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Press Releases / 2009 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DECEMBER 30, 2009



New Scholarships named for Commissioner Scoppetta and Chief Cassano

Chief of Department Salvatore J. Cassano will join the New York State Honorary Fire Chiefs Association (NYSHFCA) at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 30 at FDNY Headquarters for the presentation of the NYSHFCA scholarship awards to four FDNY members. The NYSHFCA scholarship is awarded to members of the Department who are enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program and have goals of enhancing their value to the FDNY through education.

The recipients of the $2,500 awards were chosen after a rigorous selection process, which included an essay detailing how the degree would be used to contribute to the Department. Each year, the number of scholarships has increased, from one in the first year to four this year. 2010 will bring the total to six, with two new scholarship awards named in honor of Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta and Chief Cassano.

NYSHFCA President Michael Hill and David J. Gold, Esq., Chairman of the NYSHFCA scholarship program, will present the awards to this year’s winners:

  • Battalion Chief Peter Gannon of Battalion 35 is a 31-year veteran of the department and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Emergency Management at Adelphi University.
  • Captain Matthew Nelson of Engine Company 305 is a 24-year veteran of the department and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Fire Science at John Jay College.
  • Captain Sean Michael of Division 14 is a 13-year veteran and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Fire Science at Columbia Southern University.
  • Firefighter Daniel L. Golden of Ladder 24 has been with the FDNY for 5 years and is currently studying Arabic at NYU and pursuing a master’s degree in Criminal Justice and Terrorism at John Jay Graduate School.

“One of the greatest tools any firefighter can possess is a strong education,” said Chief Cassano. “I commend these four members, and so many others, for their continued dedication to higher learning. It is a tremendous benefit to themselves, and this entire department.”

“The NYSHFCA FDNY Scholarship program was created at the suggestion of Commissioner Scoppetta and incoming Commissioner Cassano,” said NYSHFCA Scholarship Chairman David J. Gold. “We cannot think of a more fitting tribute than to name the new scholarships we are announcing in their honor.”

Established in 1950, the New York State Honorary Fire Chiefs Association is a non-profit organization that supports firefighters and their families in New York City and throughout the state. The group awards several scholarships to children of firefighters annually and sponsors the New York State Honorary Fire Chiefs Medal and the Shelly Rothman Medal, which are awarded each year on FDNY Medal Day.  


Chief of Department Salvatore J. Cassano, NYSHFCA President Michael Hill, NYSHFCA Scholarship Chairman David J. Gold and other FDNY officials


FDNY Headquarters, 9 Metrotech Center, 8th floor, Brooklyn


Wednesday, December 30, at 2:30 p.m.


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


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