County of Monmouth

For Immediate Release:
January 26, 2017

Monmouth County Fire Academy graduates 43

HOWELL, NJ – The Monmouth County Fire Academy graduated 43 firefighters from the Firefighter I program on January 24 and 25 at the Fire Academy on Route 33.

The first-time firefighter graduates of Class 112 and Class 113 worked 172 hours over 32 sessions and received training in rescue, fire extinguishment, hazardous materials response, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, electrical safety, and care of hoses, ladders and other equipment.

Left to right:                                                                           Anthony Avillo - Fire Academy Director                          Kevin Stout - Monmouth County Fire Marshal          Andrew P. Sparber - Award“Firefighting is a noble form of public service that is integral to the safety of our communities,” Freeholder Deputy Director John P. Curley, liaison to the Fire Academy, said in his address to the classes. “I am honored to welcome you as the newest members of the finest firefighting force in the state of New Jersey. On behalf of those you will protect, I thank you for your dedication to saving lives and property.”

A graduate from each class earned the Ronald Fitzpatrick Award, named for a former instructor at the Fire Academy who died in the line of duty in 2003. The awards went to Andrew P. Sparber, Class 112 of East Freehold Fire Department and Patrick S. Nowell, Class 113 of Shrewsbury Fire Company. For their respective graduating classes, Sparber and Nowell received the highest test scores and attendance records.

Left to right:                                                                  Freeholder Deputy Director John P. Curley            Patrick S. Nowell - AwardMonmouth County Fire Marshal Kevin A. Stout congratulated the graduates and expressed his excitement about watching them go on to serve Monmouth and Middlesex Counties.

“I am very proud of these two classes of firefighters graduating from the academy this week,” Stout said. “I am confident that that each firefighter will go on to serve his community well. They have completed the best training available from highly qualified instructors.”

Each year thousands of local firefighters receive training at the County Fire Academy. For more information about the County Fire Academy visit

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*A list of graduates from each class follows:

Monmouth County Fire Academy graduates - January 2017

Firefighter 1 – Class 112
Name                                                      Fire Department

Taylor G. Algor                                     Neptune Twp. Fire Department
Dylan R. Barkaszi                                 Squankum Fire Co.
Nicholas Brown                                     Eatontown FD
Robert A. Cromer, Jr.                            Morganville       Independent Fire Co.
Paul J. Fazio                                          Holmdel Fire Co. #1
Thomas J Fazio                                     Holmdel Fire Co. #1
Joseph M. Fernandes                            Englishtown FD
Travis B. Finn                                       Squankum Fire Co.
Kurt W. Gibson                                    Wayside Fire Co.
Peter E. Hill                                          Manasquan Hook & Ladder
Reed H. Jeschonek                               Spring Lake Heights FD
Stefan C. Kalabus                                 Hope Fire Co.
Joseph R. Keselica                               Wayside Fire Co.
Carmelo G. La Marca                           Adelphia Fire Co.
Gunnar Larsen                                      Freehold FD
Dennis J. Lucas                                     Ramtown Fire Co.
Robert J. Mahoney                               Colts Neck FD
John T. McGowan                                Belford Engine #3
Brandon J. McKenna                            Adelphia Fire Co.
Nicholas A. Nichols                             Squankum Fire Co.
Stefan M. Nikolof                                Ramtown Fire Co.
Jason A. Patino                                    East Windsor Fire Co. #2 (Middlesex County)
Brain R. Seward                                   Middletown FD
Mason B. Sheehan                               West Keansburg Fire Co.
Andrew P. Sparber                               East Freehold FD
John Spierto                                         Englishtown FD

Firefighter 1 – Class 113
Name                                                    Fire Department

Jonathan K. Amador                             Long Branch FD
Jonathan Amaral                                   Long Branch FD
Jason Habinowski                                 Union Beach FD
Jayson Jacot                                          Freehold Fire Co. #1
Gary W. Kehoe, Jr.                               Avon Fire Co.
Michael Lauber                                     South Wall FD
Coper R. Lewis                                     Northside FD
Mason A. Lewis                                   Northside FD
Jeffrey Loesch                                      Shark River Hills FD
Connor T McQuillian                           Oakhurst FD
Patrick S. Nowell                                 Shrewsbury Fire Co.
Robert A. Renzo                                   Red Bank FD
Suzanne Riegelman                              Red Bank FD
Tyler Schick                                         Long Branch FD
Paul J. Whille                                       Bradley Beach FD
Wojceich Wilk                                     Freehold Independent Fire Co.
Joseph C. Wolfe                                   Spring Lake Fire Co.

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