HOWELL, NJ – The Monmouth County Fire Academy graduated 42 firefighters from the Firefighter I program this week. Graduates were divided into two classes: Class 100 graduated Jan. 14 and Class 101 graduated Jan. 15. Both ceremonies were held at the Fire Academy on Route 33.

Graduates worked 188 hours over 30 sessions and received training in rescue, fire extinguishment, hazardous materials response, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, electrical safety, and care of hoses, ladders and other equipment.

“Tonight, you become members of one of American’s greatest creations – organized firefighting,” Freeholder John P. Curley said in his address to the classes. “You will answer the call and place your lives on the line to save someone else’s life and property, because that is what you are trained to do. And you received the best training available from the instructors at this Academy.”

A graduate from each class earned an award in honor of Ronald Fitzpatrick, a former instructor at the Fire Academy who died in 2003. The awards went to Evan D. Tyler, Class 100 of the Shrewsbury Hose Company, and Timothy J. Smigelsky, Class 101 of the Ramtown Fire Company of Howell.

Monmouth County Fire Marshal Henry Stryker III congratulated the graduates and urged them to continue their training with advanced courses offered at the Fire Academy.

“It takes a special type of person to be a firefighter,” Stryker said. “They have to have a passion to do this job. The graduates sitting before us have that passion because they have completed the rigorous training as their first step. Please be safe.”

“I have no doubt you will be an asset to your community,” said Curley “These firefighter graduates are to be commended for their dedication and willingness to serve.”

Each year thousands of local firefighters receive training at the county Fire Academy. Applications for the September 2014 Firefighter I class are now being accepted.


*A list of graduate from each class is attached.




Firefighter 1 – Class 100

Spencer T. Arnold                    Manasquan Fire Department

Matthew J. ButtermarkEast Freehold Fire Company

Michael J. Cook                       Belmar Fire Department

Douglas E. Granai                     West Keansburg Fire Company

Milton Latorres             Bradley Beach Fire Department

Anthony A. Malgieri                 Southard Fire Company

Brendan T. Murch                    Colts Neck Fire Department

Joseph O. Nappi                      Morganville Independent Fire Company

Jason P. Neff                            Tinton Falls Fire Company # 1

Scott A. Nokes                        Neptune Township Fire Department

Robert J. Pahlck                       Bradley Beach Fire Department

Joshua P. Prevost                     Keyport Fire Department

Taylor W. Rounds                    Freehold Township Independent Fire Company

Anthony F. Santiago                 Freehold Township Independent Fire Company

Bryan A. Sherer                       Englishtown Fire Department

Ashley N. Truffa                       Glendola Fire Company

Brian L. Turner             Ocean Grove Fire Department

Evan D. Tyler                           Shrewsbury Hose Company

Michael T. Ventriglio                East Freehold Fire Company

Donald L. Warren                    West Keansburg Fire Company

Firefighter 1 – Class 101

Michael M. Biyad                     Colts Neck Fire Department

Michael Christie                        Ramtown Fire Company

John M. DePinto                      Adelphia Fire Company

Franklin L. Doremus                 Neptune Township Fire Department

Kenneth J. Evola                      Gordon’s Corner Fire Company

Alexander Handel                     Gordon’s Corner Fire Company

Austin J. Knox              Belmar Fire Department

Jonathan Michel                        Neptune Township Fire Department

Steven J. O’Dwyer                   Keyport Fire Department

Joseph A. Panzarino                 East Freehold Fire Company

Joseph D. Rich III                    Farmingdale Fire Department

Dane M. Richards Jr.                Eatontown Fire Department

Neil E. Robinson                      Millstone Township Fire Company

Dale J. Seitz                             Adelphia Fire Company

Timothy J. Smigelsky                Ramtown Fire Company

Robert Snyder                          New Point Comfort Fire Company

Sam R. Springsteen                  Colts Neck Fire Department

Edgardo Valera                        Belmar Fire Department

Christopher R. Villanueva         Millstone Township Fire Company

Kevin Weigert                          Gordon’s Corner Fire Company

Thomas B. Winemiller Jr.          Belmar Fire Department

John M. Zuber                          Freehold Fire Department