MONTVALE, N.J. — The Montvale Volunteer Fire Department on Oct. 29 celebrated its 91st year of service in the borough.
Firefighter Kevin Krazit Sr. has been with MFVD for 40 years.
William Maher is a 20-year veteran and Keith Miller has been with the department for 15 years.
"[Volunteer firefighters] do their endless hours of training, attend practice drills and maintain the equipment we provide them within A-1 condition," Montvale Mayor Roger Fyfe said.
"They cook pancakes for Montvale's moms on Mother's Day, create great presentations during fire prevention week each year... they get up in the middle of the night when it is 10 degrees outside and leave their families to answer that fire siren most of us sleep through."
"If it was about being recognized they would spend their time doing more noticeable things," he said.
"But of course it isn't about that. We can't express how fortunate we are to have these men and women who do such a great job," he added, "that the rest of us rarely think about."
The 60-year-old firehouse this spring will see a $4.9 million renovation ( SEE: Montvale To Get A New Firehouse Next Spring ).
"The condition of the present firehouse is almost embarrassing," Fyfe said, "and certainly doesn't reflect our appreciation for what [the firefighters] do."
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