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My Life as a Fireman: The Holiday Parade in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ November 26th, 2021

It has been one busy year for me at work with online classes and live work and very little time for volunteer work. I was lucky that we sold out of Christmas trees for the Hasbrouck Heights Men’s Association Christmas Tree sale in a record 11 days! My last shift we sold the final tree and I was able to attend the fire department’s room cleaning that night. Needless to say, I have not been that active as a fire fighter this year due to work.

Still, I managed to finish everything and was able to assist the Rescue Truck as we set up the sound system and lights for the Annual Hasbrouck Heights Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting on November 26th, 2021. The parade takes place on the Boulevard in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ the day after Thanksgiving and we draw a nice crowd for the Parade and then the Tree Lighting. It was really cold that evening and we had about 150 residents for the tree lighting.

The Christmas Tree at the Circle is always a welcome site at the holidays

We participated in the parade with all the equipment following Santa down the Boulevard, handled the sound system and the lights for the ceremony and kept the town safe that evening. It was a wonderful to usher in the holiday season.

The Brothers of the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department at the 2021 Christmas Tree Lighting

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Bunny Around Town

My Life as a Fireman: Riding the Rescue for the “Annual Easter Bunny Around Town” April 3rd, 2021.

The era of COVID has spawned innovation in running events at the firehouse. Hasbrouck Heights had to cancel their Annual Easter Egg Hunt this year like last year because they could not bring all those kids to the football field to run around. Even though we are seeing a light at the end of the tunnel with COVID and this too will pass soon we have to stay safe.

For the second year, the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department held it’s “Annual Easter Bunny Around Town” drive by event for the families and especially for the kids in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ. This type of community outreach is what makes a good town better. About twenty five firefighters loaded up the two engines, the two ambulances and the rescue truck and donned their masks as we split the town east and west with the equipment covering every street in Hasbrouck Heights. Each team visited their side of town with two bunnies greeting all the residents.

Bunny Around Town

Happy Easter at the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department

We had a nice crowd of people waiting on their lawns, masks on, greeting us as our Easter Bunny waved at them. We rode behind the truck that was carrying our Easter representative, waving at residents as well. For a sunny afternoon in the beginning of April, the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department spread a little Easter cheer to a community that know that better times are ahead.

Happy Easter in 2021!

My life as a Fireman: Brother Justin Watral promotes novel, “Firehouse 101” at the NJBooks2017 on June 11, 2017

My time on the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department

I am still promoting my novel, “Firehouse 101” the story of Hotel Executive Alex Livingston, who moves from Honolulu to Brooklyn a year and a half after the 9/11 attacks and the people he meets along the way and how they change his life for the better.

It’s available on IUniverse.com and all online book sites:

https://www.iuniverse.com/BookStore/BookDetails/101408-FIREHOUSE-101

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/firehouse-101-justin-watral/1007586031

Author Justin Watral promoting his novel “Firehouse 101” at the Brooklyn Book Festival in 2011 ten years after the attacks of 9/11.

My life as a Fireman: From Pasta to Pancakes; when fire fighting tastes good!

My time on the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department

Blogger and Fire Fighter Justin Watrel at the Little Ferry Auxiliary Spaghetti Dinner.

This article promoted all the great meals provided by local first responders companies in Bergen County, NJ.

My life as a Fireman: The Brothers of Engine One HHFD attend Hydrogen Car Training at the B.C.F.A. in Mahwah, NJ March 24, 2018

My time on the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department

The Brothers of the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department

My life as a Fireman: The Brother’s of Engine One HHFD hold their 11th Annual Barbecue at the firehouse June 8th, 2018

My time on the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Deparment

The Engine One Barbecue promotes Brotherhood within the Department and welcomed all our members and honorees.

My life as a Fireman: The Brother’s of Engine One HHFD lose one of their own: The passing of Chief Vincent J. Monahan (1938-2018)

My time on the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department

Our last group shot with Chief Monahan at the 2018 Installation Dinner. He is forth from the right.

My life as a Fireman: A tradition a continues on with the First Annual Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department Chicken Parm Dinner April 18th, 2019

My time on the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department

Our Annual Chicken Parm dinner after the April drill was a huge success!

Chicken Parm Dinner

There was not much left.

My life as a Fireman: The Brothers of Engine One HHFD at the Annual HHFD Inspection May 13th, 2017

My time on the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department

Us at the 2017 Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department Inspection lunch.

My life as a Fireman: The Brothers of Engine One HHFD sponsor their Ninth Annual Summer Barbecue June 8th, 2016

My time on the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department

Our Honorary Members at the Engine One Barbecue.

Dinner at the firehouse

Dinner at the firehouse.

Members of the Fire Department and their families.