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Ridgefield Park FD's Annual Inspection and Awards

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July 10, 2023 | NEW JERSEY RON JEFFERS, New Jersey Editor
This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.

RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ - On the morning of July 4th, local firefighters lined up at the village's Memorial Bell for the department's annual inspection and awards ceremony. 

Chief of Department John Antola, Jr., welcomed firefighters, village officials, families and friends. Apparatus from the six fire companies lined both sides of the street. 

Service awards were presented to members for their years of service to the Village and the volunteer Fire Department.

The awards were as follows:  50-years: Ex-Chief Andrew Scheideler, Jr. (Engine 2); 45-years: Richard Riccitelli (Engine 2); 40-years: Frank Farina Jr. (Engine 2) and Tom McGee (Hose 3); 30-years: Tod Lippencott (Hose 3); 25-years: Thomas Abraham (Truck 2); 20-years: Capt. Brian Nevins (Ladder 1); 15-years: Michael Alberque (Ladder 1); 10-years: Capt. Dave Zillante (Hose 3), 2nd Lt. Jacob Zardoya (Engine 1), FF Andrew Scheideler III (Engine 2); 5-years: Capt. Chris Santana (Engine 1), Capt. Chris Locarno (Truck 2), FF Justin DePena (Hose 4) and FF Gary Magallenez (Hose 4).

After the inspection, firefighters were treated to a breakfast at the Elks Lodge before participating in the annual Independence Day parade. The well attended parade survived through sun, clouds and some rain! A community tradition. 

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RON JEFFERSNew Jersey Editor

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