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PHOTOS: Former Fire Chief Honored At Bergenfield Little League Opening Day

Bergenfield Little League opening day.
Bergenfield Little League opening day. Photo Credit: Matt Speiser
Ned Kniesler
Ned Kniesler Photo Credit: Alex Kneisler
Bergenfield Mayor Norman Schmelz with Cindy, Alex and Eric Kniesler.
Bergenfield Mayor Norman Schmelz with Cindy, Alex and Eric Kniesler. Photo Credit: Matt Speiser
Bergenfield Little League opening day.
Bergenfield Little League opening day. Photo Credit: Matt Speiser
Bergenfield Little League opening day.
Bergenfield Little League opening day. Photo Credit: Matt Speiser
Bergenfield Little League opening day.
Bergenfield Little League opening day. Photo Credit: Matt Speiser
Bergenfield Little League opening day.
Bergenfield Little League opening day. Photo Credit: Matt Speiser
Bergenfield Little League opening day.
Bergenfield Little League opening day. Photo Credit: Matt Speiser
Bergenfield Little League opening day.
Bergenfield Little League opening day. Photo Credit: Matt Speiser
Bergenfield Little League opening day.
Bergenfield Little League opening day. Photo Credit: Matt Speiser
Bergenfield Little League opening day.
Bergenfield Little League opening day. Photo Credit: Matt Speiser
Bergenfield Little League opening day.
Bergenfield Little League opening day. Photo Credit: Matt Speiser
Bergenfield Little League opening day.
Bergenfield Little League opening day. Photo Credit: Matt Speiser
Bergenfield Little League opening day.
Bergenfield Little League opening day. Photo Credit: Matt Speiser
Bergenfield Little League coaches on opening day.
Bergenfield Little League coaches on opening day. Photo Credit: Matt Speiser
Kathie Lacey hugs Cindy Kniesler.
Kathie Lacey hugs Cindy Kniesler. Photo Credit: Matt Speiser
The Kneisler family is presented with a plaque renaming the snack stand "Coach Ned Kneisler Snack Stand."
The Kneisler family is presented with a plaque renaming the snack stand "Coach Ned Kneisler Snack Stand." Photo Credit: Matt Speiser
Juan Valdez throws out the first pitch.
Juan Valdez throws out the first pitch. Photo Credit: Matt Speiser
Juan Valdez was named Sportsman of the Year.
Juan Valdez was named Sportsman of the Year. Photo Credit: Matt Speiser

BERGENFIELD, N.J. — Longtime Little League coach Ned Kneisler, a Bergenfield native who served as the borough's fire chief and DPW superintendent, was honored at Opening Day ceremonies Saturday morning.

Kneisler died suddenly last Sept. 4 after working for the borough for 36 years. He was 59.

"Ned was such a giant part of our community," Bergenfield Mayor Norman Schmelz told Daily Voice. "He loved little league and he loved the town and it is very sad that he could not be here today."

As part of the ceremony, the snack stand at the Bergenfield Little League complex was renamed for Kneisler. His widow, Cindy, and sons Alex and Eric were also presented with a plaque.

"He would [have] loved this," Cindy told Daily Voice. "We are so appreciative of everything the Little League has done for our family."

During the opening day festivities, Little League volunteer Juan Valdez was also presented with the "Sportsman Of The Year" award.

Check out the photos of the opening day ceremony above.

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