Name a S.I. Ferry after Firefighter and hero John G. Chipura (USMC, FDNY, NYPD, BSA).
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We recommend that one of the future Staten Island Ferries in the Michael Ollis Class be named after Firefighter John G. Chipura, a Staten Islander who sacrificed his life in response to the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001.
We are blessed that we have a multitude of heroes in this great city who serve with distinction and honor. On 9/11 alone, we lost 343 members of the FDNY, 23 members of NYPD and 37 members of the Port Authority Police department - many of them from Staten Island.
Any of these heroes deserves the honor of having a Ferry named after them, so what makes John G. Chipura uniquely deserving?
John was a Staten Islander who lived a life of service and died a hero of this city, of this state and of this great nation. In his name, John’s life of service continues after his death.
John started his service at a very young age by joining the Boy Scouts of America - Troop 21. John had a lifelong commitment to the Scouts, eventually became an Eagle Scout and Assistant Scout Master.
John joined the United States Marine Corps. and was on active duty in Beirut, Lebanon when the Marine Corps. barracks was bombed on October 23, 1983. Although knocked unconscious from the blast, John survived. John lost 241 "brothers" in that terrorist attack and remained steadfast in his duty and service to his country. The United States Marine Corps. Facebook page features a quote from John, "We Marines are truly blessed. We get to enjoy the sweet taste of freedom because we know its price." John was a proud member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Iwo Jima Association and the Beirut Veterans Memorial Association.
He served two tours in this war-torn area before receiving an honorable discharge in 1984 and returned to Staten Island with a hardened resolve and an even stronger will to help people.
John then joined the honored ranks of the New York City Police Department and proudly served as one of the "Finest". With great courage and distinction, John was highly decorated and rose to the rank of Detective in Brooklyn's 72nd Precinct, Brooklyn South Narcotics.
Transferring to the New York City Fire Department, John followed in the footsteps of his father Anthony Chipura, and his brother Capt. Gerard Chipura/ E164, as a member of the "Bravest." John continued his tradition of honor, service, and sacrifice as a firefighter with Engine 219/ Ladder 105 in Brooklyn. On 9/11/01, John answered the call and sacrificed his own life so that others might live.
While John's life is over, his legacy continues through his foundation http://www.johngchipurafoundation.org
Through fundraising by the John G. Chipura Foundation, he still (posthumously) supports Scouts, Veterans, Firefighters and Police Officers in need. Throughout the year, members of these groups and civilians from all walks of life, gather to honor John's memory and support the foundation in his name. This keeps the memory of John alive, as well as his duty of service to others.
Additionally, an annual blood drive in John's name has saved the lives of countless New Yorkers over the past 14 years by collecting over 1,000 units of blood for the NY Blood Center.
John Chipura's amazing life story represents the distinguished honor and dedication to this country that every member of service strives to achieve. Naming the Ferry in his honor will remind people from all over the world of the heroism John Chipura embodied in all walks of his service. From the Scouts, to the Marines, to the NYPD and the FDNY, John lived his life in service of his city, his state, and his country. It's hard to find a more fitting role model to bestow this honor on. Thank you for signing.
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