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Monmouth County Resident Coordinates Donation of Fire Safety House to Community Medical Center in Toms River

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Pictured above is Ed Segall with the Community Medical Center Fire Safety House.

Monmouth/Ocean Counties, NJ -- A new mobile Fire Safety House is the most recent education vehicle at Community Medical Center (CMC) in Toms River, an affiliate of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System. The new $50,000 House, which replaces CMC’s 12-year-old fire safety vehicle, was purchased through the generosity of the Sandy Hook Friends of the Saint Barnabas Burn Foundation, also an affiliate of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System, and Long Branch resident Ed Segall, a former patient of The Burn Center. The CMC Fire Safety House program visits schools in Atlantic, Burlington, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties, educating thousands of children about fire safety. An second Fire Safety House, stationed at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, visits schools in northern New Jersey.

According to Beverly Foster, director of the Saint Barnabas Burn Foundation, the Fire Safety House is a mobile trailer that recreates a home environment allowing children to identify and correct everyday household hazards that may lead to a fire and burn injuries. “Fire Safety House also simulates a house fire, utilizing non-toxic smoke, that allows children to practice their home escape plan,” she adds.

At 83-years-old, Mr. Segall is a man of many accomplishments. In addition to transforming a high school summer job, pedaling ice cream in the streets of Newark, into a thriving concession business in Sandy Hook National Park, which he has owned and operated since 1962, the United States Army Paratrooper Veteran, former boxing coach and University of Miami graduate is a philanthropist, survivor and inspiration.

In 1991, Mr. Segall sustained second- and third-degree burns over one-third of his body when a 100-pound propane tank exploded at his concession stand at a festival in Sandy Hook. He was given a seven percent chance of survival. After a five-week stay at The Burn Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, and a two-year recovery that involved multiple skin grafts, the Newark native was back on the boardwalk with a mission – to give back to the people who he says “saved his life.”

The spring following the devastating explosion, Mr. Segall, with the cooperation of the National Park Service, hosted a day of fun at his Sandy Hook restaurant, Segall’s Nest, for the entire staff of The Burn Center. This has become an annual event to honor The Burn Center staff, fire fighters, police officers and park rangers who cared for Mr. Segall during and after the accident. From there he created Sandy Hook Friends of the Saint Barnabas Burn Foundation, a charitable group of local businesses, friends, family members and police and fire stations that have helped him raise more than $285,000 to benefit The Burn Center over the past 18 years.

“Sandy Hook Friends raise money by publishing and distributing an annual journal, collecting aluminum cans from Sandy Hook visitors, and recycling donated vehicles, motorcycles, boats and properties,” adds Mr. Segall. 

In addition to the purchase of the Fire Safety House, the Segall’s continued efforts and generosity help send young burn victims to summer camp, maintain an antique fire truck used to educate children about the dangers of fire, and assist parents in paying for lengthy hotel stays while a child is being cared for at the Center.

“We’re a hard-working family,” explains Mr. Segall who shares the business with his wife of 58-years, Natalie. The couple has three children, Scott, Tina and the late Barry Segall, and five grandchildren. Both Scott and Tina work with their parents in Sandy Hook. “If everyone who has been helped by a nurse or doctor would give back, just a little, the world would be a better place.”

In addition to his dedication to The Burn Center, Mr. Segall hosts an annual event at Segall’s Nest every Father’s Day for children who lost a parent during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, holds fundraisers for children with arthritis, and provides employment at his concession stands to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through The Arc of Monmouth County.

“The generosity of Mr. Segall and his family is priceless,” says Ms. Foster. “They have given opportunities to countless burn victims and have allowed us to continue our mission to provide exceptional care.”

“I feel so good doing this,” says Mr. Segall. “I’ll never give up my efforts to help the Burn Center and I am sure my children will continue the legacy when I am no longer here. They know their dad is only alive because of Saint Barnabas.”

For information about advertising in the Sandy Hook Friends annual Burn Center fundraising journal which is distributed to more than 500 individuals and business, please contact Ed Segall at 732-673-2382 or .

The Burn Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, an affiliate of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System, is the only state-certified burn treatment facility in New Jersey and one of the largest in North America. With 12 intensive care beds and an 18-bed Step-Down Unit for less critically injured patients, the Center provides expert care for patients of all ages. More than 400 individuals are cared for at the Center each year.   

For more information about The Burn Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center or to schedule a Fire Safety House visit in northern or southern New Jersey, please call 973-322-4344 or visit


January 14, 2011

Contact: Lisa Tortorello
Public Relations Department

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