Even Heroes Have A Right To Bleed by Daniel A. Nigro

Daniel A. Nigro

Chief Nigro’s vast experience includes service in the boroughs of Manhattan, Queens Bronx and Brooklyn and administrative positions in the Office of the Fire Commissioner and as Chief of Personnel and Chief of Health Services. He served as Assistant Chief of Operations and helped in designing and instituting a Certified First Responder-Defibrilattor (CFR-D) Program which brought fire units into New York City’s Emergency Medical Response. He worked on the merger of EMS with the New York City Fire Department and became the first Chief of EMS on March 16, 1996. From 1997 to 1999 he served as a Citywide Tour Commander, in charge of fire and emergency management at major incidents throughout the City. His other responsibilities included planning for special events, e.g., July 4th celebrations, New York City Marathons, the Milennium celebration and transition, etc. Before being promoted to Chief of Department he held the second highest uniformed rank, Chief of Operations. As Chief of Operations he oversaw day to day management of all FDNY Units with the primary concerns of fire supression and the safety of members operating in the City of New York. It is in that capacity that he responded to the tragedy of September 11, 2001, assisting in the Incident Command, surviving both collapses and, upon the death of Chief of Department Peter J. Ganci Jr., assuming the role of Incident Commander that afternoon.

As Chief of Department, Chief Nigro held the highest uniformed position in the New York City Fire Department. He was responsible for the prevention and extinguishment of fires, the protection of life and property from disaster within the City of New York as well as the response of all Emergency Medical Services.

During Chief Nigro’s career he earned some of the Department’s most honored and prestigious awards, including the Fire Commissioner’s Award for Outstanding Service and the Leon Lowenstein Award. He has also been recognized for outstanding service and performance by the governments of New York City, New York State, The United States, Italy, and France. He retired on September 9, 2002 and now serves on several boards (including FDNY’s Terrorism Preparedness Task Force), is teaching and consulting in the United States and in Italy.

Chief Nigro holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Bernard M. Baruch College, The City University of New York and has attended numerous fire department training programs. He resides in Whitestone, New York with his wife of 33 years, Lynn and their daughter Lori, age 21.