On Wednesday evening, Jan. 29 in the Township Council Chambers, Mayor Richard Turner presided over the Weehawken Volunteer First Aid Squad’s annual installation of squad officers and awards ceremony.
Now celebrating its 45th year of service to the community, the squad honored these officers during the squad’s Sapphire Anniversary year: President – Jeff Welz (34th consecutive term); Vice President – Thomas Cheplic (14th consecutive term); Captain – Giovanni Ahmad (eighth consecutive term); 1st Lieutenant – Julian Brian Mera (11th consecutive term); 2nd Lieutenant – Numargo Vasquez (eighth consecutive term); 2nd Lieutenant – Yves Saad (2nd term); Secretary-Treasurer – Lauren Piech (sixth consecutive term); and Assistant Secretary – Arleen Palma (first term).
Mayor Turner then recognized squad members for their personal milestones achieved over the past calendar year.
Assisted by the members of the Council and Township Manager James Marchetti, the following awards were presented: 100 career calls, Jonathan Golani, Nicole Phelan, Ramon Quinones, Erika Taveras and Jonathan Trapp; 250 career calls, Kevin Davila; 500 career calls, Michael Savarese; 750 career calls, Sal Barcia and Evelyn Murillo; 1500 career calls, Mary Ciuffitelli; 1,750 career calls, Gio Ahmad.
With 2,000 career calls, Yves Saad became only the 10th person in the history of the squad to achieve this milestone.
Also recognized were Robert Quigley with 2,250 career calls, and Joseph Burns with 3,000 career calls, only the third person in the history of the squad to achieve this milestone.
The final award of the evening was the Lt. Robert D. Cirri Memorial Award and is given to the volunteer who responds to the most calls in a calendar year. This year’s recipient was Yves Saad for answering 156 calls in 2013.
The award is named after Bob Cirri, a Port Authority Police Officer, Paramedic, and former Weehawken Squad member who perished in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001 while in the process of evacuating injured victims.