MILLBURN, NJ - The Essex County Public Safety Academy recently graduated three new volunteer firefighters from Millburn — and all three are continuing family legacies stretching back over decades.
Volunteer Firefighter Donald Aurnhammer Jr. is a sixth-generation firefighter who follows a long line of Aurnhammers in Millburn as well as New Mexico. His father, Donald Sr., is a 15-year veteran of the Millburn Fire Department. His uncle, Tom Aurnhammer, started his career as a volunteer in Millburn before relocating to Farmington, New Mexico and working his way up to the position of Fire Chief.  He now serves as Deputy Fire Chief of the Los Pinos Fire Department in Colorado.
Volunteer Firefighter Sam Caivano Jr. is a third-generation firefighter following in the footsteps of Sam Sr., a 20-year career firefighter. Sam Jr.’s grandfather, Joseph Caivano, served as a captain with the Millburn Fire Department before his retirement, and Sam’s Uncle Mark is also a volunteer firefighter in Millburn.
Volunteer Firefighter Jeffrey Cort Jr., a second-generation firefighter, is the son of Jeffrey Sr., a fire captain in his 20th year on the job. Jeffrey Jr.’s uncle is Battalion Chief Edward Wade, who serves as the Department's Administrative Chief.
"All three of our new volunteers hope to become career firefighters, and I'm proud to welcome them to the Department's roster," said Millburn Fire Chief J. Michael Roberts.  "I join their families and colleagues in wishing them safe, fulfilling careers in service to our community."