County of Monmouth
For Immediate Release:
July 14, 2017

Monmouth County Fire Academy Graduates 58

HOWELL, NJ – The Monmouth County Fire Academy has graduated three classes of firefighters from the Firefighter I program at the Fire Academy on Route 33.

The Board of Chosen Freeholders with the recipients of the Class 116 Fitzpatrick Award.The first-time firefighter graduates of Class 114, Class 115 and Class 116 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.

“As graduates of this fine program you will embark on a rewarding path of public service on behalf of your friends, your neighbors and your community,” Freeholder Deputy Director John P. Curley said in his address to the class. “By virtue of becoming a volunteer firefighter you have already gone above and beyond the call of duty. Be assured it is not something we forget or take lightly. I congratulate each and every one of you and on behalf of those you will protect, I thank you for your dedication to saving lives and property.”

The Board of Chosen Freeholders with Class 115 Fitzpatrick Award Recipient.For the first time, two graduates in a single class tied for top honors and each received the Ronald Fitzpatrick Award. Class 116 graduates Richard J. Marrone and Christopher Radmonovich had achieved excellence in both classroom and practical training. Class 114 Fitzpatrick Award recipient was Peter P. Realmuto, Jr., and Class 115 awardee was Robert M. Lange.

The award is named in memory of former Monmouth County Fire Academy Instructor Ronald Fitzpatrick instructor at the Fire Academy who died in the line of duty in 2003.

At the graduation ceremonies, Monmouth County Fire Marshal Kevin A. Stout and Fire Academy Director Anthony Avillo joined Freeholder Curley in congratulating the graduates. Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry, Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone and Freeholder Serena DiMaso, Esq. also attended the ceremonies.

Freeholder Deputy Director John P. Curley with Class 114 Fitzpatrick Award Winner“I am very proud of all of our graduates, but these classes are special because they mark the transition to Monmouth County’s new Fire Training Facility,” Stout said. “I am confident that that our upgraded infrastructure has provided a solid foundation on which these men and women can build there firefighting careers. They have completed the best and most comprehensive 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 114

Name, , Fire Department

Jeremy M. Amalfa, Adelphia Fire Company
Joshua Assoulin, Gordon’s Corner Fire Company
Rebecca J. Banach, Long Branch Fire Department
Keith A. Binford, Oakhurst Fire Department
Liam S. Caro, , Freehold Independent Fire Company
Jason B. Castillo, Sea Girt Fire Department
Dylan C. Frampton, Freehold Boro Fire Department
Tyler R. Gallagher, Tinton Falls Fire Department
Jeremiah E. Klein, Neptune City Fire Department
Ronald Latshaw, Shark River Hills Fire Department
Korey R. Lawlor, Ramtown Fire Company
Jonathan Loaiza, East Windsor Fire Department
Peter Mayer IV, Manasquan Fire Department
Lawrence Movsik, Marlboro Fire Company #1
Christopher K. Newsome, Shark River Hills Fire Department
Daniel R. Pollak, Spring Lake Goodwill Fire Company #2
Peter P. Realmuto, Jr., Ramtown Fire Company
Erik J. Schnieder, Freehold Independent Fire Company
John B. Snyder, Spring Lake Fire Department
Kevin M. VanWagoner, Middletown Fire Department
David C. Villeta, Spring Lake Fire Department
John J. Wilson, , Atlantic Highlands Fire Department
Christopher A. Zwickel , Southard Fire Department

Firefighter 1 Class 115

Name, , Fire Department

Rick Brandt, , Little Silver Fire Department
Vincent A. Cancelliere, Jackson Mills Station 54
Nikki L. Coscia, Jackson Station #1
Michael DeAngelis, Jr., Gordon’s Corner Fire Company
Matt P. DeHope, Manasquan Engine 1
Brian S. DeJesus, Ramtown Fire Company
Berthony Dorcius, Elberon Engine Company
Leticia N. Drzewiecki, West Tuckerton Fire Department
Russell Gratta, , Long Branch Station 3
Gautham Hegde, Applegarth Fire Company
David J. Hoecker, Shark River Hills Fire Company
Robert M. Lange, East Windsor Fire Department
Scott M. Olesen, Oakhurst Fire Department
Anthony J. Patten, Applegarth Engine Company #1
Daniel S. Reding, Gordon’s Corner Fire Company
Johne G. Ringo, Manasquan Fire Department
Kevin J. Shumard, Wall Fire Company #1
Alok Tandon, , Applegarth Fire Company
Adam K. Ullman, Squankum Fire Company
Michael Viola, , Spring Lake Heights Fire Department
Craig S. Watkins, Wayside Fire Company

Firefighter 1 – Class 116

Name, , Fire Department

Thomas G. Anzalone, Manalapan Fire Department
Madison Bloom, Plainsboro Station 49
Bailey Burke, Hamilton Fire Company
Michael J. D’Averso, Long Branch Fire Department
David A. Epstein, Manalapan Fire Department
Anthony J. Fragale, Jr. , Oceanport Fire Department
Matthew D. Greco , Freehold Independent Fire Company
William A. Kruse , Adelphia Fire Company
Richard J. Marrone, Middletown Fire Department
Janna M. Meyers, Shrewsbury Fire Department
Robert J. Migliazza, Holmdel Fire Rescue
Jason D. Mims, West Windsor Fire Company #1
Christian D. O’Keefe, Jr., Red Bank Hook & Ladder
Ryan Pflug, , Eatontown Fire Department
Christopher Radmonovich, Lawrence Road Fire Department