Bayonne Fire Department promotes 11: 2 new battalion chiefs and 9 new captains


The Bayonne Fire Department recently promoted 11: naming two new battalion chiefs and nine new captains at a ceremony at City Hall.

From left to right: Pictured left to right: Bayonne Fire Department Battalion Chief Thomas Obiedzinski, Fire Chief
Keith Weaver, Battalion Chief John Andreychak, and Battalion Chief Robert Seeburger. Andreychak and
Obiedzinski were just promoted. Photo courtesy of the City of Bayonne.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The new battalion chiefs are John Andreychak and Thomas Obiedzinsk, while the new fire captains are Robert Baran, Jr., Sean Boyle, David Korzun, Ryan Lucas, Michael Pelliccio, William Rabbitt, Edward Skowronski III, Leo Smith III, and James Stendardo.

Speaking at the start of the ceremony, Mayor Jimmy Davis told the new fire captains that their promotion is “the first step moving up the ladder.”

Davis also recognized their responsibility to lead by example, which he also noted when talking about the new battalion chiefs.

A retired police captain, Davis praised the Peninsula City’s police, fire, and ambulance services – stating he’d make sure they “have everything they need” to “get home to their families.”

Fire Chief Keith Weaver thanked Davis, the city council, and Public Safety Director Kubert for supporting the promotions.

“This administration is an ardent supporter of the Fire Department,” he began. Referring to the new battalion chiefs, Chief Weaver said that they competed with “the most qualified in the department during the testing process.”

He cited their careers of more than 25 years in the department. Weaver said that the new captains were also “very competitive” with their exam preparation classes, books, and sacrifices.

Speaking from experience, Weaver said that the promoted firefighters would have to make “split-second decisions during emergencies.”

Furthermore, he predicted that they would have the “knowledge, fairness, and ability to make sound decisions” and “to effect change for the better.”

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