Mr. Garofalow is a 2nd generation, lifelong resident of the Village. As an employee of the Village, Gerard functioned as head of the Building Department for 29 years and is a retired building inspector. Gerard served in the United Stated Marine Corps and was honorably discharged.
Gerard continues to be a participant in the civic life of the Village, serving on many organizations and projects:
Active member of the Planning Board for 47 years
American Legion – 29 years
Rotary Club; member for 10 years (past president)
Historical Commission, vice-chairman
Fire Dept. monument on Euclid and Cedar Streets
Press box at Veteran’s Park
Pavilion in Veteran’s Park and Brewster Park
Vietnam Monument (master-of-ceremonies) dedication
Monument at Fellowship Park
9/11 Monument on Euclid Avenue
McGowan Park gazebo and sculpture
Mr. Garofalow is the oldest active fireman in the Village with 59 years of service with Hook and Ladder #2. Gerard’s parents served as Grand Marshals of the 1989 Ridgefield Park Civic Parade while Gerard was Fire Chief of the Ridgefield Park Fire Department.
Gerard has 8 children, 20 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
Congratulations to our 2021 Grand Marshall !!