WESTFIELD, NJ – The town’s new fire chief took the oath of office as a standing-room-only audience of family and friends – including chiefs from nearby fire departments – looked on at Town Hall Tuesday.

Fire Chief Anthony Tiller said he plans to work hand-and-hand with the Westfield Police Department, which itself recently saw the appointment of a new police chief, Chris Battiloro.

“We have a long road to go, but nothing’s stopping us,” Tiller said. “We’ll get there. Chief Battiloro, thank you to you and your guys for all your support over the years.”

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Bagpipers played, and fire department members led the new chief to the dais for the swearing-in.

Mayor Shelley Brindle administered the oath of office. “His values reflect those of the outstanding fire department and the community at large and we are so proud to have him,” Brindle said.

Tiller’s son pinned a ceremonial badge on his father as Tiller’s mother and daughter looked on.

“Anthony and Brianna, I did this for you,” said Tiller, who lives in town. “You two are what keeps me motivated and driven. Never give up.”

Tiller, who also grew up on Westfield, had been named acting fire chief in March, following the retirement of Chief David Kelly. The Town Council approved Tiller’s appointment last month.

Tiller joined the Westfield Fire Department as a volunteer in 1993 and was made paid firefighter in 1997. In 2004, he earned the rank of lieutenant then in 2015 was made battalion chief and later deputy chief in 2016, prior to his appointment to the role of acting chief.

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As the fire department’s commanding officer, Tiller will earn an annual salary of $149,500 beginning July 1, under the resolution approved by the Town Council.

Tiller also holds the position of fire official for Westfield, responsible for supervising the Fire Prevention Bureau, as well as scheduling and conducting fire inspections, officials said.

In addition to his duties with the town, Tiller served as an instructor in the Union County Fire Academy from 2007 to 2016. He is a 1986 graduate of Westfield High School and lives in Westfield.

Previously, Tiller worked for the Westfield Department of Public Works as a laborer from 1994 through 1997.

Email Staff Writer Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net; Follow him on Twitter: @MattKadosh

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