North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue promoted six firefighters, and also welcomed 10 new ones, during a roughly hour-long ceremony at Schuetzen Park this afternoon.
Officials from the five municipalities that NHRF&R serves attended the event, including Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner – also the NHRF&R board chairman – North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco, Guttenberg Mayor Gerald Drasheff, West New York Commissioner Gabriel Rodriguez and Union City Commissioner Maryury Martinetti.
The day’s promotions were led off by Michael Falco being named deputy chief and Daniel Fresse being named battalion chief.
Additionally, Terence Shevlin, Richard Barreres, William Reed and William Shelton were all promoted to the rank of captain.
New members being sworn into the department were John Dolaghan, Jerry Zapata, Michael Conroy, Lou Jester Q. Isip, Glen Harney, Robert Manzari II, Vincent Vassallo, Koi Kirk, Thomas McDonough and Keith Sockell.
Department Chief Frank Montagne addressed the veterans and rookies of the department alike, praising the strides the department has been able to make in recent years.