Broomsmith Family Benefit….

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Friends are seen gathered at a benefit for the family of the late John Broomsmith, a Seaside Heights Volunteer Firefighter who passed away from a heart attack two days after graduating the fire academy in February 2007.

On the afternoon of Saturday July 28th, a benefit was held at the Moose Lodge in Ortley Beach to benefit the family of the late John Broomsmith of the Berkeley Township section of Pelican Island, a Seaside Heights Volunteer Firefighter who passed away from a heart attack at age 44 in early February 2007. John, who was known as J.B. among friends, had just graduated the Ocean County Fire Academy two days prior to his untimely death. Before the benefit, J.B.’s many surfer friends gathered in the water to do a “paddle out”, a traditional surfer mourning ceremony. While on their surfboards, friends spread J.B.’s ashes among the waves he loved so much during his brief lifetime. After the ceremony, a benefit and gift auction was held at the Moose lodge with the proceeds going to J.B.’s surviving wife Tammy and daughter Nikole, to help cover education and other expenses. Daughter Nikole Broomsmith will be a sophomore in college this upcoming semester, studying Biology at St. Leo University in Pasco County, Florida. She hopes one day to become a cardiologist.

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The late John Broomsmith is seen in January 2007, just a few weeks before his untimely death.

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