UNION, NJ – A Testimonial Resolution was presented to Michael Dennis at this week’s Township Committee meeting in recognition of his recent act of heroism and community service.

“The Mayor and Committee would like to recognize and commend Michael Dennis for his valiant and life-saving actions on Nov. 19,” said Committeewoman Michelle Delisfort. 

Delisfort said while out walking his dog around midnight, Dennis noticed smoke coming from the basement of his multi-family residence and “took action by attempting to notify the other building tenants.”  After Dennis got his son to safety and after his wife called 911, he returned to the building to help the elderly residents on the second floor.  “Due to heavy smoke, he was forced to vacate the building.”  Delisfort said the Union Fire Department arrived shortly thereafter and were able to control the fire without incident and evacuate the residents and animals.

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Delisfort said Dennis, a lifelong Union resident, works as a carpenter in the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters, Union Local 254 and is an active member of Union’s Recreation Advisory Board and a member of the PTA at Hannah Caldwell.  Dennis lives with his wife Gabrielle and two children Angelo and Zoe.

“First and foremost,” said Dennis, “I don’t consider myself a hero.  The Fire Department was fast, jumping into action, knocking on doors and saving everyone.  Those people in my eyes are the heroes.  We thank them.”