Proving that life and death can be decided in a matter of seconds, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) today announced Peter DiPinto of the Brookhaven Volunteer Fire Department as 2018 “Firefighter of the Year” for his heroic actions to successfully remove a driver from her vehicle moments before it was struck by an oncoming train.
The 30-year veteran of the Brookhaven Fire Department will be honored at a ceremony on August 12 at the 146th FASNY Convention in Liverpool, NY, where he will receive a Medal of Valor for his heroics.
“Firefighter DiPinto acted quickly, decisively, and heroically, successfully saving the life of somebody who almost certainly otherwise would have perished,” said FASNY President Kenneth Pienkowski. “Firefighter DiPinto’s actions were consistent with the finest traditions of New York’s volunteer fire service. For his bravery, FASNY is honored to name Peter DiPinto the 2018 Firefighter of the Year.”
The city is approaching a terrible milestone — nearly 10,000 people have suffered cancers linked to the toxic dust and smoke at Ground Zero, The Post has learned.
With the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks a month away, the federal World Trade Center Health Program has counted 9,795 first responders, downtown workers, residents, students and others with cancer deemed 9/11-related.
In all, more than 1,700 responders and others affected have died, including 420 of those stricken with cancer, officials said.
“9/11 is still killing,” said John Feal, an advocate for WTC responders. “Sadly, this fragile community of heroes and survivors is shrinking by the day.”
The number of cancer patients has rapidly risen since the federal program started tracking the disease in 2013.
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More information about a destructive fire at a house in Colonie Saturday night has been released.
The Stanford Heights firefighters who responded to the blaze on Elmwood Street said on Facebook the house belonged to one of their former fire captains.
The post says Mark Nichols suffered burns before they got him out of the house.
His pet dog could not be saved.
Firefighters say an unknown person interfered as they were starting to work on the fire, before police removed him from the scene.
The home was severely damaged.
The Facebook post says the fire started in the kitchen, but the official cause is still being investigated.
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Columbia County is looking to transfer savings in workers’ compensation to help local fire departments pay for insurance they’ll be required to provide to volunteer firefighters beginning next year.
The state passed a law Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed last October that requires fire departments to offer insurance to volunteer firefighters with five years’ of interior experience for various types of cancer, including lung, prostate, breast, lymphatic, hematological, digestive, urinary, neurological, cancer of the reproductive systems, or melanoma.
The law will take effect Jan. 1.
systems, or melanoma.
The law will take effect Jan. 1.
The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York put together an insurance program for fire departments across the state, partnering with Hartford Insurance Company, which will offer insurance for certain types of cancer for $225 a year per eligible firefighter.
He is a head-turning celebrity sought after for fundraisers and modeling.
Hundreds follow his Facebook page.
A heartless person’s castaway has become the City of Newburgh fire department’s windfall.
Two years ago firefighters responded to a report of a dog tied to a hydrant just blocks from the main firehouse. The malnourished pit bull they found is now “Nick Firedog,” a healthy, tail-wagging ball of energy who has become ambassador for the department.
“We take him out, we take him places and he’s great with people,” Lt. Brendan Hogan said. “Kids naturally want to see a fire truck, but then, when you bring the dog off, the fire truck’s essentially forgot.”
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The White Plains Fire Department was awarded a $336,430 federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) on Aug. 1 to provide rescue training for personnel in the fire department’s Rescue Company.
“New York’s first responders put their lives on the line to protect our communities, and we must ensure that they have the training to perform their critical public service while ensuring their own safety,” said Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Harrison) who worked to make the grant possible.
The Rescue Company is staffed 24/7 and responds to emergencies including fires, building collapses, trench collapses, and vehicle accidents. The City of White Plains is required to provide a 10 percent match of the federal grant, for a total of $370,073 for the White Plains Fire Department.
The AFG Program is administered by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
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