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FDNY pays tribute to the lives of two Bronx firefighters killed in the line of duty
ieutenant Howard J. Carpluk, Jr. of
Engine 42 and Probationary Fire-
fighter Michael C. Reilly of Engine
75 were honored during the Fire Depart-
ment’s 99th Annual Memorial Day ceremo-
ny on October 11.
The solemn service at the Firefighter’s
Memorial Monument on the Upper West
Side of Manhattan drew more than 7,000
firefighters, family members and friends.
“Your respectful presence here means
more than any words I can say,” said Mayor
Bloomberg. “As a city we will always
remember Lieutenant Carpluk and Fire-
fighter Reilly and all of our bravest who
heroically gave their lives so others might
Families of the fallen members received
the Medal of Valor from the Department
and the Medal of Supreme Sacrifice from
the Uniformed Firefighters Association and
the Uniformed Fire Officers Association.
Thousands gathered at the Firefighter's Memorial Monument for FDNY Memorial Day
Also honored were nine active members
on October 11. The ceremony honored Lt. Howard Carpluk and FF Michael Reilly as
who died in the past year: Lieutenant
well as nine other FDNY members who have died in the last year.
Reinaldo Natal; Firefighters Micah Bumb,
Thomas Sweetman, Jr., William Moran and
Daniel Feltham; Paramedics Deborah
Scoppetta told the families of Lieutenant A Dark Day: August 27, 2006
Reeve and Gregory Serena; and EMTs
Carpluk and Firefighter Reilly: Lieutenant Carpluk and Firefighter Reil-
Felix Hernandez, Jr. and Paul Langa.
“Today, the word ‘sacrifice’ takes on a ly were fatally injured after fighting a three-
Then before the crowd of active and
very real and painful meaning. But please alarm fire at 1575 Walton Avenue in the
retired members began to march up River-
know that the thousands of firefighters Mount Hope section of the Bronx on
side Drive, Fire Commissioner Nicholas
attending this ceremony are here for you – August 27. The firefighters became trapped
and for every family that has lost someone after the floor of a one-story, 99-cent store
IN THIS ISSUE in the line of duty. You are now, and will collapsed into the basement.
always be, part of the FDNY family.” They were transported to Bronx
Chief of Department Salvatore Cass- Lebanon Hospital, where Firefighter Reilly
Message Page 2
sano praised firefighters for their loyalty to succumbed to his injuries on August 27.
eachother and the community: “In the evo-
lution of the Fire Department, one thing has (Continued on page 3)
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is second to none.” starting on page 6
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New Operations Center Unveiled at Headquarters
archived photographs of the buildings within
ast month, the Department officially unveiled its new $17
million, state-of-the-art Operations Center (FDOC) at seconds – assisting incident commanders with
Headquarters. Uniformed members working in the new descriptions of the structures and their use.
FDOC monitor all emergency responses 24 hours a day, 7 days a They were able to quickly ascertain which
week and the facility serves as a command center for the Chief of subway and bus lines ran near the sites and Commissioner’s
Department or his designee to manage large-scale or multiple determine which needed to be suspended.
Live Police Department helicopter feeds also
incidents. Built with the most advanced technology available to
first responders, the FOC is a ground-breaking, innovative new were being monitored for potential hazards.
tool in the FDNY’s arsenal. To better facilitate the exchange of information among FDNY
The FDOC brings more accurate information to the fire units and other agencies, high-tech communication tools are also
ground than ever before, while providing the Department with a an integral part of the new center. The FDOC now receives and
remote command post in the event of a major disaster. From using transmits on several radio frequencies, including the NYPD, and
computerized maps of nearby fire hydrants and subway lines to is linked to two telephone exchanges should one be damaged for
monitoring multiple radio frequencies, members in the FDOC any reason. Every radio transmission and telephone call that
can now share critical data with incident commanders, enabling comes into the center is recorded and can be played back – so
them to lead a more effective response. As a result, our incident important information is never lost during a crisis.
commanders are better equipped and informed when sending fire- The center also has been constructed to support two new tech-
fighters and EMS members to an emergency situation. nologies that will help members in the FDOC more quickly gath-
Our new Operations Center is the result of recommendations er information about the status, location and operations of fire-
made in the McKinsey Report, the consulting firm that analyzed fighters in the field. The Automatic Vehicle Location system
the city’s response to the September 11 attacks. It suggested we (AVL) currently monitors the location of all ambulances in the
increase our capabilities to handle all types of emergencies, city, and soon all fire rigs will be tracked in the same way. In the
namely improvements to our communications and tracking tech- near future, the Department also plans on employing Electronic
nologies. Yet we have gone above and beyond those recommen- Command Boards (ECB’s) in a pilot program, so incident com-
dations – developing an unprecedented information hub that will manders can see most of the data accessed in the FDOC and trans-
enable us to learn almost anything about a building’s structure, mit updates back via the command boards. This revolutionary
history or use. way of sharing information will greatly improve operations and
These capabilities were put to use during the airplane crash on keep all of us better informed.
October 11, when a small plane hit an apartment building on East In addition to the Emergency Operations Center, which over-
72nd Street, as well as the major gas explosion that leveled an sees the day-to-day operations, the facility also includes the Inci-
East 62nd Street building on July 10. FDOC personnel retrieved dent Support Center, where our Incident Management Teams will
convene in the event of a large-scale disaster.
Led by Deputy Assistant Chief John Coloe, the new
FDOC is an incredible tool and will serve as a model for
fire departments around the world. It proves the innova-
tion of our members, as well as their dedication to protect
the greatest city in the world. I would like to especially
thank Deputy Commissioner Milton Fischberger, David
Litvin, Kevin Jones, Joe Mastropietro, Horatio Mauri,
Capt. Kevin Munnelly, Deputy Assistant Chief Joe
Pfeifer, Donald Stanton and Terry Woods for their tireless
Thank you all for your hard work and stay safe.
2 COMMISSIONER’S MESSAGE
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HEROES REMEMBERED Captain Robert
Alfieri recalled the
(Continued from page 1) Proby’s courage and
Lieutenant Carpluk later was transferred to “Most of the men
the cardiac support center in Montefiore that come to Engine 75
Medical Center where he died on August come highly recom-
28. mended,” said Captain
Three others – Battalion Chief Thomas Alfieri. “Michael was
Auer, and Firefighters John Grasso and no exception.”
Wayne Walters – were injured in the col- Firefighter Reilly is
lapse. They were taken to area hospitals in survived by his par-
serious condition and were released. ents, Michael and
The Courageous Proby Monica, his brother,
Firefighter Reilly was laid to rest on Sep- Kevin and his sister,
tember 1 after a funeral mass at St. Paul Erin.
R.C. Church in his hometown of Ramsey, The Fearless
New Jersey. Thousands of firefighters lined Senior Man
the streets of the small town to honor the life Lieutenant Carpluk
of the proby who graduated from the Fire was laid to rest on Sep-
Academy on July 6. tember 2 after a funeral
“Those who served with Michael all use mass at St. Mark’s
the same phrase, ‘He was squared away,’” Episcopal Church in Firefighters salute fallen Firefighter Michael Reilly during his
said Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “In a pro- Islip, Long Island. funeral procession in Ramsey, New Jersey.
fession that demands bravery, skill, self-dis- More than 10,000 fire-
cipline, ‘squared away’ are words of the fighters stood in
highest praise.” 1988, when he saved the lives of two uncon-
And although he was a proby in the windswept rain to pay tribute to the hero.
scious men he found in the bedroom of a
FDNY, Firefighter Reilly had been involved “What I thought I knew about Howie
fire-engulfed apartment in the Bronx.
in fire service since the age of 16. He was that he touched many people. But what
Lieutenant Carpluk graduated from the
worked as a volunteer for the Ramsey Res- I’ve learned … is that he not only touched
Academy in 1986 and went to work at Lad-
cue Squad and Ramsey Volunteer Fire these people, he embraced them,” she said.
der 31 before being promoted to lieutenant
Department before taking a paid firefighting “I’d love to hear as many Howie stories as I
in 1999. He then worked out of Battalion 18
job in Stratford, Connecticut and rising to can. May our memories help us all.”
before moving to Engine 42 in 2002.
the rank of lieutenant. She remembered her husband as the con-
Friend and colleague Lieutenant Steve
He was also a marine reservist who summate father to their children Bradley,
Wall said when Lieutenant Carpluk was
served a tour of duty in Iraq. 14, and Paige, 10, and a bright light to any-
assigned to Engine 42, his “easy-going
“His lifelong dream was to become a one who knew him.
manner and quick wit quickly won us over.”
firefighter, always wanting to help people in Many also remembered him as a talented
Many also cited him for being the key-
harm’s way,” said Fire Commissioner firefighter. Lieutenant Carpluk received
stone that held the firehouse together after
Nicholas Scoppetta. “He applied to the two citations for bravery, including one
the attacks of September 11, and others
FDNY to succeed in the greatest fire award for a heroic rescue on March 30,
remembered him as the bridge
department in the world, and we between the old and new gen-
will be forever grateful that he erations at the house.
chose us.” Commissioner Scoppetta
In Proby School last spring, added that his compassion
Firefighter Reilly was chosen as a and love for the job were evi-
squad leader and everyone, from dent every day.
his classmates to the instructors, “Howie’s competitiveness
noted that they immediately saw made him strive for excel-
his potential. lence. And he succeeded,” he
“He was dedicated, he was said. “He was good at every-
determined, he loved the job and thing he put his mind to …
he was a leader,” said Firefighter And he was a superb fire-
Matthew Crowley of Ladder 23, fighter because he had that
who became friends with Fire- added edge – and because he
fighter Reilly at the Academy. “You Lieutenant Howard Carpluk is mourned by thousands of family loved it so.”
didn’t want to disappoint him.” and friends in Islip, Long Island.
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Like Father, Like Son
Proby class includes numerous Department legacies
Three veteran firefighters, who graduated from the Academy together in 1979, gathered again for the graduation of their sons on Sep-
tember 12. (L to R) FF John Norman, Jr., Chief John Norman, retired BC Philip Parr, FF Paul Parr, FF Anthony D’Amico and retired
FF Joseph D’Amico.
all it the Proby Graduation reunion. Michael Bloomberg. “It’s a tough job, but They also offered assistance at the
C FDNY Chief of Special Operations
a fun job. I’ve never met a firefighter that
didn’t love his or her job.”
funerals of Lieutenant Howard Carpluk,
Jr. and Firefighter Michael Reilly, who
John Norman, retired Battalion Chief Another Department legacy who grad- died after battling a Bronx fire on August
Philip Parr and retired Firefighter Joseph uated during the ceremony was Proba- 27. And the group raised $3,000 for the
D’Amico all graduated from the Fire tionary Firefighter Devin Reilly. He joins firefighters’ families.
Academy together in 1979. his father Battalion Chief William Reilly, “You have already shown the care and
And on September 12, they reunited to and brothers Firefighter Chris Reilly of commitment to each other that is the
celebrate the graduation of their sons Pro- Engine 45 and Firefighter Justin Reilly of strength of this Department,” said Fire
bationary Firefighters John Norman, Jr., Engine 75 on the job. Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta. “The
Paul Parr and Anthony D’Amico, who Probationary Firefighter Michael Department is already proud of you. You
were among the 175 graduates at Proby McNally, nephew of Chief of Operations have learned that your greatest strength
Graduation at Brooklyn College. Patrick McNally, was also among the on the job is each other.”
“Members of the FDNY inspire the graduates. This class had two valedictorians, Pro-
world with their bravery,” said Mayor “The job has changed, the city has bationary Firefighters John Norman and
changed, the world has Salvatore Scafuri, who were joined on the
changed, but the one stage by class Salutatorian Paul Hoekze-
thing that hasn’t ma and the Physical Fitness Award win-
changed over the years ner Raymond Cuadrado.
is you, the firefighters,” The group also included 12 members
said Chief of Depart- who served in the military, including four
ment Salvatore Cassano. who completed a tour of duty in Iraq.
The class was praised All of the graduates were assigned to
for its hard work and firehouses throughout the city.
dedication, but also for “Experience will be your best
its compassion. They teacher,” said Commissioner Scoppetta.
served as honor guard at “It is a tough one because it gives the test
the September 11 first and the lesson afterward. But the les-
memorial service at St. sons you learn from those experiences,
Patrick’s Cathedral and from those tests, are so much more mem-
Fire Promotions: Ten captains and 45 lieutenants were the fifth anniversary cer- orable.”
promoted in a ceremony at the Queensborough Per- emony at the World
forming Arts Center on August 24. Trade Center site.
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Becoming Heroes, Saving Lives
81 new paramedics and EMTs graduate from the EMS Academy
hey helped deliver a baby, save a
child trapped by a bus and rescue
the victim of a dog attack – all
while still in training.
And after eight weeks instruction and
real-world experience, nine paramedics
and 72 EMTs joined the ranks at EMS
Graduation at Randall’s Island on Sep-
“These are individuals who are willing
to make sacrifices in order to pursue a
career helping others,” said Chief of EMS
John Peruggia. “They are not ordinary
people. They are tomorrow’s heroes.”
He noted that the graduates were dedi-
cated and driven, qualities many may
have picked up from their family mem-
bers who are in the Department.
“It is such an honor to wear the FDNY Paramedics and EMTs take the Oath of Geneva during their graduation ceremony on
uniform and follow all the first responders September 15.
who came before us,” said Paramedic
Kristin Heinz, who was congratulated by And as each member took to the stage Heinz and EMTs David Israeli and
her husband, Firefighter Dan Smith of to accept their new position, the packed Thomas Ordway, the class presented its
Ladder 129. crowd of family and friends cheered wild- instructors with the traditional plaque, as
EMS Deputy Chief Eric Espeut, a 32- ly. well as a few gag gifts, including socks
year veteran of the Command, beamed as “We are at our best when patients are and Devil Dogs.
he watched his daughter, EMT Chaunte in their most dire need,” said First Deputy “Be proud of your profession, main-
Williams, follow in his footsteps. Commissioner Frank Cruthers. tain your sense of duty and maintain your
“It’s a great thing any time one of your Academic Awards went to Paramedic sense of humor,” said Chief of Depart-
children makes their own choice to pursue Justin Young and EMTs Haralambos ment Salvatore Cassano. “It will get you
the same profession you have come to Saltas and John Louis. through anything.”
love,” said Chief Espeut. And after speeches by Paramedic
EMS Promotions: Three
captains were promoted to
the rank of deputy chief
and 16 paramedics and
EMTs were promoted to
lieutenant in a ceremony
at Randall’s Island on
August 7. Fire Commis-
sioner Nicholas Scoppetta
noted that three of the
newly promoted deputy
chiefs each had more than
22 years on the job and
“helped shape today’s
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he fifth anniversary of
the World Trade Center
attacks was marked with
solemn tributes through-
out the city, remember- FDNY marks the anniver
ing the 2,749 lives that were lost on
September 11, 2001. with solemn tributes
From the Bronx to Staten Island,
Fire Department members took part
and Chief of Operations Patrick McNally
in memorials large and small, com-
began the day by placing a wreath at the base
memorating the tragic events of the
of the Firefighter’s Monument on Riverside
day and remembering all the individ-
Drive before heading to the World Trade
uals who gave their lives.
Center site for the city’s memorial service.
“Members of this Department
Spouses, partners and significant others
who gave their all that day gave
read the names of those lost, as family mem-
every firefighter and EMS worker the
bers walked down the ramp and into the pit
conviction and the will to carry on,”
to pay their respects.
said Fire Commissioner Nicholas
Thousands prayed and reminisced around
Scoppetta. “It is important to remem-
a small reflecting pool located where the
ber their sacrifice, and it is also
North Tower once stood. They laid flowers,
important to remember their courage,
photographs and other mementos in the
their uncommon devotion to duty.
water and wrote tiny notes in marker along
These qualities will guide and inspire
the wood planks surrounding the pool. Some
future generations of firefighters and
planted flowers in the gravel of the Tower’s
World Trade Center Memorial
Family members and friends raise photos of their “We have come to remember the incredi-
Commissioner Scoppetta, Chief of
loved ones at the World Trade Center site during ble lives of the 2,749 people who were lost
Department Salvatore Cassano, First
the annual memorial on September 11, 2006. here five years ago,” said Mayor Michael
Deputy Commissioner Frank Cruthers
— P A Y I N G T H E I
DNY members chose many unique And within two days, the group was
ways to mark the fifth anniversary able to reframe the 14,000-square-foot
of the World Trade Center attacks. church.
Here is a quick look at some of the small- “It’s our turn to help others,” said
er tributes and remembrances that cele- Firefighter Kevin Atkinson of Engine 16.
brated the lives of those lost on Septem- “It feels great to be able to give back.”
ber 11, 2001. He added that he was overwhelmed
‘New York Says Thank You’ by their reception in the community. Peo-
In an effort to repay the generosity all ple were waving flags and asking the
Americans demonstrated in the aftermath firefighters to sign autographs for chil-
of September 11, 2001, 20 firefighters dren, he said.
and 20 other volunteers from New York “Every minute I was there, I treasured
traveled to DeGonia Springs, Indiana, to it,” added Firefighter Thomas Brown of
give back on the fifth anniversary of the Engine 74. “I hope to be able to do it
Firefighters from Engines 16, 74, 76 To learn more about the program, you
and 216 and Ladders 51 and 22 traveled can visit their website at www.newyork-
with the New York Says Thank You saysthankyou.org.
Foundation to help re-build a 160-year- Fire Museum
old church destroyed by a tornado on The New York City Fire Museum held
November 6, 2005. a special ceremony September 8, in Twenty firefighters help rebuild a church in DeG
Says Thank You Foundation.
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RS LATER tan, symbolizing the Towers and honoring
the lives of those lost.
Yet, although the day was emotional, it
was also filled with hope.
rsary of the 9/11 attacks “In the immediate aftermath of Septem-
s throughout the city ber 11, 2001, any of us would have been
hard pressed to answer the question, ‘Where
will we be five years from now,’” said Com-
Bloomberg. missioner Scoppetta. “But now, I think the
Department members, family and friends answer is, ‘Right where we want to be’ –
also gathered at the FDNY’s September 11 stronger, wiser and better than ever at being
Memorial outside Engine 10/Ladder 10 on the greatest fire department in the world.”
Liberty Street to make rubbings of their Firefighter’s Memorial
loved ones’ names and quietly reflect on the More than 3,000 firefighters and their
day. families paid tribute at the Firefighter’s
Bells tolled at 8:46 and 9:03 a.m., the Memorial Monument on the Upper West
times the planes hit the Towers, as well as Side of Manhattan to honor their own on the
9:59 and 10:29 a.m., the times the Towers anniversary of the tragedy.
collapsed. “The entire event is focused on the mem-
Among those paying their respects at the bers who died and their families,” said Fire-
site were Senator Hillary Clinton, New York fighter Bill Riccardulli of Engine 45, who is
Governor George Pataki and New Jersey one of the event’s organizers. “It’s not about
Governor Jon Corzine, Mayor Bloomberg an individual person. It’s about the group.”
and former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. During the ceremony, 12 firefighters read Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta and
And the somber day of remembrance the 343 names as a bell tolled in their honor. Chief of Department Salvatore Cassano lay
concluded once again with the “Tribute in The tribute also included prayer, a wreath a wreath at the Firefighter’s Memorial in
Light.” From dusk until dawn, two beams of laying and the observance of two moments Manhattan.
light illuminated the skies of Lower Manhat- (Continued on page 8)
R R E S P E C T S —
honor of the fifth anniversary of the exhibit, “The Faces of Ground Zero” by
attacks. photographer Joe McNally, which fea-
The family of the late Firefighter tured life-size images of many first
Daniel Suhr of Engine 216 stood to rep- responders, survivors and family mem-
resent all FDNY families as they joined bers of the victims.
Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta Memorial Quilts
in laying a wreath next to the Museum’s America’s 9/11 Memorial Quilts
black marble September 11 memorial. Organization presented the FDNY with
The memorial includes the pictures of all two quilts at a dedication ceremony on
FDNY members lost in the attacks. September 8 at the World Financial Cen-
“They responded to the worst possi- ter.
ble disaster and showed the best of The FDNY and EMS inspired memo-
humanity under the worst of circum- rial quilts include the names and like-
stances,” said Commissioner Scoppetta. nesses of all members of Department
Chief of Department Salvatore Cas- who made the Supreme Sacrifice on
sano also placed a firefighter’s helmet -- 9/11. In total, the group created six quilts
with the number 343 listed on the front honoring the victims of the terrorist
piece -- at the memorial as family and attacks in New York, Washington DC
friends laid dozens of red and white car- and Pennsylvania.
nations in their honor. For more information, visit
Gonia Springs, Indiana as part of the New York Inside, the Museum featured an www.911memorialquilts.com.
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FIVE YEARS LATER
(Continued from page 7) as other uniformed mem-
bers, family and friends
of silence marking the times Towers fell.
gathered at the Academy’s
The annual ceremony began four years
9/11 Memorial for a cere-
ago in an effort to give firefighters and their
mony that included music
families a place to pay their respects. And
by the FDNY’s EMS Pipes
organizers say they try to keep it as simple
and Drums Band, a prayer
led by honorary Chaplain
Yet each year it has grown in size. This
Father Joel Warden, and a
year, in addition to the hundreds of Depart-
ment members in attendance, firefighters
Those in attendance
from Germany, Portugal, Italy, Ireland and
placed flowers at the
England and from cities including Chicago,
memorial, which names all
Detroit and Los Angeles also attended the
uniformed members who
ceremony. A contingent of Marines also
died on September 11,
attends the event every year.
2001. They also ceremoni-
EMS Memorial at Fort Totten
ally watered two ever-
A tribute to the members of all uni-
greens that were planted in
formed services who responded to the
memory of Paramedics
World Trade Center five years ago was
Carlos Lillo and Ricardo
held at the EMS Training Academy at Fort
Quinn, who perished in the
Totten. EMS Lt. Robert White, a member of the EMS Pipes and
“The uniforms that we wear do not dis- Drums Band, salutes the 9/11 Memorial at the EMS Acad-
“This was conceived as
tinguish one agency from another as much emy in Fort Totten.
a living monument to pre-
as bind us together,” said Chief of EMS
serve the memories they anniversary at a breakfast in the quarters of
Training J. P. Martin. “We should respect
left all of us,” said Chief of EMS Com- Engine 15/Ladder 18/Battalion 4 in Lower
one another for the importance of the
mand John Peruggia. “So we never forget.” Manhattan.
unique tasks we each perform, and be ever
Two moments of silence were also The President joined approximately 100
vigilant, because the risks inherent in pro-
observed, marking the times the planes hit people on the company’s apparatus floor.
viding emergency services never go away.”
the Twin Towers. Among those in attendance were on-duty
More than 300 EMS members, as well
President Bush’s to ‘Fort Pitt’ firefighters, New York City police officers,
President George W. Bush and First
Lady Laura Bush spent the morning of the (Continued on page 12)
Photo courtesy of FF Martin Murphy, Ladder 58
Lt. Joe Huber, L-38, reads the names of
FDNY members lost on 9/11 as (L to R)
FF Jerry Heart, E-45; FF Butch Jahoda,
L-58; and retired FF Mark Wesseldine, President George Bush and his wife, Laura, stand outside the “Fort Pitt” for a memo-
L-58; toll a bell in their memory at the rial service on 9/11. Beside them stands the door of the rig the members of Ladder 18
Firefighter's Monument memorial. used to respond to the attacks.
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A Solemn Tribute
Thousands of family members gather to honor the
FDNY members lost at the World Trade Center
t was a day to reflect on the past, a symbol of hope.
acknowledge the present and think The FDNY’s
about the future. But most of all, it was Emerald Society’s
a day to remember all those lost. Pipe and Drums led
The 343 FDNY members who made the the colors and the
Supreme Sacrifice on September 11, 2001, celebrants from the
were honored by more than 2,500 family, Cathedral, where
friends and colleagues at an interfaith serv- they were met by
ice at Manhattan’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral 343 firefighters lin-
on September 10. ing the sidewalks
“Perhaps the best we can do on this fifth holding American
anniversary of that sorrowful day is to flags in tribute to the
remember, again and always, our members’ lives lost in the
selfless sacrifice, enormous bravery and tragedy.
courage,” Fire Commissioner Nicholas “We celebrate
Scoppetta said. those lost and thank
He joined Mayor Michael Bloomberg those firefighters
and Chief of Department Salvatore Cas- still with us, for
sano in paying tribute to the lives lost in the ensuring the Depart-
tragedy as well as those who carry on. ment’s great tradi-
“Our members’ courage and leadership tion of courage and
have been talked about,” said Chief Cas- compassion are car-
sano. “But what we don’t hear about is their ried on,” said Chief Family members of the 343 Department members who died on
tremendous capacity for love. These are Cassano. 9/11 light their candles as a symbol of hope during a memori-
private memories. It is those memories that al at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan on September 10.
have brought us this far and will continue to
be with us. They, though now gone from
this earth, continue to give us hope.”
Reverend Christopher Keenan, Rev-
erend Joseph Hoffman, Reverend Mon-
signor Marc Filacchione, Reverend Mon-
signor John Delendick, Reverend Stephen
Harding and Rabbi Joseph Potasnik deliv-
ered prayers and offered inspirational
words to the crowd. And choral presenta-
tions and a musical tribute by Irish tenor
Ronan Tynan highlighted the emotional
Hundreds of firefighters, friends and
passersby also gathered outside the cathe-
dral to watch the ceremony on Jumbo-
“The compassion, courage and
resilience that define the FDNY are part of
what makes New York the great city it is,”
Mayor Bloomberg said.
As the memorial was brought to a close,
five family members walked candles down
each of the church’s aisles, as those in the
pews held up their own electric candles, in As family members left the service, 343 firefighters held flags on the steps of St. Patrick’s
Cathedral to honor the lives of FDNY members lost on September 11, 2001.
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Help Our Troops Keep Their Cool
ummers in Iraq can Generally, the vests when his armored vehicle hit an explosive
be brutal. Temper- are sent to military units device near Mosul, Iraq.
atures can soar up in bundles of 10 or 12 so She said her son greatly appreciated a
to 120 degrees under every member has the vest she had purchased for him just days
cloudless skies. option of wearing one. before his death, and now she wants to
And wearing combat And when the vests are give all soldiers the same gift. She has
gear inside armored tanks shipped, a letter is already helped donate more than 850
can make things even included identifying the vests and hopes to send even more.
hotter. donor and asking the
That’s why retired recipient to leave it Donate a Vest
FDNY Captain John behind when he or she
Bendick of Engine 23 returns home, so other To learn more about the Trevor
says he needs your help. soldiers can use it. Win’E Memorial Fund, contact
He is asking all FDNY Bendick said FDNY John Bendick at 914-423-5276
members to donate to the members can even ship or visit the fund’s website at
Trevor Win’E Memorial Fund. their company patches to be sewn onto www.trevorwine.com.
The charity collects donations to pur- the front of the vests. Donations can be sent to the Trevor
chase cooling vests for members of the “Knowing members of the FDNY
Win’E Memorial Fund, c/o John Ben-
armed forces stationed in Iraq. donated the vests is a great morale boost-
The vests cost $130 apiece and contain er,” he added. dick, 22 Homecrest Ave., Yonkers,
lightweight, reusable chemical packs that Bendick and his family became New York, 10703
freeze and are made of a fabric that repels involved in the fundraising drive last year To send a vest to a specific soldier,
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Take Me Out to the
Fire Department and EMS Command
FDNY Night at Cyclone Stadium
t was a celebration of the Fire Department, as members of the
FDNY and their families celebrated the 6th Annual FDNY
Night at KeySpan Park in Brooklyn on August 4.
More than 9,000 guests were treated to a fireboat water display,
fire safety demonstrations and music by FDNY bagpipers.
Children of FDNY members also got the opportunity to stand
on the field next to Cyclone players during the singing of the
National Anthem by Firefighter Regina Wilson of Engine 219.
Chief of Department Salvatore Cassano threw out the first pitch
– beginning an exciting game where the Cyclones defeated the Tri-
City Valley Cats with a score of 9-5.
Proceeds from the night’s ticket sales went to support the Uni-
formed Firefighters Association Scholarship Fund, which gives
the families of active and deceased firefighters assistance with the
Chief of Department Salvatore Cassano throws out the first
cost of higher education.
pitch at a Cyclones game on FDNY Night at Keyspan Park.
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Leading the Charge for Discipline
New BITs Commissioner has Fire Department roots
ssistant Commissioner Robert And although there Attorney for six years and
Wallace wants to know as few was some urging for joined the Department of
members of the Department as him to join one of the Homeless Services in 2003,
possible. City’s uniformed serv- where he represented the
As the new head of the Bureau of ices, he ultimately agency in ongoing litigation
Investigations and Trials (BITs), Assistant chose a different path, concerning the City’s treat-
Commissioner Wallace wants to ensure and pursued a career in ment of homeless families.
that discipline is rare. law. He eventually headed the
“We don’t want to meet you,” he said. “I always thought of department’s disciplinary unit,
Although Assistant Commissioner law as just another way which he said prepared him for
Wallace joined the FDNY in July, he grew I could help people,” he his new role at BITs.
up in a family of firefighters and police said. “I think if BITs does its job
officers and is familiar with the culture of A lifelong Staten well, it can improve morale,”
the City’s uniformed services. Island resident, Assistant he said. “The workforce is better
His grandfather, George Wallace, Commissioner Wallace also has spent a served if there are consequences for inap-
served as a captain in the FDNY. His great deal of time on the other side of the propriate behavior.”
uncle, Thomas Wallace, was a Battalion Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in Brooklyn. His staff of 28 attorneys and support
Chief in Battalion 35 and another uncle, In 1993 he received his Bachelor’s of personnel handle allegations ranging
Michael Wallace, was a firefighter in Arts degree in political science from from time and leave abuses to physical
Engine 251. In addition, his father, Brooklyn College and his Juris Doctorate assault. The more serious cases, involving
William Wallace, retired as Deputy Chief from Brooklyn Law School four years possible criminal behavior, are referred to
after a 35-year career in the NYPD. later. the Department of Investigation.
“There were always lively conversa- “I followed the ‘My Cousin Vinnie’ If investigators substantiate allega-
tions around our dinner table about what plan,” he joked. tions, charges are levied and penalties are
agency was better,” he said. He was a Manhattan Assistant District imposed. Employees can accept the disci-
pline or have the case referred to the
Office of Administrative Trials and Hear-
Ballgame ings, which is New York City’s judicial
celebrated at Keyspan Park BITs also enforces the Department’s
zero tolerance policy against drugs, con-
ducting random testing and inspections
EMS Night at Cyclone Stadium for alcohol and narcotics at firehouses.
More than 300 members of the EMS Com- Yet even though his job usually reveals
mand celebrated EMS Night at Keyspan Park members at their worst, Assistant Com-
on August 14. missioner Wallace said he believes that
The night kicked off with two exhibition the vast majority of FDNY members are
softball games, pitting members of EMS Sta- outstanding role models for public serv-
tion 39 and other members of the EMS Com- ice. He added that he has great respect for
mand against officers from the NYPD’s 75th the work members of the Fire and EMS
Precinct. The police officers won both games in Commands perform each day.
close contests. Children of EMS members stand on the He said he is very proud to be part of
The Cyclones game kicked off with EMT field with Cyclones players as EMT the FDNY family and tries to balances his
Ron Capers from Station 39 singing the nation- Brian Smith sings the national anthem time with his own family. He and his
al anthem and EMT Brian Smith performing on EMS Night at Keyspan Park. wife, Cathryn, have three daughters,
on the saxophone as children of EMS members Kelly, 5, Heather, 2, and Isabelle, 1.
stood on the field alongside the baseball players. And he noted that his father, the veter-
EMS Chief Janice Olszewski of Division 5 threw out the first pitch of the game. Unfor- an cop, “is very thrilled that I am working
tunately the first-place Cyclones lost the game to the Batavia Muckdogs 7-3. here.”
A portion of the night’s ticket proceeds was donated to the Uniformed EMS Widows and
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FIVE YEARS LATER
(Continued from page 8) the Supreme Sacrifice
taught us courage, duty
Port Authority police officers, court offi- and wisdom – three
cers, several members from Division 1 and tremendous and time-
family members of several individuals lost less gifts that will be the
on September 11, 2001. pillars of this Depart-
President Bush visited with numerous ment as we continue to
members throughout the morning, speak- move forward,” said
ing with them about everything from base- Commissioner Scop-
ball to jogging before heading outside for a petta.
memorial service. The tribute included More than 100 peo-
readings by chaplains from the three uni- ple attended the cere-
formed departments, as well as musical mony in the auditorium,
tributes by members of each group. which included a video
Two moments of silence were also presentation with per- Monsignor John Delendick said a prayer as Fire Commission-
observed in honor of the times the two sonal reflections and er Nicholas Scoppetta and Chief of Department Salvatore Cas-
planes hit the Towers. photographs of the sano plant a cherry tree outside Headquarters on 9/11.
On September 10 the President and First beloved Deputy Com-
Lady also laid a wreath at the World Trade missioner and three City Ratner Companies and First New York
Center site and visited the quarters of Chiefs. Firefighter Daniel Walker provided Partners.
Engine 10/Ladder 10 in Lower Manhattan. a musical tribute. “On 9/11 we experienced one death, 343
Tribute at Flower arrangements and a wreath were times,” said FDNY Chaplain John Delen-
Headquarters placed beside the memorial wall in the dick. “A piece of us is buried at the Trade
A special ceremony was held to honor lobby of 9 Metrotech, honoring all Depart- Center. We have to learn how to raise our-
the memory of all members who responded ment members who have died in the line of selves up from the dead.”
to the World Trade Center from Headquar- duty.
ters on September 11, 2001, including
Deputy Fire Commissioner William Fee-
And in remembrance of all those who
made the Supreme Sacrifice while respond- VIEW
han, Chief of Department Peter Ganci, ing to the World Trade Center from Head- P O I N T
Assistant Chief Gerard Barbara and Assis- quarters, Commissioner Scoppetta and OCTOBER 2006
tant Chief Donald Burns. NEWSLETTER OF THE NYC FIRE DEPARTMENT
Chief Cassano planted a cherry tree outside
“The Department members who made the building that was donated by Forest FIRE DEPARTMENT
CITY OF NEW YORK
9 METROTECH CENTER
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK 11201
Running for a Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor, City of New York
cause: In its most Nicholas Scoppetta, NYC Fire Commissioner
successful year FRANCIS X. GRIBBON
yet, the annual DEPUTY COMMISSIONER
Stephen Siller S. PAUL ANTONELLI
Tunnel to Towers
Run kicked off on EMILY RAHIMI
ANDREA DELLA MONICA
More than 10,000 DESTA WHITE
firefighters, fami- WRITERS
ly members and THOMAS ITTYCHERIA
GRAPHICS / LAYOUT
friends ran the 5K
race through the SFM RALPH BERNARD,
RANDY BARRON, FF BEN COTTEN,
Brooklyn Battery FF FRANK DAUM, KRISTIAN PORTELLA, HEATHER SMITH
FDNY PHOTO UNIT
Tunnel. The race
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is held each year to remember Firefighter Siller of Squad 1, who ran through the Office of Public Information/Publications
tunnel in full gear on September 11, 2001 to respond to the World Trade Center
attack. Firefighters lined the tunnel holding flags and wearing photographs of the FDNY
343 FDNY members that died in the attacks. Among the top finishers in this 1865-2006
year’s race were Firefighters Ken Bohan, Stephen Abruzzo and Tom Verderosa as A 141 YEAR HISTORY
well as a team from Engine 34/Ladder 21. OF COMMITMENT, COURAGE & COMPASSION