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Thousands back Naming New Staten Island Ferry Boat after 9/11 FDNY Hero John Chipura

NY Daily News - September 10, 2017

by THOMAS TRACY

A push to name a Staten Island Ferry after 9/11 hero Firefighter John Chipura is gathering steam.

More than 11,000 people have signed a Change.org petition to name one of three new ferry boats launching in 2019 after the smoke eater, U.S. Marine and former NYPD cop.

A second petition is being sent around city firehouses and signed by firefighters and civilians.

Chipura, 39, was assigned to Engine 219/Ladder 105 in Brooklyn when the Twin Towers collapsed. At the time, he was engaged to be married.

"John died in service of this city,” said Chipura’s brother, FDNY Capt. Gerard Chipura.

“Wouldn't it be nice that, posthumously, he can still service the city by taking people back and forth to work?"

The first of the three new vessels will be named after Army Staff Sergeant Michael Ollis, a Staten Islander killed in Afghanistan in 2013.

The second boat will be named for Sandy Ground, the nation's oldest continuously inhabited free black settlement on Staten Island's south shore, Mayor de Blasio announced in April.

The city has yet to decide who the final boat will be named after.

Just over 5,900 people have signed a Change.org petition to name the third boat after NYPD Officer Russel Timoshenko, a Staten Island resident killed in the line of duty in 2007.

With a price tag of $156 million, the three new boats — the first additions to the eight-ferry fleet in more than a decade — will be able to operate more safely in extreme weather conditions.