STATEMENT FROM FIRE COMMISSIONER SALVATORE CASSANO ON THE DEATH OF OFF-DUTY FIREFIGHTER JOHN MONTEVERDE
"The entire Department mourns the tragic loss of Firefighter John Monteverde, and we extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends. John selflessly served the city for more than 31 years during which he was cited four times for his bravery at fires and for his life-saving medical work as a member of Engine Company 22 in Manhattan. He also devoted countless hours working tirelessly at the World Trade Center site in the rescue and recovery effort following the September 11 terrorist attacks, which took the lives of nine of his fellow firefighters at Engine 22 and Ladder 13. Our hearts and prayers are with his family and all those who knew and loved him."
Firefighter Monteverde, who died earlier today in Elizabeth, NJ, after being struck by a motorist, joined the Department on June 26, 1982. After graduating from Probationary Firefighters School, he was assigned to Engine Company 22 on East 85th Street in Manhattan and worked there for nearly 30 years until transferring five months ago to Engine Company 159 on Staten Island. He was 56 years old.
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