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Press Releases / 2004 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JANUARY 30, 2004


Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta today announced the death of EMS Division Chief Ulyses Grant. Grant a 30-year veteran of the Fire Department's Emergency Medical Service died yesterday at a hospice in Queens after a long battle with cancer.

Grant, 50, began his career in Emergency Service in 1974 as a Mortuary Technician with the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. In 1979 Grant transferred to the Emergency Medical Service Division where he worked as a Motor Vehicle Operator.

In the years that followed Grant rose through the ranks in the City's EMS system first as an Emergency Medical Technician and then a Lieutenant. As a Lieutenant Grant served in the Inspectional Services Unit where he was responsible for conducting confidential investigations regarding patient care violations and ensuring proper ambulance operations in New York City. He eventually went on to serve as that division's Commanding Officer after being promoted to Captain in 1987. In 1989 Grant was transferred to the EMS Station at Kings County Hospital were he served as the Commanding Officer until being promoted to Chief in 1991 and serving as the EMS Brooklyn Borough Commander.

In 1996 after the merger of the Emergency Medical Service into the Fire Department and a restructuring of EMS, Chief Grant was promoted to EMS Division Chief and reassigned to the Borough of Staten Island. As the Chief of the newly created 5th Division he was responsible for all EMS operations within the Borough of Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn.

A life long resident of Queens, Ulyses Grant graduated John Adams High School and attended Queens College. He is survived by his wife Vanessa and their two grown children Sean and Jeannine.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Contact: Francis X. Gribbon / David Billig (FDNY) (718) 999-2056

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