Press Releases

For Immediate Release: December 23, 2008

Firefighters Union Leadership Speaks Out on Deutsche Bank Fatal Fire Investigation Results

Leaders of the Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA) Executive Board held a press conference to speak out about the results of the Manhattan District Attorney's investigation into the fatal Deutsche Bank fire, which claimed the lives of two New York City Firefighters and nearly killed another 50 who were forced to jump onto a scaffold hundreds of feet above Manhattan streets.

According to Steve Cassidy, UFA President, "The DA's report acknowledges what the UFA has maintained since the tragic August 18, 2007 fire. The top leadership of the FDNY failed in their responsibility to properly inspect and supervise the deconstruction and abatement of the Deutsche Bank Building. Despite numerous reports sent up to the top level of the Department, no inspection or fire plan was formulated which would have prevented this tragedy."

Firefighters Joseph Graffagnino and Robert Beddia were tragically killed in this fire.