Press Releases

For Immediate Release: November 29, 2010

Statement from Steve Cassidy, UFA President on the Passing of Firefighter Gary Valentino

On behalf of the UFA Executive Board we extend out deepest condolences to the family of Firefighter Gary Valentino and all of the members of Engine 43, Ladder 59 and Division 7 where he was assigned, as well as the members of Engine 72 with whom he was working when he died on-duty Friday.

Being a New York City Firefighter is not just a job, it is a calling. Firefighter Valentino answered that career calling and for the last dozen years has been putting the health and safety of New Yorkers before his own life.