This special Sheen Center event will shine the spotlight on the career of "Chief" William M. Feehan, the highest ranking firefighter to lose his life in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Feehan was the only person to have held every rank in the FDNY, including New York City’s 28th Fire Commissioner. The event will include a screening of the short documentary "Chief" and a panel discussion featuring Feehan's oldest son, William Feehan; his son-in-law, FDNY Battalion Chief Brian Davan, as well as author Brian McDonald, whose book "Five Floors Up" chronicles the story of the FDNY through the eyes of four generations of the Feehan family. Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, FDNY chaplain, and Sheen Center Board member will moderate. The event will be followed by a book signing with McDonald, with copies of the book available for purchase.
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"...Mr. McDonald manages a gut-wrenching firsthand minute-by-minute, decision-by-decision description of the morning of 9/11. With skilled interviewing, the last hours of Chief Feehan’s life are pieced together, starting from his routine coffee and over-easy eggs at Flushing’s North Shore Diner to his refusal to leave Ground Zero minutes before the North Tower fell.
"Five Floors Up is an homage to the families who absorb the aftermath of such courageous choices and a tribute to those whose job is much more than a career. It is a resurrection of firefighters fallen in battle with the “red devil” and a celebration of those who have picked up the hose in their stead."
The Wall Street Journal | September 18, 2022