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Hackensack 32nd Annual Memorial Held in July

By RON JEFFERS, New Jersey Editor | July 01, 2020 | NEW JERSEY

Story No. 070720114

Hackensack, NJ - For the 32nd time since five city firefighters lost their lives in the line of duty, department members, city officials, area firefighters, families and friends, assembled at Fairmont Park to remember those men and others who have passed.

On this July 1st evening, as in so many in the past, there was a shower, followed by a rainbow overhead. On this date in 1988, when those five members perished at an auto dealership fire, there was a shower, followed by a rainbow. This time, the shower and rainbow occurred before the ceremony began.

The department honored those who have died in the line-of-duty, and those who have perished since the last gathering.

The members who gave the Supreme Sacrifice in 1988 were: Captain Richard Williams, Lieutenant Richard Reinhagen and Firefighters Steven Ennis, William Krejsa and Leonard Radumski.

Wreaths were placed at the five statues representing the fallen heroes. This year, there was also five new trees planted in their memory behind the statues.

This was an Eagle Scout project, led by Anthony Siracusa and the members of Troop 80, in Bergen County. With donations, they planted the five trees and there will be permanent monuments located with the names of each of the members that died in 1988.

Chief of Department Thomas Freeman praised Siracusa and Troop 80 for their dedicated project and remembering these fallen heroes.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.