Chief Ronald Spadafora was a 40-year veteran of the fire department and played an integral role in the aftermath of the attacks, supervising the entire operation as the World Trade Center Chief of Safety, reported The Washington Times. He was 63 when he died.
The chief had a decorated career beginning at Brooklyn’s Engine 237. He was instrumental in the recovery of several of the city’s natural disasters, including heading up the FDNY’s Logistics Section during both a major blackout in 2003, which left millions of New Yorkers without power, and Hurricane Sandy in 2012, according to The Daily News.
Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro announced the death of Chief of Fire Prevention Ronald R. Spadafora, a 40-year veteran of the Dept. who succumbed to WTC-related cancer. He was a frequent contributor and editorial advisor of WNYF and FDNY Pro. More at https://t.co/pon9ZyAxGA pic.twitter.com/luRQrWaMS9
— FDNY PRO (@FDNYPro) June 23, 2018
“In his extraordinary career, he fought fires in all five boroughs, improved training for every FDNY member, and as the Chief of Fire Prevention for the last eight years, Ron’s dedication and leadership led to greater safety and protection for millions of New Yorkers,” Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said in a statement. (RELATED: Iranian Politician Discusses Facilitation of 9/11 Hijackers)
Spadafora is the 178th member of the department to die of World Trade Center-related illnesses, the FDNY confirmed in the statement.
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