PFANJ President Dominick Marino Passes Away Suddenly At Home

April 14, 2020

The Executive Board of the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey (PFANJ) regrets to announce the passing of PFANJ President Dominick Marino. President Marino passed away suddenly Tuesday afternoon at home.

President Marino served for over 25 years as a firefighter in the North Bergen Fire Department and North Hudson Regional Fire Rescue, retiring from active service in 2011. He held multiple leadership positions in the firefighter union locals in both departments. President Marino served for many years as 2nd Vice President and Treasurer of the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey, the chartered state association of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), before becoming President in 2008.

President Marino leaves behind his wife Ellen, three children, and two grandchildren.

Additional details and services information will be made available once arranged.

Statement by Governor Murphy on the Passing of Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey President Dominick Marino

“Dominick Marino didn’t just run into burning buildings, he knocked down walls to protect his fellow firefighters. He put his heart and soul into everything he did for his members, and in doing so he exemplified everything you ever could want from a leader. One of the great honors of my governorship was to sign the Thomas P. Canzanella 21st Century First Responders Protection Act, but that bill could just as easily have carried Dominick’s name because of the dedication he showed in getting it passed. I will miss his friendship and good counsel, and his regular check ins, including this week. He was one of a kind. My deepest condolences go out to his family, his membership, and the entire New Jersey firefighting community.”

IAFF PFANJ President Dominick Marino at NJ State House Senate Committee 6/16/2011

It is with the heaviest of hearts we announce the untimely passing of President Dominick Marino of the PFANJ.  

We all make up NJ Bravest.  No matter what patch wear or what banner you fly we are bonded together by the fire service and public safety.  

Donnie was a fierce advocate for Firefighters, EMT’s and Paramedics.  We worked alongside each other in many situations.  When we put our collective voices together we could truly accomplish so much in the interest of our members.

I am truly saddened by this loss.  It is a reality check for me that the stresses of this job are deep and real.  Donnie and I both shared a passion to help and a strong conviction to advocate on behalf of our members.  Although sometimes we traveled down a different path we ultimately met up and and accomplished the goal together.  

NJ lost a great a man and Union leader.  His family lost a husband, father and grandfather.   

On behalf of the over 5,000 members of the NJ FMBA I have the privilege to represent we offer our condolences to the PFANJ and the Marino family.  If there is anything we can do, consider it done. 

Rest Easy Donnie….