Thursday, July 28th, 2016
The Morris County Freeholders this week honored the Boonton Fire Department on its 125th anniversary, issuing a special resolution of congratulations to the many current and past volunteers who have more than capably served the town and region since 1891.
At a Board of Freeholders meeting held last night (July 27) at the Boonton municipal building, the county governing board awarded a resolution to Boonton Fire Chief RJ Ryerson, Deputy Fire Chief Edward Robillard, Battalion Chief David Kaplan, and past chiefs and volunteers who attended the ceremony.
“It’s fitting that we are in Boonton for our meeting tonight since we are coming up on the 125th anniversary of the Boonton Fire Department, which celebrates its special anniversary this Saturday, July 30,’’ said Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo.
“The freeholders want to take this opportunity to honor the many hundreds of dedicated Boonton residents who have given their time and effort to their community, and to Morris County, since the fire department was formed in 1891.’’
Text of the Resolution:
Whereas, in 1891, shortly after a major fire occurred at 89 Grant Street in Boonton, town officials formed the Boonton Fire Department under the leadership of Fire Chief Jacob L. Hutt, Assistant Chief Robert H. Wilson, and Second Assistant Chief Enoch G. Myer, and
Whereas, the first elected officers of the new fire department were President Charles L. Swain, Clerk Edmund Looker, Treasurer Thomas G. Boone, Foreman Andrew Neafie and Foreman Robert Green, who joined local dignitaries in November, 1891, at a ceremony at the Boonton Opera House to herald the arrival of the department’s new hook and ladder truck, and
Whereas, volunteering for the department is a long-standing tradition in Boonton, with some members connected to families with ties to the founding members and others who served in the early days of the department, and with many long-standing members proudly staying active for decades in active or supporting roles, and who have been a strong force in the community, and
Whereas, the Boonton Fire Department consists entirely of volunteers who are on call 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, and handles an average of 130 calls a year to respond to structure fires, brush fires, motor vehicle accidents, and many other emergency situations, and
Whereas, while many dramatic changes have taken place over the last 125 years, with a department that evolved from buckets to engines, the most important and consistent element of the Boonton Fire Department is the volunteers, who give unselfishly of their time to carry out the original charge to protect life and property in their towns;
Now Therefore, Be It Resolved, the Board of Chosen Freeholders, Morris County, New Jersey, congratulates the Boonton Fire Department on its 125th Anniversary, and commends its members for being among Morris County’s greatest assets – its volunteers.