UNION, NJ – Seven Union firefighters were honored for recent promotions and sworn in to their duties during the last Township Committee meeting. Township Committeewoman and Fire Commissioner Michele Delisfort announced the promotions:

Firefighter Brian Rocklein promoted to Lieutenant

Lieutenant Rocklein was appointed to the Union Fire Department on July 1, 2004. He has received multiple commendations including one meritorious award for a water rescue during Hurricane Irene.

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Lieutenant Rocklein is a third-generation firefighter. His father and grandfather both served on the Irvington Fire Department and both retired as deputy chiefs. Rocklein holds an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science from Union County College. He is married to his wife Shannon and has two sons, Connor and Logan. 

Firefighter Eric Stroming promoted to Lieutenant

Lieutenant Stroming joined the Union Fire Department on Sept. 25, 2000. Concurrent with his 17 years of firefighting, Stroming has served with the U.S. Navy Reserve and the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve for 22 years.  He is currently assigned as Lieutenant Commander supervising the Intel Watch Team. Stroming has a wife, Jessica, and three children, Neil, Eric and Hailey.

Lieutenant David Diana promoted to Captain

Captain Diana joined the Union Fire Department on September 2, 1997 and was promoted to Lieutenant in April 2010.  He received a Group Award for his service in 2014.  Prior to joining the Fire Department, Captain Diana served four years in the U.S. Navy on the USS America Aircraft Carrier.  Captain Diana also served as a trustee for the Fire Relief Association and was previously elected Vice President for the Local FMBA 246, and in July 2016, he was elected President. 

Captain Diana recently received his Bachelor’s Degree with honors, majoring in Homeland Security.  Captain Diana has two sons, David and Dylan.

Lieutenant Anthony Schmidtberg promoted to Captain

Captain Schmidtberg was appointed to the Union Fire Department on September 25, 2000 and promoted to Lieutenant in February 2009.  Captain Schmidtberg has received multiple commendations, including unit and group awards for his service.  Captain Schmidtberg was elected Vice President of Local FMBA 246 in July, 2016.

Captain Schmidtberg is a graduate of Union High School and has an Associate’s Degree from Kean University majoring in Biology.  Captain Schmidtberg is married to his wife Jacqueline and has two children, Madeline and Gavin. 

Captain Henry Sisbarro promoted to Battalion Chief

Battalion Chief Sisbarro joined the Union Fire Department on September 25, 2000, was promoted to Lieutenant in 2006 and to Captain in 2010.  Battalion Chief Sisbarro previously served as Secretary for Local 246 until July 2016.  Battalion Chief Sisbarro holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science and an Associate’s Degree in Nursing. 

Concurrent with his 16 years of firefighting, Battalion Chief Sisbarro has also worked for multiple EMT paramedic services and is presently a paramedic advanced life support educator with Somerset Medical Center, Robert Wood Johnson.  Battalion Chief Sisbarro is married to his wife Patricia and has one daughter, Kathleen.

Captain Thomas Gourlay promoted to Administrative Battalion Chief

Battalion Chief Gourlay joined the Union Fire Department on August 7, 1991, was promoted to Lieutenant in February, 2009 and to Captain in May 2014.  During his 26-year tenure with the Fire Department, Battalion Chief Gourlay spent multiple years with the Fire Prevention Bureau earning certifications as fire inspector, fire official and fire and explosive investigator. 

Since 2001 Battalion Chief Gourlay has also served as a team leader with the Union County Investigative Task Force.  Gourlay comes from a family of public servants.  His father was a retired Captain with the Union Fire Department and his grandfather was a retired Captain with the Union Police Department, both serving a combined 65 years.  Battalion Chief Gourlay is married to his wife Emmanette and has five children, Becky, Kaliegh, Jessica, Jacob and Thomas and one grandson, Samuel.

Deputy Chief Michael Scanio to Provisional Fire Chief

Fire Chief Michael Scanio joined the Union Fire Department on August 6, 1990.  He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2004, to Captain in 2008, to Provisional Battalion Chief in March, 2013, receiving permanent appointment to Administrative Battalion Chief in September, 2013, and most recently to Deputy Fire Chief in September 2016.

“Chief Scanio’s leadership and strength are a vital part of our fire department,” said Delisfort.  Chief Scanio is also assigned as the Deputy Union County Fire Mutual Aid Coordinator and a certified fire inspector.  Chief Scanio is married to his wife Shannon and has two sons, Joseph and Thomas.

Acknowledging the retirement of Fire Chief Thomas Byrne, Township Committeewoman Delisfort concluded, I”d like to thank Chief Bryne for his service.  He has worked for over 36 years for the Union Fire Department.  That is 36 years of bravery and commitment to all of our residents.  He is a true steward for the community and for that I thank him and I wish him the best of luck during his retirement.”