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Press Releases / 2005 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: march 6, 2005

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

FIRE COMMISSIONER NICHOLAS SCOPPETTA TO PRESIDE OVER GRADUATION CEREMONY FOR 143 PROBATIONARY FIREFIGHTERS

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta on Monday will preside over a graduation ceremony for 143 Probationary Firefighters. The “Probies” have successfully completed the rigorous 12-week training program and will now be assigned to fire companies throughout the five boroughs. Tomorrow’s class features three firefighters who previously served in the military. They include Probationary Firefighters Christopher Roberto, Richard Robinson and Joseph Napolitano. Firefighter Napolitano, who was wounded while serving in Iraq with the U.S. Marine Corps, still carries shrapnel in his body. Also graduating are four firefighters who lost loved ones in the line of duty, including two whose family members were among the 343 firefighters who gave their lives on 9-11.

Among tomorrow’s graduates is one woman, Probationary Firefighter Elizabeth Osgood. Firefighter Osgood graduated third in her class, missing the salutatorian recognition by two-hundredths of a point. Her academic score is one of the best ever received by a female probationary firefighter at the Fire Academy .

WHO:

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, Chief of Department Frank Cruthers, Top FDNY Officials, members of graduating class and hundreds of family members and friends

WHAT:

Graduation Ceremony for 143 Probationary Firefighters

WHERE:

Walt Whitman Hall - Brooklyn College, Nostrand Avenue / Avenue H

WHEN:

Monday, March 7, 2005 at 11:00 AM

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Contact: Francis X. Gribbon and Virginia Lam (FDNY) (718) 999-2056

http://www.nyc.gov/fdny

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