Zwicker Honors Fire Fighters who aided Hillsborough

MANVILLE – On Saturday evening, Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker joined a grateful Hillsborough community to say “Thank You” to hundreds of Fire Fighters who helped to put out a warehouse fire in February.

The fire at Veteran’s Industrial Park began on February 11th, and continued into February 12th, shutting down route 206, and destroying two 240,000 square foot buildings.  The five-alarm fire drew more than 500 firefighters, from 107 different departments, and involved more than 200 emergency vehicles. 

Derek R. Basista of Charity Events Group donated his time and expertise to help put together the benefit dinner.  In addition to Assemblyman Zwicker, speakers included Rep. Leonard Lance; Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli; Hillsborough Mayor Frank DelCore; Manville Mayor Richard Onderko; and Hillsborough Fire Commissioners Bruce Vatter, John Catrombon Jr. and Patrick Buckley.

“At the sound of an alarm, these extraordinary men and women put their lives on the line for the safety of our community,” Zwicker said.  “It is fitting that we spend this evening thanking them for all that they do every day.” 

Assemblymen Zwicker and Ciattarelli also presented Joint Senate and Assembly Resolutions to the Fire Departments, as well as to the family of Doris W. Flatley, recognizing her 35 years of service to Hillsborough Volunteer Fire Company #3 on Woods Road.  Flately, who was the first female fire officer in Hillsborough, died on March 17th.