Heartbreaking news this morning from the FDNY where beloved Assistant Chief Ron Spadafora has died in the Line of Duty following a incredibly tough but heroic battle against 9-11 World Trade Center Cancer.
Chief Spadafora was a 39-year veteran in the FDNY and is the Chief of Fire Prevention. On 9-11, he responded to the World Trade Center (WTC) and supervised both rescue and fire suppression efforts. He was named the WTC Chief of Safety in October 2001 for the entire Ground Zero Recovery Operation ending in late June 2002.
We were all thrilled to see him at FDIC just a few months ago, where, despite his battle and condition, he delivered his highly popular training program. He also took precious time to socialize with his many friends at that conference-and the smile on his face was unforgettable.
Ron was a Brother and friend to so many and always interested, researching and teaching what was best for the FDNY, and all Firefighters.
Our sincere condolences to the FDNY, Ron’s family and his many friends around the world. He was a wonderful and inspiring man who set the bar on being a Firefighter, Fire Officer and Fire Chief, positively impacting the FDNY and the entire world.
Rest In Peace.