EATONTOWN:The borough fire department is extending a helping hand to Hurricane Sandy-ravaged Union Beach.
The Eatontown Fire Department will be donating a 1989 Ford utility truck to the Union Beach Fire Department which is in dire need of vehicles for its fleet.
"They are looking to replace a utility truck that was destroyed by Sandy," Eatontown Assistant Fire Chief Billy Mego said at a recent Eatontown Council meeting. "The Union Beach Fire Department was totally destroyed and many of the town's FEMA claims (to replace damaged property) have been denied."
Eatontown Fire Chief Joe Miller said the truck was put out of service last year, but is still in good condition and only has logged 9,000 miles. He said it is valued at about $7,500.
The Eatontown Council will have to pass an ordinance or resolution at one of its next meeting for the donation to occur, because it would be considered a property transfer, Borough Attorney Andrew Bayer explained.
"This is a no-brainer," Mayor Gerald Tarantolo said. "Paul Smith is a great mayor."
Tarantolo said he remembered Smith telling him after the hurricane, "Gerry, I lost my town."
"Those words are still ringing in my ears," Tarantolo said.
Eatontown was largely spared by Hurricane Sandy and suffered only power outages and minor flooding.