KENILWORTH, NJ – The Kenilworth Fire Department held a special dedication ceremony Tuesday, November 12, to introduce Fire Engine 63 in memory of firefighter AJ DeVito who passed away suddenly on August 16.
“If you put all the heart and spirit of AJ DeVito into a piece of machinery, Engine 63 would be it,” Mayor Anthony DeLuca said. Currently, Engine 63 is in quarters being outfitted with hoses and tools. Kenilworth Fire Department members will then begin training evolutions on the use of the new apparatus. Engine 63 will be placed in-service and take its place on the front line within the next few months.
A gofundme page was set up in August in DeVito's name with donations provided to the Kenilworth Volunteer Fire Rescue Support Organization, of which he was a valued member. DeVito was a well known and much beloved resident of Union. He was 30 years old when he passed away.
“This beautiful piece of apparatus will greatly upgrade our firefighting capabilities” firefighter Shawn Kelly added. The equipment is also in honor of Chief Louis Kelly "MAC 7". “Engine 63 not only honors the memory of Firefighter AJ Devito and Chief Kelly, but she will also represent the town of Kenilworth and bring a sense of pride to our community for years to come.”