Sunday, May 12, 2013
'He gave 20 years of his life to the community,' Cinnaminson Fire Chief Bill Kramer says of Christropher Ricciuti.
Cinnaminson firefighters and emergency personnel turned out in force Friday to remember one of their own, the late Christopher Ricciuti, who died suddenly last week at the age of 51. Members of the fire department stood at attention outside Sacred Heart Church in Riverton as friends and family entered the church for Ricciuti's funeral Friday morning. Ricciuti was a lifelong Cinnaminson resident and a member of the department for 20 years. Fire Chief Bill Kramer said Ricciuti was attached to the fire police for his entire tenure and was a past president of the department. "He took his job very seriously," Kramer said. "He gave 20 years of his life to the community." The chief said Ricciuti's commitment to the department wove its way into …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Chris Ricciuti, a lifelong Cinnaminson resident, passed away last week at the age of 51.
Christopher L. (Chris) Ricciuti, a lifelong Cinnaminson resident and an active member of the Cinnaminson Fire Department, passed away suddenly at the age of 51 on Friday, May 3. Chris worked for his father’s company, Art Guild Inc., for 34 years as a purchasing agent. He liked to golf, fish, go off-roading in the pines, and especially loved showing and driving his Corvette. Chris was past president of Cinnaminson Fire Department, past president of St. Charles Borromeo Holy Name Society, current treasurer of the Classic Corvette Club, and a proud member of Riverton Country Club. He was the son of the late John and Jane Ricciuti. Chris is survived by his beloved wife of 28 years, Peggy (nee Sulock) Ricciuti; his beloved daughter and son-in-…
Monday, March 25, 2013
Cinnaminson firefighters got the fire under control quickly after it broke out in the kitchen of a South Warrington Avenue home.
A township resident was unharmed after a fire broke out in their kitchen Monday afternoon. Firefighters responded to the 700 block of South Warrington Avenue around 4 p.m. Cinnaminson Fire Battalion 2 Chief Scott Stavely said the fire was confined to the kitchen and crews had it under control within 15 minutes. The occupant was already out of the house, unscathed, by the time firefighters arrived on the scene, Stavely said. In addition to Cinnaminson Fire Department, firefighters from Riverton and Palmyra responded, as well as Delran EMS. The fire is still under investigation and the cause was still unknown at the time of publication.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
The $152,000 grant will make it easier for Cinnaminson, Riverton and Palmyra to talk to Camden County fire and EMS.
Thanks to a federal grant, Cinnaminson and Camden County first responders will be able to stay in touch for the foreseeable future. This spring, Camden County will upgrade its county communication system to 700 megahertz (MHz), while Burington County will continue to operate on 500 MHz for the next few years. That's a problem, according to Cinnaminson Fire Chief Bill Kramer, because essentially it means, "We can't talk to them, and they can't talk to us. It really is that simple." There's ways around the problem, but they're complicated and unreliable, said Kramer. But with the $152,000 he just got—through FEMA's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program—he'll be able to buy portable radios that operate on both frequencies for his …
Monday, March 4, 2013
The highway was closed for about an hour Monday night following an accident involving six to eight vehicles, in which two people were injured.
Route 130 was shut down for about an hour following a multiple vehicle accident near the Highland Avenue intersection Monday night. Cinnaminson Fire Chief Bill Kramer said the accident occurred in the southbound lane of 130 near Friendly's around 8:45 p.m. and involved about six to eight vehicles. Two people were taken to the hospital. He did not have any information about the nature of their injuries. Kramer said the highway was closed for about an hour while crews cleared the scene of debris and fluids. Lt. Tim Young, spokesman for theCinnaminson Police Department, did not have details about the accident Monday night, but said it was likely the injuries were not serious.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Officer Frank Chiacchio, a 22-year police veteran, pulled the woman to safety from the Barton Court fire on Saturday.
The quiet heroics of a Cinnaminson police officer likely prevented a tragedy on Saturday. The Barton Court fire seemed like a pretty standard blaze. Crews responded quickly and got the fire under control. The heavy smoke did send a woman to the hospital with smoke inhalation. But it could have been so much worse, if not for Officer Frank Chiacchio. Chiacchio rushed into the smoke-filled house and pulled the woman to safety, Lt. Tim Young said. She was disoriented and froze inside rather than leaving the home herself. “It almost sounded like she was in shock. She had tried to open a door, which fed the fire, and opened another one, which fed the fire more,” Young said. “The house was apparently full of smoke.” Chiacchio saw the woman wasn’t…
Two incumbents were returned to their seats as fire commissioners, as voters also OK'd a $3.7 million budget.
With just a fraction of registered voters turning out, Cinnaminson's fire budget easily passed Saturday, 119-45. Two incumbent commissioners, Roger Butler and Frank Ellison Jr., ran unopposed and were re-elected to three-year terms. The total Cinnaminson Fire District budget for 2013 is $3,748,628. Of that, $2,741,234 will be raised by taxation. The remaining funds are from budget surplus, grants and more. This was the fifth year in a row the fire district presented a budget to voters with no tax increase. The department has a detailed breakdown of the 2013 budget on its website. Cinnaminson has more than 8,600 registered voters; fire districts elections, always held on the third Saturday in February, typically draw very few voters to the …
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Firefighters quickly contained the blaze Saturday morning at a home on Barton Court.
A woman was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation after a fire started in the living room of her home Saturday morning, authorities said. Firefighters were dispatched to the home in the 2600 block of Barton Court at 11:38 a.m. and arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the one-story home. Firefighters were able to control the blaze in about eight minutes, said Cinnaminson Deputy Fire Chief Ira Schonfeld. "It really helped that we had a crew in the station that was able to respond quickly and get the fire knocked down," he said. The female resident, whose identity was not released, was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation, and taken to Cooper University Hosptial in Camden. Schonfeld said he believes the woman lives alone in …
For the fifth year in a row, the fire district budget will pose no tax increase to residents here. Polls open at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The fire election vote is Saturday.
For the fifth year in a row, the fire district budget—which voters will go to the polls for Saturday—will pose no tax increase to residents here. The total Cinnaminson Fire District budget for 2013 is $3,748,628. Of that, $2,741,234 will be raised by taxation. The remaining funds are from budget surplus, grants and more. In October, voters approved a referendum for the fire department to go out to bid for two fire trucks. About half of the $1 million needed for the trucks was saved for over the years, Fire Chief William Kramer said. “We’re in pretty good shape,” Kramer said. “It truly is the work of all the different entities that make up the district—commissioners, management team and career staff.” Most of the fire district budget goes…