By Ron Jeffers.-
It was a proud day for eighteen families of the North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue with the promotion of new fire officers, Monday afternoon at Schuetzen Park, North Bergen.
Officials from the five municipalities that make up the fire department were on hand for the celebration. Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner, Chairman of the Management Board, informed families and friends attending that the regional department maintains proper supervision standards, for the department protecting some 200,000 residents.
Chief of Department Frank Montagne swore in the firefighters to their new ranks, with families at their sides.
The new officers are: Deputy Chief Jonathan Rush; Battalion Chiefs Todd Estabrook, Michael Crossan, Alider Pratts and Jeffrey DiPaolo. New captain are Angelo Licni, Christian Jorquera, Gianni Notaro, Manuel Arenal, Kory Cocciadiferro, William Dempsey Jr., Patrick Cowan and Salvagtore Notaro.
Chief Montagne praised the new officers for their hard work to achieve their promotions. He continued by telling the officers that their positions possess enormous responsibilities, and you must make split second decisions. Be fair, firm and consistent in decision making and “lead by example.”
The regional department is currently making plans to hire 35 new firefighters to add to the ranks.