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HFD Fire Briefs and News

Hackensack Fire Fighters attend International Association of Fire Fighters Memorial

September 17, 2016

Members of Hackensack Fire Department, IAFF Locals 2081 & 3172 attend the 30th Annual International Association of Firefighters Fallen Fighters Memorial in Colorado Springs. This year 123 member names of the IAFF from the United States and Canada were added to the memorial for passing away while performing in the line of duty. Among the members added this year was Hackensack firefighter Dennis Walker. Dennis served as a firefighter for 29 years with HFD. During his time he was a firemen's fireman,- always with a smile on his face and always doing his best to assist his brothers in anyway possible. During his 29 years of service, Dennis received numerous citations for valor, which include Firefighter of the Year 2008, and the Bergen County 200 Club John R. Rinaldi award for recognition of outstanding service and dedication.

After the events on 9/11/2001, like many others, Dennis spent countless hours assisting in the recovery efforts at ground zero. Due to his exposure to many unknown substances Dennis was diagnosed with bladder cancer. Dennis, during his treatment, fought a very hard fight trying his best to keep his family and fellow brothers positive that he would beat the cancer. But unfortunately Dennis passed away on June 15, 2011.This year, because of his cancer being linked to 9/11/01, he will be recognized as a line of duty death. His wife Beth with her family, his brother retired HFD Lieutenant James Walker, his nephew Firefighter James Walker Jr. and other members of HFD attended the service at the IAFF memorial. Captain Justin Derevyanik (IAFF local 3172 delegate) said you could always relay on Dennis to show up to assist any brother than needed help and always loved to talk about the New York Rangers. During the service Dennis's widow was presented an IAFF flag by his nephew to recognize his service as a firefighter. Rest in peace Dennis please watch over us you are missed by all.

Captain Justin Derevyanik
Hackensack Fire Department

Dennis Walker

James Walker Jr

During the early am Sunday September 4, 2016 members of the 2nd platoon responded to 60 Kansas street for a activated fire alarm. Companies worked their way up the stairwell to the 6th floor and found a smoke condition coming from an apartment. Companies stretched a 2 1/2 inch handling as Ladder 1 forced the door to the fire apartment. Ladder 1, met with smoke to the floor in the apartment, began primary search. During the search, Ladder 1 members Captain John McMorrow and Mike Greco located and removed a female victim to the hallway where Rescue 1 and Engine 1 assisted with treatment of the woman before turning her over to EMS. She was transported to Hackensack UMC for further treatment. Another occupant of the 7th floor refused medical aid. Great work by all who operated this am in saving a life.

Captain Justin Derevyanik HFD PIO

HFD, Ladder 1.

Prevent Theft ~ Lock Your Vehicle

The majority of vehicle break-ins occur outside private homes in driveways or on the street in front of the victim’s home. Thefts from vehicles would be drastically reduced if people would lock their car doors and stop leaving valuables inside their vehicles. Leaving items on display, whether in or on a dashboard or in a mounted cradle, or sitting on the passenger seat, is an open invitation to opportunist criminals.

Tips for Protecting Valuables:

If You Have a Garage ~ Use It rather than parking outside where your vehicle is more vulnerable.

When parking in a garage lock the garage door and your vehicle. Locking both the garage and vehicle doors, the chances of deterring a thief greatly improve.

Remove All Items of Value such as handbags, wallets, cell phones, MP3 players, iPods, laptops, GPS’s from the car when you are not driving. Take out removable radios and faceplates. Engrave expensive accessories. Don’t leave anything in your glove compartment or center console – it is the first place thieves look.

Don’t Cover Items in Your Car with a Blanket or Jacket. Ideally, you should take them with you, but if unavoidable, place them in the trunk prior to arriving at your destination.

Completely Close All Car Windows

Park in a Well-Lit Area Close to Your Destination

Avoid Parking Between Large Vehicles they provide cover for thieves.

Use Outdoor Lighting - porch and motion lights help deter crime.

Don’t Leave the Registration or Title in Your Car. Your car registration has your address on it. File the title at your home or office, and carry registration in your purse or wallet.

Record Serial Numbers of Your Valuables

Get involved! Be your neighbor’s eyes and ears. Talk to neighbors regarding activity in the neighborhood. By becoming familiar with those who belong in your neighborhood, you can help reduce crime.

Call 911 When a Crime is in Progress.

By taking simple precautions and just a few moments to remove valuable items from your car you can significantly improve your chances of not becoming a victim of this type of crime even when your car is left unattended in your driveway, outside your house or place of work.