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Film spotlights FDNY’s oldest, highest-ranking member killed on 9/11

Now available to stream, “Chief” tells the story of Chief William M. Feehan, “the father of the fire department”


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By Leila Merrill

NEW YORK — “Chief,” a 24-minute movie about Chief William M. Feehan, the FDNY’s oldest and highest-ranking member killed on 9/11, is now available to stream on YouTube.

At the time of his death, Feehan, nicknamed “the father of the fire department,” was the only firefighter to hold every rank in the job’s history.

The movie features archival footage of Feehan. It also includes interviews with Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro, Former Assistant Commissioner for Fire Prevention Kay Ellis, Former Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kerry Kelly, Former Deputy Commissioner of Administration Tom Fitzpatrick, and many others.

The movie is free to stream on YouTube.

The makers of the film, Can Man Productions, with support from FirstNet, are raising funds to support the digitization of historical archives at the George F. Mand Library. The library houses the department’s researchable history and is a resource for firefighters and researchers.