Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey President Dominick Marino, also a former North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue and North Bergen firefighter, died suddenly of a heart attack earlier today.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Marino served for over 25 years as a firefighter in the North Bergen Fire Department and North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue, retiring from active service in 2011. He held multiple leadership positions in the firefighter union locals in both departments, the PFANJ said.
Furthermore, Marino served for many years as 2nd Vice President and Treasurer of the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey, the chartered state association of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), before becoming president in 2008.
He leaves behind his wife Ellen, three children, and two grandchildren.
Additionally, some of the state’s top elected leaders offered high praise for Marino’s service.
“Dominick Marino didn’t just run into burning buildings, he knocked down walls to protect his fellow firefighters,” Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said in a statement.
“He put his heart and soul into everything he did for his members, and in doing so he exemplified everything you ever could want from a leader.”
“Truly one of our state’s bravest, he never backed down from a fight and put the health and safety of his members first and foremost,” noted U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ).
“I was proud to work with Dominick to develop and pass the Firefighter Cancer Registry, extend lifetime benefits for our 9/11 heroes, and increase federal investments to ensure our firehouses have the staffing and equipment they need to protect our communities.”