Former Chief AL Sico, Chief Buster Bentley, 1st Asst Chief Angelo Ciaglia, 2nd Chief Joe Sirianni
Long Branch: When the votes were counted on Tuesday night Alfred “Buster” Bentley moved up from 1st Assistant to become Chief of the 9-company Long Branch Fire Department. Buster will officially take over the position on January 1, 2012 as the city transitions into the new year.
His slot will be filled by the new 1st Assistant Chief Angelo Ciaglia. It is a second time through the office for hm. He was among the many firefighters and friends gathered at the West End Fire Company to welcome the new 2nd Assistant Chief Joe Sirianni.
Stepping down from the top slot is Al Sico. He is one of a family of firefighters, including his dad back in 1953 and a brother now deceased. He said he is the oldest active chief at age 69.
Reflecting on this year’s election Sico said this is the third time of the past four elections that the position of Chief was uncontested. In years before multiple candidates was more often the norm
Fire Chief-elect Buster Bentley is a 30-year member of the department. His experience includes service as a Captain at the Branchport Company. He is a driver and a member of Fire Rescue. A Long Branch High graduate, Bentley collected several medals as a lettered runner in the 5-mile event for the track team. He and his wife Deborah and their two daughters reside in West Long Branch.
The Sirianni family - Msr Sam, 2nd Asst Ch. Joe, Michael, sister Ann Marie and mother Marie