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Press Releases / 2005 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: AUGUST 30, 2005

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

FIRE COMMISSIONER NICHOLAS SCOPPETTA
TO PRESIDE OVER GRADUATION CEREMONY
FOR 241 PROBATIONARY FIREFIGHTERS

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta tomorrow will preside over a graduation ceremony for 241 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.

Among tomorrow’s graduates is Probationary Firefighter and Class Valedictorian Christopher Ganci, the son of former FDNY Chief of Department Peter Ganci who was killed on 9/11. Chief Ganci was a 33-year veteran of the Fire Department and the highest-ranking uniformed FDNY official to respond to the World Trade Center on 9/11. Also among the graduates is Probationary Firefighter Christopher Howard, whose father, Port Authority Police Officer George Howard, was also killed in the line of duty on 9/11. In total, six graduates lost family members in the attacks on September 11th.

The graduating class also includes nine firefighters who previously served in the military overseas. Prior to graduation, the probationary firefighters raised more than $1,100 to purchase international phone cards to send to Fire Department members currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

WHO:

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, Chief of Department Peter Hayden, Chief of Operations Salvatore Cassano, Senior FDNY Officials, members of graduating class and hundreds of family members and friends

WHAT:

Graduation Ceremony for 241 Probationary Firefighters

WHERE:

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

WHEN:

Wednesday, August 31, 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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