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Sep 10, 2017
ELIZABETH, NJ – September 11, 2017 – At 5:00AM on September 11, 2017, 27 runners from across the country will depart Trenton Fire Headquarters to complete the last day of their three day charity run from the Pentagon to Ground Zero. This 240 mile relay, the 9/11 Promise Run, is organized by Jennifer DePoto who states that this run is, “an effort to honor the lives lost; the emergency personnel who responded with the greatest of courage; the folks today that continue to fight for this country’s safety and freedom, here and abroad; and the children and families who were directly impacted by 9/11.”
Download: PRESS RELEASE - 9-11 RUN FROM PENTAGON TO GROUND ZERO GETS BOOST FROM NEW JERSEY FIREFIGHTERS.pdf

Sep 02, 2016
ELIZABETH, NJ – September 2, 2016 – Between August 8th and 14th of this year nearly 6.9 trillion gallons of rain fell on the state of Louisiana with an unfathomable 31.39 inches in a single day. The storm system that hit the region resulted in $30 million in damages; 60,000 homes destroyed; 20,000 rescues; and 13 dead. The Red Cross has called the flood the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy. This is when Fernando Rodrigues and TMX Intermodal stepped in.
Download: PRESS RELEASE - FIREFIGHTERS POLICE AND COMMUNITY BAND TOGETHER TO HELP LOUISIANA FLOOD VICTIMS.pdf

Dec 24, 2015
ELIZABETH, NJ – December 24, 2015 – With just days to spare Elizabeth Firefighters completed their yearly holiday benevolence. Every step of the way, at each ward’s tree lighting, at each special improvement district’s tree lighting, firefighters encountered a jolly man in a red suit, and even gave him a ride on a fire engine on a few occasions. This man, affectionately known as Santa Claus, brought smiles to the children of the city and inspired members to continue his work throughout the month.

FMBA Local 9 started the season off by donating toys to Ryan's Toy Roundup held again at Suspenders Restaurant and Pub. This yearly event honors the life of Ryan Faella, the late cousin of Local 9's members, Edward Sisk IV and Nicholas Sisk. “This is always a great event to start the season with because it honors a member of our extended firefighter family and puts into perspective what this season of giving is all about,” said Vice President David Bialas. The toys from Ryan’s Toy Roundup are donated to multiple charities in Elizabeth and around Union County.
Download: PRESS RELEASE - ELIZABETH FIREFIGHTERS RACE SANTA TO DELIVER HOLIDAY CHEER.pdf

Nov 26, 2015
ELIZABETH, NJ – November 26, 2015 – Throughout the week members of Elizabeth Firefighters FMBA Local 9 planned multiple events to help make Thanksgiving more enjoyable for those in the community. After a trying month in which firefighters responded to one of the city’s largest multi-agency incidents in recent years Local 9 members showed their resolve and dedication to the community during this week of thanks.
Download: PRESS RELEASE - FIREFIGHTERS CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING WITH ELIZABETH COMMUNITY.pdf

Sep 18, 2015
ELIZABETH, NJ – September 18, 2015 – Members of Elizabeth Firefighters FMBA Local 9 were on hand Friday to make sandwiches for the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless. This initiative was part of Assemblywoman Annette Quijano’s 3rd Annual Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation program. This month long event usually takes place in August, but due to the immense support and participation this year firefighters had to wait until September for their opportunity to combat hunger in the City of Elizabeth.
Download: PRESS RELEASE - ELIZABETH FIREFIGHTERS COMBAT FIRE AND HUNGER.pdf

Jun 20, 2015
ROSELLE, NJ – June 20, 2015 – Elizabeth Firefighters FMBA Local 9 was a recipient of the Community Service Award by Missionaries on a Mission for community involvement, outstanding leadership, and outstanding achievements. The award was presented by President Missionary Cerise Simmons at the Missionaries on a Mission Block Party and Community Awareness Day held on Saturday, June 20, 2015 on Poplar Street between 1st and East 2nd Avenues. Local 9 Vice President David Bialas was on hand to accept the award on behalf of the organization.
Download: PRESS RELEASE - ELIZABETH FIREFIGHTERS RECOGNIZED FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE.pdf

May 15, 2015
ELIZABETH, NJ – May 8, 2015 – The 9th Annual Elizabeth Promise Awards ceremony was held this past week honoring Elizabeth Board of Education Member Maria Z. Carvalho, Retired School Administrator Deborah Dixon, and thirty-three high school students who have been accepted to college to continue their education. This event was the work of Councilman-at-Large Frank Cuesta, a former Elizabeth educator and principal, who raised over $71,000 for this event and had approximately 350 guests and honorees in attendance. Among those present were Elizabeth Firefighters FMBA Local 9 Vice President David Bialas with Elizabeth Fire Officers IAFF Local 2040 Vice President Capt. Michael Fanelli and State Delegate BC John Young who presented their unions’ sponsored scholarship to a deserving student.
Download: PRESS RELEASE - FIREFIGHTERS AND FIRE OFFICERS NAME SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS IN ELIZABETH.pdf

Apr 27, 2015
ELIZABETH, NJ – April 25, 2015 – This weekend firefighters and citizens from Elizabeth were honored at the New Jersey State Firefighter’s Mutual Benevolent Association (NJFMBA) Valor Awards Banquet. The event was held at the Pines Manor and hosted by Tony Caputo of News 12 New Jersey who described the event as “honoring the bravest of the brave”.

Firefighters Oscar Barreto, Dean Melachrinos, and Brendan McConway were awarded the 2015 Gold Medal of Valor for their actions at a multiple alarm fire on June 24, 2014 on Jersey Avenue that resulted in a ladder rescue of a woman from an attic window. The Gold Medal of Valor is the most prestigious award presented by the NJFMBA and awarded for a heroic act involving a degree of danger with extreme personal risk above and beyond the call of duty. Firefighters Barreto and Melachrinos will also be honored by the 200 Club of Union County on May 8th at their 46th Annual Valor Awards Luncheon.
Download: PRESS RELEASE - ELIZABETH FIREFIGHTERS NAMED AMONGST THE BRAVEST OF THE BRAVE.pdf

Mar 10, 2015
ELIZABETH, NJ – March 8, 2015 – The 2nd Annual Battle of the Badges Hockey Game raised $7000 from ticket sales and donations for the Children’s Specialized Hospital Friday Night Fever Program with donations still coming in. The game featured members of the Elizabeth Fire and Police Departments and was played in front of a capacity crowd at the historic Warinanco Ice Skating Center. EFD’s Bravest led 4-1 through two periods, but EPD’s Finest battled back to tie the game after pulling their goalie for an extra attacker in the waning minutes of the third period. In overtime, the Finest scored just over a minute into play for their second straight victory. EPD now leads 2-0 in the Battle of the Badges Hockey Series.

“While EPD was victorious in the game the real winners are the children that participate in the Friday Night Fever Program,” said Daniel Beirne, FMBA Local 9 State Delegate and one of the event organizers. The program is a monthly social and recreational program for teens with disabilities. “We have built a strong relationship with this program together with Officer Joseph Pevonis and the city police officers and we are looking forward to making next year’s game even better,” added Beirne. This year’s game was followed by a successful Family Skate with new features being discussed for next year’s game.
Download: PRESS RELEASE - ELIZABETH FIRE AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS RAISE $7000 FOR CHILDREN’S SPECIALIZED HOSPITAL EPD PREVAILS 5-4 IN OVERTIME.pdf

Feb 27, 2015
ELIZABETH, NJ – March 8, 2015 – In the latest chapter of the Battle of the Badges series, Elizabeth firefighters and police officers take to the ice for the 2nd Annual Hockey Game on March 8, 2015 at the Warinanco Ice Skating Center. The puck drops at 6:00PM and all proceeds benefit Children’s Specialized Hospital.

Last year the Elizabeth Police Department skated to an 8-5 victory in front of a capacity crowd that generated $7,000 in donations, ticket sales, and 50/50s. All proceeds collected went towards the CSH Friday Night Fever Program a monthly social and recreational program for teens with disabilities. The opportunity to benefit this program was the work of CSH’s Community Engagement Coordinator Sara MacDuff.

The cost of tickets is a $10.00 donation which can be made in advance or at the door. Plan on getting to the rink early as the venue is expected to be standing room only, and stay late for a Family Skate that starts after the final buzzer. Skate rentals will be available for the Family Skate or you can bring your own.
Download: 2nd Annual Battle of the Badges Hockey Game Flyer.pdf , PRESS RELEASE - ELIZABETH FIRE AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS BATTLE ON ICE TO BENEFIT CHILDREN’S SPECIALIZED HOSPITAL.pdf

Jan 12, 2015
ELIZABETH, NJ – January 12, 2015 – Three Kings Day, January 6th, marks the unofficial end of the holidays and members of the Elizabeth Firemen’s Mutual Benevolent Association of New Jersey, Branch No. 9, Inc. (FMBA Local 9) remained diligent in their benevolence during the busy season. In biblical history, the child of Bethlehem, Jesus, was visited by Magi on camels bringing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. This season, the children of Elizabeth were visited by firefighters on fire trucks bringing gifts of toys, bicycles, and coats.

FMBA Local 9 started the season off by working with Janice de Avila who is known for her work around Elizabeth and her involvement with the Historic Midtown Special Improvement District. This year, her charity event was planned in cooperation with Michelino's Restaurant. FMBA Local 9 donated toys to be delivered to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Local 9 Vice President David Bialas stated, “Every event that Janice runs greatly benefits our community or a great cause, and we were happy to be able to join her in this celebration.” Local 9 duplicated its efforts by donating toys to Ryan's Toy Roundup held this year at Suspender Restaurant and Pub. This yearly event honors the life of Ryan Faella, the late cousin of Local 9's members, Edward Sisk IV and Nicholas Sisk. “Whenever an event honors a member of our firefighter family it gives the cause extra meaning,” added Vice President Bialas. The toys from Ryan’s Toy Roundup were donated to numerous charities in Elizabeth and around Union County.
Download: PRESS RELEASE - ELIZABETH FIREFIGHTERS REFLECT ON SEASON OF GIVING.pdf

Nov 26, 2014
ELIZABETH, NJ – November 26, 2014 - The Elizabeth Firemen’s Mutual Benevolent Association of New Jersey, Branch No. 9, Inc. (FMBA Local 9), partnered with local community organizations this Thanksgiving holiday to help feed those less fortunate in the City of Elizabeth with turkeys and hams. “It is not about Elizabeth firefighters being able to help hundreds of Elizabeth residents on this single holiday, but the fact that these organizations help thousands of Elizabeth families throughout the year,” said David Bialas, Local 9 Vice President.
Download: PRESS RELEASE - ELIZABETH FIREFIGHTERS THANKFUL FOR COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS MAKE DONATIONS OF TURKEYS AND HAMS.pdf

Oct 02, 2014
ELIZABETH, NJ – October 1, 2014 - The Elizabeth Firemen’s Mutual Benevolent Association of New Jersey, Branch No. 9, Inc. (FMBA Local 9), announces its ‘A Dollar For A Like’ Facebook Campaign that will run for the month of October 2014. This campaign encompasses Fire Prevention Week which will take place this year from October 5th through 11th. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) states that this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme will be “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!”
Download: PRESS RELEASE - ELIZABETH FIREFIGHTERS ANNOUNCE A DOLLAR FOR A LIKE FACEBOOK CAMPAIGN AHEAD OF FIRE PREVENTION WEEK.pdf

Sep 04, 2014
ELIZABETH, NJ – September 4, 2014 - Over the course of four days, Jeremy Boyd of Cary, NC will run 240 miles from the Pentagon to Ground Zero. The purpose of his run is to honor and support people directly impacted by the events of September 11, 2001, by raising funds for two charities that provide support services for survivors. Jeremy hopes “People will think I am crazy, and out of curiosity, be intrigued enough to investigate my cause.”
Download: PRESS RELEASE - 240 MILE CHARITY RUN FROM PENTAGON TO GROUND ZERO GETS ASSIST FROM ELZIABETH FIREFIGHTERS.pdf

Aug 21, 2014
ELIZABETH, NJ – August 21, 2014 - The Elizabeth Firemen’s Mutual Benevolent Association of New Jersey, Branch No. 9, Inc. (FMBA Local 9), announces its annual Elizabeth FMBA Local 9 Golf Classic will take place on October 3, 2014 at Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth, NJ. True to its purpose of bringing about civic betterment and benevolence in the local community, FMBA Local 9 will be utilizing this year’s proceeds to support youth sports programs in the City of Elizabeth.
Download: PRESS RELEASE - Elizabeth Firefighters To Support Youth Sports Programs Through Golf Classic.pdf

Aug 06, 2014
ELIZABETH, NJ – August 6, 2014 - Members of the Elizabeth Firemen’s Mutual Benevolent Association of New Jersey, Branch No. 9, Inc. (FMBA Local 9), Firefighter Oscar Barreto (Ladder 3, Tour 1), Firefighter Brendan McConway (Rescue 1, Tour 1), and Firefighter Dean Melachrinos (Ladder 3, Tour 1), were recognized by City Council for their efforts that saved a woman’s life in a 4-alarm fire on Jersey Avenue in June of this year along with Elizabeth Fire Department Deputy Chief C. Whitney Merrill (Tour 1), who commanded the operations that led to this woman’s rescue and eventual full recovery.
Download: PRESS RELEASE - Firefighters Honored For Heroic Rescue Participate During Elizabeths National Night Out.pdf



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