintain an operating budget of over $80,000. All of this is raised from donations and fundraisers. There is a paid Division of EMS crew at the Rescue Squad 24 hours a day / 7 days a week with rescue squad volunteers providing backup should they need additional manpower or have multiple simultaneous calls. A fully stocked Ambulance now costs well over $200,000.





Never Forgotten, Doug Knobb