||The North Newark UFO Case:
Anatomy of a Journalistic Investigation
Office of Emergency Management
Gonzalez claimed that Civil
Defense had also shown up at his house that night. The problem is that
Civil Defense, as such, doesn't exist anymore. Now it's called the
Office of Emergency Management (OEM).
"The words 'Civil Defense' are just not used anymore on uniforms or
otherwise.," says Jim Simons, of the Newark OEM. "Probably the last
time any active funding went into anything with the words 'Civil
Defense' on it would be the 1950s or early 1960s, around the Cuban
missile crisis. The only thing I could think of is a volunteer fireman
wearing something like that, but not official fire department people.
He must be confusing CD with something else, but I can't imagine what.
Some fire jackets might have the letters NFD on it for 'Newark Fire
Department.' Our gear says 'OEM' or 'Newark OEM' on it. We don't show
anything for that incident and I don't think HazMat responded to it."
Hazardous Materials Office
HazMat did not. "I looked through
all the records," said Mike Daley of the Newark HazMat office, "and
there is absolutely nothing. There is absolutely no report of it." I
have not been able to identify the "CD" person Gonzalez claims was
there that night.
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