FDNY Insider 7/31/09
Five staff chiefs were promoted on July 30 during a boisterous ceremony at FDNY Headquarters.
Dozens of family members and friends watched as Chief Robert Sweeney was promoted to the position of Chief of Operations, Chief James Manahan was promoted to Assistant Chief of Operations, and three members were promoted to the rank of Deputy Assistant Chief, including William Seelig for SOC, Joseph Woznica for Fire Prevention and Robert Boyce for Personnel.
“This is a
big day for promotions and a big day for the
Department,” said Fire Commissioner Nicholas
Scoppetta. “You all have very big shoes to
He said the promoted members, who represent more than 140 years of experience, were each critical in rebuilding the Department after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
“These five officers will continue to move the Department forward,” said Chief of Department Salvatore Cassano. “You each have an unparalleled dedication to the job and to keeping New Yorkers safe.”
Chief Sweeney, a 29-year veteran of the FDNY, also served as a commanding officer in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Among those attending the ceremony was the outgoing Chief of Operations Patrick McNally, who is retiring after 32 years of service.