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[Share]Published: December 19, 2013

FDNY Members Receive Scholarships from NYS Honorary Fire Chiefs Association

Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano and Chief of Department Edward Kilduff join NYS Honorary Fire Chiefs Assocation President Michael Hill and Vice President David Gold to award scholarships to Capt. Martin Currid, Lt. Eugene O’Donnell and FF Arsen Kasparian. (Lt. James Gerber, FF Christopher Forde and Paramedic Linda Ubiles were unable to attend the ceremony).

Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano and Chief of Department Edward Kilduff join NYS Honorary Fire Chiefs Assocation President Michael Hill and Vice President David Gold to award scholarships to Capt. Martin Currid, Lt. Eugene O’Donnell and FF Arsen Kasparian. (Lt. James Gerber, FF Christopher Forde and Paramedic Linda Ubiles were unable to attend the ceremony).

Six FDNY members received a great gift on Dec. 19, a $2,500 scholarship from the New York State Honorary Fire Chiefs Association.

“This is an important investment in our future, not just for the members, but for the people of this City,” Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano said. “We really appreciate all that you do for us.”

The scholarships were awarded to Capt. Martin Currid, Lt. Eugene O’Donnell, Lt. James Gerber, Firefighter Arsen Kasparian, Firefighter Christopher Forde and Paramedic Linda Ubiles.

This is the seventh scholarship presentation by the group, which chooses members enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program. Since its inception, the program has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships to FDNY members.

“These members are the future of the Department,” Chief of Department Edward Kilduff said. “Your generosity pays dividends.”

The rigorous selection process included an essay detailing how applicants’ degrees will benefit the Department. 

“We’re proud of our long and prosperous relationship with the FDNY,” Association President Michael Hill said.

Established in 1950, the New York State Honorary Fire Chiefs Association is a non-profit organization that supports firefighters and their families in New York City and throughout the state. The group also awards several scholarships to children of firefighters annually and sponsors the New York State Honorary Fire Chiefs Medal and the Shelly Rothman Medal, which are awarded each year on FDNY Medal Day.  

“What better way to reward firefighters who are working to advance their careers,” Association Vice President David Gold said. “Thank you for your service to New York City.”

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