April 1, 2010
In March of 2009 Tim and Denise Clement, from Laurel Lake, NJ, bought the Dudley house in Spearsville. Tim was born in Millville, NJ. His paternal grandparents immigrated from Rocca Pia Italy in the 1920’s and he still has relatives there today.
Tim was a Junior Volunteer Fire Fighter in 1974 — 1976 and became a Trained Volunteer in 1976 and did this until he graduated from Millville High School. In 1977 he was elected to the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Commercial Township of NJ. At that time he was the youngest NJ elected official. After enlisting in the United States Marine Corp., he served in the “crash, fire, and Rescue career field in California, Japan, South Korea and South Carolina.
He and Denise met and married in Beaufort, SC and they have three grown children and two grandchildren who continue to live in NJ. For twenty-five years Tim worked for the Dept. of NJ Corrections and volunteered in the Laurel Lake Fire Dept., retiring in January of 2009.
Over these years he has received many certificates and awards; however, the most outstanding ones are: President George W. Bush Life time Presidential Volunteer Award in 2004 and the NJ State Employees Community Service Award in 2007. As you can see that volunteering has been a major part of his life and continues to be so, as he has now accepted the position as the new fire chief of the Spearsville Volunteer Fire Dept.
When he is not fighting fires, he pursues his hobbies of photography, bird watching from his back porch, studying the Civil War history/battlefields and is a model train enthusiast. His faithful and loyal Labrador Retriever, Jolie, is right beside him in most of his activities. Tim is an avid fan of the Philadelphia Phillies and the Eagles – but also, an faithful Saints booster.
He and Denise have really been an asset to our community as they just jumped right in where they were needed. We are fortunate to have such a highly qualified person, having spent his entire adult life in fire fighting to live in this community. Hopefully, his enthusiasm will be contagious and many others will join him in his news job – Fire Chief of Spearsville Fire Dept.
Barbara Walton is a resident of Spearsville and has had a column in the Bernice Banner for several years. She writes about the People and Happenings of Spearsville.