mc fire acad grad class 102PHOTO: Firefighter 1 Class 102 graduated on June 24, 2014 from the Monmouth County Fire Academy in Howell, NJ.

HOWELL, NJ – The Monmouth County Fire Academy graduated 38 firefighters from the Firefighter I program this week. Graduates were divided into two classes: Class 102 graduated June 24 and Class 103 graduated June 25. 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. 


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PHOTO: The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders congratulate the recipient of the Class 102 Ronald Fitzpatrick Firefighter 1 Award, Robert M. Ryan of the Spring Lake Fire Company #2, and his fellow graduate, John P. Boles of the Spring Lake Fire Company #2 at the Monmouth County Fire Academy graduation on June 24, 2014 in Howell, NJ. Pictured left to right: Freeholder Serena DiMaso, Freeholder Deputy Director Gary J. Rich, Sr., John P. Boles and his son Patrick, Robert M. Ryan, Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry, Freeholder John P. Curley and Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone.

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PHOTO: Firefighter 1 Class 103 graduated on June 25, 2014 from the Monmouth County Fire Academy in Howell, NJ.

“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 Robert M. Ryan, Class 102 of the Spring Lake Fire Company #2, John H. Harold, Class 103 of the Englishtown Fire Company.

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PHOTO: Fire Academy Director Armand Guzzi, Monmouth County Fire Marshal Henry Stryker III and Freeholder John P. Curley (right) congratulate the recipient of the Class 103 Ronald Fitzpatrick Firefighter 1 Award, John H. Harold (second from right) of the Englishtown Fire Company, at the Monmouth County Fire Academy graduation on June 25, 2014 in Howell, NJ.

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.”

“By virtue of becoming a volunteer firefighter you have already gone above and beyond the call of duty. Be assured it is not something we forget or take lightly,” said Curley “You all are a credit to Monmouth County and to the towns and people you serve. We salute you and thank you for protecting us.”

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


Firefighter 1 – Class 102

Jason F. Ackerman                  Long Branch Fire Department

Theodore N. Apostle              East Freehold Fire Company

Nick A. Badamo                     Freehold Fire Department

Joseph R. Blewett II               Highlands Fire Department

John P. Boles                          Spring Lake Fire Company #2

Terrell M. Jones                       Eatontown Fire Department

Mark E. Liddick                     Ocean Grove Fire Department

Ken M. Markakis                    Eatontown Fire Department

Connor J. McGrath                 Highlands Fire Department

Zachary G. Neis                      Northside Fire Company

Anthony Panzarino                 East Freehold Fire Company

David F. Pearse                       Wanamassa Fire Company

Paul G. Petner                         New Point Comfort Fire Company

Robert M. Ryan                      Spring Lake Fire Company #2

Kelley M. Temple                   Freehold Independent Fire Company

Willam R. Varley                    Allenhurst Fire Company




Firefighter 1 – Class 103

Alex K. Baron                         Eatontown Fire Department

Zach K. Bell                            Oakhurst Fire Company

Antonio C. Cavezza                Oakhurst Fire Company

James J. Clarke                        Millhurst Fire Company

James J. Donahue                    Freewood Acres Fire Company

John H. Harold                       Englishtown Fire Company

Alexander T. Heimbuch          West Long Branch Fire Department

Walter R. Kain                        Aberdeen Fire Department

Edward T. Kirschner              Union Beach Fire Department

Justin Lenart                           Roosevelt Fire Company

Adam F. Lerner                      Freewood Acres Fire Company

Alexander D. Mabe                Keyport Fire Department

Peter J. Maresma                     Millhurst Fire Company

Matthew Milich                      Freewood Acres Fire Company

Patrick J. Padgett                    Brielle Fire Company

Brendan E. Powers                 Roosevelt Fire Company

Christopher B. Sarambo          Neptune City Fire Department

John B. Schambach                 Brielle Fire Company

John G. Sorrentino                  Sandy Hook Fire Department

George F. Stillwell                  Hope Fire Company

Charles Trucillo                       Keyport Fire Department

Matthew V. Zarelli                 Brielle Fire Company