SPRINGFIELD, NJ — In front of a packed chamber yesterday evening, long-time Springfield Fireman Salvatore Cocuzza was ceremonially sworn in to his new role of fire captain.
Cocuzza was officially selected for promotion at the final Springfield Township Committee meeting of 2019. He had previously applied and tested for the position of fire captain, and started in his new role at the beginning of the new year.
Tuesday's meeting was a chance for Cocuzza to be officially recognized for his promotion, and members of the Springfield Fire and Police Department along with town residents flooded the chambers to watch the ceremony.
After Cocuzza took the oath of office, he spoke with TAPinto Springfield about the moment. He said he was thrilled to dive into his new role.
"It's a proud accomplishment for myself," Cocuzza said. "I've worked very hard to get to this rank. I look forward to working with the Chief and my brother firefighters. They are a great group of guys."
Cocuzza was also thankful for the multitude of firemen and town residents who supported him during all the years he has spent in town.
"My family's has always supported my career and for that I’m grateful." Cocuzza said. "So they've always stood behind me on anything that I've ever done, as I have for them. I'm [also] proud to be a lifelong Springfield resident. It’s an honor to serve my town and community."
Springfield Fire Chief Carlo Palumbo also spoke with TAPinto Springfield, and said that the township committee has always been a big help in keeping his department staffed, including promoting when needed.
"It's always a positive thing when we maintain our ranks and maintain our staffing levels," Palumbo said. "It's a great thing that the committee does and supports, and we're looking forward to a great 2020."
Palumbo also said that to be able to help swear in a fireman who has meant as much to the community as Cocuzza has is fantastic.
"It's great to see," Palumbo said. "I've known Sal since he was four years old. Grew up on the same street as him, so it's a great thing to see as a life-long resident, like myself, over the years. It's great to see that."