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    Ex-fire Chief New Fire Chief

    EX-FIRE CHIEF NEW FIRE CHIEF


    By DAVID SEIFMAN

    August 15, 2002 -- For the first time in Fire Department history, a former fire chief has been reappointed to the very same position.
    Citywide tour commander Frank Caruthers, 56, was named chief of department yesterday by Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta at FDNY headquarters.

    Caruthers replaces Daniel Nigro, who retired when he wasn't reappointed after 11 months in the position.

    Under civil-service regulations, a chief of department gets tenure for life after serving 12 months.

    Caruthers found himself in the same position as Nigro when Caruthers was chief of department in 1997, and then-Commissioner Tom Von Essen didn't grant him tenure.

    But Caruthers was certain he'd make a comeback.

    "I felt I had a pretty good chance," he said.



    http://www.nypost.com/news/regionalnews/54832.htm

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    FDNY vet is chief of dept. - again

    FDNY vet is chief of dept. - again

    By MICHAEL SAUL
    DAILY NEWS CITY HALL BUREAU

    Frank Cruthers, a 34-year Fire Department veteran, was reappointed yesterday as FDNY chief of department, a post he held in 1996 and one his father held in the late 1970s.

    The chief of department, the highest-ranking uniformed officer in the FDNY, oversees the day-to-day operations and management of the 11,500-member department. Cruthers replaces Daniel Nigro, who is retiring, in the $149,000-a-year post on Sept. 9.

    Cruthers and his father, Francis, are the only father and son to serve as chief of department in FDNY history. Cruthers, 56, is also the only person to hold the position twice.

    'The perfect choice'

    "Certainly long before 9/11 we were aware of the remarkably unique quality of the fire officers and firefighters of this department, and that has certainly been reinforced and renewed since 9/11," Cruthers said yesterday at a news conference at FDNY headquarters in Brooklyn.

    Cruthers was at home on Sept. 11 when the first plane hit the World Trade Center. He arrived at the scene about two minutes before the first tower collapsed and worked there for the rest of the day.

    Mayor Bloomberg said Cruthers' "experience rising through the ranks and leadership over the last three decades makes him the perfect choice for this job."

    Cruthers has served as a battalion chief, deputy chief, deputy assistant chief and assistant chief.

    He also is a citywide tour commander.


    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/loca...9p-10382c.html

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