Terry E Coyler arrest 1982
3 7 f -i the to of say, too First aid suspends KEANSBURG A first aid squad member has been suspended from the squad in connection with the sale of $1,000 worth of used equipment which had been donated to a Holmdel Township nursing home. Terry Colyer, Park Avenue, 2nd lieutenant of the Keansburg First Aid Squad, has been charged with theft by deception after his arrest here March 12, Sgt. Raymond O'Hare said. Colyer received $175 for equipment he sold to the Garden State Manor, Holmdel Township, Jan. 19, O'Hare said. Colyer, who denies selling the equipment and keeping the money, said he would not comment further until speaking with his lawyer. Colyer said yesterday he was suspended March 12 by the squad's 1st lieutenant, William Doherty, who would not comment on the incident. O'Hare said the $1,000 worth of equipment included an electric wheelchair, a manual wheelchair, a hospital bed, a lift used to move invalids from their beds to a stretcher, a mattress and linen. The equipment had been donated to the squad Jan. 18 by a borough resident whom O'Hare would not identify. The police learned of the incident after a friend of the resident who donated the equipment called the squad building, Can-Avenue, in March and wanted to borrow the lift, O'Hare said. The friend was informed that the squad had never received the equipment, O'Hare said. squad member The man who donated the equipment then called police March 5 and Colyer was arrested March 12 after a police investigation, O'Hare said. Colyer cashed the $175 check Jan. 19, the same day that he sold the equipment, O'Hare said. The check was made out to Robert Chupcavich, Beaconlight Avenue, who was with Colyer when he sold the equipment, O'Hare said. Eberhard Roese, squad treasurer, would not comment on the incident. Phil Folz, squad captain, could not be reached for comment. Colyer said his wife, Mary Colyer, former squad president, was suspended March 12 because she did not have the proper certification. Virginia Brown, sqaud vice president, was suspended because she did not report that Mrs. Colyer did not have the proper certification, Colyer said. "It's a kangaroo court," Colyer said. Colyer said the squad's officers should have held a conference to discuss the issue before suspending him. Bernadette Woods, squad secretary, also would not comment about the incident. Mayor Walter Farley said the squad is an autonomous body which owns its own building and equipment. "We have no control over the membership or hiring," Farley said. "This is the first I heard of it." The Borough Council appropriated $15,000 in the 1982 municipal budget for the first aid squad, Farley said.