Man With Missing FDNY Placard Arrested
Russian Immigrant, Student Took Plaque Of Former First Deputy Commissioner

POSTED: 5:39 p.m. EST October 29, 2002
UPDATED: 5:39 p.m. EST October 29, 2002

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NEW YORK -- A 20-year-old Brooklyn man is in custody after a parking placard belonging to one of New York's bravest was discovered in his windshield.

The expired parking placard was marked "FDNY Number 2," and when fire marshals spotted it in a car parked near Pace University Tuesday afternoon, they knew exactly who it belonged to.

Originally, it belonged to former First Deputy Commissioner Bill Feehan. The beloved 42-year Fire Department veteran drove FDNY car No. 2 until he was killed on Sept. 11, 2001. His official car -- a black Buick -- was recovered from the rubble in the days following the terrorist attack. At the time, fire officials noticed that his official parking permit was missing. But Tuesday, fire officials tell NewsChannel 4 it turned up on the windshield of a white Oldsmobile belonging to Vadim Reznikov, a 20-year-old Pace University student in lower Manhattan.

Manhattan fire marshals discovered the plaque during a sweep, and picked Reznikov up when he returned to his vehicle. Fire sources tell NewsChannel 4 that Reznikov -- a Russian immigrant -- told marshals he found the placard when working as a Red Cross volunteer in the days following 9/11.

The FDNY says Reznikov will be charged with burglary and illegal possession of stolen property.