The FDNY High School in East New York will become the Capt. Vernon A. Richard HS for Fire & Life Safety. His family embarked on the journey to name a school after Richard almost 10 years ago.
A native of Brooklyn and known as a “gentle giant,” Richard began working for the FDNY in 1977 and was promoted to lieutenant in 1994. Richard was assigned to Tower Ladder 7 in Kips Bay on Sept. 11 when he was killed along with five other members of his company. The FDNY posthumously promoted him to captain.
Richard’s wife, Dorothy, received strong support from the FDNY when she “approached city officials about naming a school for her late husband.” Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro wrote a letter to the city education department to request that Richard be given the honor of having a school named after him.
Nigro told the Daily News that it was a “fitting tribute” for the son of Brooklyn.
Family and friends announced that the school will be renamed in Richard’s honor on June 30.
By 9/11 Memorial Staff