Thanksgiving Races Benefit Chatham Emergency Squad
The all-volunteer Chatham Emergency Squad was the grateful beneficiary of both local road races held on Thanksgiving Day 2022. Dave Heflin, acting on behalf of the Trot the Manor Committee (Karen Heflin, Hilary Regan, Marcela Barakat, Dave Heflin, Tom Regan, Horacio Barakat and the junior Trot committee), presented a check for $3000 from the race which is held in the Manor section of the Borough each Thanksgiving morning. Trot the Manor has raised more than $100,000 over the last ten years to support Chatham first responders including the Chatham Borough Volunteer Fire Department, the Chatham Borough Police Department and the Chatham Emergency Squad.
Curt Ritter, founder of the Chatham Turkey Trot, presented a check for $2500, part of the proceeds from the race which is held in the Highlands section of Chatham Township on Thanksgiving morning. Each year, the Chatham Turkey Trot attracts more than 1,200 runners who help raise funds for Chatham first responders and diabetes research and education including the Chatham Township Volunteer Fire Department, the Diabetes Research Institute, the Barton Center for Diabetes Education and the Chatham Emergency Squad. Since 2009, more than $270,000 has been raised through the generous support of sponsors, donors, and runners.
The Chatham Emergency Squad is an all-volunteer squad that provides basic life support emergency care to Chatham residents, businesses, and visitors. 90% of CES’s budget is paid for by donations from Chatham residents and other donors. CES provides stand-by service for special events including both turkey trot races, Chatham High School varsity football games, Fishawack and other special events. CES is committed to providing CPR training to Chatham first responders, teachers, members of the DPW staffs and the public. CES is always interested in speaking with potential members. The CES website www.chathamemergencysquad.org has links for those interested in volunteering and/or donating.