The Signal

From the President’s Pen…

First I would like to wish everyone and their families a very Happy New Year. Due to the recent coronavirus outbreak spike, we are canceling all membership meetings for the health and safety of our members and their families until further notice. Please make sure all your departments are using the proper PPE during the battle with this pandemic. Let’s not forget about the Captain Buscio Program at 1 Sears Dr., Suite 401, Paramus, NJ, 201-556-1225. Please call to schedule an appointment. It is open to all First Responders from New Jersey and Rockland County. There is no cost to this program. We encourage more towns to have our clothing bins which raises money to hand out burnout cards in your community if you have a bin. Congratulations to Joseph Solimando Jr. from the Emerson Fire Department for 50 years of service to your community. Last, but not least, we are hoping to move forward with all of our events that we do yearly as it’s safe enough. Mask up and stay safe.

President Roy De Young Jr


Sponsored by the New Jersey New York Volunteer
Firemen’s Association
Thursday February 3rd, 2022 – 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Mahwah – Snow tubing returns on Thursday night, February
3rd, 2022 at the Campgaw Mountain Ski area in Mahwah.
Tickets are now on sale. Early bird tickets purchased before
January 20, 2022 are only $20 each. After January 20th
tickets are $25 each based on availability.
This event is a definite crowd pleaser. Last year more than
150 people took part in the snow tubing event, sliding down
Campgaw Mountain and enjoying the winter sport.
Tickets make wonderful holiday gifts. Make plans today to
participate in this extremely worthwhile fund raiser to benefit
the association’s Scholarship Fund.
Tickets may be obtained by calling Jerry Naylis at 201-240-0414
or by emailing Jerry at
Make your checks payable to NJNYVFA.

In Loving Memory

Ex-Chief Anthony “Tony” Culumone, Hose Co #2, Bogota, NJ FD

Ex-Chief Howard Williams, Jackson Fire Engine #3, Nyack, NY FD

Ex-Chief Roger Draves, New Milford Fire Co. 1, New Milford NJ FD

FF Richard J. “Dispatcher 2-9” Pavone, River Vale, NJ FD

Ex-Chief Allen “Al” Blumenthal, River Vale, NJ FD

Ex-Chief Henry W. Miller II, Engine 18, Maywood, NJ FD

Ex-Chief Edward “Hambone” Ortyl, Rescue Engine #3, Garfield, NJ FD

Ex-Chief Mark Loesner, LF Hose Co. 1, Little Ferry, NJ FD

FF Albert Mann, Rockland H&L, Spring Valley, NY FD

FF Howard M. Tiedmann, Tenafly Fire Dept, Tenafly, NJ GF

FF Giulio Pignocelli, Paramus Co. 4, Paramus, NJ FD

Ex-Chief Joseph R Mara, Emerson Fire Dept., Emerson, NJ FD

FF Joseph G Cannon, Ridgefield Park Fire Dept, Ridgefield Park, NJ FD

FF Charles R. Montgommery Jr., Teaneck Fire Dept., Teaneck, NJ FD

Ex-Chief Norman A. Hoyt Sr., Fire Co. 2, Bergenfield, NJ FD

Ex-Chief Ralph Hsrty, Tallman Fire Dept., Tallman NY FD

William G. Hunt – Fifty Years of Service

William G. Hunt is a long-time resident of Moonachie. He and his wife have been married for fifty years. Chief Hunt is a fifty-year member of the Moonachie Volunteer Fire Department. He joined the department in 1971. Bill has served as the Chief of the department twice and is now the Assistant Chief. In his fifty years, he has seen many fires, ranging from industry and residential locations to Meadowlands brush fires and the American Dream ski ramp fire.

He recalls how the department and the Borough of Moonachie were severely tested by Hurricane Sandy, There was over three feet of water in the firehouse. Even though much of the departments equipment was lost, he is proud of how everyone came together to serve the people of Moonachie in their hour of need.

His son is a twenty-year member of the department and has served as Chief, also.

His son in-law , a police officer, is currently a member and has held the position of Fire Chief, Bill is also a veteran of the US Navy. He enlisted in 1965. He served aboard the USS La Salle, LPD 3. Bill remembers the time his ship was tasked with the mission to recover the Gemini 2-MOL test space capsule’s second flight near Ascension Island. The capsule was returned to Cape Kennedy.

Thank you, sir, for your service to both the nation and the Borough of Moonachie.


We have been advised by Donna Buscio that there are some clinics falsely advertising that there are associated with her program when they are not. There is a chance that some individuals may receive charges/invoices from these “false” facilities. There are only four locations where you can get the “Captain Buscio” physical:

Newark location: 340 Airis Drive, Suite 203, Newark, NJ 07114 – 973-596-1200
Secaucus Location: 1265 Paterson Plank Road, Suite 2D-2E, Secaucus, NJ 07094 – 201-216-3055
Paramus Location: 1 Sears Drive, Suite 401, Paramus, NJ 07652 – 201-556-1225
Lakewood Location: 1255 Route 70, Suite 12-S, Lakewood, NJ 08701 – 732-987-9676

Please pass this on to all your members ASAP, who might take advantage of this program, so they do not get scammed.
Their website may have also been compromised so only make appointments using the four location phone numbers above. If you have any issues, concerns, or problems related to the program, you can contact Donna Buscio directly at
Stay safe.