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The FDNY Foundation is highlighting the critical importance of funding for FDNY training initiatives after firefighters rescued a man trapped in a six-story building during a fatal fire on Oct. 27.

One man was killed and several firefighters and civilians were injured in the six-alarm fire on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

The FDNY made the daring rescue by lowering Firefighter Jimmy Lee on a rope and harness from the roof. He then grabbed the man from a window and they were then both lowered to the ground.

“I can’t say enough about the danger involved in that type of rescue,” said Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro.

“This type of rescue is really extraordinary,” said FDNY Chief of Department James Leonard. “All of our members involved in this rescue put themselves in a dangerous position and saved a life because of their teamwork, their training and their bravery.”

The rope rescue is a last resort. It’s a rescue method that hasn’t been used in five years by the Department; however, firefighters train in the method every day, thanks largely to funding from the Foundation.

“We train on the Life-Saving Rope every day with our firefighters in the High-Rise Simulator and in several other locations at the Fire Academy,” said FDNY Chief of Training James Hodgens. “We are extremely grateful to the FDNY Foundation for all of their tremendous support in our training efforts. This successful Life-Saving Rope rescue can be attributed to your support.”

The Foundation has funded the first-of-its kind high-rise fire simulator at Randall’s Island and other critical training tools for the FDNY throughout their 35-year partnership. As the official official non-profit organization of the Department, the Foundation has provided hundreds of millions of dollars for programs that keep the FDNY strong by increasing safety, educating New Yorkers and ensuring that the FDNY remains the world’s leader in emergency response.

“It is the support of friends, partners and business leaders that allows us to contribute to cutting-edge equipment, technology and training for the FDNY,” said FDNY Foundation Chairman Stephen Ruzow. “We know from incidents like this one that this funding is making a difference and saving lives. We must continue to work tirelessly to support these critical initiatives so that the FDNY can continue to keep all New Yorkers safe.”

To help the Foundation keep the FDNY strong, resilient and responsive, please consider contributing today. Every dollar helps the brave men and women of the Department keep this city safe. Click here to be a part of our critical mission.

"We train on the Life-Saving Rope every day with our firefighters in the High-Rise Simulator and in several other locations at the Fire Academy. We are extremely grateful to the FDNY Foundation for all of their tremendous support in our training efforts. This successful Life-Saving Rope rescue can be attributed to your support."

James Hodgens, FDNY Chief of Training