Engine Company, Firefighting, Technical Rescue

First Courage and Valor Foundation Dinner to be Held at FDIC

With the theme of “Remember Forever,” Fire Engineering and parent company PennWell will give the first Ray Downey Courage and Valor Award at the Courage and Valor Foundation Dinner. The dinner will be held at the Fire Department Instructors Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, on April 13, 2002.
The Foundation was created to ensure the world remembers forever the sacrifices heroic FDNY members made on September 11 and, in their memory, will recognize other firefighters who demonstrate similar acts of courage and valor.
The goal of the Foundation, which is tax free and independent, is $1 million. PennWell made an initial contribution of $25,000 and will contribute one dollar for every nine dollars donated, up to $100,000. The fund will exist in perpetuity and the income from the Foundation will be awarded annually to a firefighter or his family.
The award commemorates the life and career achievements of Deputy Chief Ray Downey, chief of rescue operations and 39-year veteran of the Fire Department of New York, who was killed while commanding rescue operations at the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001. He was the most highly decorated firefighter in the history of FDNY.
In addition to his great courage as a firefighter, Chief Downey was nationally known for his pioneering efforts in the field of technical rescue and was the unofficial leader of the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Teams he trained for disaster response throughout the United States and the world. Chief Downey commanded rescue operations at many difficult and complex disasters, including the Oklahoma City Bombing, the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing, and many natural disasters worldwide.
Through his teaching, articles, instructional videos, and his book, The Rescue Company, Chief Downey made a profound and lasting impact on thousands of firefighters throughout the United States. He was a beloved member of the Fire Engineering and Fire Department Instructors Conference advisory boards. Chief Downey reached a level, both professionally and as a person, that few achieve.
For more information on attending the dinner, contact Diane Feldman, Fire Engineering managing editor, at [email protected].