MILLBURN. NJ - At this week's township committee meeting, one Millburn firefighter found himself promoted, as two new members stepped on to the force for the first time.
Stephen Tallody, who previously served as the Millburn Fire Department's Personal Protective Equipment and Hazmat Officer, found himself promoted to Fire Captain in the department. Tallody will be assigned to the Fire Prevention Bureau of the Millburn Fire Department.
Additionally, Tallody previously served in the United States Military from 2003-2007, seeing time in Iraq and Kuwait with Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
Following his return from deployment, Tallody joined the United States Military Academy Fire Department, before stops at the Picatinny Arsenal Fire Department in Rockaway and Millburn, as stated above. Tallody also serves as a volunteer firefighter in his hometown of Boonton.
Speaking with TAPinto Millburn/Short Hills, Tallody said that
"This is a great town," he said. "The fire department, the brotherhood is second to none. I've been around a few different departments and these guys are special, this town is special, it's a great place to work and again, I'm honored,"
Hector Melendez, the first of the two probationary officers sworn in at the meeting also saw time in the military, being deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, before deciding to come to Millburn. Continuing the theme, the other probationary firefighter, Giovanni Toro also saw combat, with three deployments overseas to Iraq, Afghanistan and Qatar.
All three firefighters were sworn in at town hall, surrounded by family and friends.
Speaking about all three after the meeting, Millburn Fire Chief Robert Echavarria said that these three men would factor in the department's plans for the long haul.
"Like I said earlier on in the meeting these guys are the future of the department," Echavarria said. "So tonight's a very proud night for me...It's a great night and I think the fire department's in great hands."