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December 2008 - Archive
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Plaque Dedicated for SFM Doug Mercereau


Plaque Dedicated for SFM Doug Mercereau
Meticulous, dedicated and professional were words used to describe Supervising Fire Marshal Douglas Mercereau during his plaque dedication on Dec. 29 at the quarters of Engine 243 and Ladder 168.
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FDNY EMS Members Bring Joy to 12 Needy Families in Brooklyn


FDNY EMS Members Bring Joy to 12 Needy Families in Brooklyn
It wasn’t exactly a red sleigh, an FDNY ambulance and a small bus carried Santa, Rudolph, several elves, and more than $1,000 worth of toys and clothes to the homes of 12 needy families in Brooklyn on Dec. 23.
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Members of EMS Station 47 Give Toys to Children in Rockaway


Members of EMS Station 47 Give Toys to Children in Rockaway
For the third year in a row, the 60 members of EMS Station 47 bought more than 200 toys for needy children in the Rockaways.
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Firefighters Deliver Toys to Kids in Three NYC Hospitals


Firefighters Deliver Toys to Kids in Three NYC Hospitals
Members of Engine 7, Ladder 1 and Battalion 1 brought toys to children at the New York Foundling Hospital and St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan, as well as King County Hospital Center in Brooklyn this December.
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Two Firefighters Receive NYSHFCA Scholarship Awards


Two Firefighters Receive NYSHFCA Scholarship Awards
Getting an education just got a little easier for Firefighters Andrew Antoni, Jr., of Ladder 36 and Andrew Dinkel IV of Squad 252. They received the second annual New York State Honorary Fire Chiefs Association (NYSHFCA) scholarship awards on Dec. 22, during a ceremony at FDNY Headquarters.
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Members Carry on SI Burn Center Toy Drive in Memory of Lt. Ryan
Firefighters from Engine Company 155 and Ladder Company 78, as well as many other FDNY members, gathered at Staten Island University Hospital Burn Center to help deliver toys to children in memory of Lt. Robert J. Ryan of Engine Company 155, who died in the line of duty on Nov. 23. The Burn Center’s 2008 toy drive was being organized by Lt. Ryan prior to his death.
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Members of Engine 289 Deliver a Baby Boy in Queens


Members of Engine 289 Deliver a Baby Boy in Queens
The members of Engine 289 delivered a healthy baby boy in Queens on Dec. 17 … and it only took seven minutes.
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Firefighters Rescue Woman in Icy Waters


Firefighters Rescue Woman in Icy Waters
Firefighters from Ladder 53 rescued a woman who fell into the icy waters off City Island on Dec. 17.
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Ladder 15 and Marine 1 Rescue Two in Manhattan


Ladder 15 and Marine 1 Rescue Two in Manhattan
Members of Ladder 15 and Marine 1 rescued two people from the North Cove, at 375 South End Ave., in Manhattan on Dec. 16.
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286 Probationary Firefighters Graduate from the Academy


286 Probationary Firefighters Graduate from the Academy
It may have been designed to accommodate 90 aircraft during World War II, but on Dec. 15, the Hangar Deck of the U.S.S. Intrepid held 286 enthusiastic probationary firefighters and their families during their graduation from the Academy.
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127 Graduate from the EMS Academy


127 Graduate from the EMS Academy
Bouquets of flowers, colorful banners and tears of joy filled New York Technical College auditorium on Dec. 11 as 47 paramedics and 80 EMTs graduated from the EMS Academy.

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EMS Promotes 32 Lieutenants


EMS Promotes 32 Lieutenants
Thirty-two members of the EMS Command took to the stage at FDNY Headquarters to accept their promotion to lieutenant on Dec. 10.
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World Trade Center Medical Monitoring Site Helping Members on Staten Island


World Trade Center Medical Monitoring Site Helping Members on Staten Island
Retirees were singing their praises for the FDNY’s expanded World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program on Staten Island on Dec. 10, as Congressman-elect Michael McMahon (NY-13) received a tour of the facility.
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Rescue Medics Save 14 from CO Poisoning


Rescue Medics Save 14 from CO Poisoning
Rescue Paramedics Brian Frayne and Zarina Ronay of Station 57 saved the lives of 14 people who were ill from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning in their home on Dec. 8, with the help of their newly issued CO detector tools.
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MT Peter Johnson, Assistant Medical Director Dr. Paul Barbara and Paramedic Shane Brady saved the life of a man in cardiac arrest at FDNY Headquarters.


EMS Members Save Man at FDNY Headquarters
Assistant Medical Director Dr. Paul Barbara, Paramedic Shane Brady and EMT Peter Johnson saved the life of a man in cardiac arrest at FDNY Headquarters on Dec. 9.
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EMTs Joe Fortis, Ruben Berrios and Gilbert Ramos from the EMS Academy won first place in the Nebraska State EMS Competition in late November, the sixth state competition the team has won


FDNY EMTs Win Nebraska State EMS Competition
EMTs Joe Fortis, Ruben Berrios and Gilbert Ramos from the EMS Academy won first place in the Nebraska State EMS Competition in late November, the sixth state competition the team has won.
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Members of Battalion 52 and Engine 274 Celebrate Centennial


Members of Battalion 52 and Engine 274 Celebrate Centennial
December 8, 2008, was deemed Battalion 52 and Engine 274 Day in Queens, as they celebrated 100 years of dedicated service to the community of Flushing.
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FDNY EMS Members Deliver a Baby in a Taxi


FDNY EMS Members Deliver a Baby in a Taxi
Paramedics Trinh Dinh and Anthony Almojera, and EMTs Sammy Gounden and Adam Ruiz, all from Station 38, were called to aid a woman in the back of a taxi who was giving birth on Dec. 8.
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Queens Firefighter Makes Daring Rescue


Queens Firefighter Makes Daring Rescue
He may say he was just doing his job, but Firefighter Brian Connelly of Ladder 116 made a daring rescue on Dec. 4, pulling a man from an apartment fire in Queens.
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FDNY Members Honored by Department of Environmental Protection


FDNY Members Honored by Department of Environmental Protection
Firefighters from Engine 238, Ladder 106, Rescue 2, Rescue 4 and the Rescue Battalion, as well as EMS personnel from EMS Stations 32 and 57 and EMS Division 3, were honored by the Department of Environmental Protection on Dec. 4 for a dramatic rescue of a worker in September.
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Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta Announces Fire Unit Night Closings to Begin January 17


Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta Announces Fire Unit Night Closings to Begin January 17
Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta announced on Dec. 4 the Department will eliminate night tours at four citywide fire units and cease operation of a fire unit on Governor’s Island beginning Jan. 17. These changes will enable the FDNY to meet an $8.9 million agency budget cut caused by the city’s financial crisis that Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced in November.
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FDNY Partners with UL, Actress Keri Russell for Holiday Safety Message


FDNY Partners with UL, Actress Keri Russell for Holiday Safety Message
After a national television appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America” earlier in the day, Chief of Department Salvatore Cassano joined actress Keri Russell at the FDNY Fire Zone Dec. 3 to promote holiday fire safety and the use of products approved by Underwriters Laboratories.
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