The program began with introductions by Master of Ceremonies former Chief Tony Greco.
Fire Department Chaplain Fr. Joseph Pickard began his benediction with a presentation to every firefighter of a Saint Florian (Patron Saint of firefighters) medal.
A toast was made by Second Assistant Chief Mike Ratkowski. The salute to the flag was led by First Assistant Chief Angelo Roccamo.
Speakers included Fire Chief Joseph Taylor Jr., Mayor Ronald R. Jones and Fire Commissioner Thomas Meli.
Each of the Fire Chiefs wives, along with Nancy Halloran, Fire Chiefs Secretary, were presented with a bouquet of flowers in appreciation of their support of the Department.
The 2006 Department Officers were asked to step forward and were recognized.
The 2005 Department Officers were given plaques, and the top EMS responders were recognized.
Mayor Ronald Jones, Fire Commissioner Thomas Meli and Deputy Fire Commissioner Ronald Kistner presented Harry Maisch with a proclamation, which had been read at the January 10, 2006 Mayor and Council meeting, recognizing his 42 years of service with the Department.
Harry was joined by his wife, Audrey, at the dais where he spoke about The Department.
Mayor Ronald Jones, Fire Commissioner Thomas Meli and Deputy Fire Commissioner Ronald Kistner invited representatives of the Pascagoula, Mississippi Fire Department, Chris Taylor and Terry Eiland, to the dais where they were presented with a Key to Hasbrouck Heights.
Joining them were committee members who helped arrange for their attendance at the festivities. They include: Chief Joseph Taylor Jr., Second Assistant Chief Michael Ratkowski, Thomas Rubino, Michael Christensen, Timothy Moots, Christopher Halloran, Patrick Hayes and Fire Commissioner Thomas Meli.
The community of Hasbrouck Heights had donated Old Engine One on September 19, 2005 to the Pascagoula Fire Department, whose equipment was completely destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
Mutual Aid fire department Chiefs representing Carlstadt, Hackensack, Little Ferry, Lodi, Moonachie and Wallington attended. Moonachie, Lodi, Wallington, Carlstadt and Little Ferry made presentations to Chief Taylor.
Two seats were set up in front of a huge screen for Harry and Audrey Maisch who were surrounded by members of the Ladder Company. A multi-media farewell tribute created by Firefighter Chris Halloran was given.
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