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Sons of 9/11 Heroes Graduate from the FDNY Academy

Two sons of FDNY firefighters who recently died from 9/11-related cancer have joined the ranks of the department after graduating from the Fire Academy in April. According to a report in the New York Daily News, Terence Pfeifer, son of Ray Pfeifer, and Christopher Froehlich, son of George Froehlich, were among 311 graduates honored at […]

Study Claims Firefighters & Cops More Likely to Die by Suicide than in Line of Duty

The Ruderman Family Foundation recently released a white paper on Mental Health and Suicide of First Responders, which states that firefighters and police officers are more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty. The study supports this distressing assertion with recent statistics: “In 2017, there were at least 103 firefighter suicides […]

Should Assaults on Police, Firefighters, EMTs and Jail Guards Be Charged as Hate Crimes?

Should the New York State hate crime law that provides enhanced sentencing for attacks based on a victim’s identity be expanded to include peace officers, firefighters and EMTs? State Senator Fred Akshar of Binghamton, a former sheriff’s deputy, thinks so, and he’s proposed legislation in Albany to make hate crime enhancement happen. New Yorkers were […]

Fire Dept. Psychologist Explains Unique Mental Health Needs of First Responders

Our modern world can put an inordinate strain on firefighters, EMTs and other emergency responders, with seemingly limitless calls for their service locally and around the globe. But, unfortunately, society hasn’t quite grasped what we must do when a rescuer needs rescue. In an article published on EMS1.com, authors Jana K. Tran, Ph.D., staff psychologist […]

FDNY Troubled over Sharp Increase in Civilian Fire Deaths for 2017

After a record-setting 2016, when civilian fire deaths were the lowest in 100 years, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro announced the bad news for 2017: that fire deaths in the city had increased by 25, to a troubling total of 73. According to a post on Firefighternation.com, “In December alone, there were 26 deaths — the […]

Firefighter’s Grandson Fights to Have the FDNY Recognize His Grandfather’s Line-of-Duty Death, 82 Years Later

In September 2017, the New York Daily News reported that the family of firefighter Thomas O’Brien was considering a lawsuit to compel the FDNY to recognize their ancestor’s death in 1935 as a casualty in the line of duty. Some weeks later, on the website The Sandpaper.net, Mr. O’Brien’s grandson Arthur O’Brien wrote in detail […]

MUST READ: New Auto Insurance Law Protects Firefighters

We know it’s hard to get anyone excited about a new auto insurance law. But this time, the law is so important, and the impact that it will have on firefighters is so significant, that we think there is good reason for members to take notice. Our firm was part of the lobbying effort to […]

MUST READ: FDNY Members Retired for PTSD Have Important New Rights

What You Need to Know About Your Right to Pension Reclassification To all retired firefighters and fire officers: After months of lobbying, the NYC Fire Pension Fund has implemented an important change that will help dozens of retired FDNY members who were awarded WTC-disability pensions for PTSD. Any member who was granted a WTC-disability pension […]

Was Ladder to Blame for FDNY Firefighter’s Death?

In September, a solemn ceremony in Bethpage, Long Island honored FDNY firefighter William Tolley, who died in the line of duty last April. Tolley was recalled as an American hero and memorialized with a sign at the intersection of Crestline and Acme Avenues that reads “F.D.N.Y. Firefighter William N. Tolley Way.” But six months after […]

Jury Finds Siren Maker Not Liable for Firefighter Hearing Loss

In October, a jury in Pittsburgh dismissed a suit brought by four firefighters against a siren manufacturer whose siren they blamed for hearing loss. The firefighters claimed the siren, manufactured by Federal Signal Corporation, was defective because it was unreasonably unsafe. The trial lasted two weeks, but the jury deliberated for less than two hours […]

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