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The Burn Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center Honors New Jersey Firefighters at 28th Annual Valor Awards Dinner


Pictured at the dinner are the 2015 Valor Award winners, top row from left, Firefighters Leonard Stewart and Bart Giaconia, Lieutenants Edward Tanderis and Steven Mastroberte and Firefighter Derek Hunter; bottom row, from left, Captains Matthew Kohaut, Mark Furka, and Delfin Ortiz, Firefighter Jacob Ramos, and Captain Rafael Scanziani; along with Stephen P. Zieniewicz, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, Saint Barnabas Medical Center (far left) and Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of Barnabas Health (far right). Not pictured are Firefighters Jeremiah Allen, James Antoine and Fred Pettersen.

Livingston, N.J. – The Burn Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center presented 13 New Jersey firefighters with the prestigious Valor Award and honored more than 40 additional firefighters, police officers and emergency medical technicians during the 28th Annual Valor Awards held on December 2, 2015, at Mayfair Farms in West Orange, N.J.

Each year, The Burn Center at Saint Barnabas, New Jersey’s only certified burn treatment facility, recognizes firefighters, policemen, and additional health care professionals from throughout New Jersey for their heroic endeavors on and off the line of duty. Honorees are nominated by respective departments and selected by a committee of peers.

Recipients of the 2015 Valor Award included Lieutenant Edward Tanderis and Steven Mastroberte, Firefighters Bart Giaconia and Fred Pettersen of the Passaic Fire Department; Captains Rafael Scanziani, Mark Furka and Delfin Ortiz and Firefighters Jeremiah Allen, Derek Hunter and Jacob Ramos of the Newark Fire Department; and Captain Matthew Kohaut and Firefighters James Antoine and Leonard Stewart of the Orange Fire Department.

Team Effort Awards went to the Bayonne, Elizabeth, Hackensack, Newark, and South Orange Fire Departments; Special Recognition Awards to the North Caldwell and Perth Amboy Fire Departments and West Orange Fire, Police & First Aid Squad; and an Emergency Medical Services Award to the Bayonne Fire Department. Edward Washington of Passaic received the Civilian Award.

The Burn Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, the only state-certified burn treatment facility in New Jersey, is equipped to treat pediatric through geriatric burn patients with a full range of specialized services, including a dedicated outpatient department where individuals with small or minor burns receive treatment and discharged patients return for follow-up care. In addition, The Center’s educational programs teach burn awareness, prevention and fire safety to thousands of people of all backgrounds throughout the state of New Jersey. To learn more, or make a donation, please visit


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