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Jersey City Fire Department is 33 Members Stronger

By RON JEFFERS, New Jersey Editor | December 09, 2020 | NEW JERSEY

Story No. 120920117

Jersey City, NJ - It was a dark, overcast morning, with the temperature at 30-degrees; but, it was a bright day for 33 new probationary firefighters and their loved ones.

After completing months of firefighting and emergency medical technician training, the new group was ready to be assigned to fire companies throughout the city.

Due to COVID-19, the swearing in of the new members was held on the steps of City Hall at 10:00 A.M., with social distancing.

Mayor Steven Fulop swore in the new firefighters during the brief ceremony. He said, “This is a special day for the 33 graduates that are joining the best Fire Department in the state of New Jersey.” He added that they will make many sacrifices, including missing holidays, birthday celebrations, and more, for the 300,000 residents of Jersey City, “to make sure they are safe.”

With the new members, the F.D.J.C. has 657 uniformed members.

After they were sworn in, Chief of Department Steve McGill presented each member with their badge and offered them a salute and congratulations.

The new firefighters are: Dennis Lucas, Quinton Burroughs, Eric Groething, Trebon Lucero, Eric Schkutz, Jessic Suarez, Duncan Graham, Philip Payne, Demenico Monaco, Scott Thomas, Chantae Ahamefule, Ambrose Cooper, John Cairns, Michael Rooney, Gary Rabbit, Alfred Torres, Michael Cahill, James Gatti, Dunham Kain, Francis Marshall, Michael Postorino, Uscar Chiluisa, Kevin Krolick, Fernando Perez, William Pettit, Jordan Diaz, John Lovey, Daniel Ramirez, Chad Zapolluch, John Kruse, Shane Brown, Orlando Bolano and Frankie Yarussi.

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