Dan Wescoat Sr., a 32-year volunteer and chief of the Nesco Volunteer Fire Company in Mullica Township, works for the Atlantic County Road Department. He was out salting the roads during the snowy early morning hours of Feb. 23, when he got the phone call parents dread.

His elder son Dan Jr., 24, had a car accident on the way home from a friend's house, said his younger son, Brandon, 21.

The single parent went to the accident scene, only about a quarter mile from where he was working in Mullica Township.

"There was snow on the bend and the car went sideways. The back end hit a telephone pole," Dan Sr. said. "He wasn't wearing a seat belt. He was thrown onto the passenger side and broke his back."

Dan Jr., also a volunteer firefighter, is now paralyzed from the chest down and relies on a wheelchair. He spent months in the hospital and in a rehabilitation center, and came home about three months ago.

The family home needs an electric stair climber and renovations to the bathroom and kitchen, so Dan Jr. can access them in his chair. Dan Sr. can do the labor, but needs help purchasing materials, he said. The Elwood Volunteer Fire Company in Mullica Township is stepping up to help, dedicating funds from its charity golf tournament to the Wescoats.

Village by the Shore

Lisa Walker, of Mays Landing, has been appointed director of Village by the Shore, a new Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties initiative for people older than 50. Walker most recently served as director of professional services with Fox Rehabilitation.

The program, launching this fall, offers care coordination, transportation and services to enable older adults to live independently, according to JFS. Call 609-822-1108 or email

Chamber to roast Desiderio

Cape May County Freeholder and Sea Isle City Mayor Leonard Desiderio will be in the hot seat at this year's Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce Roast 6 p.m. Sept. 24

at the Flanders Hotel, 719 E. 11th St., Ocean City.

The dinner is $50 per person. For more information, call 609-399-1412 or e-mail info@oceancitychamber.com.

Contact Michelle Brunetti Post:


If you go

The 12th annual William Kennedy Memorial Golf Tournament to

benefit the Elwood Volunteer Fire Company and the Wescoat family is scheduled for 7 a.m. Oct. 12 at Mays Landing Country Club. The cost is $90 per person for breakfast, cart, golf, lunch and beer/

beverages. Sponsorships are available. Call Sean Knight at

609-929-6110. Donations may

be mailed to EVFC Charity Golf Tournament, Elwood Vol. Fire Co., P.O. Box 223, Elwood, NJ 08217.