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On Saturday May 31st 2014 Hackensack Fire Department held their valor awards for the years of 2011 to 2013. Chief Freeman addressed the audience and stated how proud he was of all of the members of the department for their actions keeping with the finest traditions of the department. Chief Freeman also thanked the members of the HFD honor guard for their continued work and dedication. Lieutenant Spero Leakas was the master of ceremonies and explained what actions were taken by the members to receive their awards. During the ceremony over 20 awards were given out here are some of the highlights of the awards. The Patriot award was given to Fire Fighters Justin Mignogna, Julio Siguenza and Chris Mazzocchi for their service to the USA prior to becoming firefighters. Acting Lieutenant J. Portacio, F/F’s Hellpap, M. Greco, D. Oddo received a Meritorious service award for removing a FF in distress at a working fire located at 265 Clinton Place on May 26 2012. Lieutenant J. Taylor, F/F V. Ulysse, received a meritorious service award and F/F’s M. Martinelli, & C. Mazzocchi received a unit citation for their actions in removing an unconscious victim at a working fire located at 130 Overlook Avenue Apartment #6E on October 21, 2013. Other citations were given out for CPR and AED saves to mutable members.