riends and family members of Frank Walter and John Esposito gathered in Nansen Park on Staten Island on Saturday, August 28, for the inaugural memorial picnic for the two deceased firefighters. More than 300 attended for a day of family fun in the hot sun, and by the end of the day, the event raised over $8,000.

The event organizer, Melissa Esposito, who is married to Dennis, son of John Esposito, announced that the money they raised would be used to begin a John Esposito and Frank Walter Memorial Scholarship for FDNY probies attending the College of Staten Island. The scholarship is expected to provide $1,000 to each of two students every year.

Melissa Esposito
Richard Truitt, vice president for college advancement, CSI
Family members and representatives from CSI’s student affairs office
Participants will be available for comment

Check presentation event to announce the funding of the
John Esposito and Frank Walter Memorial Scholarship

Tuesday, September 7 – 5:30 p.m.

College of Staten Island Advancement Office
Building 1A, Room 401
2800 Victory Blvd., Staten Island, NY 10314