A longtime member of the Teaneck Fire Department known for his charity flights and work in the community has been promoted from captain to battalion chief.
Council members praised newly-minted Battalion Chief Jordan Zaretsky at a town council meeting last week. Zaretsky, who became a firefighter in 1994, has served as the department’s training officer and ran numerous safety presentations for residents.
“He’s been extremely valuable to the firefighters and the residents of Teaneck,” said Fire Chief Anthony Verley. “He’s going to do a great job for us.”
Councilman Elie Y. Katz called Zaretsky “a real professional” and pointed to his involvement with community events.
“This is great for the department,” Katz said. “It’s really great for the Teaneck family.”
In addition to firefighting, Zaretsky is a certified pilot and donates his time with Angel Flights, a service providing free flights for charitable medical cases.
In one mission, Zaretsky volunteered to fly doctors and medical supplies to aid relief efforts in Haiti following the devastating 2010 earthquake.
Zaretsky graduated from Teaneck High School and holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing, a master’s degree in supervision and administration, and is an emergency medical technician.