mcfa awards 3603PHOTO: Congratulating Firefighter I graduates at the Spring 2016 Graduation ceremony on June 22, 2016 at the Monmouth County Fire Academy, Howell, were Monmouth County Fire Marshal Kevin Stout, Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, Belmar Firefighter James C. Lorusso, Monroe Twp. Firefighter Henry M. Haligowski, Freeholder John P. Curley and Fire Academy Director Armand Guzzi. Lorusso and Haligowski received the Ronald Fitzpatrick Award, named for a former instructor at the Fire Academy who died in the line of duty in 2003.  Lorusso, Class 110 of Belmar Fire Department, and Haligowski, Class 111 of Applegarth Fire Company, received the highest test scores and attendance records for their respective graduating classes.


HOWELL, NJ – The Monmouth County Fire Academy graduated 33 firefighters from the Firefighter I program on June 21 at the Fire Academy on Route 33.

The first-time firefighter graduates of Class 110 and Class 111 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.

“Firefighting is a noble form of public service that is integral to the safety of our communities,” Freeholder John P. Curley said in his address to the combined classes. “You have stepped forward to serve others, and save lives. It makes me proud to hear that so many people come up to you, our firefighters, and thank you for saving their lives and their property.”

A graduate from each class earned the Ronald Fitzpatrick Award, named for a former instructor at the Fire Academy who died in the line of duty in 2003. The awards went to James C. Lorusso, Class 110 of Belmar Fire Department and Henry M. Haligowski, Class 111 of Applegarth Fire Company in Monroe. For their respective graduating classes, Lorusso and Haligowski received the highest test scores and attendance records.

Monmouth County Fire Marshal Kevin A. Stout congratulated the graduates and expressed his excitement about watching them go on to serve Monmouth County and Middlesex County.

“I am very proud of these two classes of firefighters graduating from this academy this week,” Stout said. “I am confident that that each firefighter will go on to serve his community well. They have completed the best training available from highly qualified instructors.”

The ceremony also marked the final Firefighter I graduation for Fire Academy Director Armand Guzzi. A career firefighter, Guzzi has been an instructor at the Academy since 1987, lead the Firefighter I program since 1984 and he has been the Academy Director since 2012. Guzzi will retire on June 30.

Each year thousands of local firefighters receive training at the County Fire Academy. For more information about the County Fire Academy visit


Firefighter 1 – Class 110

Michael Caracciolo                 Robertsville Fire Company

Samuel J. Crowell                   Shark River Hills Fire Company

Francis J. DeBlasi, Jr.              Morganville Fire Company

Steven M. Delcastillo              Freewood Acres Fire Company

Connor P. Flynn                      Englishtown Fire Department

Jesse C. Jarosz                         Robertsville Fire Company

Allie M. Klimasz                     Freewood Acres Fire Company

Kevin P. Knecht                     Colts Neck Fire Department

Ian R. Litchfield                     Freewood Acres Fire Company

James C. Lorusso                    Belmar Fire Department

Dominick Lorusso                   Belmar Fire Department

Victor L. Lorusso                    Belmar Fire Department

Brian C. Lowther                    Keyport Fire Department

Patrick M. O’Brien                 Cliffwood Fire Company

Mitchell V. Trabb                    Englishtown Fire Department

John S. Turi                             Morganville Fire Company

Tom E. Turi                             Morganville Fire Company

James A. Velez                       Robertsville Fire Company

Maximillian A. Von Sauers     Freehold Fire Department

Greg S. Young                        Spring Lake Fire Department


Firefighter 1 – Class 111

Jonathan L. Alves                   Long Branch Fire Department

Daniel J. Gaul                         Ramtown Fire Company

Daniel A. Gregorio                 Colts Neck Fire Department

Henry M. Haligowski             Applegarth Fire Company

Robert J. Kelly                        Marlboro Fire Company

Patrick D. Mannion                 Oakhurst Fire Company

Mark T. Morris, Jr.                  Eatontown Fire Department

Robert E. Roxey                     Deal Fire Company

Zachary G. Sappah                 Keyport Fire Department

Jayson C. Sprague                   Ocean Grove Fire Department

Michael A. Viggiano               Gordons Corner Fire Company

Brian M. Washakowski           Monmouth Beach Fire Department

Maurice V. Willis                    Eatontown Fire Department