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On Friday afternoon, 28 members of the Jersey City Fire Department rose in their ranks at a City Hall ceremony.

Four new deputy chiefs, six battalion chiefs and eighteen captains took their oath of office from Mayor Steven M. Fulop, with Chief of Department Steven J. Mc Gill looking on and congratulating his members for their accomplishments.

Members of the City Council were present, and an Invocation was offered by Reverend James Pagnotta, the FDJC Chaplain.

The department has over 600 members protecting a densely populated city of nearly 300,000.

Promoted to Deputy Chief were: Gerald Fisher, William McClintock, Henry DiGuilio and Robert Daly.

New Battalion Chief’s are: James Nickerson, John Ruddy, Kenneth Simone, Joseph Vallo, John Mattern and Howard Simone.

Promoted to Captain were: John Bolger, Bryan Tullock, Keving Phillips, Billy Stanton, Philip Germain, Joseph Stella, Kevin Hennessey, Robert Longo, Justin Yahara, Christin Auriemma, Kenneth Ernst, Paul Razzoli, John Bauer, Howard Hayes, Vincent Palamara, Greg Fuehrer, Josue Medina and Oman Manning.

Some of these newly promoted members have relatives either on the job or retired.  It was an exceptionally proud day for two brothers that were promoted to the rank Battalion Chief.  Kenneth and Howard Simone lost their father, Captain Louis Simone of Engine Co. 9, in September, 1989, in the performance of his duty battling a multiple-alarm blaze.