MAYOR BOLLWAGE SWEARS IN 20 NEW FIREFIGHTERS

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MAYOR BOLLWAGE SWEARS IN 20 NEW FIREFIGHTERS
ELIZABETH, NJ - August 3, 2017 - Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, Councilwoman-at-Large Patricia PerkinsAuguste,
Council President Carlos Torres, Councilman Kevin Kiniery, Councilman Nelson Gonzalez, Freeholder
Sergio Granados, Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, along with City and Fire Officials, welcomed 20 new
firefighters at a ceremony in City Hall Council Chambers this morning. Fifteen of these firefighters were hired
under the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant.
 
“All of the recruits have demonstrated an impressive level of commitment, ability and dedication to learning
during the last five months of training,” said Mayor Bollwage. “Their response, assistance and efforts will protect
the lives and property of the residents within our city. I extend my best wishes and Godspeed within the Elizabeth
Fire Department.”
 
Several new recruits are also bilingual, increasing the ability to interact and communicate with the diverse
communities located throughout the municipality. New recruits include: Julian Hernandez, Hashim Simpson,
Peter C. Marino, Angel Zetino, Matthew Blaskewicz, Patrick Kelly, Andrew Torres, Robert Petrick III, Gabriel
Garcia, Dale Brothers, Mark Alves, Lukas Kraft, Othoniel Rivera, Curtis Baptiste, John Syers Jr., Adam Kinder,
Julian Hilongos Jr., Eric Turner, Jayson Stolz and Steven Pertuz.
 
“Today these men will join the ranks of the Elizabeth Fire Department. Nothing will be routine anymore and they
must always be prepared,” said Chief Thomas McNamara. “This is the beginning of an important and rewarding
career, one of responsibility, dedication and sacrifice. Congratulations and good luck to all recruits.”
 
The City of Elizabeth is the fourth largest municipality in the State of New Jersey with a population of
approximately 125,000 residents. With its close proximity to the entire tri-state area, the Elizabeth Fire
Department responds to an array of calls, incidents and emergency issues. Additional recruits will reinforce and
increase overall assistance to residents.