A Filipino-American firefighter became New Jersey's first fire captain of Filipino descent in a ceremony recognizing 12 others including a man posthumously promoted to fire captain, NJ.com reported Friday.
Jonathan Gamutan was noted for his Filipino descent in his promotion.
Ten of his colleagues were also pronmoted to captain and two more were promoted to the rank of battalion chief.
Records from New Jersey's Civil Service Commission traced Gamutan's career as far back as the year 2000.
Gamutan was one of the men who appealed the decision of the Division of Human Resource Management to reconsider their decision regarding the "required amount of permanent status in a title to which the examination was open for Fire Captain."
Their appeals were denied by the Merit System Board and in another meeting on 2008.
Another firefighter promoted with Gamutan was James Woods, 44, who died on Dec. 26, 2014 after completing a 24-hour shift.
Stephan Drennan and Michael Nickerson were promoted to battalion chiefs, while Stephan Drennan Jeffrey Batt; Robert Baykowski; Michael Budinick; Gerald Drennan; Daniel Healy; Vincent Manchisi; Marshall O'Keefe; Miguel Rios; Joseph Shastay; and Todd Tarrant were promoted to fire chief. —Rie Takumi/ALG, GMA News