Station 49 responded to a two-alarm fire at 113 Hampshire Drive today. Arriving units found a heavy smoke condition and heavy fire on the second floor of an end townhouse. The fire also damaged 112 and 111 Hampshire Drive. Responding mutual aid companies included Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, Cranbury, Princeton Junction, West Windsor, Kingston, Applegarth, East Windsor No. 1, Kendall Park, Princeton, Monroe, Lawence and Jamesburg. EMS units included Plainsboro Township EMS, Plainsboro Rescue Squad, East Windsor Rescue Squad and Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
As of today, we have raised $1,600 for the Terry Farrell Firefighter Fund and Dingman, Pa. Firefighter Chris Plaxe. We expect to add to it, but it’s a tremendous accomplishment. Thank you for your generosity. Thanks to Rob Brown, our car wash coordinator, and to those who participated in the car wash.
In the middle of our car wash, we had an unexpected visit from the beneficiary — Dingman, Pa. Firefighter Chris Plaxe, who was paralyzed in an accident while responding to a fire call, and his family. We were extremely impressed by this courageous young man and his family and honored to have him in our firehouse. Just before we ate, we had a RIT call into East Windsor and Chris wheeled himself onto the apparatus floor and watched Rescue 49 respond..
PLAINSBORO FIRE COMPANY
405 Plainsboro Road
Plainsboro, NJ 08536
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Plainsboro Fire Co. to Mark 9/11 Raising Funds for Seriously Injured Firefighter.
Funds from Weekend Car Wash and Donations to Support Paralyzed Pennsylvania Firefighter.
PLAINSBORO Plainsboro firefighters will mark 9/11 with a car wash on Saturday, September 6, to raise money for a Pennsylvania firefighter who was paralyzed in a car accident while responding to an emergency call.
In cooperation with the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund, named for the 9/11 FDNY hero proceeds from the fire companies annual 9/11 fundraiser will support the Farrell Fund and go directly to Dingman Township, Pa. Volunteer Firefighter Chris Plaxe, who suffered traumatic injuries in a car accident while responding to a call and is paralyzed from the chest down.
The Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund has already provided funds to Plaxe. The car wash will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the firehouse, 405 Plainsboro Road at the corner of Prospect Avenue. Rain date is Sunday, September 7. Patrons of Plainsboro food establishments will also be asked to donate to the fund and deposit their contributions in a firefighters boot.
It is the fourth consecutive year the fire company has sponsored the car wash as part of its commemoration of 9/11 to support the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund, which provides financial support to help firefighters, firefighters families and fire departments meet educational, medical and equipment needs.