The Atlantic County Firefighters Association held their annual reorganization meeting and memorial service on January 16, 2019, at the Egg Harbor City Fire Department. The firefighters were welcomed by outgoing President Amor ‘Skip’ Portale who is retiring, Egg Harbor City Chief Walter ‘Butch’ Kienzle, and Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson, who presented a proclamation to the family of Natalie Dempsey, the Mizpah firefighter who was lost in the line of duty on Christmas Day 2018.

Secretary Robert Mellon read the roles of those who answered their final alarm in 2018, which was followed by remarks from Executive Committee Chairman Howard Berchtold, Jr.

Chairman Berchtold then presented President Portale with a plaque for his many years of service, and plaques to retiring committee persons R. Thomas Hunter and Oscar Dutch, Jr.  Executive Levinson then swore in Charles R. ‘Chick’ Kisby as the new President, and the Changing of the Gavel took place as Skip presented Chick with the gavel.                                      

– Fire News photos by Dennis C. Sharpe