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For Immediate Release: July 7, 2014

Statement from the UFA President Steve Cassidy on the Death of Lt. Gordon Ambelas

On behalf of the Executive Board and the members of the Uniformed Firefighters Association, we extend our deepest condolences to the family of Lt. Gordon “Matt” Ambelas and all of the members of Ladder 119, Engine 211, Battalion 28, as well as members of Ladder 81 and Engine 161 where he served.

Over the last 14 years, Matt Ambelas, honorably dedicated himself to protecting the lives of his fellow New Yorkers and only a few short weeks ago, he and the members of his company were honored by the FDNY for the rescue of a child.  At the time he humbly stated, the incident “shows that FDNY members are always ready to help others."

That selfless dedication, coupled with his leadership and bravery helped define Matt’s career.  It is vital that New Yorkers never forget the sacrifice he made.

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