Lawrence Township employs five career firefighters, who presently operate from the Lawrenceville firehouse using Telesquirt 23 as their primary response apparatus. In addition to responding to all emergencies in the township requiring a fire department response, as well as responding to a variety of medical emergencies in support of our EMS Division, the career firefighters’ duties include the regular running and inspecting of fire apparatus, including exercising pumps and aerial ladders; exercising and refueling powered equipment such as saws, fans, and rescue tools; maintaining breathing apparatus components and oxygen cylinders; mounting equipment and hose on apparatus; and making minor repairs to apparatus and equipment.
Firefighter Colucci was appointed to the career staff on July 16, 2018 and is assigned Badge #19. A lifelong township resident and proud graduate of Lawrence High School, Justice grew up exposed to the emergency services world through his father’s law enforcement career with Plainsboro Police Department. That helped to fuel Justice’s interest in community service and he joined Lawrence Road Fire Company as a volunteer back in July 2013, meaning that he already had five years’ firefighting experience when he was hired. Justice is also a state-certified emergency medical technician, training that has benefited many of our citizens at the motor vehicle accidents and other medical emergencies that our career firefighters have responded to. Justice is 25 and engaged to be married to his fiancée, Sarah. Justice is an avid arts and crafts aficionado, and can usually be found tinkering in the back of the firehouse trying to invent new uses for discarded equipment. His custom helmet dryer – built using an old fire hose coupling and cooling fan from an obsolete desktop computer – has proven to be quite a success.
|Firefighter Lenarski was appointed to the career staff on September 3, 2019 and assigned Badge #20. Prior to being hired by Lawrence Township, he worked as a dispatch supervisor at Mercer County's Central 911 Communications Center. A third-generation firefighter – following in the footsteps of his grandfather, father, uncles and brother – Todd joined Slackwood Volunteer Fire Company as a cadet in 2003 at 14 and elevated to junior status at 16. Upon turning 18 in 2007, Todd attended the Mercer County Fire Academy obtaining state certification as a firefighter. He became one of Slackwood's most active members and has been the recipient of all of the fire company’s prestigious annual awards: President’s Award, Chief’s Award and Firefighter of the Year Award. Todd has held every fire line position from lieutenant upward, culminating in his election as Slackwood’s fire chief in January 2019. While he had to step down as Slackwood’s chief when he was hired, Todd has continued to faithfully serve and protect the citizens of Lawrence Township in his new career. A Lawrence High School graduate, Todd is 32 and has been married to his wife Stephanie since 2012. Their children are Jordon, Madison and Brinley. Paradoxically, Todd is an ardent supporter of the Philadelphia Eagles, the New York Yankees and New Jersey Devils.|
|Firefighter Orochena was appointed to the career staff on October 1, 2019 and assigned Badge #21. Jaime is 27 years old and was born and raised in New York City. After graduating from Xavier High School in 2011, he attended Syracuse University pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. During his final year at Syracuse, his mother became diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition, so he took a leave of absence in order to move back home and help out his family, who by then were living in Lawrence Township. Jaime's passion for helping others, in combination with the interpersonal and communication skills he developed through his studies, led him to develop a strong interest in firefighting. This prompted him to take the state’s entry level Civil Service firefighter test and, for a brief period, to serve as a volunteer firefighter in Hightstown Borough, N.J. He is a graduate of the Mercer County Fire Academy. Jaime lives with his girlfriend Celia in East Windsor. During his free time, you can find Jaime attempting to exercise or rooting hard for his beloved New York sports teams.|
|Firefighter Ratcliffe was appointed to the career staff on April 1, 2013 and is assigned Badge #16. He originally joined Lawrence Road Fire Company as a volunteer in April 1992 during his freshman year at Rider University, and has remained a resident of Lawrence Township ever since. Mike’s father spent 40 years as a volunteer firefighter in their hometown of Metuchen, N.J., so Mike has known about the fire service his entire life. During his 21 years volunteering at Lawrence Road, Mike served as fire company lieutenant, captain, administrative president, and company historian. Through Rider University’s “study abroad” program, Mike lived and studied in England for four months. While not attending classes or sightseeing during that time, Mike rode along on emergency calls with the London Fire Brigade. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications. Prior to being hired as a career firefighter for Lawrence Township, Mike worked as a journalist for almost 20 years, starting as a crime beat reporter for The Trenton Times and concluding as editor of the Lawrenceville Patch online news site. He is also the author of a book published in 2021 about the history of the Trenton Fire Department. Mike is 48 and has been married to his wife, Ann, since 2002. They have one son, James.|