Written by Daniel Offner Friday, 11 April 2014 00:00
On April 4, members of the Farmingdale Board of Fire Commissioners appointed three new Chiefs of the Farmingdale Fire Department. After 14 years of service with the department, the newly minted Chief Patrick Tortoso is ambitious about his new title.
“I wouldn’t be here without my members' backing,” Tortoso said.
At the ceremony, Frank Romano, ex-Chief of the Farmingdale Fire Department, gave his final rundown of the 997 calls the department handled in 2013, before handing over the proverbial reigns to Tortoso.
“You guys always did a standup job,” Romano said congratulating his commrades. “This has been a rewarding experience.”
Romano explained that Fire Chiefs are elected to two-year terms of office, after which they typically appoint the First Assistant Chief to the rank of Chief of the Department.
“I loved it, but it was not without its challenges,” Romano added. “When people work together like this... it makes it much easier.”
After some heartfelt congratulations, Romano was presented with a proclaimation for his years of service with the department by Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, who also swore-in Chief Tortoso and presented him with his new badge and title. According to
Ekstrand, the mayor welcomes working with the new Fire Chief.
As a result of the department’s recent elections, the Board of Fire Commissioners appointed the following officers for 2014-2015:
Chief of Department - Patrick Tortoso
1st Assistant Chief - Keith Ryan
2nd Assistant Chief - Ryan C. Tortoso
Water Witch Engine and Hose Company No. 1
Captain - Matthew Pullaro
1st Lieutenant - Keith Ryan Jr.
2nd Lieutenant - Matthew Hammond
Chief Chauffeur - Matthew Oppedisano
Captain - Michael DiBartolo
1st Lieutenant - Michael Tortoso
2nd Lieutenant - Thomas Kelly
Chief Chauffeur - Roger Schlingloff
Recording Secretary - Henry J. Pieloch
Financial Secretary - Kenneth Tortoso, Sr.
Treasurer - Donald Tortoso
Captain - Richard “Irish” Fitzpatrick
1st Lieutenant - Rose Amereno
2nd Lieutenant - Robert Jensen
Chief Chauffeur - William Brochu
Recording Secretary - Shirley Cote
Captain - Frank J. Romano
1st Lieutenant - Christopher Walsh
2nd Lieutenant - Shirley Cote
Chief Chauffeur - Jason Flemmings
Recording Secretary - Robert Aaronson
Captain - Anthony Dagan
1st Lieutenant - Ryan Hunt
2nt Lieutenant - John Russo