Columbia Association New York City Fire Department Dinner Dance

Our 81st Annual Scholarship Dinner Dance will be held
June 18, 2015

Cocktails 7 pm

Presentations 9 pm

Dinner and Dancing to follow


Russo’s on the Bay,
162-45 Cross Bay Blvd.
Howard Beach section of Queens

As always, your support in making this special affair a success
is deeply appreciated.

Craig Silvino
Dance Chairman

Contact Craig Silvino for more info

Hotel information available upon request.

2015 Person of the Year

Assistant Chief
Ronald R. Spadafora

Assistant Chief Ronald R. Spadafora is a 36-year veteran in the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) and has recently been designated as Bureau Head - Chief of Fire Prevention. On 9-11, he responded to the World Trade Center (WTC) and supervised both rescue and fire suppression efforts at the North Tower and WTC 7. He was named the WTC Chief of Safety in October 2001 for the entire Recovery Operation ending in June 2002. On August 14-15, 2003, he headed the Logistics Section for the FDNY during the New York City Blackout. In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in September 2005, he was designated Deputy Incident Commander of the FDNY Incident Management Team and sent to Louisiana to assist the New Orleans Fire Department in the protection of the city. In October/November 2013, Chief Spadafora once again played a major role as the Chief of Logistics in the Bureau of Operations coordinating Department resources during and in the months following Hurricane Sandy.

Chief Spadafora is also an educator and proficient writer. He taught fire science at John Jay College (CUNY) for 25 years and is currently teaching emergency management at Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Additionally, he is the senior instructor for Fire Technology Incorporated preparing firefighters for FDNY promotional exams. He is also a visiting trainer and lecturer on urban firefighting and incident management for the Working on Fire Program of South Africa. The Chief has written more than 70 professional articles in publications such as: WNYF (With New York Firefighters), Fire Engineering, Size-Up, and the American Journal of Industrial Medicine. Books include McGraw-Hill’s Firefighter Exams (McGraw-Hill); Sustainable Green Design and Firefighting: A Fire Chief’s Perspective (Delmar-Cengage Learning); and Fire Protection Equipment and Systems Pearson-Brady Fire Series). Chief Spadafora holds a MPS degree in Criminal Justice from Long Island University (C.W. Post Center), a BS degree in Fire Science from John Jay College and a BA degree in Health Education from Queens College (CUNY).

“Humanitarian award”

 presented to

Dr. Roger W. Yurt
The N.Y. Firefighters Burn Center Foundation

Dr. Yurt is the Johnson and Johnson Distinguished Professor of Surgery and Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, serves as the Director of the William Randolph Hearst Burn Center at the New York Presbyterian Hospital and also is the Chief of the Division of Trauma.

Dr. Yurt received his M.D. degree at the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1972 and performed his residency training at Parkland Memorial Hospital and the New York Hospital. He then completed his postdoctoral fellowship in Medicine at the Robert B. Brigham Hospital and Harvard Medical School and was Chief Resident in Surgery at the New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center.

He is a well published researcher, a dedicated teacher, and a world renowned board-certified expert in the treatment of burns and wound healing. He has authored over 100 original manuscripts and book chapters dealing with trauma, burns and acute inflammatory response to injury. In addition, he serves on the editorial board and is an ad-hoc reviewer for six professional journals.

Dr. Yurt is recognized for his devotion to the improvement in the quality of life of burn victims and for his pioneering research in trauma, burns and technology related to the treatment of burns. In 2003, the American Skin Association presented Dr. Yurt and the William Randolph Hearst Burn Center with the Meritorious Humanitarian Recognition Award. During that same year, the Royal Society of Medicine presented Dr. Yurt with the Richard T. Hewitt Award, recognizing him as an influential contributor to quality assurance in surgery, medical education, public health, and research in the burn and trauma areas. Dr. Yurt received the Outstanding Physician of the Year Award in 2006 at the New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center. In 2009, he received the Jim Curran Memorial Award given by the Stephen Siller, FDNY “Let Us Do Good” Children’s Foundation and was also the recipient of an Excellence in Teaching Award given by the Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Regional Emergency Medical Advisory Committee of NYC and a past member of the NY State Trauma Advisory Committee. Previously, he served as the Chairman of both the Regional Trauma and the Regional Burn Advisory Committees. He was the Director of the Trauma Center at the New York Hospital from 1983-1998 and the Medical Director of Aeromed, an air ambulance service at the New York Hospital from 1987-1992. Dr. Yurt was the second vice president and member of the Board of Trustees of the American Burn Association from 2004-2006, Governor of the American College of Surgeons from 1990-1996, and President of the Surgical Infection Society in 1991. He served as a Delegate on the Council of Academic Societies of the American Association of Medical Colleges from 1985-1987. He is the Co-Principle Investigator for a grant from the Federal Health Resources & Services Administration for Disaster Planning for Burn Injury in New York City.

Dr. Yurt has served on more than 36 intramural committees including the Medical Board of the New York Hospital and the Executive Faculty Council of Cornell University Medical College. He is the Immediate past president of the New York Weill Cornell Medical Center Alumni Council. The Burn Team and Dr. Yurt were featured as Heroes of Medicine in the fall issue of Time magazine in 1997. He has been repeatedly recognized by Castle Connelly as one of the "Best Doctors in America" and has been included in New York Magazine's Best Doctors issue from 1998 to the present. He was recently selected in both 2008 and 2009 as one of the "SuperDoctors" in New York, an honor accorded only 5% of New York physicians.

Our “Presidents Award” will be presented to

Dr Vincent DeGennaro

Dr. Vincent P. DeGennaro has been an FDNY medical officer for the last 22 years. He is board certified in internal medicine. Dr. DeGennaro has been a participating physician for the past 27 years. He is an attending physician at Staten Island University Hospital and Richmond University Medical Center. Dr. DeGennaro is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and past president of the Richmond County Medical Society. He also served as the past president of the Academy of medicine of Richmond and was chairman of the Internal Medicine Section. He is a “Master Fellow” of the Academy and past recipient of the physician’s recognition award for his service to the community. He is also a member of the medical Society of the State of New York and the New York Academy of Science. He is the medical director of the “Volunteer Heart ambulance of Staten Island and is currently vice president of the Italian club of Staten Island.

Dr. DeGennaro received his undergraduate degree from St. Peter’s College, Jersey City, New Jersey and his medical degree from the University Universidad Autonoma De Guadalajara, Mexico. He completed his residency in internal medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Staten Island. He is a member of numerous organizations including the FDNY Columbia Association, FDNY Honor Legion, the FDNY fire Chiefs Association, the FDNY Vikings Association and the New York Firemen cycle club. Dr. DeGennaro is also the union delegate of the U.F.O.A. (Uniform Fire Offices Association. Dr. DeGennaro has frequently lectured on a variety of health-related topics to various fire department Fraternal organization as well as community organizations. Prior to embarking on his medical career he served as a high school science teacher and a New York City fire alarm dispatcher. The love for medicine, the fire department and his Italian Heritage make a perfect combination.