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Salvatore Cassano, the Fire Commissioner of the City of New York, was one of three honorees to receive a President’s Medal, last month, at the CSI Celestial Ball, held at the Richmond County Country Club.

Commissioner Cassano began his remarks by stating that he “was extremely flattered…that such a great institution would think that I was worthy to be honored.”

In fact, three of his children have ties to CSI, as two are graduates who are now teachers and another son is currently enrolled at the College and a member of the Men’s Baseball team that claimed the CUNYAC Championship last spring.

Cassano, noting that he has been credited with rebuilding the FDNY after 9/11, said that he couldn’t have done it without the support of his family, but also the members of the FDNY who, he noted, “Through the most difficult times that we faced, took the challenge head-on and worked countless hours at the World Trade Center site and in the firehouses….I’m proud to say almost nine and a half years later, we’re better trained, better equipped, and better prepared than ever. And that’s on the backs of the men and women of the New York City Fire Department. So, I’m here to accept this award as a Commissioner of the greatest fire department in the world, representing the greatest members of any fire department that you could have protecting you.”

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