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Gottheimer honors ‘Hometown Heroes’ in Warren and Sussex counties

Hometown Heroes honors veterans, first responders, students, teachers, and community leaders

GLEN ROCK, NJ (Bergen County) – U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) on Monday honored local first responders, veterans, students, search and rescuers, life-saving bystanders, volunteers, teachers, community leaders, and residents during his Fifth District Hometown Heroes Ceremony.

Hosted on Facebook Live, Fifth District residents tuned in to honor the Hometown Heroes awardees, all of whom were recognized for their dedication to helping the lives of their neighbors, families, and communities.

“We are lucky to have so many unsung heroes in our communities, whose quiet power of service goes on every day without the recognition they truly deserve. They just do it because they care. Today is their day,” Gottheimer said. “These Fifth District Hometown Heroes are nominated by leaders throughout our community — including our mayors, faith leaders, and first responders — as well as by friends, family members, and loved ones who believe that they truly deserve the title. These individuals come from all walks of life, but they all share an idea that is particularly special — they embody our Jersey Values and make our community such a special place to live, work, and raise a family. They are actively helping us build a more perfect union. We all should work to live up to their example.”

A list of today’s Hometown Hero Honorees is below: 

  • Kevin Cook, Bergenfield
  • Jacqueline Fernandez, Bergenfield
  • Michael and Elana Goldsmith, Bergenfield
  • Liz Maresca, Fair Lawn
  • Luis ‘Lou’ Vasquez, Fair Lawn
  • Bernie Moerdler, Fair Lawn
  • Daniel Mezhiborsky, Fair Lawn
  • John Morley, Franklin Lakes
  • Rabbi Chanoch Kaplan, Franklin Lakes
  • Salvatore Reina, Glen Rock
  • RaQuel James-Goodman, Hackensack
  • Thomas Freeman, Hackensack
  • Rabbi Mendy Kaminker, Hackensack
  • Laura Randazzo, Hardwick Township
  • Adam Kerr, Lodi
  • Bruce Kuipers, Mahwah
  • Alexander Nagy, Montvale
  • Andre’ DiMino, Northvale
  • Alison Fleeson, Oakland
  • Carol Peterson, Oakland
  • Stan Kufel, Oradell
  • Dennis Duddie, Paramus
  • Janelle Larghi, Park Ridge
  • Mahmoud Hamza, Ridgewood
  • Jeremy Lentz, Teaneck
  • Dionisio Cucuta, Teaneck
  • Joseph Krause, Teaneck
  • Dr. Arthur Freiman, Teaneck
  • Betty Kay, Teaneck
  • Ofra Parmett, Teaneck
  • Troy Seifert, Waldwick
  • Thomas Palaia, Waldwick
  • Saige Soskin, Washington Township (Bergen)
  • Mark DeVincentis, Wyckoff
  • Jonathan Frato, Branchville
  • Louis Avenatti, Montague
  • Teddy Sibblies, Newton
  • Walter Atchison, Newton
  • Wendy Cooney, Newton
  • Sandy Mitchell, Sussex Borough
  • Rebekah Bruesehoff, Vernon Township
  • Denise O’Connor, Vernon Township
  • Ben Cosh, Wantage
  • Mark Young, Belvidere
  • Robert Austin Jr., Oxford Township

The full video of the virtual ceremony can be found here.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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