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Press Releases / 2009 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 5, 2009

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

COMMISSIONER SCOPPETTA HONORS TWO CHILDREN WHO SAVED GRANDMOTHER’S LIFE DURING HOUSE FIRE, JUST HOURS AFTER LEARNING FIRE SAFETY TIPS FROM FDNY

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta will honor two children from P.S. 26 on Staten Island at 1 p.m. this Tuesday, May 5 for their quick thinking and bravery during a fire in their Staten Island home one week ago. This fire could have ended in tragedy, but both young girls, ages 7 and 9, used the lessons learned from an FDNY fire safety education lecture in their school earlier that day to get themselves and their grandmother out safely.

“This incident emphasizes how important fire safety education is for everyone, especially children,” said Commissioner Scoppetta.

Last year, the FDNY Fire Safety Education Unit instructed more than 660,000 New Yorkers how to protect against fires at home at more than 9,300 fire safety presentations. These presentations, by active and retired FDNY members, take place at schools, community centers, street fairs, senior centers, and religious institutions to teach critical lessons about fire safety, often in the native language of residents.

The Office of Fire Safety Education speaker’s bureau can be reached at (718) 281-3870 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

 

WHO:

Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, members of the FDNY Fire Safety Education Unit, representatives from the FDNY Foundation

WHERE:

P.S. 26 – 4108 Victory Blvd., Staten Island, NY

WHEN:

Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at 1 p.m.


Press Contact: Francis X. Gribbon & Frank Dwyer, (FDNY) (718) 999-2056

http://www.nyc.gov/fdny

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