2020 NJ FMBA Valor Awards Winners Announced

 

The New Jersey State FMBA proudly hosts an annual awards presentation in April to recognize members of the organization who have gone beyond the overall call of duty in their communities to earn the title of “hero”. In addition, we also recognize several other Service Award recipients. These include a Humanitarian Award, the George Steele Award for Media, named after past NJ FMBA Secretary George Steele, The Mark Virag Brotherhood Award winner, named for past NJ FMBA  Sergeant at Arms Mark Virag, and the Scott Garber Service Award, named for past NJ FMBA Trustee Chairman Scott Garber. The applications are reviewed by a panel of NJ FMBA members and Corporate Sponsors to determine the recipients. 

The 2021 Valor Awards Dinner will be held on Saturday August 21, 2021 at the Pines Manor in Edison, NJ

2020 Valor Award Recipients

Local of the Year

Irvington Local 14

President Edwin Velasco

Executive Delegate Daniel Richardson

 

Multi-Agency

None

 

Group Effort Medical

Ridgewood Local 47

FF/EMT Matthew Bombace

FF/EMT Mark Barone

 

Group Effort Non-Fire

Elizabeth Locals 9 and 209

Captain David Bialas

FF Andrew Deegan

FF Patrick Palovack

FF Ronald Salermo

 

Group Effort Fire

Maplewood Local 25

DC Richard Salkowski

Captain Keith Addie

FF Kenneth Yarussi

FF James Richardella

FF Anthony Marinello

Prob FF/EMT Anthony Pafumi

FF/EMT Jonathan Conklin

Prob FF/EMT Patrick Alvarez

 

Civilian Award

Trooper Lt Edward Ryer

Nominated by Belleville Locals 29 and 229

 

Humanitarian Award

FF Ray Dean

Nominated by Paterson Locals 2 and 202

 

George Steele Media

None

 

Capt. Mark Virag Brotherhood

Tyrone Smith

Peer Assistance

James Keefe

Peer Assistance

 

 

Scott Garber Service

FF Edwin Donnelly

Nominated by Union Local 46

 

 

Lifesaving Award

FF James Kroll off-duty Kearny Local 18

 

EMS Medal of Distinction

Lakewood EMS Local 380

EMT Jose Ortiz

 

Bronze Medal of Valor

Maplewood Local 25

FF James Richardella

FF Anthony Marinello

Prob FF/EMT Anthony Pafumi

 

Silver Medal of Valor

Rahway Local 33

Captain Ray Lopez

FF Terry Bell

 

Gold Medal of Valor

Plainfield Local 7 

FF Melvyn Jason Armstead

FF Gabriel Ocasio

FF Hassan Sanders

New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association