Tag Archives: FDNY

Black Sunday Firefighters Awarded $183 Million

A Bronx jury has awarded three firefighters and the families of two deceased firefighters $183 million in damages stemming from the Black Sunday fire. The January 23, 2005 fire trapped six firefighters on the top floor of a building from which they were forced to jump 40-50 feet.

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Reverse Discrimination Alleged in FDNY Medical Officer Promotion

Two FDNY physicians have filed suit against the city claiming they were passed over for a promotion on account of their race and age. Both doctors are white and in their 60s. Dr. Mark Spadaro and Dr. Ann Marchesano have served as City Medical Specialists for FDNY since 2007. Both are board certified physicians and each have over 30 years of experience.

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FDNY Firefighter Seeks Reinstatement

An FDNY firefighter who resigned in 2013 after failing a random drug test is suing to get his job back, and he is citing the city’s reinstatement of a fire commissioner’s son as precedence. Glen Merkitch filed suit yesterday in Brooklyn requesting that the Kings County Supreme Court order his reinstatement. The complaint references the reinstatement of Joseph Cassano to the EMS division earlier this year

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Fox News Questions New FDNY Investigation into GoFundMe Campaign

Fox News is questioning why FDNY is investigating a firefighter who started a fundraising effort to help a suspended deputy chief. Deputy Chief Paul Mannix was suspended recently for 50-days without pay for his involvement in leaks about unqualified minority firefighters reportedly getting special treatment.

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NYC Firefighters Sue Over Public Records Violations

The president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association of New York, IAFF Local 94 has filed suit against the City of New York and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito using the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) to publically allege that she has been “stone-walling” consideration of a pension related resolution.

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Woman Sues FDNY Over Ambulance Injuries

A Brooklyn woman has filed suit against New York City claiming that carelessness by two FDNY EMS workers caused a severe laceration to her leg. Jacqueline Vanderhorst, 58, alleges that EMTs “shoved her” into an ambulance last July resulting in a would that took 21 stitches to close

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Headlines Versus Reality: A Tale of Two Cities

A veteran FDNY Firefighter has been terminated and the headlines claim it is because he was wearing a shirt that was offensive to minority firefighters. What is the truth behind that headline, and why do so many of us stop with the headline?

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FDNY Firefighter Facing Termination for Creating Hostile Work Environment

An FDNY firefighter is facing possible termination over a series of incidents that occurred in 2012 that began with the wearing of uniform look-alike t-shirts that offended minority firefighters. Judge Alessandra Zorgniotti ruled earlier this month that FF Thomas Buttaro, a 17 year veteran assigned to Ladder 123, should be terminated...

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Kayaker Sues FDNY for Injuries

A kayaker who was seriously injured during a rescue effort last spring has filed suit against FDNY. Frank Marino was kayaking in Jamaica Bay last May when he capsized. FDNY responded but the propeller of the boat send to assist Marino struck him...

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