Firefighter Thomas Brick Scholarships Presented to Firefighters
Chief Kilduff addresses the crowd, which includes (L to R) Thomas Brick, Sr., Megan Brick, Margaret Brick, Salvatore Bommarito, Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano, Capt. Jason Cascone, Capt. Paul Conrad, Capt. James Duff, Capt. Matthew Egan, Capt. Mark Guerra, FF John McGinty, Lt. Christopher Reiser, FM Nelson Roman, and Capt. Kenneth Scanlon. (not pictured, FF Carlos Guzman).
Firefighter Thomas Brick Scholarships were presented - for the eighth straight year - to 10 deserving FDNY members on Sept. 19, helping members further their educations while honoring the memory of a hero.
"These scholarships better our members, and better the Department," said Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano said during a ceremony at FDNY Headquarters. "It's a perfect partnership."
Chief of Department Edward Kilduff added: "The scholarships not only perfectly honor the memory of this brave firefighter, but they also help our members grow on a personal and professional level."
The scholarships are named in honor of Firefighter Thomas Brick from Ladder 36, who made the Supreme Sacrifice on Dec. 16, 2003, while operating at a four-alarm fire in upper Manhattan.
They are generously funded each year by Salvatore Bommarito and his family, in appreciation for the courageous public service provided by all FDNY firefighters. Since the program started in 2004, they have funded 51 scholarships totaling more than $167,000.
"Tom Brick gave his life to protect his fellow New Yorkers," Mr. Bommarito said. "His mission in life was to shield others from danger."
The scholarship recipients with Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano, Chief of Department Edward Kilduff, Salvatore Bommarito and the Brick family.
This year's scholarship recipients included Capt. Jason Cascone, Capt. Paul Conrad, Capt. James Duff, Capt. Matthew Egan, Capt. Mark Guerra, Capt. Kenneth Scanlon, Lt. Christopher Reiser, Fire Marshal Nelson Roman, Firefighter Carlos Guzman and Firefighter John McGinty.
Megan Brick, who attended the presentation with her parents, Thomas, Sr., and Margaret, said he was honored to have a scholarship named for her brother.
"Tom's gone, but because of people like Sal Bommarito, and Commissioner Cassano and Chief Kilduff, he's here in such a big way," she said.