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Press Releases / 2003 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 8, 2003

FIRE COMMISSIONER NICHOLAS SCOPPETTA TO OFFICIATE AT PROMOTIONAL CEREMONY FOR 38 MEMBERS OF THE
NEW YORK CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT

Tomorrow, Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta will preside over a promotional ceremony for 38 members of the New York City Fire Department. The event will include the promotion of four Deputy Chiefs, 10 Battalion Chiefs, nine Captains and 15 Lieutenants. These newly promoted officers will be assigned to divisions and battalions throughout the City of New York.

In addition to the promotions of new officers, Commissioner Scoppetta will also appoint a new FDNY Chaplain, Reverend Stephen Harding. Reverend Harding is a resident of Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, and currently serves the parish of The Church of the Epiphany, located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. He was a staple within the department after 9-11, helping to form support groups in various EMS Battalions as well as working weekly shifts at the morgue at Ground Zero. He is also a Chaplain at Beth Israel Medical Center and holds two Master’s Degrees. Reverend Harding joins a diverse group of clergy that offer spiritual support to all members of the New York City Fire Department.

WHO:

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta; FDNY Chief of Department Frank Cruthers; other top FDNY Brass and Officials; families; friends and members of the appointees respective fire companies.

WHAT:

FDNY ceremony appointing new FDNY Chaplain Reverend Stephen Harding and the promotion of 38 new FDNY Deputy Chiefs, Battalion Chiefs, Captains and Lieutenants.

WHERE:

FDNY Training Academy – Building 9 Auditorium, Randall’s Island, NY

WHEN:

Thursday October 9, 2003 11 am - SHARP

Contact: Francis X. Gribbon / Michael Loughran (FDNY) (718) 999-2056

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