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Township swears in its first female EMS deputy chief

Apryl Fox has been in the field for 20 years.

Mount Laurel swore in a new Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Deputy Chief at its  regular meeting on March 21, a nod to Women’s History Month. 

Apryl Fox is the first female EMS deputy chief and first career female officer in the township. She has 20 years of experience as an EMT technician (EMT) and recently   served as the Training Division supervisor for Mount Laurel EMS.

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Fire and EMS Chief Christopher Burnett cited Fox’s appointment at the meeting and also commended the EMS staff and its strong relationship with the fire and police  departments.

“These last few years during the COVID pandemic, (EMS workers were) on the front line serving our community,” he noted. “A lot of times they’re (underappreciated), so I’d just like to take a second to recognize and thank them.

“With us tonight, too, are the Mount Laurel Police Department and a few fire department members, so I will say you’ll be hard pressed to find another community or town where we have such strong relationships between EMS, police and the fire (department),” Burnett added. 

“We expect people to do some dynamic things for the organization.”

Council approved a resolution proclaiming March 2022 as Women’s History Month. Councilwoman Karen Cohen read into record a statement for the proclamation that emphasized the impact of women from all cultures. 

“LGBTQI+ women and girls are leading the play for justice, opportunity – especially for the transgender community,’’ Cohen read. “Women and girls continue to lead groundbreaking civil rights movements for social justice and freedom so that everyone can realize the full benefits and promise of America.

“(This is a recognition) to the thousand of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history.”

In a month that celebrates females, Township Manager Meredith Tomczyk then congratulated Fox and cited women working for the township.

“Congratulations to Apryl Fox; we’re very excited to have her as deputy chief,” she said. “In honor of Women’s History Month, (I want to give) a shout-out to the women (who work for the township).

“(These) are all women who work very hard every day for the township and help make it a great place to live.”

In other news:

  • Council approved a resolution proclaiming March 2022 as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
  • Members also approved a resolution that supports the state cannabis retail application of the Shryne Group Inc.

The next council meeting will take place on Monday, April 4.

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