Watchung Rescue Squad

The Watchung Rescue Squad (WRS) will provide the Borough of Watchung and surrounding communities with prompt and skilled basic life support and rescue, free of charge. The WRS will be recognized for providing high quality services to the communities through well-trained, dedicated volunteers. The WRS will conduct its business to assure fiscal responsibility through sound business management.The WRS takes pride in its commitment to service, working as a team to provide care to those in need.

Overlook 21st Annual Excellence in EMS Awards Dinner

Monday, June 19, 2017 

Cadet members are an important part of our organization. Many stay on and become future leaders. We were honored to celebrate our Cadet Corporal Nick Grieco at the Overlook EMS Awards last month. Congratulations to Nick as he leads our current class of cadets!



Trenton-Mercer Airport Exercise

Saturday, May 6, 2017  Earlier today, members of the Watchung Rescue Squad participated in a simulated aircraft disaster at Trenton-Mercer Airport with several other Somerset County EMS agencies. 

Along with other EMS agencies from the area, members of the Watchung Rescue Squad helped transport 200 "patients" during the practice exercise. Trainings like this one help keep the volunteer members of your Rescue Squad connected to NJ emergency responses. We are proud to be a part of such a great EMS collaborative.



Anthony Addario

Saturday, April 8, 2017  The Watchung Rescue Squad mourns the loss of Mayor Anthony Addario. Mayor Addario was a true champion of volunteers as both a councilman and as mayor of the Boro of Watchung. This past Friday we lost a legend in Watchung and he will be truly missed. Our thoughts and love go out to the Addario family.



WRS Elected Officers 2017

Wednesday, January 4, 2017   In late 2016, the Rescue Squad membership elected our officers for the upcoming year. The new and returning officers assumed office on January 1, 2017. They are:Operations Officers:

  • Captain: Ali Diecke
  • 1st Lieutenant: Michael Vala
  • 2nd Lieutenant: Vinay Keelara
  • Operations Sergeant: Charles Pivnichny
  • Administrative Sergeant: Roberto Martinez
Administrative Officers:

  • President: Don Monetti
  • Vice President: Denise Wilson
  • Treasurer: Robert Winston
  • Recording Secretary: Liana Sa
  • Administrative Secretary: Sarah Haddican
Congratulations to all our officers and thank you to those that served in 2016!



26th Annual Tree of Lights

Friday, December 9, 2016  On Saturday, December 3rd, 2016, members of the Watchung Rescue Squad lit the tree in the village green during the annual Tree of Lights Festival.The tree was dedicated to three long time members of the Watchung Rescue Squad who passed away in 2016:  Steve Gussis, honored by Squad Captain Alison Diecke; Walter Niegisch, honored by his daughter Karen Niegisch Grayboyes, and Claire Ohl, honored by Squad Treasurer Robert Winston. 

In addition to the honorees, the crowd was treated to holiday music from Babygrand Entertainment as well as a live performance from the Valley View Middle School Chorus class under the direction of Music Teacher Gen Webber.

The ceremony concluded with thankful remarks from Mayor Steven Pote, who took the time to appreciate all the volunteers in Watchung and the service to the community.  Mayor Pote then led the countdown to the 26th lighting of the tree.  Once lit, the crowd was treated to a wonderful fireworks display courtesy of Garden State Fireworks. 

Many Watchung families took part in the celebration by placing a light on our tree in remembrance or in honor of family, friends, and others.  The names of honorees will be posted on the illuminated display on the Village Green through January.

Lights are still available to anyone who wishes: To place a light on the tree, please complete the Dedication Order Form available at Watchung Borough Hall and mail it along with your tax-deductible donation of $50.00 per light to Watchung Rescue Squad, 10 Stirling Road, Watchung, NJ 07069.

To learn more about the squad or membership information, please explore our website!



WRS Thanks Tree of Lights Supporters

Sunday, December 4, 2016  The Watchung Rescue Squad would like to thank everyone who helped make our 26th Annual Tree of Lights a resounding success:

Walt Schmiede, Lane Solon, Precision Tree Service, and all the Squad members who contributed to the set-up and ceremony.

The Watchung Fire Department, Watchung Police Department & PBA, the Department of Public Works, Watchung OEM, and Scott's Green Landscaping for their support throughout the event.

Mayor Steve Pote, the Watchung Borough Council, and Watchung Troop 32 for their participation in the dedication and lighting ceremony.

Ms. Gen Webber and the Valley View Middle School Chorus and Chris Waryn and Babygrand Entertainment for music during the event.

Buffalo Wild Wings, Stop & Shop, and Rolf’s for providing food and refreshments.

Garden State Fireworks for a spectacular fireworks show.

The Echoes-Sentinel for their coverage of the event and many photographs, David Steinberg for creating our flyer, and everyone who shared or posted information about the event.

And finally our Watchung Borough residents and local businesses for their generous donations and continued support! Thank you all and have a safe and happy holiday season! 



26th Annual Tree of Lights

Saturday, December 3, 2016   The Watchung Rescue Squad's 26th Annual Tree of Lights will take place on Saturday, December 3rd at 5:30 pm on the Village Green.

The Tree of Lights was created in the spirit of honoring and remembering our loved ones during the holiday season. You can be part of the celebration by placing a red light on our tree in honor of or white in remembrance of a person, family, friends and others.

For more information about the event and dedication, please visit our Tree of Lights page



Tree of Lights Set-Up 2016

Saturday, November 19, 2016  On Saturday, Nov. 19th, members of the Watchung Rescue Squad strung up the lights on the tree on the Village Green in preparation for our annual tree lighting ceremony.

The Tree of Lights was created in the spirit of honoring and remembering our loved ones during the holiday season.

This year’s Tree of Lights is dedicated to three long time members of the Watchung Rescue Squad who passed away in 2016, and who dedicated their lives to serving their country, their community, and the Watchung Rescue Squad: Steve Gussis, Walter Niegisch, and Claire Ohl.

Thank you to Walt Schmiede, Lane Solon and all the Squad members who came out to help!



Tree of Lights Set-Up

Wednesday, November 9, 2016  Come meet the dedicated volunteers that make the magic happen. Join the Watchung Rescue Squad on Saturday, November 19 at 9am as they decorate the tree and prepare the green for the big ceremony. Coffee, hot cocoa and light snacks will be provided. You can even help string the lights! Although not required!



WRS Recognizes Life Member

Sunday, October 9, 2016  In February 2001, longtime Watchung resident Don Monetti witnessed the Rescue Squad working on an patient who had sustained injuries in a motor vehicle accident. Soon after, Don started as a volunteer EMT. In September 2016, we recognized Don for his 15 years of service and welcomed him to his new status as "Life Member" of the WRS. Congratulations Don and thank you for all you do for WRS and the Borough of Watchung!!



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