Captain of Maplewood Volunteer First Aid Squad Dies Suddenly

Bruce Mandel, 47, became ill this morning after transporting a patient to St. Barnabas Medical Center.

Updated: Services for Bruce Mandel will be held Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at Menorah Chapels, 2950 Vaux Hall Road, Vaux Hall, New Jersey (across from Millburn Mall) beginning at 11:30 a.m. Family will be receiving friends and their condolences beginning at 10:45 a.m.

The following message was distributed by Town Clerk Elizabeth Fritzen to the Maplewood Township Committee late this morning. It is reproduced here with Fritzen's permission.

I regret to inform you all of the sudden passing this morning of Bruce Mandel, longtime Captain of the Maplewood Volunteer First Aid Squad.

Bruce had just taken a patient to St. Barnabas Hospital and was coming back to Maplewood when he did not feel well. He stopped at the Maplewood Fire Department for assistance. The MFD personnel encouraged Bruce to seek medical attention ... and then [he] was transported by the MFD ambulance where he coded enroute....

His family has been notified. This all took place about 8 a.m. this morning.

Needless to say the Maplewood Fire Department personnel has taken this very sadly, as well as we all will.  A great loss to Maplewood and those in need.

Lee Navlen October 03, 2011 at 06:16 PM
My god, a man who did so much for so many. My condolences to his family.
Sarah Maloney October 03, 2011 at 07:11 PM
What a wonderful man our town has just lost. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. :(
Kristin Lang October 03, 2011 at 07:24 PM
When my young son had trouble breathing last year and I called 911 for the first time in my life, I learned first hand what a kind, caring, and capable person Bruce Mandel was. I will always be grateful for his help and reassurance on such a scary day. To his family and friends, I am so very sorry for your loss.
Suhagi October 03, 2011 at 07:49 PM
To my Unsung Hero, Bruce Mandel, the best Captain, chief and EMT that MFAS could have asked for, to my dear friend who taught me so much, may you Rest In Peace. MFAS and the rest of the EMS world will miss you dearly.
Joe Strupp October 03, 2011 at 08:09 PM
He was good people. If you ever met him or were helped by him, you know what a great loss this is.
Andrew T. Caruso October 03, 2011 at 10:45 PM
On behalf of MONOC EMS, our deepest sympathy to Captain Mandel's family at home and at the squad. may he rest in peace.
Risa Olinsky, M.A. Certified Wellness Coach October 03, 2011 at 10:58 PM
This is so incredibly sad and such a loss to us all. Bruce you were one special giving and loving person. My deepest sympathy to Camille and your whole family. I know you were loved
Jennifer Griola October 03, 2011 at 11:24 PM
I took an all-day class last year from Bruce. During the class I learned that he was donating his time and his equiptment to teach CPR/AED/ First Aid as a fundraiser for the Maplewood First Aid. His passion for the squad was immeasurable. His respect for his staff was obvious. His kids were upstairs watching movies and doing homework- during breaks he would interact with tem and he loved them immensely. I was impressed. I am heartbroken for the huge gaping loss to so many....
Clawson Architects, LLC October 03, 2011 at 11:24 PM
Bruce? OH NO, not Bruce... This is so sad. Bruce has helped so many and taught so many. It will not be the same at town events or my CPR renewal classes. When ever I think of CPR I can hear Bruce "Baby Baby are you okay" and coaching us most recently to the song "Stayin Alive" My sympathy and prayers to his family and co-workers...You will be missed.
Risa Olinsky, M.A. Certified Wellness Coach October 03, 2011 at 11:39 PM
Renee, what a great memory and image -- I see it too! He made CPR FUN.. and painless - but so importantly his heart and soul were in his work for Maplewood...just cannot believe this...
Jan October 04, 2011 at 12:41 AM
My heart breaks for Golan, Merav, & Camille. We are so incredibly sorry to hear of Bruce's passing.
Amie Herman October 04, 2011 at 12:54 AM
Bruce was a dear friend and real guardian angel to me during some very dark personal times. He was also the heart, soul and spirit of the Maplewood First Aid Squad, and a genuinely happy and enthusiastic person who loved to help others. I hope his memory serves as an inspiration to people to get involved,volunteer, help their neighbors, and dedicate themselves to the good of their community. I know we will all will miss his presence. I will miss his good humor, terrific outlook on life, and his friendship.
Kevin Onorevole October 04, 2011 at 02:52 PM
I worked with you many years ago, know that you truly touched me, rest is peace my friend. Your wisdom and knowledge will continue in those who had the privlege to know you and work with you. Lt. Kevin Onorevole, Lee County EMS, Lee County Florida.
christine howard October 04, 2011 at 03:55 PM
A precious young man who has been taken so soon. My prayers go out to his family, during this sorrowful time. Rest in peace Bruce. I will always remember riding with you on morristown ambulance squad.<3 Christine Howard EMT Newton first aid squad.
Risa Olinsky, M.A. Certified Wellness Coach October 04, 2011 at 07:17 PM
First Aid's 5 K just became bigger! I will walk from Maplewood Village to the squad and invite you to join me and others... show your support, bring your checkbook and walk the walk -- to the squad and do the 5 K when you get there TOO! Meet me in Ricalton Square in Maplewood village ( park across from Movies) and walk the walk to the WALK!!!
Janet Mansky Gerber October 04, 2011 at 07:46 PM
Bruce was so wonderful - I am so saddened to hear this terrible news. I just can't believe it. Prayers to Merav, Golan and Camille.
Cliff Cernek October 04, 2011 at 08:36 PM
My sympathies to Captain Mandel's Family and Squad - Cliff Cernek, EMT-B, Former Captain, Cresskill Volunteer First Aid Squad.
Ted Snyder October 05, 2011 at 12:35 AM
Ted Snyder October 05, 2011 at 12:09 PM
ok try this one more time,the first post is typo Bruce and I rode on MAS together many years ago, (Morristown Ambulance Squad). a great asset to our squad as he was to Maplewood's. We also had to pleasure to serve with Bruce's sister and brother, A great loss to the EMS community, Bruce my friend we all will miss you, Rest in Peace.
Laurie Fineberg October 05, 2011 at 02:46 PM
Bruce and I were very close friends in the 80's when we lived in Israel. He has always been the kind of person that was willing to help in any manner. he was the brother I never had. I miss you Bruce. rest in peace my brother. Shalom till we meet again
hopeful October 07, 2011 at 01:36 PM
Bruce was my trainer, partner and most importantly a good friend years ago on the Morristown Ambulance Squad. Rest in peace Bruce. A true loss for us all. Diane Durham


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