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East Windsor Township Honors Municipal Court Admin, Firefighters

Donna Suk is retiring as municipal court administrator, and Deputy Chief James J. McCann and Deputy Chief Eric Coran were name Firefighter of the Year by each of their companies

The Presentations and Proclamations portion of Tuesday night’s East Windsor Township Council Meeting had a full agenda, as the township recognized three individuals for their service.

In recognition of Municipal Court Administrator Donna Suk’s retirement, township Mayor Janice Mironov and council honored Suk for her 23 years of service to East Windsor Township.

Mironov said she was both happy for Suk to find fulfillment in her retirement, but also sad the township will have to do without her.

“And it’s sad for us because we’re losing somebody who has really done an outstanding job and has been an extraordinarily dedicated employee to East Windsor Township,” Mironov said.

Suk joined East Windsor in February 1989 as a senior account clerk. She was promoted in February 1994 to deputy municipal court administrator, and again in January 2006 to East Windsor municipal court administrator.

Due to the sometimes negative nature of municipal court proceedings, Mironov said Suk’s was a challenging job. Not only did she work with the public and personnel, Mironov said, but she also dealt with county and state bureaucracy and oversaw a great deal of money.

“Everything she did was with passion,” said East Windsor Township Judge James E. Stahl.

Suk thanked the staff she worked with over the years, as well as her family for their support.

“I want everybody to know that all the nice things that were said, I didn’t do any of it on my own,” Suk said.

“I can’t thank everybody enough, and I will miss you all,” she concluded.

As part of Fire Prevention Week, which will take place from Oct. 7 to Oct. 13, East Windsor recognized two Firefighters of the Year, one from Fire Company No. 1 and the other from Fire Company No. 2. The recipients were selected by fellow firefighters for their tremendous service.

From Fire Company No. 1, Deputy Chief Jim McCann was honored as Firefighter of the Year. McCann joined the company as a volunteer firefighter in 1997, becoming an active status firefighter shortly thereafter. He has held the positions of fire chief, deputy chief, assistant chief, captain, lieutenant, engineer, and trustee.

“He is committed to firefighting,” Mironov said.

Mironov said McCann has been active in a number of county and state firefighting organizations, including The Mercer County Active Fire Chiefs. He is also director of the Mercer County Fire Academy, where he organizes the curriculum.

“Jim is definitely a role model to be looked up to, not only within the fire department, but within our township,” said Fire Company No. 1 Chief Kevin Brink.

McCann thanked his fellow firefighters for their attendance at the proclamation, as well as his wife and children for their support at home.

Deputy Chief Eric Coran from Fire Company No. 2 also received the award of Firefighter of the Year. Coran joined the company in 1996 at the young age of 14. He became lieutenant in 2005 and held the office until he was appointed deputy chief in 2007. He is in charge of communications, gear, and equipment, and Coran has also served as president and vice president of the company.

Mironov said Coran has attended more than 400 training drills and 250 community events.

“I don’t work in the town, and it’s great to know if any issues do come up, Eric is there to handle them, and the fire company is better off with him,” said Fire Company No.  2 Chief Barry Rashkin.

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