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Posted on: January 13, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Bloomfield Fire Department Personnel Honored at 2019 Department Awards

Captain Richard Rannou

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- The 2019 Bloomfield Fire Department Awards took place on December 30, with the Mayor and Fire Chief honoring exemplary Firefighters for their work during the year.

EMS Awards went to Deputy Chief Robert Barra, Captains David Duda, Michael Bevins, Joseph Coletta, Joseph Critchley, James McCarthy and Robert Griffin, Firefighters Jeffrey DeJessie, Michael Searls, Walter Coffey, Christopher Caldarella, Ronald Fusaro, Kevin Hilaire, Jeffrey Roberts, Ronald Briceno, Adam Miick, Sean Lind, Thomas Laiacona and Oscar Morales.

The Group 4 Fire Effort Recognition Awards went to Deputy Chiefs Steven Motzer and Brian McDade, Captains Frank Durantino, James McCarty, Fire Official Gennaro Illaria, Acting Officers Thomas Laiacona and Kevin Villegas, and Firefighters Stephen Cowen, Kevin Hilaire, Sean Lind, Daren McCoy, Adam Miick, Oscar Morales, Michael Nicosia, Jeffey Roberts and William Todaro.

The 2019 Firefighter of the Year was Captain Richard Rannou. Video of the event can be found at

“I would like to congratulate each member of the Fire Department who was recognized for their commitment to public safety,” said Mayor Michael Venezia. “The BFD responds to thousands of emergency situations every year in Bloomfield and surrounding towns. Our Firefighters go above and beyond, taking EMS trainings to ensure they can better protect residents and provide life-saving treatment on-site.”

“The Bloomfield Fire Department is filled with brave men committed to protecting this community, saving lives and property through fire suppression and emergency medical response. We hold rigorous trainings several times each year to ensure our Firefighters are prepared for any situation,” said Fire Chief Louis Venezia.

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