Martin Scott (FDNY Commissioner)

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Martin Richard Scott (January 9, 1898 – February 10, 1979) was appointed the 20th Fire Commissioner of the City of New York by Mayor Robert F. Wagner on August 6, 1964 and served in that position until the end of the Wagner Administration on December 31, 1965.[1] The FDNY has named a medal for Outstanding Courage in his honor.[2]


Scott was appointed Fire Commissioner having served in all the Fire Marshal's ranks in the FDNY, rising to the top as Chief Fire Marshal prior to his commissioner's appointment. Scott was never a firefighter, but was one of the original non-uniformed Fire Marshals.[3] He died on February 10, 1979 in Edison, New Jersey.[4]

Fire appointments
Preceded by
Edward Thompson
FDNY Commissioner
Succeeded by
Robert O. Lowery


  1. ^ Bennett, Charles G. (August 6, 1964). "Chief Fire Marshal Is Named City's New Fire Commissioner; Scott to Succeed Thompson, Who Has Resigned to Seek Queens Judgeship". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-03-25. Mayor Wagner appointed Chief Fire Marshal Martin Scott as the city's new Fire Commissioner yesterday. He succeeds Edward Thompson, who has resigned to run for Supreme Court justice in Queens. 
  2. ^ "2005 Awards". New York City. Retrieved 2010-03-25. 
  3. ^ i.e. "civilian" fire marshals, although they held NYS Peace Officer status in those days
  4. ^ McNeil Jr, Donald G. (February 12, 1979). "Martin Scott Dead. Headed Fire Dept. Was Commissioner Under Wagner And Chief Marshal For Decade". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-03-25. Martin Scott, Commissioner of the New York City Fire Department from 1964 to 1966 under Mayor Robert F. Wagner and chief fire marshal for 13 years before that, died Saturday of cancer at his daughter's home in Edison, N.J. He was 81 years old.