STAFFORD TOWNSHIP — Comedian Joe Piscopo, who rode on a Beach Haven garbage truck long before he became famous, is returning to perform Friday at a sold-out fundraiser to help raise money for emergency responders who were affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Kim England, of Stafford Township, said he grew spending his summers at his parents’ Beach Haven home along with Piscopo, whose parents also own a home there.

“We rode on a garbage truck together for a long time. We worked in Public Works during summer time and we had a bunch of good times down there,” England said.

After Sandy hit, there were a large number of members of the Beach Haven and Stafford Township volunteer fire companies whose homes were totally wiped out while others suffered damage, said England, who is a former Beach Haven fire chief.

The two volunteer fire departments have historically considered themselves sister companies because they are always together whether to attend meetings and conventions or play baseball.

“We were thinking of how we could help our members out. So I gave Joe a call and said I was putting all my cookies on the table told him how we had the storm and I asked if he could help us. He said count me in and let’s get this rolling. We’ll put a show on and raise some money for the fire companies involved,” England said.

Piscopo, who is known for his performances on “Saturday Night Live,” will appear Friday night along with comedian Jeff Norris, who has appeared in “Boardwalk Empire,” at the Stafford Township Holiday Inn to perform and raise money for local first responders.

Stafford Township Volunteer Fire Company Chief Jack Johnson said seven members between the department and the ladies auxiliary suffered damage at their homes during the storm.

“Everyone continued to volunteer during the storm. We all just kept on going,” Johnson said.

The departments will split the donations for their members who were affected by the storm.

Beach Haven Fire Chief Matthew Letts said five volunteer firefighters were totally displaced after the storm, including himself.

Letts is temporarily living in a condo in Beach Haven.

“None of us stopped the whole time. We were all with the fire company through the whole storm and then after the storm went back to see exactly what it was that we lost,” Letts said.

The event is sold out but those who wish to donate may call 609-698-3041.

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