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FDNY Calls on Marvel Superheroes
FDNY Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano unveiled a new fire-safety comic book from the creative team at Marvel Comics featuring two of Marvel’s top characters and several of the FDNY’s top fire safety tips. “Comics and Marvel superheroes are increasingly popular with both children and adults,” said Commissioner Cassano. “Making the fire-safety message entertaining is a great way to bring it to an even larger audience. We know that the work done by this Department and the FDNY Foundation to teach people of all ages how to make themselves and their homes fire safe has had a direct relation to the decrease of fire deaths in New York City.”
The FDNY Foundation, the non-profit arm of the FDNY, and Marvel Comics collaborated to produce this comic book for Marvel fans, both young and old. The comic book features FDNY firefighters and Marvel superheroes together as they battle both fire and supervillains. Along the way, Marvel superheroes teach valuable fire-safety knowledge learned from the FDNY. The 10-page comic features a cliffhanger ending, which sends the reader to the FDNY Foundation website, www.fdnyfoundation.org, to see the story's resolution. These limited edition comic books will be distributed free at FDNY Fire Safety Education events, and at the FDNY Fire Zone in Rockefeller Center (www.fdnyfirezone.org), while supplies last.
Bravest Edge Finest in Emotional Game
The FDNY (the Bravest) recently squared off against the NYPD (the Finest) in the 38th annual FDNY/NYPD hockey game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, NY. Prior to the game, both teams stood at center ice and watched a video tribute to their colleagues who died on 9/11. While many of the younger players weren’t active members 10 years ago, FDNY coach Joe Byrne makes sure they never forget what happened that day. “He doesn't talk about it a lot,” said FDNY’s Jim Becker, the game’s MVP. “But he’s helped us understand what 9/11 was about.”
The FDNY earned its third straight win in the series, with a 6-5 overtime victory. Proceeds from the game went to help loved ones of FDNY and NYPD members killed in the line of duty. The FDNY Hockey Team is a not-for-profit organization comprised of FDNY firefighters and officers who donate their time and efforts to raise funds for several charities each year. Past charities include the UFA Widows and Children’s Fund, the Thomas Elsasser Memorial Scholarship Fund, the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial and the Teddy Bears That Care Program. The FDNY Hockey team competes in charity events and tournaments worldwide, including the upcoming World Police and Fire Games in New York City this August.
North Carolina Fireman Honored
Ed Weigl has given everything he has to the state of North Carolina, serving as a volunteer firefighter for more than 44 years. On March 7 of this year, the state gave back. Governor Beverly Perdue honored Weigl with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine award. The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, which is among the most prestigious awards presented by the Governor of North Carolina, is given to individuals who have a proven record of extraordinary service to the state. Contributions to their communities, extra effort in their careers, and many years of service to their organizations are some of the guidelines by which recipients are selected for this award. A state employee can be awarded The Order if the employee has contributed more than 30 years of dedicated and enthusiastic service to the state of North Carolina. Past winners include Maya Angelou, Billy Graham, Michael Jordan and Charles Kuralt.
Weigl joined the fire department in 1968 and has held every position, including chief for 3 years. He was elected treasurer in 1997 and still holds that position today. The ceremony was held Weigl’s station, No. 7 Township Fire and Rescue in New Bern, NC. Alton Riggs, a local fire tax commissioner and childhood friend of Weigl’s, presented the award on behalf of the governor.