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River Vale’s Leonard Scott celebrates 50 years as a firefighter

Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot File Photo

SHOUT OUT: Not many firefighters can say they’ve remained active after 50 years at it, but those who know him will tell you that River Vale’s Leonard E. Scott isn’t like many firefighters.

The grandfather of seven – and great-grandfather of three – continues to respond to fire calls, drive department vehicles and train probationary members.

Scott is still expanding his social horizons, as well – becoming a member of Temple Lodge in Westwood last year, for instance. He joined the Masons at Fulton Friendship Lodge in Park Ridge in 1977 and became a Master Mason in 2007 and a Shriner nearly 20 years ago.

Scott rose quickly through River Vale’s firefighting ranks before eventually becoming chief. A lifetime member of the New Jersey State Firemen’s Association, he was its 1972-73 Fireman of the Year for rescuing an 18-month old Wilson Court toddler from a house fire.

Scott has also served the borough as superintendent of public works, maintaining all athletic fields, on the Planning Board, as the 1991 grand marshal of the Memorial Day parade and as a life member of the River Vale Ambulance Corps – as well as chief of the Motor Corp in 2001/2002.

“His service to our communities has been unwavering and unparalleled,” the Fire Department said.

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