Alan Williams from Guttenberg was among the five firefighters promoted in a ceremony held by North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue (NHRFR) on Monday, Dec. 18. The special ceremony in the firehouse was attended by fellow firefighters, friends, family, and numerous local and regional officials, including Guttenberg Councilman John Habermann, who singled out Williams, a 15-year veteran firefighter, for special praise upon his promotion from captain to battalion chief.
Also promoted were Battalion Chief Mark Lorenz, a 25 year fireman, and Firefighters James Lisa (15 years), Erik Wilson (12 years), and Richard Gora (19 years). Each received commendations along with their promotions to the positions of deputy chief and captains, respectively.
“North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue is dedicated to saving lives and responding to catastrophic fires in our communities, and for the department to continue offering a high level of service we must maintain an adequate supervisory staff of experienced fire officers,” said Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner, who also serves as chairman of the management board for NHRFR. “Today we are proud to promote these five outstanding individuals and I thank them for their continuing service.”
NHRFR is one of the largest regionalized fire departments in the United States, covering the North Hudson towns of Guttenberg, North Bergen, Union City, Weehawken and West New York. As a nationally recognized fire protection unit, NHRFR takes pride in maintaining one of the best response times in the nation.