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IAEM mourns the loss of James R. Smith, CEM, EM Specialist, Rutgers University

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IAEM member James R. Smith, CEM, Emergency Management Specialist, Rutgers University, unexpectedly passed away on Feb. 7, 2015. He is survived by his wife Carol and their seven children, Katie, Emily, Matthew, Melinda, Jacob, Justine, and Andrew. Jim started his career in 1980 as a firefighter in the Cranford Fire Department and worked as a paramedic at many area hospitals, including Union, RWJ Rahway and Somerset. He was IAEM-USA Region 2 Vice President and Sergeant at Arms for the New Jersey Emergency Management Association. He also worked as a FEMA instructor and was active in higher education emergency preparedness and emergency management. Condolences can be sent to Carol Smith, 224 Katie Lynn Court, Brick, NJ 08723. A memorial service will be held at New Beginnings Church, Brick, New Jersey, on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, 6:00 p.m. A second memorial service for Jim's EMS, fire and emergency management family is being tentatively planned for Saturday, Mar. 7, 2015, 11:00 a.m. Full details will be provided when arrangements are finalized. John Grembowiec is serving as the family liaison and will provide additional information when it becomes available. He can be reached at 973-445-9082 or more

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