Valor Awards

 

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 NJ FMBA Valor Awards Dinner will be held on April 23rd, 2021 at the Pines Manor in Edison, NJ

2021 Valor Award Recipients

GOLD MEDAL OF VALOR

Paterson Local 202

Battalion Chief Kenneth Kiefer

 

SILVER MEDAL OF VALOR

Madison Local 74

Firefighter Bruce Barrios

Firefighter Sean Norek

 

BRONZE MEDAL OF VALOR

Elizabeth Locals 9 and 209

Firefighter Edward Fox

Firefighter Jeffrey Cort

Firefighter Christopher Barry

Firefighter Cesario Rebelo

Captain Nicholas Sisk

 

 

EMS MEDAL OF DISTINCTION

Teaneck Locals 42 and 242

  Firefighter Joseph DiMauro Lieutenant Kevin McCall

 

LIFESAVING

Elizabeth Local 9

Firefighter Greg Kaasmann

 

SCOTT GARBER SERVICE AWARD

Local 500

Mary Jane Delvalle

 

CAPTAIN MARK VIRAG BROTHERHOOD AWARD

South Orange Local 240

Michael Commins

 

HUMANITARIAN

Dr Nasar Qureshi

Ms Debbie Pacyna

QDx Pathology

Sponsored by Cranford Locals 37 and 237

 

CIVILIAN

Brian Hawkins

Sponsored by Trenton Locals 6 and 206

 

Patrick Macnab

Sponsored by Elizabeth Locals 9 and 209

 

GROUP EFFORT FIRE

Atlantic City Local 8

Firefighter Victor Garafolo

Firefighter Michael Giecryk

Firefighter Andrew Lubaczewski

Firefighter Michael McCabe

Firefighter Amr Mahmoud

Firefighter Patrick McDevitt

Firefighter Andrew Kyle

Firefighter Brian Koury

Firefighter Derick Williams

Captain Timothy Kuras

Captain Gino Basso

Captain Joshua Crowley

Acting Captain Andrew Doorley

 

GROUP EFFORT NON FIRE

Lakewood Locals 80, 280 and 380

Firefighter Jeremy Reyes

Firefighter Patrick Ortiz

Firefighter Steven Seiffert

Firefighter Travis Veth

Firefighter Christopher Hanson

Captain Todd Stark

EMT Jose Ortiz

Chief Jonathan Yahr

 

LOCAL OF THE YEAR

Atlantic City Local 8

 

 

NATURAL DISASTER GOLD MEDAL OF VALOR

Elizabeth Local 9

Acting Captain Kyle Hazko

Firefighter Jamellion Chen

 

NATURAL DISASTER SILVER MEDAL OF VALOR

Trenton Locals 6 and 206

Firefighter Christopher Fields

Firefighter Brendan Gurry

Firefighter Kenneth Walters

Firefighter Gavril Hancs

Firefighter Daniel Mandez

Firefighter Jose Santos

Firefighter Raymond Delgado

Firefighter Jamaar Acosta

Firefighter Marquis Santiago

Captain Wayne Wolk

Captain Stephen Muni

Captain Vincent Przemeiniecki

Battalion Chief Augustine Tackas

Deputy Chief Anthony Moran

 

NATURAL DISASTER BRONZE MEDAL OF VALOR

Trenton Locals 6 and 206

Firefighter Christopher Fields

Firefighter Brendan Gurry

Firefighter Kenneth Walters

Firefighter Gavril Hancs

Captain Wayne Wolk

Battalion Chief Augustine Tackas

 

NATURAL DISASTER GROUP NON FIRE

Passaic Locals 13 and 213

Firefighter Matthew Giordano

Firefighter Robert Policht

Firefighter Justin Rivera

Firefighter Branden Morales

Firefighter Michael Zagorski

Firefighter Daniel Ramirez

Firefighter Ross Capuana

Firefighter Jonathan Pearson

Firefighter Omar Montanez

Firefighter Robert Bonner

Firefighter John Tuohy

Firefighter Alvin Mann

Firefighter Ruperto Alfaro

Firefighter Mahmod Suleiman

Firefighter Barbara Dellacruz

Firefighter Angel Rios

Lieutenant Francisco Perez

Lieutenant Ernie Rodriguez

Lieutenant Steven Nienstedt

Captain Guillermo Hernandez

New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association