Leadership

Volunteer’s Job Also Has Financial Risk

Issue 2 and Volume 104.

Volunteer’s Job Also Has Financial Risk Being a volunteer fireman in thousands of communities in the United States and Canada is a commendable, unselfish public service. But the tens-of-thousands of such volunteers would do well to consider the case of Oscar Osback, a Lyndhurst, N. J., volunteer. Because the township had no insurance on drivers of fire trucks, Osback is threatened by financial ruin. In 1948 Osback was driving back from a fire when the truck was in collision with a car driven by William Coles. A few months later, Coles died and his widow won a $10,000 judgment against Osback. The volunteer fireman thought Lyndhurst was insured for such accidents, as New Jersey law requires, but it wasn’t. As a result, the township helped Oshack fight his case in court but denied responsibility when the $10,000 award was made to Mrs. Coles. Mayor Savino and Township Attorney Stellato expressed…

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