North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue promotes 5 in West New York ceremony

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North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue promoted five, including new deputy and battalion chiefs, at a ceremony held at their West New York headquarters this morning. 

Photo courtesy of Vision Media.
Photo courtesy of Vision Media.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Battalion Chief Mark Lorenz, a 25-year veteran of the department, was promoted to deputy chief, while Captain Alan Williams, a 15-year member of NHRFR, is now a battalion chief.

Additionally, firefighters James Lisa, Erik Wilson and Richard Gora all earned the rank of captain.

“Deputy Chief Lorenz, Battalion Chief Williams, and Captains Lisa, Wilson and Gora are some of the most dedicated and professional officers I have had the privilege of working with in my career,” NHRFR Chief Frank Montagne said in a statement.

“They are each very deserving of their promotions and I’m sure they will continue to do excellent work for NHRFR in these new capacities.”

“North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue is dedicated to saving lives and responding to catastrophic fires in our communities, and for the department to continue offering a high level of service we must maintain an adequate supervisory staff of experienced fire officers,” add Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner, the chair of the NHRFR board.

“Today we are proud to promote these five outstanding individuals and I thank them for their continuing service.”

NHRFR covers the North Hudson towns of Guttenberg, North Bergen, Union City, Weehawken and West New York. They have previously been recognized as maintaining one of the best response times in the country.