Editor's note: This article begins a new series on Bridgewater Patch recognizing the contributions of the township's volunteer fire fighters, your neighbors and friends. This week, meet the first of our features on the line officers of Bradley Gardens Volunteer Fire Co.
"These are the guys that really make things happen for me and they deserve recognition for it," Frank Ur, Bradley Gardens Volunteer Fire Co. chief, said.
Capt. Christopher De Lorenzo, 33, joined the fire company in 2004. He counts among his tasks at the company the annual ladders and hose testing, scheduling required checks of equipment, such as making certain air masks fit properly, running drills to keep the members' firefighting skills sharp, signing members up for additional training classes at the fire academy.
"I am the lead officer that responds to fire alarms on our engines," he said.
Capt. De Lorenzo is excited to be captain this year, with the many challenges of the job.
"I feel I can pass on a lot of my training and experience to our firefighters through drills and alarms that we go on," he said. "We are also going to begin training this year to form a swift water rescue team. I look forward to helping establish this along with our other officers."