North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue promotes 8, including new deputy chief


North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue promoted eight firefighters on Tuesday: six new captains, one new battalion chief, and one deputy chief at a ceremony at the Waterside Restaurant in North Bergen.

Photo courtesy of North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“As these firefighters take on new roles and responsibilities, I have full confidence in their ability to continue upholding the highest standards of public safety in our community,”  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 is impeccable and these promotions reflect the hard work and sacrifice these individuals have put into their service.”

Firefighters Marc Lombardo, Samuel A. Griglio, Jr., Steven A. Alvarez, Edgardo Feliciano, Patrick J. Klebaur, and Matthew M. Huelbig were all promoted to captain, with Capt. Jason E. Hodge earning the distinction of battalion chief, and Battalion Chief Alan L. Williams, Jr. now a deputy chief.

“These members and their families play a crucial role in ensuring the safety of our residents and this ceremony is a moment to celebrate not only their achievements, but also the strength and resilience of our entire fire department. I congratulate each promoted member and thank you for your unwavering dedication,” added NHFR Chief David Donnarumma.

In addition to Turner, also in attendance was state Senator (D-32)/North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco, state Senator (D-33)/Union City Mayor Brian Stack, West New York Mayor Albio Sires, and Guttenberg Mayor Wayne Zitt, who were joined by other NHRFR board members, administrators, officials, and proud family members of the firefighters being promoted.

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