FDNY Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month 2018

October 9, 2018

On Tuesday, October 9, 2018, First Deputy Commissioner Laura Kavanagh welcomed FDNY members, family, and friends to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at FDNY Headquarters.

 “Helping others, making a difference, and being part of a large brotherhood and sisterhood, that’s why our members love being part of the FDNY,” said First Deputy Commissioner Kavanagh. “In celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, we underscore our shared commitment to protect our city that crosses every background and every heritage in our Department.”

In addition to recognizing the contributions of Hispanics, the Department honored three individuals for their work within the Department and to the City. Honorees included Firefighter Pedro Bisono, EMT Israel “Izzy” Miranda, Yrmina Acevedo, and Johnny Mambo.

Firefighter Pedro Bisono of Engine 66 has served 12 years with the FDNY. In addition to being a Firefighter, Firefighter Bisono leads United Prospects, a community organization with education and sports based programs to help youth reach their highest potential.

Yrmina Acevedo is an Assistant Coordinator of Quality Assurance with the WTC Health Program in the Bureau of Health Services, as well as a dedicated Post Advisor for FDNY’s Explorer program.
EMT Israel “Izzy” Miranda is a 23 veteran of the Department. In addition to serving as an instructor at the EMS Bureau of Training in Fort Totten, he is the first elected Latino President for the uniformed EMTs, Paramedics, and Inspectors of Local 2507 and a member of Community Board 11 in East Harlem.

First Deputy Commissioner Kavanagh also highlighted the Department’s extensive recruitment efforts. “Our recruitment campaign was a successful one for many reasons, especially because of the work of so many here, and we will reap the benefits of everyone’s efforts for years to come as we welcome brave men and women into our ranks,” said First Deputy Commissioner Kavanagh.

A majority of test takers of the recent Firefighter examination identified as people of color. Out of 46,305 individuals, 29% identified as Hispanic.

For photos of the celebration, click here.