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Press Releases / 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NOVEMBER 22, 2013



Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano today appointed the Reverend V. Simpson Turner Jr. as an FDNY Chaplain. Reverend Turner currently serves as pastor of the parish of Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. He previously served as chaplain for the New York City Department of Corrections and Sheriff’s Office.

“I’m excited to have Reverend Turner join our ranks and assume his role in the FDNY – providing spiritual guidance and emotional support to the more than 15,000 members of the Department,” said Commissioner Cassano, “Too often FDNY Chaplains are introduced to the best people at the worst of times, tending to our loved ones at funerals and memorials – but this swearing-in offers a happy opportunity and reminder of the guidance they provide in times of celebration, as well.”

FDNY Chaplains fill a central role in the spiritual life of the Department: opening and closing all FDNY ceremonies with invocations and benedictions at centennials, plaque dedications and other Departmental events; arranging the funerals for members and former members of service; aiding Fire, EMS and civilian families by providing solace and comfort and maintaining contact with the kin of deceased members; responding to major fires and other emergencies where members are seriously injured; and visiting firehouses regularly to provide spiritual guidance and direction.

The ceremony was held at FDNY Headquarters in Brooklyn, where Reverend Turner was joined by his wife and three children. Reverend Turner joins a diverse group of six clergy who offer spiritual support to all members of the New York City Fire Department.

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


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