FIRE COMMISSIONER NICHOLAS SCOPPETTA ANNOUNCES SUSPENSIONS OF FIREFIGHTERS INVOLVED IN NEW YEAR’S EVE INCIDENT AT ENGINE COMPANY 151/ LADDER COMPANY 76
Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta today announced the suspensions and administrative charges levied against members of Engine Company 151 / Ladder Company 76, Staten Island, stemming from the New Year’s Eve incident that resulted in the serious injury to Firefighter Robert Walsh.
Commissioner Scoppetta said, "We have reviewed the report compiled by the Department of Investigation into the New Year's Eve incident at Engine Company 151 / Ladder Company 76, and thank Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn for DOI's comprehensive investigation in this matter. Our investigation is continuing. We will analyze the evidence developed to date and will bring charges against any member of the Department where the evidence supports those charges."
Effective today the following 4 members of FDNY have been served with administrative charges and are suspended without pay for a period of 30 days:
Lieutenant Gregory L. McFarland
Lieutenant Raymond G. Kane
Firefighter Joseph Spitalieri
Firefighter David P. Johnsen
**The aforementioned members were previously detailed to administrative positions and re-assigned from their prior Companies following the incident on New Year’s Eve.**
Firefighter Robert Walsh is currently on medical leave. He will be suspended and served with administrative charges upon his return to work for the consumption of alcohol while on duty.
Today's DOI report also pointed out that, "Since the unfortunate events of December 31, 2003 more than 70 newspaper articles have chronicled how firefighters throughout the City have responded to emergencies, engaged in acts of bravery and endured injuries while on the job. Such media coverage has lauded and depicted courageous, effective members throughout the entire Department. This particular incident should not detract from that reality."
Contact: Francis X. Gribbon/Michael Loughran (FDNY) (718) 999-2056