september 11, 2012

On anniversary of 9/11, Newark Swears In Its Newest Firefighter on the Eve of His Deployment to Afghanistan

City honors firefighters it lost during 9/11 attacks while swearing a new member into Newark's Bravest before his deployment to fight for our country

Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker (l) swears in newest Newark Firefighter Joseph Carpio, who set to deploy to Afghanistan on 9/12/12 as a member of the Marine Corps Reserve

NEWARK, NJ - Eleven years ago, firefighters from all over the tri-state area rushed to New York City to rescue people during the attacks on the World Trade Center, risking their lives to help people escape the horror of the 9/11 attacks. Now, on the anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in American history, Newark welcomed its newest firefighter into their ranks on the eve of his deployment to Afghanistan.

Joseph Carpio, a serving member of the Marine Corps Reserve, is scheduled to graduate with his class of Fire Recruits on October 9. However, he is scheduled to deploy on active duty to Afghanistan tomorrow, September 12. In view of this, Carpio was sworn in by Mayor Cory A. Booker and Newark Fire Director Fateen A. Ziyad as a firefighter in a special ceremony at the Clinton Avenue Firehouse with his family on hand to congratulate him and wish him well before his deployment.

The 30 fire recruits in the 41st Recruit Class are the first since WWII to consist entirely of military veterans. The members of the new class were brought to the Fire Department thanks in large part to the GI Go Fund,

who welcomed them into their Newark Veterans Job Fair and worked with them directly to help facilitate them into the department.

“Eleven years ago today, we watched in horror as our entire world was set on fire,” said GI Go Fund Executive Director Jack Fanous. “We watched firefighters run into that fire, and we learned that day how important those men and women are to our society. Over the last eleven years we have seen firsthand the importance of our men and women in the military as the have sacrificed their lives, their families, and their futures for our freedom and security. Now, we have come full circle, as Mr. Carpio becomes part of Newark’s Bravest today, and will deploy to Afghanistan to serve with America’s Bravest tomorrow.”

“Today’s swearing in ceremony is what it looks like when a city welcomes its veteran’s home, it’s what it looks like to have a mayor committed to veterans, and it’s what it looks like when nonprofits like the GI Go Fund are empowered by city governments to truly help our veterans,” he added.

“I want to give a deep recognition to those members of our administration who have worked to ensure that we in America serve our veterans, and insure that this is the ‘home of the brave’. It goes to me the heart of what this city speaks to; being part of this nation, part of a great community of people. ” said Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker.

In addition to the swearing-in ceremony, members of the Super bowl 46 Champion New York Giants were on hand to show their appreciation for firefighters on 9/11 and present the Newark Fire Department with a donation on behalf of the entire Giants organization as part of the Giants ongoing Adopt A Firehouse Program. The Adopt-a-Firehouse program is the continuing effort by the team to honor the firefighters who gave their lives on September 11, 2001.

The City of Newark lost five residents that day, and many of its Police, Fire, and EMS personnel went to New York to work at the World Trade Center site or in support of local agencies. In addition, Newark Liberty International Airport was where United Airlines Flight 93 departed that fateful morning. The passengers on that flight rose up against the hijackers, forcing the plane to crash in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, before it reached Washington, DC. Sadly, all of those aboard Flight 93 were killed but their brave actions and sacrifice saved hundreds of lives.