Salvatore Cassano, as Chief of Department 2008
|32nd New York City Fire Commissioner|
January 1, 2010 – June 9, 2014
Bill de Blasio
|Preceded by||Nicholas Scoppetta|
|Succeeded by||Daniel A. Nigro|
|Born||Salvatore Joseph Cassano
January 22, 1945
Brooklyn, New York
|Spouse(s)||Theresa Wallace (m. 1978)|
|Alma mater||New York City College of Technology|
Salvatore Joseph "Sal" Cassano (born 22 January 1945) served as the 32nd New York City Fire Commissioner. His appointment by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to succeed Nicholas Scoppetta was announced on 21 December 2009 and became effective on 1 January 2010. Cassano was sworn in on 11 January 2010. On May 9, 2014, Daniel A. Nigro was announced as Cassano's successor as commissioner of the FDNY, in June 2014.
A son of Italian-American immigrants, Cassano was born in the Carroll Gardens section of Brooklyn, New York, and lives on Staten Island. After serving in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, he began a career as a firefighter in November 1969. He earned an associate degree in fire protection technology from New York City College of Technology in 1970, and a bachelor of science degree in fire science from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 1976.
Cassano has served in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and has been honored five times during his career for bravery. He received commendations for meritorious acts between 1979 and 1983 for rescuing five people from burning apartments, all in Brooklyn.
Cassano has held every rank in the department during his career (beginning as a firefighter in 1969), and was instrumental in rebuilding the department after 343 firefighters died as a result of the September 11 attacks, after which he was named Chief of Operations. He was appointed Chief of Department, the highest uniformed position in the department, in 2006, and his appointment as Fire Commissioner was announced by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on 21 December 2009. In 2011, in recognition of his service to the city of New York, he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He was retained by New Mayor Bill De Blasio on what he emphasized was on an interim basis.
Cassano and his wife, Theresa (née Wallace), live in the Huguenot section of Staten Island, where they raised their family. They have five children and eight grandchildren. A marathon runner, he has run the New York City Marathon four times and has broken the three-hour mark.
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- Biography - New York City Fire Department
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