On December 19, the Bayonne Police and Fire Departments held a combined ceremony in the Council Chambers to swear in new members and promote seasoned officers to higher ranks. Nine Firefighters were promoted to the rank of Captain. Two newly appointed Firefighters were sworn in. One Police Officer was promoted to Sergeant. Seven newly appointed Police Officers were sworn in.
The Police Officer promoted to the rank of Sergeant is Ashley Munoz. She is the first Hispanic female to receive a promotion in the history of the Bayonne Police Department.
The newly appointed police officers are Sean Gaeta, John Micek, Timothy May, Connor Glover, Aaron Fabbricatore, Edward Cook, Jr., and Kevin Baranok.
The Firefighters promoted to the rank of Captain are Randy Geis, Jonathan Wasielewski, Kenneth Jaros, Brian Fitzpatrick, David Geyer, Steven Lombardi, Thomas Reynolds, Scott Duprex, and Chancy Costa.
The newly appointed firefighters are Russell Mack and Victor Pesantez.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mayor Davis noted that this was the second time during his administration that a combined Police-Fire ceremony of this kind has taken place. He addressed the new Police and Fire officers, saying it will be “up to you to make those moral decisions” on the job. He reminded them that they would be representing the City of Bayonne.
Public Safety Director Robert Kubert said that the new recruits have proven themselves academically, and now they would have to prove themselves on the streets. He explained that they would be “called upon to do a lot that you weren’t taught in the academy.” Referring to both the new recruits and the promoted officers, Director Kubert advised the new Firefighters and Police Officers to pay attention to their more senior partners.
Speaking on behalf of the City Council, City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski told the new appointees, “You are joining two departments known for their outstanding service.” She advised the newly promoted Firefighters and Police Officer, “You have served and distinguished yourselves. Now it is your turn to mentor and lead.”
Police Chief Robert Geisler advised the new recruits that they were starting “the best job in the world,” and that it would give them “a front row seat to life.” He reminded them that power comes with responsibilities, and that their behavior would be held to a higher standard.
Fire Chief Keith Weaver said that the Bayonne Fire Department “is filled with the bravest and most dedicated people I have ever met.” He thanked the Morris County Fire Academy for training the new Firefighters. Chief Weaver explained that new Fire Captains have joined “the first supervisory rank.” He wished them “the knowledge, fairness, and objectivity to make sound decisions.”
At the ceremony, the Bayonne Police and Fire Honor Guard, and the Bayonne Police and Fire Pipes and Drums participated in the entrance procession. The Pipes and Drums also provided a rendition of Amazing Grace. Father John Fencik, the Police Benevolent Association Chaplain, offered the invocation and the benediction. Police Officer Doaa Salama led the Pledge of Allegiance. Deputy City Clerk Madeline Medina administered the oaths of office.