LINDEN – On Monday, April 4, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno presented a $25,000 check to benefit Linden’s fire department and other first responders. The money comes from a fund set up by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and was the first of $135,000 in grants to be awarded to 13 fire departments and other first responders in northern New Jersey. Departments receiving money have agreed to assist the Port Authority when emergencies arise.
“As we approach the tenth anniversary of 9/11, it is particularly appropriate that we recognize the heroism of the first responders like you,’’ Guadagno said during a ceremony at the city’s South Wood Avenue firehouse. “I know that for some of you, these memories are all too real. You were among the policemen, firemen and emergency personnel who ran toward the towers as they were burning so that you could save others.”
“The money is going to be spent for safety equipment for our firefighters and for safety equipment for our residents,” said Mayor Richard J. Gerbounka. Grant rules stipulate that fire departments must use the money to buy firefighting equipment or to upgrade facilities.
Also on hand was Bill Baroni, a former state senator and the Deputy Executive Director of the Port Authority. He noted that the grant was timely, coming as it does in a month when the Port Authority is commemorating its 90th anniversary.
Guadagno also spoke about the importance of helping municipalities, saying, “The important thing is to get what funding is available out of the hands of government and into the hands of those who can best use it to defend our communities.”
As about two dozen firefighters listened, the Lt. Governor added, “With your help, we will support those of you on the front lines and keep strengthening the networks that will keep us secure.”
Linden’s Mayor Richard J. Gerbounka, receives a $25,000 grant from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for the city’s fire department and other first responders. Pictured from left to right are Council President James Moore, Mayor Richard Gerbounka, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni and Fire Chief Joseph Rizzo (Photo courtesy of Linden)
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