Manville volunteer called to duty in Iraq

David Yusiewicz attending training at Fort Dix

   Just weeks before the holidays, David Yusiewicz, a 4-year member of the Manville First Aid Squad, as the New Jersey National Guard division he also belongs to was called to active duty.
   His division will be sent to serve in Iraq after a six week period of training at Fort Dix. He expects to be away anywhere from 14-18 months.
   "He’s one of our field lieutenants," said Chief Calvin Salter. "He has been a good squad member and been there when we’ve needed him. We will miss him and hope he stays safe over there."
   According to Chief Salter, Mr. Yusiewicz won’t be all alone in Iraq — he is serving in the same unit as Manville Fire Chief Mark Malinowski.
   The rescue squad will be placing a large yellow ribbon displayed on the building until Dave returns.
   "We will have a flag to fly with our other flags just as the fire department and municipal buildings have until he gets back," Chief Salter said.
   All members of the squad will also be wearing yellow ribbon lapel pins on all uniforms.
   Members of the Rescue Squad had also presented Mr. Yusiewicz with a large care package before he left for training. Items ranging from books and supplies, to personal care items and calling cards.
   Anyone wishing to donate supplies for the troops candrop them off at the squad building located at 2 S. Third Ave., between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.