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Press Releases / 2009 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NOVEMBER 9, 2009

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

MAYOR BLOOMBERG AND FIRE COMMISSIONER NICHOLAS
SCOPPETTA DEDICATE MEMORIAL PLAQUE IN HONOR OF
FIREFIGHTER JAMEL M. SEARS

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta will join family members, colleagues and friends of Firefighter Jamel M. Sears to honor his memory at a plaque dedication ceremony tomorrow at the FDNY Training Academy on Randall’s Island at 10 a.m.

 “We can never fully express our gratitude to those who put themselves in harm’s way to protect the rest of us, but we share in the sorrow of their loss, and also in the pride of their accomplishments,” said Mayor Bloomberg.  “Although his career was cut tragically short, Firefighter Sears had time enough to show us exactly the kind of firefighter he was going to be: Dedicated, thoughtful, strong, and brave.”

“Firefighter Sears was a shining example of the caliber of person the FDNY is always looking for,” said Commissioner Scoppetta.  “His honor and dedication was evident on day one to his instructors and in every facet of his life.  I have no doubt that a brilliant career of bravely helping to save others was cut short far too soon.”

On Monday, November 10, 2008, Firefighter Sears collapsed at the FDNY Training Academy on Randall’s Island.  He was transported to Mt. Sinai Hospital where he passed away on November 11, 2008.  He was 33 years old.  Firefighter Sears began his training at the Academy on July 1, 2008.

Jamel M. Sears was a life-long resident of the Bronx who spent his life serving his city and his country.  Before entering the FDNY Academy, he was a member of the U.S. Navy and served aboard the submarine, the USS Alaska.  He is survived by his wife Sherita and their two children, Mahlek and Jya.


WHO:

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, Chief of Department Salvatore Cassano, Chief of Operations Robert Sweeney

WHERE:

FDNY Fire Academy, Building 9 Auditorium, Randall’s Island

WHEN:

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 10 a.m.

***Photo-Op***


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

http://www.nyc.gov/fdny

 

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