Ethel Hodgkiss Truex thought she was going to Atlantic City on Saturday night.
The well-known Fair Haven Fire Company volunteer made it only as far as the Fair Haven Firehouse. Her husband, Joe Truex, former captain and present 2nd lieutenant of the Fair Haven First Aid Squad told her he had to pick up something at the station before they took off. He also told her to come into the truck bay with him to help.
When he pressed the button and the door rose, Ethel was shocked to find a crowd of Rumson and Fair Haven friends with roots in the area as steeped as hers cheering her on for her, shall we say, 39th (ahem) birthday?
Much love and appreciation was shown for Ethel, her volunteerism and longstanding friendships in the community.
For a glimpse into the evening, take a look at the photo gallery above. And happy birthday Ethel! How old are you now?