WHEREAS, Firefighter Kevin Apuzzio was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and attended Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, where he served as a peer leader, led the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program, became an Emergency Medical Technician and at the age of 16 volunteered to serve with the Union Emergency Medical Unit; and
WHEREAS, Firefighter Apuzzio attended the Livingston College of Rutgers University as a criminal justice major, where he joined the Rutgers Emergency Medical Services Department, and also served as a volunteer firefighter with the East Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company since August 2003, and
WHEREAS, on the morning of April 11, 2006 in the Township of East Franklin in Somerset County, Firefighter Apuzzio, at the age of 21, made the ultimate sacrifice, giving his life while leading a crew of four firefighters into a burning single-family dwelling to rescue an elderly woman who was trapped inside, and
WHEREAS, Kevin Apuzzio's selfless devotion to public service and the protection of others makes him a hero and a true role model for all New Jerseyans and, therefore, it is appropriate and fitting for the State where he was born and raised to recognize his remarkable commitment to the welfare of others, to mark his untimely passing, to remember his family as they mourn their tragic loss, and to honor his memory;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JON S. CORZINE, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:
- The flag of the United States of America and the flag of New Jersey shall be flown at half-staff at all State departments, offices, agencies and instrumentalities during appropriate hours on Tuesday, April 18, 2006, in recognition of the life and in mourning of the passing of Firefighter Kevin Apuzzio.
- This Order shall take effect immediately.
GIVEN, under my hand and seal this 13th day
Two Thousand and Six, and of the
Of the United States, the Two
Hundred and Thirtieth.
/s/ Jon S. Corzine
/s/ Edward J. McBride, Jr.
Deputy Chief Counsel to the Governor