Former New Jersey fire chief turns 110; He credits his longevity to this beloved sweet drink

  • Source: New Jersey Advance -
  • Published: 03/29/2024 12:00 AM

Vincent Dransfield turns 110 years old Thursday, but the lifelong Passaic County resident doesn’t seem to be slowing down. He still lives at home, socializes with a wide range of friends and family, keeps up with the New York Yankees — opening day is his birthday — and even continues to drive his Hyundai sedan on local errands. “I guess I’m doing all right, for my age,” Dransfield said by phone from the Little Falls house where he has lived since 1945. He playfully gave some of the credit for his longevity to a half-century of drinking Ovaltine, the flavored milk drink. Though, he said he sticks with the simple malt version, “not the chocolate Ovaltine.” “I guess that contributed to it, and being a nice guy,” he said. He remains on the roster of Singac Volunteer Fire Co. No. 3 in Little Falls, where signed up more than eight decades ago and once served as fire chief.


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