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FDNY to honor mechanic who saved city $700K

Jomar Pichardo invented ways to refurbish ambulance batteries and car parts that would normally be tossed away and replaced


Associated Press

NEW YORK — A mechanic for the New York City fire department is being honored for saving taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars through his ingenuity.

Jomar Pichardo's job is to keep the city's fleet of EMS ambulances running while working out of the department's garage in the Long Island City section of Queens. The Daily News reports he has saved the FDNY more than $700,000 by inventing ways to refurbish ambulance batteries and car parts that would normally be tossed away and replaced.

Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro is to honor the 31-year-old Pichardo during the FDNY's Administrative Medals and Awards ceremony on Thursday. The three-year department employee will be awarded the Jack Lerch Award for saving the FDNY so much money.

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