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Press Releases / 2005 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 27, 2005

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

FIRE COMMISSIONER NICHOLAS SCOPPETTA TO
ATTEND FUNERAL MASS FOR FIREFIGHTER RICHARD T. SCLAFANI

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta tomorrow will join family, friends and Fire Department members in paying their final respects to Firefighter Richard T. Sclafani of Ladder Company 103 in Brooklyn. Firefighter Sclafani and members of Ladder 103 were among the first firefighters to arrive on the scene of the fire, which was reported in the basement of a two-story private dwelling. They immediately began searching both for the location of the fire and any trapped occupants. During these search operations, Firefighter Sclafani became separated from his company. He was found minutes later unconscious and in respiratory arrest on the cellar staircase. Firefighter Sclafani was transported to Brookdale Hospital where, a short time later, he succumbed to his injuries.

WHERE:

Colonial Funeral Home
2819 Hylan Blvd. At Tysen’s Lane, Staten Island

WHAT:

Procession and Funeral Mass for Firefighter Richard T. Sclafani

WHEN:

Friday, January 28, 2005 at 11:00 AM


MEDIA DETAILS FOR FIREFIGHTER SCLAFANI FUNERAL

  • If you plan on covering the Procession, please be advised that there will be street closures and you may find it difficult to arrive at the Church in a timely manner.
  • Media Trucks must arrive, park and position no later than 9:30 AM. There will be very limited parking—you may have to park and then walk to the church.
  • There will be a 40-foot media riser directly across the street from the Church Entrance.
  • There will be a LIVE POOL FEED from inside the Church.
  • NO STILL OR TV CAMERAS WILL BE ADMITTED INSIDE THE CHURCH.
  • It is suggested for still photographers that you bring a small, portable stepladder.
  • Members of the FDNY Press Office will be on-hand to assist you and answer any questions you may have. Staff members have been assigned to the following areas:

    Media Riser (TV Cameras/Reporters): David Billig, 917-560-4857
    Front of Church (Still Photography): Michael Loughran, 917-560-4850
    Church Loft (Print Reporters): Virginia Lam, 347-672-3618
    General: Jim Long, 917-578-7721

     

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

    http://www.nyc.gov/fdny

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