On October 11, 2023, members of the Closter Fire Department, Closter Volunteer Ambulance and Rescue Squad, along with fellow first responders, surrounding departments and community attended a memorial service for Frank Benz, Jr., who passed away on September 30, 2023. He was 89-years old.

Some knew him as, Mr. Benz, while others knew him as Buddy but he was considered the unofficial Mayor of Closter. Buddy served the borough of Closter for over 65 years as a volunteer firefighter and a member of the Closter Volunteer Ambulance and Rescue Squad. He went through the ranks of both organizations and was well loved and highly respected.

– Fire News photos by Chris ‘Doc’ Denton