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New Monument Erected at Passaic Memorial Services

By JAMES WOOD, SR., Correspondent | May 10, 2021 | NEW JERSEY

Story No. 051121113

PASSAIC, NJ - On May 10th, the Passaic FD held their annual memorial service honoring 12 members of the department that made the Supreme Sacrifice in the line of duty.

The department has never had a monument to honor those brave men. Battalion Chief Kevin Colavitti and Lt. Joe Ivanicki decided it was long overdue to have something in place honoring those members. They took it upon themselves, with the blessing of Chief Patrick Trentacost, to create a new monument. Funds were raised, along with a generous donation by Warner-Wozniak Funeral Home of Wallington.

The monument and new fiberglass flag pole was erected at Fire Headquarters on Hope Avenue. Now all members of the fire department, as well as family members of those we have lost, will forever have a sanctuary to commemorate their sacrifice and service.

After the services, the County Wide Emergency Services rehab/canteen unit provided refreshments for all who attended, and then later visited the late Lt. Tirado grave along with his family where they placed a wreath.

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