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The North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue added four new captains to the ranks during a ceremony at Fire Headquarters, in West New York, Monday afternoon.

Weehawken Mayor Richard F. Turner. Chairman of the Management Board, said the new captains are needed at this time due to the number of new members and future firefighters.  There are thirty-seven new members on the job and the department plans to hire forty firefighters in early 2019.

Fire Chief Frank Montagne thanked the Management Board for their continued support.  Besides the new firefighters and promotions, the department has received three new pieces of firefighting apparatus.

Municipal officials, family members, friends, plus many retired firefighters, were in attendance for the ceremony.

The new fire captains are Francis Baker, Daniel Liberti, Victor Valentin Jr. and Brian Barreto.

Chief Montagne told the new officers that they have moved on from workers to leaders, and they now have enormous responsibility.  “Respect is earned,” he said.”Positive attitude will allow you to get that respect.”

The new captains worked hard to receive their promotions.  Daniel Liberti was pointed out to the audience by Mayor Turner and Chief Montagne.  After 29-years on the job, and being on three past promotions lists, he never gave up and continued to work to achieve his goal.