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,