Staten Island, NY – March 1, 2017 – The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce will host its FDNY Valor Awards Luncheon on Thursday, March 16 at 12 noon at the Hilton Garden Inn (1100 South Avenue, Staten Island, NY). The event is sponsored by Richmond University Medical Center and Spectrum Reach + Spectrum Business. The FDNY Valor Awards Luncheon gives the Chamber and the business community a chance to honor the heroic actions of New York’s Bravest who protect Staten Island, and to acknowledge the men and women who go above and beyond the call of duty. Staten Island’s top Firefighters, Paramedics and EMTs from 2015 and 2016 will be recognized by the Commissioner of the New York City Fire Department, Daniel A. Nigro, as well as the Chamber’s Safety and Security Committee.
Honorees will receive the FDNY Valor of the Month award for their daily commitment and service to borough residents and a FDNY Valor(s) of the Year will also be announced during the event. This special ceremony will occur every year to commemorate the FDNY’s bravery and great work in the Staten Island community.
Tickets are $40 for FDNY members and family, $60 for SI Chamber of Commerce members, $90 for non-Chamber members. Reservations are required and can be made online at www.sichamber.com or with Joyce Venezia Suss at 718-727-1900.
About the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Safety and Security Committee:
The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce’s Safety and Security Committee was formed to educate the community on crime trends, solutions, and methods to protect the property and assets of local businesses. It holds seminars, workshops, and develops strategies to help protect businesses from crime, and ensure a safe and healthy working environment across Staten Island. Every year, the group serves as the selection committee for the FDNY Valor Awards Luncheon as well as the Police Officer of the Year Luncheon. The Safety & Security Committee Co-Chairs, Gerald Amerosi Sr. of Gerald Peters Inc. and Salvatore Sottile of Sottile Security International, collaborated with the FDNY in the selection process.
For more information contact the Chamber at 718-727-1900.
Daniel A. Nigro
Commissioner of the New York City Fire Department
The Fire Commissioner, appointed by the Mayor of the City of New York, is the civilian administrator and head of the Department. The current, and 33rd Fire Commissioner in the Department's history, is Daniel A. Nigro. Commissioner Nigro was appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2014.
Commissioner Nigro is only the sixth individual to hold every rank in the Department in the agency's history. Commissioner Nigro was appointed as a Firefighter on November 29, 1969, rising through the ranks to the top uniformed position as Chief of Department on September 12, 2001.
Commissioner Nigro's long career with the Department started in Manhattan at Engine 21 where he served as Firefighter. He served as a Lieutenant at Engine 35 in East Harlem; in Division 14 in Queens and Engine 8 in Manhattan as a Captain; and in Battalion 19 in the Bronx as a Battalion Chief. Beginning in 1988, while in the rank of Battalion Chief, he served in several administrative positions at Headquarters; the Chief of Personnel and the Chief of the Bureau of Health Services.
Upon his promotion to Deputy Chief in 1993, he returned to the field and served in Division 3 in Manhattan. A year later, he was appointed Deputy Assistant Chief and was instrumental in merging the Emergency Medical Service into the FDNY. Following the merger, he became the Chief in Charge of EMS. In 1997, he was promoted to Chief of Operations, overseeing all operations and training for more than 14,000 uniformed Fire and EMS personnel.
Following the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center, he was appointed Chief of Department with the death of Chief Peter J. Ganci, Jr. Commissioner Nigro was responsible for overseeing all rescue and recovery operations at the World Trade Center site and the beginning of the unprecedented rebuilding of the Department. As Chief of Department, Commissioner Nigro held the highest uniformed rank, overseeing all major uniformed FDNY Bureaus: Operations, Training, EMS, Communications and Fire Prevention.