LITTLE FALLS, NJ - As the Little Falls Fire Department is working to heal from the loss of LFFD President Michel Burke, their tight-knit family was again shaken with the word that former Assistant Fire Chief Ronnie Cordero passed away from COVID-19 coronavirus. 

Cordero had worked with the LFFD for over 40 years, 12 of those years as assistant department chief. He also served as township code enforcement officer. 

Ronnie provided 40 years of service while responding to thousands of EMS and Fire calls during this time. Also, with bravery and valor, Ronnie was a first responder to Ground Zero on 9/11....  He was extremely family oriented, and extended the members of this company into his family. Ronnie was a friend to everyone and had the biggest heart. The immense impact he leaves on our lives will never be forgotten. We will all have a cup of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and celebrate his life.
- Eagle Hose Company One  

Another hero taken too soon. Ronnie Cordero, Assistant Chief of the Little Falls Fire Department, lost his battle with COVID-19 earlier today. Not only was Ronnie admired by members of the entire Fire Department, but he was an invaluable asset to the town, serving as our Code Enforcement Officer for so many years, and always bringing his contagious smile to Town Hall. He will surely be missed.

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- Mayor James Damiano 

Another one of our best has passed away due to #Covid19. Chief Ronnie Cordero's  smile always lit up the room. His passion and dedication to the LFFD was unparalleled. It’s going to be tough not seeing him stop by to check up on our ambulance crew every day, always with a cup of Dunkin Coffee in his hand, or getting those phone calls from him every time he saw me driving, either telling me I forgot to turn on my lights, or to make sure I knew where I was going, or just to check up on me. You’ll truly be missed Chief. We’ll take it from here brother.

- Little Falls firefighter Ahmad Awawdeh