VIDEO: The heroic work of New York's bravest was honored on Wednesday.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro presided over the FDNY Medal Day Ceremony at South Street Seaport in Manhattan. Firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, fire marshals and officers were recognized for their courageous work.
There was also a posthumous award for firefighter Daniel Foley, who saved two children from a fire in 2019, just 11 months before his untimely death.
"There is not a more deserving Firefighter to receive this posthumous recognition than Firefighter Foley, who was revered among his peers and the members of this department," said Andrew Ansbro, President of the FDNY-Uniformed Firefighters Association.
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An FDNY firefighter who died of 9/11-related cancer last year was honored Wednesday for his heroics during a Bronx blaze.
Firefighter Daniel Foley was posthumously awarded the Emerald Society Medal at the South Street Seaport for saving two young kids while responding to an early afternoon fire at the Butler Houses on Webster Avenue in Claremont on Feb. 20, 2019.
When Foley got to the scene, he spotted “several small hands waving frantically through the thick smoke billowing from the seventh-floor window,” according to fire officials.
The smoke eater rushed up the seven flights of stairs and slowed the spread of the blaze to buy some time for other firefighters to bring a hose line. Foley then crawled on his hands and knees to reach the two kids in a back bedroom. Foley died last February at 46 after losing a battle with pancreatic cancer, which the FDNY says was related to his rescue efforts at Ground Zero.
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At least one person is in the hospital after a fire at a high rise in Rochester Wednesday night.
The fire happened on the ninth floor of an apartment building at the corner of University Avenue and North Goodman Street around 11 p.m. Crews say they found the person unconscious in one of the apartments, and that person was rushed to Strong Memorial Hospital. We're working to get an update on the person's condition, but we do know everyone else in the building made it out safely.
Firefighters are still trying to figure out a cause.
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Seven volunteer fire companies in Niagara County are signed up to take part in the 12th annual Recruit NY Weekend organized by the Firemen's Association of the State of New York. Recruit NY Weekend is April 24-25.
Participating companies include Rapids, Middleport, Terry's Corners, Shawnee, Adams, Active Hose and Wendelville.
“Hundreds of volunteer fire departments across New York will be participating in Recruit NY. We invite all New Yorkers to attend an open house and safely experience what it means to be a volunteer firefighter,” FASNY President John Farrell said in an announcement. “After the year we have been through, Recruit NY weekend can provide people with the opportunity to interact with the responders who are dedicated to protecting them.”
Binghamton University student Andrew Desiderio, 21, died in a hiking accident on Monday, according to a Dateline announcement.
Desiderio, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering, was originally from Mineola, New York. Throughout his time at the University, Desiderio was heavily involved on campus. In 2013, Desiderio joined the Mineola Fire Department and worked his way up the ranks to become a junior lieutenant in 2016. His unit, Truck 2, posted a statement on their Instagram page. Truck 2 said Desiderio loved participating in outdoor activities, including fishing, boating, mountain biking and hiking. “Although he has left us all too soon, we remember that Andrew was doing what he loved,” the post stated. “Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. Rest easy Andrew.”
A 19-year-old Jamestown man has been arrested and charged with arson in connection to two separate incidents that happened in the past week.
Xavier L. Guadarrma has been charged with one felony count of first-degree arson, one felony count of third-degree arson, and one misdemeanor count of fifth-degree arson. He's being held for arraignment. Jamestown Police say the first incident happened at Fifties Grill and Dairy, at 1514 Washington Street, where an employee discovered a fire "and what appeared to be an incendiary device in the bathroom of the business" on Sunday evening, according to a news release.
The bathroom wall was partially burned, according to Jamestown Police. Jamestown Police said they identified Guadarrma as a suspect following a review of the surveillance video from the restaurant.
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