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Press Releases / 2005 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: april 1, 2005



Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta on Monday will join the Fire Department’s Fire Safety Education Fund in honoring several individuals who have provided generous support to the Fire Department at the Fire Commissioner’s Humanitarian Awards.

Presented annually, the Fire Commissioner’s Humanitarian Award recognizes outstanding and continuing service to the New York City community. All proceeds from the gala event will benefit the FDNY Fire Safety Education Fund, the Fire Department’s official foundation. NBC Nightly News Anchor Brian Williams be the master of ceremonies.

2005 Honorees

Stephen J. Dannhauser,
Chairman, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP

For twenty years, Stephen has worked tirelessly, along with former NY MET Rusty Staub, on behalf of the families of New York's fallen firefighters and police officers at the New York Police and Fire Widows and Children's Fund. After 9/11, the Fund expanded its mandate to include the families of fallen Port Authority Officers and EMS workers. Since then, the Fund has quietly and consistently continued the important work it has always done so well: providing support to the families of our brave first responders, men and women who have given their all, in the service of our city.

Jeffrey R. Immelt
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of General Electric

Jeff has generously donated the use of GE's campus in upstate Crotonville for the FDNY Officer's Management Institute (FOMI), a program that educates senior Fire and EMS Officers in critical management skills. Jeff has consistently helped the Department meet its needs, particularly following the events of September 11, 2001, when he pledged his support to not only to help the Department rebuild but also to move forward and meet the challenges of the future.

Jim Fassel
Founder, The Fassel Foundation

Jim Fassel established the Fassel Foundation after the tragic events of 9/11 to support the families of fallen firefighters and police officers. The Foundation provides funding to make sure that the families of public servants who lose their lives in the line of duty are never forgotten. His continued commitment, dedication and support of the FDNY and the families of our fallen members are a generous and lasting gift.

Some of the FDNY Fire Safety Education Fund’s recent successes include:

  • Helping the FDNY reduce fire fatalities to an 85-year low in New York City
  • Distribution of more than 40,000 free smoke and carbon Monoxide detectors, in the city’s highest fatal fire neighborhoods
  • Educating more than 200,000 children and adults in fire safety and prevention
  • Translating educational materials into five different languages and distributing them in some of the city’s most fire prone neighborhoods
  • Increasing firefighter safety by providing the FDNY with the resources to acquire: radiation detection equipment, post radios and repeaters, marine navigation equipment, video equipment for the new mobile command posts and funding for additional training in Incident Command and terrorism preparedness






New York Hilton Grand Ballroom 1335 Avenue of Americas (53rd & 54th Sts.)


Monday, April 4, 2005, 6:00PM


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

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