January 10, 2018
On Wednesday, January 10th, Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro presided over the promotion ceremony for 87 FDNY Officers.
“You have responded day and night to countless calls for help, fires, and medical emergencies; and you have shown yourselves to be worthy of leading others in our great Department,” said Commissioner Nigro. “On duty and off, at a fire, a medical call, in the firehouse or at the station, you are all leaders in this Department, twenty-four hours and seven days a week.”
The ceremony included the promotion of Supervising Fire Marshal Thomas Kane to Chief Fire Marshal, fifteen Captains to the rank of Battalion Chief, twenty-five Lieutenants to the rank of Captain, thirteen EMS Lieutenants to rank of Captain, one Lieutenant and one Fire Marshal to Supervising Fire Marshal, and thirty Firefighters to the rank of Lieutenant.
"The people we see before us getting promoted count for hundreds and hundreds of experience and we truly have some amazing people in this department,” said Chief of Department James E. Leonard. “I am in awe of what members of this Department do and I am proud to be the Chief of Department for all the members in what they do.”
Several of the promoted officers served in various branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.
“Being able to manage stressful situations is something I learned when I was deployed overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan - it helped me survive,” said recently promoted FDNY Lieutenant and U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Jason Braadt. “I’ve made great friendships during my time in the FDNY and I look forward to taking my experiences and lessons I’ve learned from fellow Firefighters and Officers I respect, to make a positive impact in my new position.”
Many officers highlighted their commitment to leadership and the future of the Department.
“Being a Captain is a different responsibility, with every rank there comes an opportunity to learn more,” said recently promoted Captain Farooq Muhammad. “The Department is moving ahead and getting more advanced, developing new ways to train members in order for them to do their best and help the people of New York City - I am proud to be a part of that.”
For Battalion Chief Daniel J. O’Sullivan – the FDNY has been a family affair.
“I have three brothers in the Department, as well [retired Lt. Patrick O'Sullivan, Firefighter Dermott O'Sullivan, Ladder Company 37, Lt. Brian O'Sullivan, Ladder Company 9]. This promotion is a big step and I am looking forward to the challenge that awaits me," said Chief O'Sullivan.
The promoted officers will be assigned to units throughout the city.
For photos of the promotion ceremony, click here.