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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PR- 026-12
January 19, 2012

STATEMENTS OF MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG AND OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COMMISSIONER JOSEPH F. BRUNO ON THE PASSING OF RICHARD J. SHEIRER

Statement of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg:

“Today, it was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of one of our own – Richie Sheirer, who served as our administration’s Director of the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management and also served in that role under Mayor Giuliani. Throughout his distinguished career, Richie defined the notion of service, dedicating more than thirty years of his life to our City and to improving and safeguarding the lives of others.

“At the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management, Richie oversaw all of the agency’s emergency response, preparedness and recovery protocols and was responsible for coordinating plans for major events across the five boroughs. When the office made the transition to its own full-fledged agency, Richie was an integral part of the transition team, offering invaluable advice and assistance every step of the way.

 “A graduate of Saint Francis College, Richie began his 20-year career in the Fire Department as a Fire Alarm Dispatcher. Always one to understand that anything is possible, he worked his way up the ranks, ultimately becoming Deputy Commissioner in 1994 and earning the Chief Thomas P. O'Brien Award in the process.

“In 1996, Richie made the transition to New York’s Finest when he was appointed as the NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner for Administration. Because of his invaluable work at the Department and his comprehensive understanding of public safety and crisis management, Richie also became Director of the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management under Mayor Giuliani, and I had the privilege of working with him when I took office.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Richie’s friends and family – including his wife, Barbara, and his five sons: Matthew, Joseph, Christopher, Andrew and Paul. In honor of his tremendous service to our City and to New Yorkers, flags at all City buildings will be lowered to half-staff.”

Statement of Commissioner Joseph F. Bruno:

“Richard Sheirer served the City of New York for more than 30 years and led the Office of Emergency Management through one of its most trying times after the 9/11 attacks. Even after leaving City government, Richie maintained close ties to OEM. In 2006, he helped celebrate the opening of the agency’s new headquarters which replaced OEM’s former offices at 7 World Trade Center.  And last September he joined many of his former colleagues and current OEM staff at a gathering to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Richie was a true member of the OEM family and will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Barbara, and his five sons, Matthew, Joseph, Christopher, Andrew and Paul.”







MEDIA CONTACT:


Stu Loeser / Kamran Mumtaz   (212) 788-2958

Chris Gilbride (OEM)   (718) 422-4888



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