On July 5, 2023, while battling a fire in Port Newark aboard a container/roll-on-roll-off ship, the MV Grande Costa d’Avorio, two experienced Newark firefighters, FF Augusto ‘Augie’ Acabou and FF Wayne ‘Bear’ Brooks, Jr., of Engine 16 and Ladder 4, respectively, were tragically killed in the line of duty.

Both men’s funerals were held at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark and both men were posthumously promoted to Captain. Acabou’s funeral was held on July 13; Brooks’ funeral was held July 14.

– Fire News photos by Mark Rosetti