The Borough of Roseland, NJ offers its sincere condolences to the family of lifelong Roseland resident and former Chief of the Roseland Fire Department, George Batta. In Chief Batta’s honor, the flag has been lowered to half-staff.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Chief Batta’s family and friends at this tough time,” said Roseland Mayor James R. Spango. “We salute Chief Batta for his lifetime of selfless service to the Borough of Roseland and its residents.”
Chief Batta passed away on November 24th at the age of 84 surrounded by the love of friends and family and had a lifetime of service to both community and country. He served in the Army during peacetime and was honorably discharged in 1966. George then served in the Roseland Fire Department for 50 years as a driver, a pump operator, as Assistant Chief, and then as Fire Chief. George worked at Becker Farm for several decades, including operating the beloved Centerville and Southwestern Railroad Miniature Railway. He also worked as a Maintenance Supervisor for various companies for two decades and at the Crestmont County Club before retiring.
George loved spending time here in Roseland, visiting his favorite local restaurants and talking with fellow residents and friends and was certainly a fixture in the community. A service has already been held in his honor, but the family has requested that anyone who wishes to remember George donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the New Jersey State Firemen’s Home.