UNION, NJ - Two Union firefighters were recognized for their promotions and sworn into their leadership roles at the Tuesday night Township Committee meeting.

Lieutenant Richard Fretz was promoted to the rank of captain and firefighter Michael Davitt to the rank of Lieutenant.

“Both of these individuals worked hard and scored well on their promotional exams,” said Union Fire Chief Michael Scanio.  “It is my pleasure to announce these promotions.  These members are being promoted to fill a vacancy left from a recent retirement.”

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Committeeman Manuel Figueiredo highlighted the careers of the firefighters.  Figueiredo said Fretz was appointed to the Union Fire Department in September, 2000, and was promoted to Lieutenant in July 2013.  Fretz received a Group Award “for actions bringing credit to the fire service” in 2014.  Fretz graduated from Union High School and has an associate’s degree from Union County College.  Fretz is married to Christina, has a daughter, Charlotte, and another child on the way.

Fretz follows in the footsteps of his family’s predecessors.  His grandfather was a member of the Union Fire Department for 38 years and his father, Fred, was a member of the Union Fire Department for over 43 years, serving as Chief for over 20 of those years.

Firefighter Davitt was appointed to the Union Fire Department in August, 2011.  During his career, Davitt was assigned to fire suppression activities, responded to countless fires and emergencies throughout Union and surrounding communities and is a certified EMT.

Davitt also comes from a family of firefighters.  His father, James, served on the Union Fire Department for over 25 years, before retiring as Deputy Fire Chief.  Two brothers, Chris and Billy, are firefighters with Union and Maplewood, respectively. 

Davitt received an associate’s degree in applied science from Union County College.  He is married to Tiffany and has three daughters, Leah, Kylie and Julia.

“It is reassuring to know that the Township of Union administration and the Township committee keep putting the safety and well-being of the taxpayers of Union at the forefront of their agenda,” said Scanio.  “These two promotions will keep us staffed at safe levels to better serve our community.”