NEVER FORGET - Include FDNY Black Sunday Hero, Rescue 3 Lt. Joey DiBernardo's on the FDNY's "Wall of Heroes"
  • Petitioned New York Fire Commissioner Cassano

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New York Fire Commissioner Cassano
New York City Mayor Bloomberg

NEVER FORGET - Include FDNY Black Sunday Hero, Rescue 3 Lt. Joey DiBernardo's on the FDNY's "Wall of Heroes"

    1. Jonathan Lusk
    2. Petition by

      Jonathan Lusk

      Clovis, CA


The FDNY "Wall of Heroes" - honors those who died in the line of duty  (L.O.D.D.)


It has now been over 7 years since that miserable winter blizzard and infamous Bronx "Black Sunday" fire where, because illegally installed partitions blocked ALL the available fire escapes Joey DiBernardo Jr. and 5 other brother FDNY firefighters were forced to "bail-out" and jump from the top floors of a 5-story burning building to the frozen concrete below. 


Sadly, this last November 22, 2011, at 40 years young, Joey DiBernardo unexpectedly died. As courageous as a firefighter who Joey was, he tragically succumbed to his injuries and the related health complications sustained many years ago while fighting the "Black Sunday" fire.

When the news broke of Joey's death speculations of suicide began to spread, yet were all soon proven to be incorrect, false and/or unfounded. Joey's death wasn't a suicide. As a matter of fact joy and a real sense of purpose were returning into Joey's life.  He had his education and future planned. He loved his family, his friends, his brother and sister firefighters and the fire departments he served. He completely enjoyed being an Uncle and Godfather to his young niece Gabriella. And besides, anyone who knew Joey knows this... that he would never, ever leave any of his loved ones behind, including his dog "Rescue".

The official cause of death ruled by the coroner was as an accidental overdose of painkillers and anti-depressants.

Retired FDNY Deputy Chief Joseph DiBernardo said this of his son... 

"The reason he was on medications was pain. The pain was caused by Black Sunday. If there was no Black Sunday, my son would be here today." Joe Sr. is on a mission to honorably close the final chapter of the Black Sunday story for his son. "All those heroes on that wall. Joey belongs there. And he won't rest in peace until his name is there. And neither will I."




***   Please do the right thing and include Lt. Joseph DiBernardo on the "Wall of Heroes"   ***

Joey is a true FDNY "Hero" and deserves L.O.D.D. recognition


 RFB - Remember Fallen Brothers


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 8,000 signatures
    2. *** BREAKING NEWS *** - PETITION UPDATE by Joey's father Joe DiBernardo Sr.

      Jonathan Lusk
      Petition Organizer

      As of today the Fire Commissioner's office has informed me since reviewing the abundance of proof that I provided connecting "Black Sunday" to my sons death they see our request in a "different light".

      The 1st Deputy Fire Commissioner is reviewing the case and files and said he will be in contact with me in a few weeks. In his comments he mentioned The Board of Trustees. Since we are not seeking any benefits I do not believe this to be a Board matter. The decision is an administrative matter to be dealt with by the Fire Commissioner. I will wait to hear from him, if I do not hear in a respectful time frame I will be contacting him.

      I believe the media reports and the political contacts have been very helpful in this matter. Of course the many letters, e-mails, and this petition is a great help.

      Our goal is to reach 10,000 signatures, at that point I will forward the petition to the Fire Commissioner and the Mayor.

      Joe Di Sr.

    3. Reached 6,000 signatures
    4. PLEASE HELP HONOR JOEY - TAKE Further ACTION for Lt. Joey DiBernardo LODD

      Jonathan Lusk
      Petition Organizer

      It has been said that in order for a petition (for any cause) to gain any real serious traction, political recognition or influence it should be able to gather at least 5k signatures in 30 days. We have reached 3100+ signatures in less than 4 days! The response and the comments have been heart-felt and inspiring.

      It is so obvious to most of us that "Black Sunday" unquestionably and eventually killed Joey and thus he deserves RECOGNITION as a LODD ... his name HONORED on the FDNY "Wall of Heroes". Joey's Dad has formally asked the Board to re-consider their original decision to not grant LODD recognition. The BOARD is MEETING early next week and will be ruling on this request!

      Please, we ONLY HAVE 3 MORE DAYS to gather as many signatures on this petition before it goes to printer and mailed to Mayor, Fire Commissioner and Board of Trustees.

      Share the link, and then share it again and again. Call the media

      Time is of the ESSENCE - For Joey's HONOR - Take further Action

    5. Reached 3,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • over 2 years ago

      God Bless Joey D! You are a hero!

      • over 2 years ago

      besause i have a son who was volunteer firemen, and because I appreciete the work they do.

    • Barbara Crane WESTCHESTER, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      To those that make the ultimate sacrifice to protect the public should go the endless gratitude of us all.

    • Angelo La Bella BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Just Because........FDNY & NYPD do not get the recognition that they deserse on the fight for terrorism.

    • Carolyn Tusinski DRACUT, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      Very few understand living with chronic pain. That is heroic as well. Thank you, Lt. DiBernardo, for watching over your community.


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