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Veteran Firefighters Recognized in Bergen

By RON JEFFERS, New Jersey Editor | January 08, 2020 | NEW JERSEY

Story No. 011020105

Secaucus, NJ - The first meeting of the South Bergen Fire Chief's Association for 2020 was conducted at the quarters of Secaucus Engine 4 and Ladder 1, January 8th. A standing room only crowd filled the meeting hall.

The meeting was called to order by President Anthony Chidodo. Other officers present included 1st Vice President Scott Mutell, 2nd Vice President Bryan Hennig, Treasurer Robert Ordway, Secretary Chris Assenheimer and Chaplain Mark Tomko.

In addition to members, several guests were present representing other fire service related organizations, such as the New Jersey Firemen's Home.

The usual business was covered, as well as information on cancer awareness and mutual aid. In addition, the growing Meadowlands Fire Department is now part of the group as well as in South Bergen mutual aid. This department, with added responsibilities of the American Dream complex, was assigned a mutual aid zone.

Five members were recognized for 50-plus years of volunteer service to their fire department and community. Those members were Joseph “Ike” Ivanicki, Sr. (Wallington), Ron Phillips (Wood-Ridge), Tony Gatto (Saddle Brook), and Neil O'Hara (Rutherford).

Joseph Ivanicki addressed the audience and said, “Being a volunteer is the greatest thing a person can do.”

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