Fri, 22 Feb 2008|
Dr. Denis Onieal, National Fire Academy superintendent, was awarded the Fire Engineering Lifetime Achievement Award.
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In fact you because you don't know it's kind yeah. God just get me through this you know be a good boy and I don't -- insurance assignments and carried -- yeah -- through this. It's a super thing and I'm very appreciative this. I would just like -- one simple little message today. Can't make it there. My father -- here this. Reminders of the cold hard fact I don't know -- is any greater and the -- and we. -- -- Enjoyed the association. With the most people living in different from where I live. -- fire fighting enviable. Those sons. Those were our past lifetime achievement awards. Owners. And I'm rare opportunity this morning I get to introduce. False honor and say thank you someone that I call a friend a brother an inspiration. I know many of you have also been inspired by doctor Dennis -- We can all remember the first time we saw him striding confidently across the grounds from Pittsburgh so -- so composed. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- make you look smarter. That would seriously that look that -- dot colonial look our superintendent our friend and our brother. That's the -- We were account -- -- -- moments in my career highlights of fire hearings 2000 -- lifetime achievement award winner. Doctor Dennis O'Neal was appointed. In a non political nationwide competitive search he was appointed in 1995 to be -- superintendent national fire captain. He is the first non political appointee. And position was selected after an exhaustive search and wasn't just a little search it was exhaustive. And 2006 the -- -- over 78000. Firefighters. And officers from all of the fifty states with a cadre of more than 500 instructors. -- a lifetime resident of Jersey City. And doctor -- graduated from rice high school in Harlem section of New York City in 1996. After that he was drafted into the army in 1967. Doctor Who returned home phone overseas with an honorable discharge in 1969. And -- attending the New Jersey City University. On the GI bill. It was a -- -- the first six graduates there to receive a bachelor of science and fires from the fire science department. In 1976. Immediately begin graduate study in public administration. A fairly Dickinson university. Was awarded a master's of public administration in 1978 began teaching in -- fire science program. In 1983. He began doctoral studies at the -- -- school of education at York university. And why you prefer to doctrine education on the dock in 1990 and he taught the masters and doctoral programs and education at NYU for five years. Now -- we're going further he really was a firefighter Terry thought that still look. Firefighter Dennis O'Neal join the Jersey city fire department 1971. Rising through the ranks and finally be acting chief in 1995. Where he led -- uniform for -- woman's -- firefighters and officers. -- spent the entire time on the street as a line officer. During that time he also coached thousands of New Jersey in New York firefighters to take them to take and prepare for the civil service promotional examinations. Doctor hill Osborne has one too many awards for us to mention we could -- stuff from now until. To let somebody else's turn. He's won some rewards but we -- -- if -- this close friends to comment on the dock for his receiving the lifetime achievement today. Gary -- former IOC director had this to say about those on the hill. Gary -- he is a person who genuinely cares about the individual the profession and about the institution of the national fire academy. And that combination. Is good for all us Steve Edwards the director of the -- fire rescue institute said I truly respect Dennis -- He's the consummate professional. A rare mix of fire service street smarts and a doctoral degree. And most importantly he has never forgotten where the street smarts came from. Steve said he saw this once in a meeting in Washington DC and to quote Steve the bureaucrat could face -- -- never knew what hit them. On a personal note I remember reading about chief Dennis O'Neal early on it it's a great story it's the story of. -- mom and pop chemical plant remember this is new Jersey's. On the fourth of July it's on fire and -- game. Now down -- there -- hundreds of firework watchers on a typical New Jersey will weigh in one way out no escape road. And she's Dennis -- and command which receives the following a report from a dispatcher. The dispatchers relaying that a chemical expert sought. That the fire was extinguished with water everything would be okay. And the supposedly. And a very -- Dennis -- stated. I don't care what he thinks. I want to know why I think you know Lewis. That story is legendary. That story. Marks the hallmark of what real leadership looks like. Under pressure income that it paints the portrait of a true fire chief and a true gentleman. It's how America sees our fire chiefs. And it's how we see chief Dennis O'Neal. Friends fellow firefighters. Former -- -- faces. I'm extremely proud and extremely honored. To ask you now to please rise and join in welcoming welcoming doctor O'Neill to the stage the 2007. Fire engineering lifetime achievement. -- doctor Dennis. Quite honestly I never thought anyone -- ever do anything this nice for me while it was still vertical. But out. It's really nice. I suppose that a lot of people would be anxious to talk about their accomplishments but I'm not -- I think like most people it. Had these things happen to them they realize that they really stand on the -- there's those people who have gone before them people who stand. Next to them and and people they admire. And when I talk about that instead of three legged stool and in the first -- of that stool and men and women of the fire service to encourage me. Every single day -- go to work. I get up in the morning and I work for you and if you don't believe me take you paste over the federal withholding tax. And -- I loved working for you I really do. The second leg is still the men and women that I get to work with at the national fire academy and Roxanne -- -- -- here and -- burden him and that there's a whole bunch of folks siren and knee worked very very hard -- every day. With the men and women that it worked with the new Jersey city fire department as well. The second leg of that school. In the -- that's who's my family. My wife of 36 years. My daughter Katie and her husband runs in the Fairfax fire department. Then too great granddaughters. And my son Brian Jersey City firefighter and -- United States marine. -- -- -- -- -- If you're very lucky. He worked hard in usually work maybe you'll get three like dishonest to elect I have thank you -- wrong things. If you indulge -- for one more second I'd like to invite you front Ken Herman from the Merck fire department. And the president of the nationals -- academy alumni association. On camera up. I'm gonna put that appear -- -- the -- you shot. Who just aren't the most dangerous man in America. Guise of a trucking would have Ph.D. So yeah. -- -- you know Amanda rose to the top of his game. And actually he's the top fire instructor in the United States. By his title. The national fire academy alumni association wants to recognize. The outstanding choice fire engineering and general is made in selecting -- this year's recipient of the lifetime achievement award. I know firsthand. That the national fire academy has become the premium federal training system won't all federal training systems born on. This chunk of glass appear. Indicates a mountain top. -- -- -- -- -- Doctor Dennis Sony also protect the national fire academy. The reaching the peak. And staying there -- state congratulations not.