In a ceremony held at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis on April 12, MSA awarded its Fireslayer of the Year (FOTY) Award to the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) for its “selfless dedication to the City of New York.”
In presenting the award, MSA’s Ronald Herring, director of marketing, noted that “The firefighters of FDNY embody the characteristics of true heroes-selfless dedication, bravery, and passion for saving lives.”
FDNY Captain Joseph Downey, son of the late Raymond Downey, FDNY deputy chief who perished in the World Trade Center collapse, accepted the award on behalf of the FDNY. Captain Downey was presented with a turn-of-the-century bronzed CairnsHelmet(r) fire helmet. “We are deeply appreciative of the overwhelming support that we have received from our local New York community and throughout the nation. We’re very proud to accept this award on behalf of our entire department,” said Downey.
The FOTY award, instituted in 2000, recognizes firefighters who display selfless dedication in the line of duty. The 2002-2003 FOTY program has been expanded so that award candidates may be nominated on a national level. Industry experts will be part of the selection committee, according to MSA. The company will announce additional details, including nomination criteria and deadline, at a later date.