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Press Releases / 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 17, 2010


Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano will join the FDNY Foundation on Tuesday, May 18 at 6 p.m. at the New York Hilton, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, for their annual Humanitarian Awards dinner to honor those who have provided overwhelming support to the New York City Fire Department over the course of their distinguished careers.

Established in 1981, the FDNY Foundation is a non-profit organization that helps bring the vital message of fire safety and prevention to all New Yorkers. It also supports the life-saving work of the FDNY through various programs that provide new equipment, training and support for thousands of firefighters and members of the department’s Emergency Medical Service.

This year’s honorees are Louis Chênevert, Chairman and CEO of United Technologies Corporation, and FDNY members of the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team who helped with rescue and recovery following the Haiti earthquake earlier this year.
The FDNY Foundation’s work includes:

  • Distributing more than 8,000 smoke alarms and 100,000 batteries in the past year
  • Educating 1.5 million New Yorkers in fire safety education over the past three years
  • Helping the department train 100,000 New Yorkers in CPR
  • Helping fund the nation’s first high-rise firefighter training simulator at the FDNY Academy last year


New York Hilton, 1335 Avenue of the Americas (between 53rd and 54th streets)


Tuesday, May 18, 2010 6 p.m.


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

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