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NJ/NY Volunteer Firemen’s Association Honors Former Hasbrouck Heights Fire Chief Chris Semenecz

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July 14, 2023 | NEW JERSEY JUSTIN WATREL, Correspondent
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On May 21st, the New Jersey/New York Volunteer Firemen’s Association honored former Hasbrouck Heights Fire Chief Chris Semenecz for his years of service to the fire service.

Chief Semenecz passed away last July after 37 years on the fire department. Former Chief Semenecz was an active member of the Hasbrouck Heights Volunteer Fire Department for 37 years, retiring in 2021. He was the Second Assistant Chief in 1990-91, and the Assistant Chief in 1991-92 before serving as Chief in 1992-93. He also served as President of the Hasbrouck Heights Exempt Association from 1990 to 2000, and served as the Treasurer of the Hasbrouck Heights Relief Association from 1994 until present.

Many Hasbrouck Heights residents will remember him as one of Santa’s representatives during the Fire Department’s Annual “Santa Around Town.”

The honor was presented to his widow, Janie Semenecz, by former Chief of the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department, Tim Moots and by former Engine One and Department Secretary, Justin Watrel. Mrs. Semenecz was joined by her sister for the presentation at her home and was very honored to accept recognition from the organization in honor of her husband’s dedication for years at the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department.

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JUSTIN WATRELCorrespondent

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