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Posted on: March 26, 2019

Bloomfield Fire Department Honored with Patriotic Employer Award

Presentation of Award

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — During last night’s Township Council meeting, Fire Chief Louis Venezia was presented with the Patriotic Employer award by a representative of the United States Department of Defense for the Bloomfield Fire Department’s willingness to accommodate military members who work within the Department.

The Patriotic Employer Award is given by the Office of the Secretary of Defense “for contributing to national security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting employee participation in America’s National Guard and reserve force.” An employee serving in the National Guard or Reserve, or the spouse of a Guard or Reserve member, may nominate individual supervisors and bosses for support provided directly to the nominating Service member and his or her family. Chief Venezia was nominated for the award by Firefighter Alexander Nieves.

“I would like to congratulate the Fire Department and Chief Louis Venezia, on this much deserved recognition, where the department prides itself on always accommodating our armed service members and their families,” said Mayor Michael Venezia. “Firefighters, like military members, put their lives on the line for our community and our country, so I would like to thank and recognize the Bloomfield Fire Department’s 25 former military members for their service.”

“I would like to thank the Office of the Secretary of Defense for this great honor. Our department is stronger with the presence and leadership of our military members. We are proud to accommodate our members needs when they need time for training or deployments,” said Fire Chief Louis Venezia. “The Firefighters in our department are some of the best anywhere, and I would especially like to thank the members of our team who have served our country at home and abroad.”

Bloomfield Firefighters Alexander Nieves, Fongbana Urey and Kenneth Hall are in the National Guard, with the latter two currently deployed overseas. Carl Mercado is in the Navy Reserves.


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