UNION, NJ – Five Union firefighters were sworn into their new roles within the department Monday night in an outdoor ceremony in front of fire department headquarters.  Promoted to the rank of lieutenant were:

  • Lieutenant Edward J. Collins
  • Lieutenant Frank Manzo
  • Lieutenant Helmut Krauth
  • Lieutenant William Votapek
  • Lieutenant Daniel Roman

“Public safety is at the forefront of this township’s agenda,” said Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio.  “Tonight, is a demonstration of what I mean.  We can provide the service to the community that they deserve.”

“We applaud your selfless commitment to this noble profession of public service,” said Mayor Michele Delisfort to the five firefighters.  “I presume you all choose this path not for the glory, but for the desire to help other human beings in their most vulnerable moments.  There’s simply no higher calling.  We are proud of you.”

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Lieutenant Edward J. Collins was appointed to the Union Fire Department on February 3, 2003.  He serves as a second generation firefighter.  His father, Edward, served with the Union Fire Department for over 22 years.

Collins has received multiple letters of appreciation for his firefighting efforts through the years and holds numerus certifications in firefighting programs, including a Level One Instructor through the State of New Jersey Division of Fire Safety.  He is a graduate of Union High School and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Montclair State University.

Lieutenant Frank Manzo joined the Union Fire Department on September 25, 2000.  Prior to joining the department, he was a Union County corrections officer.  Manzo’s father-in-law is retired Chief Frederic Fretz and his brother-in-law is Union Fire Department Captain Richard Fretz.

Manzo has received multiple letters of appreciation for his firefighting efforts through the years and received a Meritorious Award in 2005, a Group Award in 2014, and a Letter of Commendation in 2019.  Manzo holds numerous certifications in firefighting programs, including a Level One Instructor.  Manzo is a graduate of Union High School.

Lieutenant Helmut Krauth was appointed to the Union Fire Department on August 2, 1999.  He served alongside his brother-in-law, retired Battalion Chief Timothy Wirkus.

During his 21-year career, Krauth was assigned to fire suppression activities, responding to countless fires and emergencies throughout Union and surrounding communities.  Krauth received two Unit Awards in 2005 and 2008 along with multiple letters of appreciation.  He is a graduate of Union High School.

Lieutenant William Votapek joined the Union Fire Department on July 1, 2004.  His father is retired Captain William Votapek, who served in Union for 30 years.

During his 16-year career, Votapek was assigned to fire suppression activities and has received numerous letters of appreciation and certifications.  Votapek holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Marketing and a Master’s degree in business administration from Monmouth University.  He is a graduate of Union High School.

Lieutenant Daniel Roman joined the Union Fire Department on August 1, 2009.  Prior to becoming a firefighter, Roman was a Union police officer, appointed in 1998.

Roman received a Special Recognition Valor Award in 2016, the NJFMBA Valor Award Honorable Mention in 2019, a Group Award in 2018, and multiple letters of appreciation for his firefighting efforts through the years.  Roman is a member of the Union Fire Department’s Special Operations Team.

Roman is a Union High School graduate and enlisted in the U.S. Navy, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 195 aboard USS Independence.