Elizabeth Firefighters FMBA Local 9 was a recipient of the Community Service Award by Missionaries on a Mission for community involvement, outstanding leadership, and outstanding achievements. The award was presented by President Missionary Cerise Simmons at the Missionaries on a Mission Block Party and Community Awareness Day held on Saturday, June 20, 2015 on Poplar Street between 1st and East 2nd Avenues. Local 9 Vice President David Bialas was on hand to accept the award on behalf of the organization.
Missionaries on a Mission is a faith based organization that focuses on charity work in Elizabeth and surrounding areas in the county. This past year, FMBA Local 9 worked with Missionaries on a Mission on Thanksgiving food baskets with a donation of turkeys and hams, and a Holiday Bicycle Giveaway in honor of late Elizabeth Police Department Det. Edward Gray, father of Local 9 member Mark Gray. “It has been a pleasure to work with Ms. Cerise Simmons and her organization,” said Vice President Bialas, “they are truly selfless in their tireless work in the community.”