SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The town's fire department is growing by two members, with Austin Bucossi and Ronald Werner being ceremonially sworn in as probationary firefighters at the most recent township committee meeting.
Both men were confirmed thanks to township resolution 2019-271 and 272. The committee voted to unanimously confirm both men, who were then sworn in by Springfield Fire Chief Carlo Palumbo.
Werner was sworn in first, and joined at the front of the room by his wife Jillian, sons Ronald III and Huber and daughters Blakley and Aubrey. Bucossi was joined by his mom Cindy, dad Peter and brother Dylan.
After being sworn in, both men spoke with TAPinto. And both men expressed joy for being able to be sworn in.
"It's a dream come true for the last five years," Bucossi said. "I'm very fortunate for the opportunity that Chief Palumbo and the rest of the administration has given me right now."
And for Werner, the familial connections to emergency work run deep.
"I'm extremely excited," Werner said. "It's been a life-long goal of mine to become a firefighter. My father was a firefighter, my brother was a police officer...couldn't be anymore thrilled for the opportunity to serve in Springfield."
When asked about both new hires, Springfield Fire Chief Carlo Palumbo said that having two extra firemen to help was a major positive for him and his current group of firemen.
"[It's] extremely important, Palumbo said. "Maintaining our staffing levels are huge in this town. We run short to begin with, so it's very important that we maintain our staffing at all times."