Administrative Medals and Awards 2007
MARTIN SCOTT MEDAL
FIRE MARSHAL MARTIN J. McHALE
Bureau of Fire Investigation
Demonstrated excellence determining the cause and origin of a suspicious arson fire in Queens
On June 3, 2005, Fire Marshal Martin
McHale was assigned to investigate a suspicious
fire at 209-38 23rd Avenue, Queens.
The fire was determined to be of incendiary origin.
FM McHale discovered that gasoline was poured
throughout the entrance area and up the stairs to the
intended target’s door.
Realizing the seriousness of this incident, the
Fire Marshal began a multi-layered investigation.
He developed a motive for the fire, which included
a lover’s triangle. The intended target of the fire was
the “other woman.”
FM McHale conducted numerous interviews,
developed confidential sources of information and
analyzed various documents and records. His investigation
concluded that the motive did center on a
lover’s triangle and that a scorned woman hired a hit
man who was promised $10,000 to kill the other
In February 2006, FM McHale’s investigation
led to the arrest and indictment of the suspect, who
made admissions concerning her actions. FM
McHale demonstrated teamwork and tenacity.
Whether involved in conducting the physical examination
of the fire scene, interviewing witnesses or
analyzing documents, FM McHale proved his ability
to be resourceful and work independently.
For his expertise and fine investigative work,
FM Martin McHale is presented with the Commissioner
Martin Scott Medal.
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