This list of officers and members in 1949 is special, as it provides a direct link between the fire company in 1949 and the present. For example, Tom Reutter (right column) was an assistant chief in 1949 and still, to this day, responds to fire alarms. Remarkable! Likewise, Ken Hershey, who is listed under “Junior Members,” continues to respond to fire alarms and has served as the Mayor of Seaside Heights for nearly two decades. Ken’s son, Eric, also serves Seaside Heights as a volunteer firefighter! And there’s another Hershey on the list – the FIRST Hershey…Paul K. Hershey, Ken’s father and Eric’s grandfather, was a firefighter even prior to 1949.
Seaside Heights Volunteer Fire Company – 1949 Officers and Members