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  • Q&A with Brian Eide, Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce Hometown Hero

  • Named the Townsend Fire Company’s Firefighter of the Year, Eide is one of four Hometown Heroes who will be honored March 6 at the Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce’s Sixth-Annual Meet the Pros and Taste of MOT Spring Expo, along with volunteer organizer Carla Briccotto, business owner Dean Hatton and Brig. Gen. Carol A. Timmons.
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    • MORE ABOUT EIDE

      AGE 63


      HOMETOWN Hillside, N.J.


      FAMILY Wife, Julie; Oldest son’s family, Eric, Katie and grandchildren, Justice, 14, Marissa, 12, and Jeffery, 7; Yo...

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      MORE ABOUT EIDE

      AGE 63



      HOMETOWN Hillside, N.J.



      FAMILY Wife, Julie; Oldest son’s family, Eric, Katie and grandchildren, Justice, 14, Marissa, 12, and Jeffery, 7; Youngest son’s family, Christopher, Jennifer and Nicholas, 18 months



      EDUCATION William Penn High School, Class of 1968



      CAREER U.S. Navy, 1968 to 1972; maintenance mechanic for DuPont, 1973 to present



      FAVORITE MOVIE "McLintock!"



      HOBBIES Hunting

  • Named the Townsend Fire Company’s Firefighter of the Year, Eide is one of four Hometown Heroes who will be honored March 6 at the Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce’s Sixth-Annual Meet the Pros and Taste of MOT Spring Expo, along with volunteer organizer Carla Briccotto, business owner Dean Hatton and Brig. Gen. Carol A. Timmons.
    Q What’s it like to be named a Hometown Hero by the Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce?
    A I was very surprised. It’s a real honor, out of all the deserving people to be one of the one’s that’s picked.
    Q How did you get involved in the fire service?
    A I joined in 2004. My oldest son has been a member since he was 14 and I was on the fire brigade at work for 18 years. I just thought I could help out by volunteering in my community.
    Q What makes a great volunteer firefighter?
    A It’s somebody who’s dedicated to the community and really wants to help with different things going on in the fire company. It’s not just fighting fires, but also helping out with the barbeques and fundraisers like out Spring Fling.
    Q In addition to being a volunteer firefighter, you’ve also been an MOT Little League coach for quite a while, right?
    A This is my 28th year of involvement in the MOT Little League. I started out as one of the first T-ball coaches in the Middletown area and then coached the major league Hawks for 13 years. For the past 11 years, I’ve been coaching the challenge kids and helping my oldest son with his kids in T-ball.
    Q What advice do you have for other people who would like to make a difference in their community?
    A Be a volunteer firefighter. It’s really rewarding to go out and help people who have been involved in an accident or when you go to a home and help put a fire out so that people don’t lose everything they’ve worked their whole lives for. It’s not all glory. Occasionally, things can go wrong, but most of the time things work out pretty good.

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