The New York City Fire Department marked the first anniversary of the March 15, 2018, death of Fire Marshal Christopher “Tripp” Zanetis with the traditional dedication of a plaque at Zanetis’s old firehouse, Engine 28/Ladder 11 on East 2nd Street in Manhattan.
Zanetis died in the line of duty, but not in a Fire Department operation. In addition to being an FDNY firefighter and fire marshal he mastered two other professions, becoming an Air National Guard helicopter pilot and an attorney, and he died piloting an Air Force helicopter while on active duty in Iraq. (Our coverage of the combined FDNY and Air Force ceremony transferring his remains and his memorial service is here.)
Speakers at the plaque dedication included Mayor Bill de Blasio, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro, FDNY Chief of Department John Sudnik, Uniformed Firefighters Association President Gerard Fitzgerald, U.S. Air Force Major Matthew Bender Forbes, FDNY Supervising Fire Marshal John Orlando, retired FDNY Lt. Peter Sapienza, law school classmate and Debevoise & Plimpton colleague Eric Silverberg and Tripp Zanetis’s father John Zanetis.
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