William Feehan Memorial Award Presented to a deserving member of the FDNY who has destinguished himself by contributing to the department over the life of his career to improve and better the FDNY.
2014 Recipient Captain Robert Farrell L-31 (Ret) Bob Farrell, has had an historic career with the New York City Fire Department and has been one of the most valuable and influential fire equipment manufacturers for nearly three decades. bob's company Fire Hooks Unlimited supplied the FDNY with needed tools after September 11, 2001, his company worked around the clock to manufacture the much needed tools. Captain Farrell’s tenure at Engine 82 / Ladder 31 was considered the “The War Years” (1960’s-1970’s) and was arguably the busiest firehouse in the world! The conditions in the Bronx during these times were conditions similar to war zones. Companies would respond to fire after fire, most times non-stop. And Bob was in the thick of the action for many years. A condition during Bob’s service was so severe and incredible that in 1972 a movie documentary called Man Alive: The Bronx is Burning was made, in which Bob can be seen. Also in 1972, a book was published called Report from Engine Co. 82, a non-fictional account of life in the South Bronx firehouse—the world’s busiest—in which Bob served with the author. Throughout Bob’s historic career, he was awarded nineteen decorations and awards for bravery. He received two Class 1 Medals, which is similar to the military’s Medal of Honor and one of the highest awards for bravery that is presented by the FDNY.
2012 Recipient Deputy Chief Vincent Dunn Division 3 (Ret) Chief Dunn was a veteran of 42 years on the Fire Department of the FDNY, 27 of which were as a chief officer. Chief Dunn was assigned to Engine Company 59 in Harlem. He was promoted to Lieutenent and assigned to Engine 33 in Manhattan. Upon his promotion to Captain he went back to Harlem, and was assigned to the "Fire Factory" Engine 58. As a Battalion Chief, he served in the 25 Battalion. His final assignmet was as a Deputy Chief in Division 3. He is the author of Safety and Survival on the Fireground and Collapse of Burning Buildings. Fire Engineering Books recently released his newest book, Command and Control of Fires and Emergencies. He developed and taught a number of courses for the FDNY, the FBI and the National Fire Academy and is a regular contributor to WNYF. He has a masters degree in urban studies, a bachelor's degree in sociology and an associate degree in fire administration from Queens College, City University of New York
2010 Recipient Captain John T. Vigiano L-176 (ret.) Captain Vigiano retired from the FDNY with 38 years of service. He is a charter member of the Honor Legion. Having been cited for meritourious duty over 28 times over the course of his career which began in 1962 in Ladder 103. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1976 and was assigned to Rescue Company 2 in 1977. He remained in Rescue 2 until his promotion to Captain in 1988. He was assigned to Ladder 176 unitl his retirement in 1998. Captain Vigiano holds a B.S. in Fire Science from John Jay College. He was an adjunct instructor to the NYS First Line Supervisors Training Program, and the Captains Management Training Program. He authored the FDNY Forcible Entry Reference Guide. He has authored and contributed to FDNY Training Procedures. He has authored many articles for various magazines such as WNYF(official magazine of the FDNY), Firehouse, Fire Engineering.
Captain John T. Vigiano L-176
Detective Joseph Vigiano NYPD, Fr. John Vigiano L-132, Captain John Vigiano.
Joseph and John Made the Supreme Sacrifice while performing their duties at the World Trade Center September 11, 2001.