LINDEN, NJ - Linden Fire Department has named Anthony Holland as the first African American in the city's 104-year history to hold the position as Lieutenant.

Holland was promoted to the rank on Wednesday, July 29, during an outdoor promotional ceremony that was held at Linden Fire Headquarters.

A seven-year veteran of the department, Holland ranked an impressive #5 on the State of New Jersey Civil Service Commission list of Fire Lieutenant’s for the City of Linden.

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Linden Fire Chief William Hasko Jr. had nothing but praise when he spoke about Holland at the ceremony.

“I’m extremely proud of Firefighter Holland and could not think of a better person to have the honor of being the first African American Officer in the Linden Fire Department," Hasko said.  "Anthony has paved the way and set the bar for those wanting to follow in his footsteps."

In addition to Holland’s promotion, Firefighter Steven Cuco was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and Lieutenant Michael Cassidy was promoted to the rank of Captain. The promotions are the result of the recent retirements in the Linden Fire Department.  

Mayor Derek Armstead was very happy with the promotion of Holland and the other officers.

“I am very happy with the direction our city is moving in and am confident that Anthony will do an excellent job in his new position," said Armstead.  “I would also like to congratulate Captain Michael Cassidy and Lieutenant Steven Cuco on their promotions.” 

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