The Saint Barnabas Burn Foundation presented 10 New Jersey firefighters with the prestigious Valor Award and honored 17 additional firefighters during the 23nd Annual Valor Awards held on Thursday, October 28, 2010, at Mayfair Farms in West Orange, N.J.
 
Each year, the Burn Foundation, established in 1987 to support The Burn Center at Saint Barnabas, New Jersey’s only certified burn treatment facility, recognizes firefighters, policemen, and additional health care professionals from throughout New Jersey for their heroic endeavors on and off the line of duty.  Honorees are nominated by respective departments and selected by a committee of peers.
 
Recipients of the 2010 Valor Award included Firefighter Richard Brattole, Clark Fire Department; Captain Steven Moncur, Linden Fire Department; Captain Mark Hopkins, Firefighter Salvador Bidot, Firefighter Joseph Cuccolo and Firefighter John Perdisatt, Newark Fire Department; Captain Ramon Schaffer and Firefighter Joseph Carman, New Brunswick Fire Department; and Battalion Chief Anthony Venezia and Firefighter Steven Wojtowicz, North Hudson Fire and Rescue.
 
Alongside the prestigious Valor Award, awards honoring Valor Honorable Mention, Team Effort, Humanitarian and Community Service celebrated and paid tribute to various community firefighters, police officers and civilians whose courageous act of assistance substantially changed the outcome of various emergency situations in the state of New Jersey.
 
Honorable Mention went to firefighters from Clifton, Kearny, Netcong and Paterson Fire Departments and a Team Effort Award was presented to Newark Fire Department. The Raymond Terpanick Police Valor Award honored Officers Robert Fielding and Richard Karkovice, Toms River Police Department.
 
The Humanitarian Award was presented to Bill Ritter, WABC TV News Anchor. As the host of Operation 7: Save a Life, Mr. Ritter dedicates his energies and commitment to the mission shared by the Saint Barnabas Burn Foundation – saving lives through fire safety education and prevention. 
 
The Saint Barnabas Burn Foundation provides supportive services and counseling to burn victims and their families treated at The Burn Center at Saint Barnabas.  In addition, the Foundation’s educational programs teach burn awareness, prevention and fire safety to thousands of people of all backgrounds throughout the state of New Jersey.  To learn more, or make a donation, please call 973-322-4344.