A Difficult and Somber Moment - California Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Task Force 3
September 11th, 2019 - Never shared before photograph and re-released video footage of the Team at Ground Zero:
Pictured Above – A difficult and somber moment! – From left to right, Fire Captain and California Task Force 3 Leader, Harold Schapelhouman (Menlo Park Fire Protection District), James Marquis, Assistant Chief, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CAL-OES), Division Chief and California Task Force 3 Leader, Ed Greene (Menlo Park Fire Protection District), FDNY Chief of Operations, Salvatore Cassano and FDNY Fire Chief Daniel A. Nigro – Photo Credit California Task Force 3
After several weeks at Ground Zero and prior to their departure for home, representatives from California Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 3 (CA-TF3) and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services representative present a California State Flag that was flown over the State Capital on 9/11 to the FDNY Commanders at their emergency operations center, in a gesture of solidarity approved by California Governor, Gray Davis.
Update September 2019
Daniel A. Nigro is the current Commissioner of FDNY, after his appointment in 2014. He was appointed Chief of Department after the death of Fire Chief Peter Ganci Jr, in the attacks of 9/11. He retired in 2002.
Salvatore Cassano was named Chief of Operations after 9/11 and was instrumental in rebuilding the FDNY. He was appointed Fire Chief in 2006 and Commissioner in 2009 until stepping down in 2014.
Video footage at Ground Zero by taken by Task Force Leader, Captain Schapelhouman, Night Shift (CA-TF3)