UNION, NJ – Union’s newest Fire Department ladder truck was dedicated to the department’s chaplain on Wednesday following the 9/11 remembrance ceremony there.

As a surprise to Father Charles McDermott, Fire Chief Mike Scanio said, “a lot of what Father Chuck does for us is behind the scenes.”  To Father McDermott, Scanio said, “we do appreciate all you do for us.  And we decided to dedicate our brand new ladder 1 to you."

“Ladder 1 is always in front of the building,” added Scanio, “always the first thing you see at headquarters.”

Father McDermott is Pastor Emeritus of St. Michael’s Church in Union.