The late NJ State Trooper Sean Cullen was honored at a tree dedication ceremony on Tuesday at the Cinnaminson Post Office. Celeste E. Whittaker/Staff Photographer
Angel Fox will donate her kidney to her husband, Bert. The Cherry Hill, N.J., couple has advocated for organ donation since 1995, when Bert received a new liver. Kim Mulford/Staff Photographer
Rocco Regalbuto, 7, of Evesham is honored by Burlington County freeholders after he called 911 during his mother's medical emergency. Video by Jim Walsh
Hero cops tell life-saving story Jose Moreno
Rocco Regalbuto was named a Harvey's Hero on the Steve Harvey Show. Rocco, 7, from Marlton, was credited with saving his mom by calling 911 after she fell ill. Courtesy The Steve Harvey Show
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Two Washington Township Police officers saved a township resident in September. They were commended by freeholders April 6. Carly Q. Romalino
Army 1st Lt. Sal Corma's mother talks about her son, killed in Afghanistan in 2010, as U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross asks Congress to name a local post office in his honor. Phaedra Trethan
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Lydia Chapman is the first woman to reach the rank of captain in the Camden Fire Dept.'s 147-year history. Phaedra Trethan
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Melinda Kane talks about her son Jeremy, killed in Afghanistan in 2010. Phaedra Trethan
The Camden County Office of Veterans Affairs began filming for the All Wars Video Project at Runnemede VFW Post 3324 on Saturday, April 15. Video produced by Justin Odendhal
Evergreen Avenue School's principal Tom Braddock visits his student Melania Kee's home as part of his weekly rounds delivering Stand Out Student certificates to his elementary schoolers. Feb. 3, 2017. This video was recorded live on Facebook. Carly Q. Romalino
Brian Libetti is an Evesham police officer, who is a School Resource Officer at a Marlton elementary school. He walks a second grader into her class each morning. Before this ritual, she cried every day about school.
The Leesburg Fire Department held a candlelight vigil for fallen New Jersey state trooper Frankie Williams on Thursday evening. Justin Odendhal/Staff photographer
Boardwalk Hall hosted the funeral service for New Jersey State Trooper Frankie Williams on Monday, December 12. Following the service, the fallen trooper was given a final farewell down the boardwalk.
Insight assistant Jennifer Cortes was honored by the Vineland BOE for assisting a choking preschool student Deborah M. Marko
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Contractors welcome Army vet tohome they voluntarily rehabbed on Thurman St., Camden Carol Comegno
Donnie and Jennifer Davis are converting a shuttered camp into a therapeutic community for struggling veterans in Franklinville. Carly Q. Romalino
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HAMMONTON - A large cold-storage facility appears to be a total loss after a late-night Thursday blaze that drew firefighters from five South Jersey counties and kept most on scene until mid-morning Friday.
Buffalo Farms Freezer & Cold Storage at 205 Pine Road, not far from North White Horse Pike, caught fire around 9 p.m. Thursday. Hammonton firefighters quickly called for assistance.
Nearby Collings Lakes Fire Department was the second company to arrive, and Chief Bill Donnelly on Friday said they found “a tremendous amount of fire.
“It burned from one end to the other, top to bottom,” Donnelly said. “A complete loss. I know that.”
Collings Lakes departed after around 12 hours on the scene at 9 a.m. Friday with the fire under control. The Hammonton Fire Department still was calling the scene “active” later in the morning.
Property records indicate the cold-storage facility, owned by the Mortellite family, is 40,000 square feet. Trailers outside the building also burned.
“The building itself is packed with a bunch of materials that, obviously, were combustible,” Donnelly said. “When the guys arrived, they were greeted with a tremendous amount of fire. We had guys both inside and outside trying to catch it. At some point, the guys inside had to get out."
On Thursday night, there was an unconfirmed report that two people were caught inside and evacuated by Hammonton firefighters. Donnelly said his understanding is the people were working inside, but that firefighters did help them get out.
Donnelly estimated 25 to 30 fire companies responded from Gloucester, Camden, Burlington, Cumberland and Salem counties. The Atlantic County water tanker task force was activated to meet the demand for water, despite hydrants being present. The Vineland Fire Department is part of the task force and responded to the blaze. The Williamstown Fire Department covered the Collings Lakes area during the fire.
Hammonton police Chief Robert Jones, who is handling the release of information on the fire, could not be reached at his office.
Joseph P. Smith; (856) 563-5252; email@example.com