Today, five firefighters received promotions in a ceremony held by the North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue (NHRFR). Battalion Chief Mark Lorenz, a 25 year fireman, Captain Alan Williams, (15 years), and Firefighters James Lisa (15

years), Erik Wilson (12 years) and Richard Gora (19 years) received commendations along with their promotions to the positions of Deputy Chief, Battalion Chief, and Captains, respectively. The ceremony was held at NHRFR Headquarters in West New York and was attended by NHRFR Management Committee Chairman and Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner,  North Bergen Mayor and State Senator Nicholas Sacco, Guttenberg Councilman John Habermann, Union City Management Committee member Martin Martinetti along with numerous members of the Regional, family and friends.

“Deputy Chief Lorenz, Battalion Chief Williams, and Captains Lisa, Wilson and Gora are some of the most dedicated and professional officers I have had the privilege of working with in my career,” said NHRFR Chief Frank Montagne. “They are each very deserving of their promotions and I’m sure they will continue to do excellent work for NHRFR in these new capacities.”

“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 Mayor Richard Turner. “Today we are proud to promote these five outstanding individuals and I thank them for their continuing service.”

NHRFR is a nationally recognized fire protection unit, and 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, NHRFR takes pride in maintaining one of the best response times in the nation.