Firefighters and Police honored in Morristown

Morristown Patrolmen Kevin Beal and Teddy Jones flank Fire Department Capt. Jon Prachthauser. All three were honored by the mayor and council for evacuating at least 20 people from a blazing house on Sussex Street earlier this month. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Morristown Patrolmen Kevin Beal and Teddy Jones flank Fire Department Capt. Jon Prachthauser. All three were honored by the mayor and council for evacuating at least 20 people from a blazing house on Sussex Street earlier this month. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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Early on May 16, Morristown Fire Capt. Jon Prachthauser and Patrolmen Kevin Beal and Teddy Jones charged upstairs in a blazing house on Sussex Avenue and evacuated some 20 people, according to official accounts.

Last night, Mayor Tim Dougherty and the town council honored these three, and other firefighters who battled the fire, which authorities have labeled as arson.

In this video, Fire Chief Gary Desjadon and the Mayor recount the heroic actions of Morristown’s Bravest and Finest.  Later in the evening, the Mayor also commended fire and police unions for agreeing to zero pay hikes this year.

The police contract gives them 2.5 percent next year. The firefighters agreed to two years of zero increases, and 2.5 percent in year three.

The municipal employees union agreed to zero increases this year, and 2.5 percent next year, the Mayor said.

Morristown Patrolmen Kevin Beal and Teddy Jones flank Fire Department Capt. Jon Prachthauser. All three were honored by the mayor and council for evacuating at least 20 people from a blazing house on Sussex Street earlier this month. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Morristown Patrolmen Kevin Beal and Teddy Jones flank Fire Department Capt. Jon Prachthauser. All three were honored by the mayor and council for evacuating at least 20 people from a blazing house on Sussex Street earlier this month. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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