October 11, 2017
On Wednesday, October 11th, 2017, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro and FDNY members gathered at the Firefighter’s Monument to honor 12 FDNY members who died in the past year for FDNY’s 110th Memorial Day ceremony.
“We gather here with heavy hearts to honor the lives of 12 heroes – who had courage to do what few others would: run into peril to save others,” said Mayor de Blasio. “Today is a poignant reminder of the dangerous reality our first responders face – and just how much courage it takes to put on that uniform.”
“All of our members we honor today possessed that bravery – they displayed it every day of their careers,” said Fire Commissioner Nigro. “We honor all of them, not for how they died, but for the incredible way in which they lived, dedicating themselves to the life-saving mission of our Department.”
Commissioner Nigro highlighted the courage of members. “It takes true courage to commit yourself to the training required to fight a fire and to provide that medical care in dangerous circumstances - and yes, you run into burning buildings. You know it, I know it, and every New Yorker knows it.”
Over 8,000 FDNY members attended the annual ceremony.
This year, the Department honored 12 FDNY members who have died in the past year. EMT Yadira Arroyo; Firefighter William N. Tolley; Paramedic Timothy J. Magee; Paramedic Michael J. Sclafani; EMT Patrick Hoppey; EMT Emery C. Taylor; EMT Alan J. Cooke; Lieutenant Edith E. Torres; Firefighter Kevin A. Rooney; EMT Armando V. Cordero; Firefighter James M. Dunn; and Firefighter Michael D. Moyle were remembered at the ceremony.
“Being a member of the FDNY is not what simply we do, it is who we are,” said Chief of Department James E. Leonard. “We go into those dangerous situations – we put our lives on the line for the people we have all sworn oaths to protect – and make no mistake, no matter how hard we train, how much we advance our equipment, tools and tactics – this will always be a dangerous job.”
For photos of the ceremony, click here.