LIVINGSTON, NJ — Upon his 60th year of volunteer service to the Livingston Fire Department, resident Frank Leck was recently honored for his “dedication and commitment to the betterment of the quality of life in the Township of Livingston” during a special ceremony held at Livingston Town Hall.
Members of the fire department showed up in force to support their colleague as Mayor Al Anthony and members of the township council awarded Leck with a special commendation thanking him for his service. During the ceremony, the mayor also acknowledged Leck’s wife, Linda, for “lending Frank to [the township] for so many years.”
“I know you’ve seen a lot,” Anthony said to the firefighter. “You’ve unpinned people from cars, you’ve run into burning buildings and you’ve probably seen a lot of tragedy; but on behalf of the 30,000 people in town, we thank you tremendously from the bottom of our hearts for keeping us safe.”
Anthony noted that Leck has one of the longest tenures on the Livingston Fire Department, second only to former chief Charles “Charlie” Schilling, who retired in January 2019 after 77 years of service.
“The fire department has been a big part of my life,” said Leck, who joked that he hopes to continue volunteering for at least another 10 years. “We miss a lot of dinners, Christmases, holidays, birthdays—but we always got through it, and I enjoy every minute of it.”
Reiterating the sacrifices that families of firefighters must make in order for volunteers like Leck to be able to keep the community safe, Livingston Fire Chief Chris Mullin presented Linda with flowers to acknowledge her own 60 years of service to the community.
"[Leck] couldn't have done it without his wife; so, Linda, we are also honoring you tonight," said Mullin.
In honor of Leck’s accomplishment, the members of Livingston Girl Scout Troop 27035, who are all high school seniors, led the audience in a flag ceremony.