Monmouth County Honors Fallen Firefighters

Monuments are seen at the Monmouth County Fire Academy in Howell. (Photo Provided by Monmouth County)

  HOWELL – Members of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders joined firefighters, their families and other first responders in honoring 50 county firefighters who died in the line of duty, at the Fallen Firefighters Memorial and Medal Awards Day.

  “We are here today to honor those who have gone above and beyond what is already an extreme call of duty and to celebrate their acts of courage,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Pat Impreveduto, liaison to the Fire Marshal and Fire Academy during the recent ceremony held at the Monmouth County Fire Academy.

  The ceremony served to honor the fallen as well as medal award recipients. It also served “as a reminder of all of those brave men and women who went into a fire and gave their lives. These fallen firefighters are gone, but not forgotten,” Impreveduto added.

  Members of the Monmouth County Fire Marshal’s Office coordinated the memorial and awards ceremony. The commemoration included the placing of a wreath in honor of the 50 firefighters from Monmouth County fire companies who died in the line of duty. 

  As each name of the fallen was read, they were honored with the ringing of a bell and a red carnation placed at the foot of the flag pole with a salute offered by family members and firefighters.

Firefighters assemble to remember those who perished while in the line of duty and to honor medal award winners during a special ceremony. (Photo Provided by Monmouth County)

  Freeholder Impreveduto added, “this ceremony gives us the opportunity to reflect on the lives that have been lost by brave and selfless individuals. These heroes and their relatives are a part of our Monmouth County family and have inspired the next generation of passionate individuals to save the lives of residents.”

  He and Fire Marshal Fred Migliaccio awarded Unit Citations, Medals of Valor and Fire Prevention Inspector of the Year for rescue and firefighting efforts during the past year.

  The list of award recipients includes:

2019 Medal Day Recipients

Medal of Valor Class II

Firefighter Scott Eack – Hazlet Fire Company

Unit Citation

Union Beach Fire Department

Ex-Chief Ronald Burkhardt Jr.

Ex-Chief Joseph Rice

Firefighter Mark Steidle

Firefighter Michael Rapcavage

Firefighter Nicholas Murray

Firefighter Frank Pinto

Firefighter Dylan Stoppiello

Matawan Boro Fire Department

Captain James Archilbald

Lieutenant Brian Kopf

Firefighter Jessica Michitsch

South Wall Fire Rescue, Fire District #3

Chief Thomas Wade

Deputy Chief Tim Hobbis

Captain Casey Larrison

Lieutenant Christopher Tamayo

Lieutenant Michael Fischer

Lieutenant Thomas Lisowski

Firefighter Alex Burke

Firefighter Edward Clark

Firefighter Andrew Cotta

Firefighter Mark Daugherty

Firefighter Cash Dosby

Firefighter Joel Elmer

Firefighter Donald Green

Firefighter Paul Grosso

Firefighter Steven Hall

Firefighter Zach Hauge

Firefighter Brian Larrison

Firefighter Michael Lauber

Firefighter John Levinski

Firefighter Zuri Malick

Firefighter Daniel O’Henery

Firefighter Eric Olsen

Firefighter Richard Paine

Firefighter Mark Pellecchia

Firefighter Mark Pellecchia Jr

Firefighter Robert Spalitta

Firefighter Zak Sussman

Firefighter Ralph Tancredi

Firefighter Donald Witlowski

Firefighter Jarrod Rubin

Firefighter Peter Goetz

Photo Provided by Monmouth County

Certificate of Recognition

Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office Communications Division

9-1-1 Communication Center – Public Safety Telecommunicators

Fire Prevention Inspector of the Year 2019

Ryan Dullea, Fire Official – Belmar/Lake Como/Spring Lake/Spring Lake Heights