Families, friends and Marines turn out for promotions of Morristown’s Bravest and Finest

Firefighters take oath at promotions ceremony before the Morristown council, Feb. 27, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Firefighters take oath at promotions ceremony before the Morristown council, Feb. 27, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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It was standing room only, and then some, at Tuesday’s Morristown council meeting, as family and friends cheered promotions of firefighters and police.

The United States Marines even made an appearance, presenting newly promoted Fire Capt. Nick Prizzi — a Marine Corps veteran– with a proclamation of thanks for his many years collecting Toys for Tots at Christmas.

“Thank you to the Marines and to the town, and to everybody who does this for us, with the donations” of toys, Prizzi said.

Video: A fire captain gets choked up

Such good deeds are not surprising, according to Fire Chief Robert Flanagan.

“I’ve never met a group of people that are so involved in the community. They go above and beyond to make this community that much better. And that’s why I feel honored and privileged to work every single one of you,” Flanagan said of the fire bureau.

Video:

Fire Chief gives praise and thanks

Robert Whitehead was promoted to deputy fire chief.

Joining Prizzi in the captain’s rank are Greg Bleckicki and Phillip Barter.

David Barter, Marshal Babington, John Rickershauser, Jesus Castano, Thomas Dennehy, William Hoferer and Peter Dwyer were sworn in as firefighters.

On the police side, Michael Molnar was promoted to lieutenant, and Michael Doyle officially became a police officer.

Police Chief Pete Demnitz lauded them as caring people with roots in Morristown.  Demnitz asserted his profession has been unfairly maligned, by President Trump and others, in the aftermath of a gunman’s Valentine’s Day massacre of 17 high school students and teachers in Parkland, FL.

Video of his remarks is here.

Slideshow photos by Kevin Coughlin

Firefighters take oath at promotions ceremony before the Morristown council, Feb. 27, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Fire Capt. Nick Prizzi, center, a Marine Corps veteran, receives proclamation from U.S. Marines at promotions ceremony before the Morristown council, Feb. 27, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Morristown firefighters line council chamber for promotion ceremony, Feb. 28, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Morristown Policeman Michael Doyle takes oath of office, with help from his wife and son, Feb. 27, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Packed house at promotions ceremony before the Morristown council, Feb. 27, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Police Chief Pete Denmitz addresses promotions ceremony before the Morristown council, Feb. 27, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Mayor Tim Dougherty gives congratulations at promotions ceremony before the Morristown council, Feb. 27, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Fire Chief Robert Flanagan at promotions ceremony before the Morristown council, Feb. 27, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Audience at promotions ceremony before the Morristown council, Feb. 27, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Michael Molnar, right, is sworn in as a police lieutenant, at promotions ceremony before the Morristown council, Feb. 27, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Taking the oath at promotions ceremony before the Morristown council, Feb. 27, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Town Clerk Margot Kaye administers oath at promotions ceremony before the Morristown council, Feb. 27, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Handshake from the Fire Chief at promotions ceremony before the Morristown council, Feb. 27, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Bella and Lisa Bhimani speak with Morristown Police Chief Pete Demnitz after town council meeting, Feb. 27, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Newly promoted Fire Capt. Nick Prizzi with proclamation from U.S. Marines, at promotions ceremony before the Morristown council, Feb. 27, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Hands on the Bible, at promotions ceremony before the Morristown council, Feb. 27, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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