On Thursday, October 25, 2018, members of the Summit Fire Department were honored by the Burn Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center with a medal of valor for rescue efforts at the December 31, 2017 fire in Summit, NJ. On arrival at the scene, fire department personnel were met with heavy fire conditions throughout the building and made multiple rescues of occupants trapped on second and third floors. Although 12 families lost homes that night, no life-threatening injuries were sustained by either the occupants or firefighters during the incident.
From left to right, Summit Fire Department members Firefighter Brian Tavis, Firefighter Christopher Esposito, Firefighter Dwight Nichols, Firefighter Gabriel Iannella, Lieutenant James Pignatello, and Battalion Chief Henry Clint Evers. Also honored by Saint Barnabas Medical Center but not pictured are Millburn Fire Department members Firefighter Michael Pershyn, Firefighter Augustine Muresan, Captain Bernard Cunningham.