10/20/2015 - Flags flown at half-staff for Army Specialist Kevin Joniel Rodriquez and Firefighter Gerald "Bear" Celecki
EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 188

WHEREAS, United States Army Specialist Kevin Joniel Rodriguez was a resident of Paterson, New Jersey; and

WHEREAS, Specialist Rodriguez enlisted in the Army on October 8, 2013; and

WHEREAS, Specialist Rodriguez served honorably as an infantryman with the 101st Airborne Division, Company A, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team; and

WHEREAS, Specialist Rodriguez was a dedicated and decorated soldier and the recipient of the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, and Expert Marksmanship Badge; and

WHEREAS, Specialist Rodriguez was a loving son and brother, whose memory lives in the hearts of his family, friends, and fellow soldiers; and

WHEREAS, Specialist Rodriguez tragically lost his life as the result of a training accident at Fort Campbell; and

WHEREAS, Specialist Rodriguez’ heroism, dedication, and commitment to service and country make it appropriate and fitting for the State of New Jersey to remember him, to mark his passing, and to honor his memory;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, CHRIS CHRISTIE, 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:

1. 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 Wednesday, October 21, 2015, in recognition and mourning of a brave and loyal American hero, United States Army Specialist Kevin Joniel Rodriguez.

2. This Order shall take effect immediately. GIVEN, under my hand and seal this 19th of October, Two Thousand and Fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States, the Two Hundred and Fortieth.

/s/ Chris Christie Governor Attest:

/s/ Thomas P. Scrivo Chief Counsel to the Governor
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EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 189

WHEREAS, Firefighter Gerald “Bear” Celecki was raised in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, and lived in South Amboy, New Jersey, serving for more than fifty years in the fire departments of both cities; and

WHEREAS, Gerald Celecki was a Chief of the Middlesex County Fire Police; and

WHEREAS, Gerald Celecki was a longtime member of the South Amboy Fire Department, Progressive Fire Company; and

WHEREAS, Gerald Celecki was a member of the Perth Amboy Volunteer Fire Department; and

WHEREAS, Gerald Celecki was a member of the New Jersey State Exempt Firemen’s Association; and

WHEREAS, Gerald Celecki was a member of the Antique Fire Apparatus Association of Central New Jersey; and

WHEREAS, Gerald Celecki, a loving and devoted husband and brother, tragically lost his life while on the scene during an emergency response; and

WHEREAS, Gerald Celecki’s dedication, determination, and selfless devotion to public service and the protection of others are worthy of recognition by all New Jerseyans; and

WHEREAS, it is appropriate and fitting for the State of New Jersey to recognize his commitment to the welfare and safety of others, to mark his passing, to honor his memory, and to remember his many friends and his family as they mourn their tragic loss;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, CHRIS CHRISTIE, 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:

1. 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 Thursday, October 22, 2015, in recognition of the life and in mourning of the passing of Firefighter Gerald “Bear” Celecki.

2. Furthermore, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 52:3-12, the flag of the United States of America and the flag of New Jersey shall be flown at half-staff at the State House during appropriate hours in recognition of the life and in mourning of the passing of Firefighter Gerald “Bear” Celecki.

3. This Order shall take effect immediately. GIVEN, under my hand and seal this 20th of October, Two Thousand and Fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States, the Two Hundred and Fortieth.

/s/ Chris Christie Governor Attest:

/s/ Thomas P. Scrivo Chief Counsel to the Governor
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