Mayor De Blasio And Fire Commissioner Nigro To Preside at Medal Day Ceremony Postponed From 2020 Due to Covid-19

April 14, 2021

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro will preside at the FDNY Medal Day Ceremony on Wednesday, April 14th at 11 a.m. at Pier 17 - South Street Seaport in Manhattan. At the ceremony, awards will be presented to FDNY Firefighters, Paramedics, EMTs, Fire Marshals and Officers for their life-saving work. This ceremony was scheduled for June, 2020, but was postponed due to COVID-19. Traditionally, FDNY Medal Day is held annually in the first week of June on the steps of City Hall.

Due to COVID-19, this is a closed ceremony with social distancing measures in place for medal recipients and those attending. It can be viewed live on the Department’s website,

Notable medal recipients include:

  • Firefighter John H. McCoy of Squad Company 288, inaugural recipient of the Chief of Department Peter J. Ganci Jr. Medal and NYS Honorary Fire Chiefs Association Medal. In 2019, Firefighter McCoy performed a daring rescue of a man from a warehouse fire in Queens just as portions of the building began to collapse due to explosions.

  • Paramedics Niall C. O’Shaughnessy and Joshua S. Rodriguez of EMS Station 4 will receive the Christopher J. Prescott Medal for providing critical emergency medical care to multiple construction workers injured in a collapse on the 17th floor of a construction site in Manhattan in November 2019.

  • Firefighter Daniel R. Foley of Rescue Company 3 will be posthumously awarded the Emerald Society Medal for rescuing two young children from a Bronx fire in February 2019. In February 2020, Firefighter Foley died of cancer related to his work in the World Trade Center Rescue and Recovery Effort. His brother, Firefighter Thomas Foley, also of Rescue Company 3, was one of 343 FDNY members killed on September 11th, 2001.

WHO: Mayor Bill de Blasio, Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro; Acting Chief of Department Thomas J. Richardson; First Deputy Commissioner Laura Kavanagh; Chief of EMS Operations Lillian Bonsignore; medal recipients and other FDNY members

WHERE: Pier 17 - South Street Seaport, Manhattan

WHEN: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 – 11 a.m.


Streamed live on Apr 14, 2021
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