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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.

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
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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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