FAIRFIELD, NJ — The Fairfield Township Council honored the men who help keep the town safe 24/7, the Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department, at the Feb. 22 town council meeting.

Councilman Michael McGlynn read the proclamation from the town, which included the names of the firefighters being honored for their years of service to the department: 40-year volunteers Richard VanEerde and Justin Lizza; 25-years volunteers Dan Cerami and Kevin Koch; 20-year volunteer Joe Przbylinski; 15-year volunteer Brian Cusano; and five-year volunteers Matt Napolitano and Wes Mierzwa. McGlynn added that Fairfield “wouldn’t be Fairfield without these guys.”

“I can’t say enough about the volunteers of this town,” said Council President Joseph Cifelli, acknowledging the volunteers’ hard work. “This department is the backbone of this town. These are the guys who, if you have a problem, leave their families to help you.”

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Township Business Administrator Joseph Catenaro made special note about the volunteer aspect of the department.

“Believe it or not, there are people in the community who do not know these gentlemen are volunteers,” said Catenaro. “They just assume a fire department is paid. What they do for the township, risking life and limb, they do without the benefit of a paycheck.”

Catenaro encouraged individuals and media to learn more about the work the Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department does for the town.

The Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department currently has 28 active members, who undergo at least 30 hours of training per year. The 38th Annual Pancake Breakfast to help support the department will be held this year on March 20.

Click HERE to read about the second half of the Fairfield Township Council Meeting.