BAYONNE, NJ - After passing the competitive exam and graduating from a grueling training course at the Bergen County Fire Academy, 11 new firefighters joined the ranks of the Bayonne Fire Department Thursday.
The class, Bayonne Fire Chief Keith Weaver said, is “one of the most diverse” in the city, and includes eight military veterans as well as members of “many different ethnic backgrounds.”
Speaking at the ceremony Mayor Jimmy Davis told the new firefighters that they are joining “one of the biggest brotherhoods in the U.S.” Noting that they were being sworn in the same day their new colleagues fought a major fire that displaced 22 residents, Davis added that “It takes a certain type of person to run toward a truck and not away from it.”
The jobs of the new firefighters, Public Safety Director Robert Kubert said, would expand beyond their training as the Bayonne Fire Department, which he called “a very service-oriented organization.” They will, he told them, serve the public by performing “many, many tasks that are not related to firefighting.”
Bayonne City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski congratulated the new firefighters for “joining an elite department,” telling them that “the citizens of Bayonne are grateful.”
Announcing that the class of firefighters would be named for and dedicated to Mayor Davis for his support of the Fire Department Weaver added a litany measures the Administration including the hiring of fifty-five new firefighters; the addition of thermal imaging equipment to all fire companies; installation of mobile data on all fire trucks; the renovation of the 57th Street Fire Station; and the purchase of new fire pumpers.
Bayonne’s 11 new firefighters:
Robert Bartos served in the Army with the 75th Ranger Regiment from 2013 through 2017. He represents the third generation of Bartos firefighters in the Bayonne Fire Department.
Peter Girgis studied Business Administration at the Valley Forge Military College. He joined the U.S. Army in 2010.
Demetrius Jefferson has been studying at the Infinity Flight School of Trenton Airport. He is projected to graduate in 2020 with a major in Aviation Technology.
Daniel Leahy graduated from Hudson County Community College with a major in Psychology. He worked as an elevator mechanic with Tailor Made Elevators. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2004 to 2008.
William Robinson is a graduate of Bayonne High School. After high school, he joined the U.S Marine Corps, and served from 2002 to 2006.
Abien Bouie majored in Psychology at New Jersey City University. He joined the U.S. Army in 2009 and remained on active duty until 2012. Then he joined the Army Reserve and is still serving currently.
Nathan Grawehr graduated from Roxbury High School. Then he joined the U.S. Army. He was employed previously by McCabe Ambulance from 2014 to 2018.
Carlo Esposito graduated from Bayonne High School. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2011 to 2019, and participated in four deployments.
John Sheridan is a graduate of High Tech High School. He continued his education at Rutgers University, where he majored in Marketing.
David Lipyanka graduated from St. Peter’s Prep. He developed interests in health and medicine, and was employed at Bayonne Medical Center, beginning in 2013.
Mitchel Robinson graduated from Bayonne High School in 2006. For the past ten years, he has been employed as a radiology technician.
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