MAYOR BOLLWAGE SWEARS IN 21 NEW FIREFIGHTERS

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MAYOR BOLLWAGE SWEARS IN 21 NEW FIREFIGHTERS
 
ELIZABETH, NJ— February 10, 2017— Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, Councilman-At-Large Manny Grova, Jr., Councilman Kevin Kiniery, Freeholder Sergio Granados, along with City and Fire Officials, welcomed 21 new firefighters at a ceremony in City Hall Council Chambers this morning. These new firefighters were hired under the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant. 
 
“These recruits will now join the ranks among Elizabeth firefighters, who I believe are second to none,” says Mayor Bollwage. “The Fire Department has benefited greatly from the SAFER grant program, which has enabled us to hire these twenty-one firefighters and more will begin training in March. By the summer of 2017, we will have approximately 250 firemen on our force.”
 
Several new recruits are also bilingual, increasing the ability to interact and communicate with the diverse communities located throughout the municipality.  New recruits include: Jon Abella, Matthew Backiel, Christopher Barry, Brian Butterly, Matthew Carter, Jimmillion Chen, Jeffery Cort, Jr., Kevin Cowan, Miguel Diaz, Kevin Flores, Kyle Haszko, Dillon Jensen, Daniel Luque, Kyle Malone, George Martin, Robert Mawer, Dylan McConway, John Mooney, Kevin Moran, Matthew Mulroy and Dugla Rosa. 
 
“The career path you have chosen is not easy, but it is rewarding.,” said Chief Thomas McNamara. “There are three words I want each of you to remember while starting this new journey: responsibility, dedication and sacrifice. This is a job where you never stop learning, from classes to additional training, you will always be prepared for future situations. I wish you all the best of luck.” 
 
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. 
 
 
 
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