His swearing-in, scheduled for January 1, will begin DeFazio’s third tour as chief, a post he held in 1987 and 1993. A member of the Relief Engine Company on Drummond Place, DeFazio retired from the police department in 2010, after 35 years on the force. He’ll succeed Chris Soden, of the Union Hose Company, in a tradition that rotates the top job among the borough’s six fire companies.
DeFazio’s second-in-command will be Stu Jensen, of Navesink Hook & Ladder. Wayne Hartman of the Independent Engine Company, who served as chief in 1995, will be third in command.
DeFazio, is seen above with Joe Lauterwasser, who served as chief in 2015. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)