Eddie Donnelly took office this week for his fourth term as president of the New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association after winning re-election without opposition.
The union represents more than 5,000 career firefighters, dispatchers and EMTs statewide.
Donnelly noted the challenges his membership faced during the coronavirus pandemic and during Superstorm Ida, and credited his board members for a “monumental change” in the state pension system enhances retirement security for first responders.
“Because of our consistent efforts, and the voice we have fought for in Trenton, we made sure that our pensions, as well as those of past retirees, and future retirees, are in our hands and are secure,” he said.
State Sen. Joseph Cryan (D-Union) swore Donnelly in.
“I’ve known Eddie since his earliest days as a member of the Union Fire Department and have watched him grow into a fine firefighter and committed public servant,” said Cryan. “He’s also an amazing union leader, and, without a doubt, one of the strongest voices in Trenton when it comes to standing up for New Jersey’s working families.”
John Varollo, the president of FMBA Local 8 in Atlantic City, said Donnelly’s leadership led to his local rejoining the statewide union.
“Over the duration of my career the fire service hasn’t had a labor leader comparable to Eddie Donnelly,” stated Varollo. “President Donnelly and the team he has built over the years is the reason why Atlantic City is proud to be back in the FMBA.”