North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue promoted seven firefighters yesterday, naming five new captains, one new battalion chief, and one new deputy chief.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“I want to congratulate all the members of our department being promoted, as each of them have done outstanding work and truly earned this honor,” Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner, also the chair of NHRFR’s management committee, said in a statement.
“The exemplary safety record of North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue speaks for itself and these leaders in our department are just as responsible for that as anyone. I’m honored to stand with them here today and I know that they will continue to work hard to keep our communities safe.”
In addition to Turner, state Senator (D-32)/North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco, North Bergen Commissioner Julio Marenco, and West New York Mayor Gabriel Rodriguez, along with a number of other administrators, officials, and proud family members of the firefighters were in attendance.
“These members and their families should be very proud of their accomplishments, as well as their bravery in the face of some of the most dangerous and difficult challenges a human being can face,” said Provisional Chief Michael Falco.
“These firefighters are the backbone of the department and we thank them for their steadfast commitment to protecting our communities.”
Ernesto Camejo, Thomas Kross, Russel Williams, Salvatore Degennaro, and Michael Novembre were promoted to captian, with William Solc becoming battalion chief, and Alider Pratts being named deputy chief.
“Our incredible response times are some of the best in the entire state, and that’s thanks to the great men and women who comprise the NHRFR,” noted Pratts, who is also a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.
“I want to also thank our local elected officials for providing us with the support and resources we need to do our jobs effectively and efficiently everyday.”
NHRFR serves North Bergen, West New York, Union City, Weehawken, and Guttenberg.