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[Share]Published: June 05, 2014

FDNY Promotes 124 Fire Officers

The promoted chiefs, captains and lieutenants.

The promoted chiefs, captains and lieutenants.

The FDNY promoted 124 fire officers on June 5 in a ceremony that also marked Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano’s final event as Fire Commissioner.

“It’s not easy to be promoted in this Department, the standards are high and the tests are difficult, but you did it,” Commissioner Cassano said during the ceremony at the Christian Cultural Center. “Take every bit of this in as you raise your hand today.”

The newly promoted members will be assigned to units throughout the five boroughs.

The newly promoted members will be assigned to units throughout the five boroughs.

The ceremony saw the promotion of two deputy assistant chiefs, 18 battalion chiefs, 40 captains and 64 lieutenants. The group included Chief Thomas McKavanagh, who will lead the Bureau of Fire Prevention, and James Hodgens, who will lead the Fire Academy.

“You are the future of the Department, keep educating yourself, so you can educate those who work for you,” Chief of Department Edward Kilduff said. “Make the people around you better on every tour.”

The newly promoted members represent nearly 1,900 years of experience with the Department.

Salvatore Cassano speaks at his final event as Fire Commissioner.

Salvatore Cassano speaks at his final event as Fire Commissioner.

Commissioner Cassano said he was proud of the group and described the job as a “blessing,” and described all FDNY members as outstanding.

“I’ve never met a group of people of this quality with such a commitment to service.”

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