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2007 FDIC attendance exceeds 27,000; firefighters cited for valor, training, other achievementsAttendance at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC), held in Indianapolis in April, reached an all-time high this year, hitting 27,468. In addition to the hands-on training, workshops, classes, big-room seminars and panels, the vast exhibits, and other special events, attendees witnessed the presentation of prestigious awards for valor, training, and other accomplishments. 2007 Ray Downey Courage and Valor Award: Lt. Howard Carpluk, FDNYLieutenant Howard Carpluk, a 20-year veteran of the Fire Department of New York, assigned to Engine Company 42, was posthumously named the recipient ...

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