Building Construction, Firefighting

NEWS IN BRIEF

Issue 6 and Volume 160.

2007 FDIC attendance exceeds 27,000; firefighters cited for valor, training, other achievements Attendance 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, FDNY Lieutenant Howard Carpluk, a 20-year veteran of the Fire Department of New York, assigned to Engine Company 42, was posthumously named the recipient of the 2007 Ray Downey Courage and Valor Award. He was cited for his selflessness in attempting to save the life of Probationary Firefighter Michael Reilly, who had been out of the Fire Academy for six months. Carpluk, the probationary firefighter, and firefighters from two other companies had fallen through the…

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