September 13, 2017
On Wednesday, September 13, 2017, Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro presided over the promotion of 46 Fire Officers at Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn.
“Each of you is taking on an enormous responsibility today,” said Commissioner Nigro. “Our new Lieutenants will ensure those in their command operate safely and have the best training possible, our Fire Marshals will investigate our most serious fires, bringing justice to dangerous individuals, and arming our Department with the information we need to help educate New Yorkers and save many more lives. Each of you has already demonstrated to us that you are more than capable of being a leader in the FDNY.”
Among the 46 promoted members is Lieutenant Matthew Barbara, a 10-year veteran of the Department. He follows in the footsteps of his uncle, Assistant Chief Gerard A. Barbara, who made the Supreme Sacrifice at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
“Getting promoted is such a privilege. It’s an opportunity to give back and take all that I’ve learned from my officers and senior members to other parts of the job,” said Lt. Barbara. “The bonds and friendships you build here are irreplaceable, I hope to honor my family’s legacy proudly.”
“Our role as leaders is constant improvement, always looking to improve,” said Chief of Department James E. Leonard. “Remember that you’re standing on the shoulders of giants who came before you, who came before all of us and those giants built the FDNY, and they established the traditions of bravery and service to others that we all hold dear.”
Several Fire Officers served in U.S. Armed Forces including Lieutenant Ligarzewski.
“Getting promoted is something that will make the members in my firehouse and my family very proud,” FDNY Lt. Ligarzewski. “I’ll have an opportunity to positively influence the new generation of Firefighters, to keep them safe and instill in them the qualities that I have learned over the course of my career.”
The Fire Officers will be assigned to units across the city.
For photos of the promotion ceremony, click here.