NBC “Nightly News” Anchor and Managing Editor Brian Williams, a former volunteer firefighter, will be honored by the FDNY Foundation Thursday, April 23 in New York. The Foundation is recognizing Williams, who anchors the nation’s highest-rated network evening newscast, for his support of the FDNY and ongoing coverage of issues important to the nation’s first responders.
Williams is a former volunteer firefighter and first aid squad member in his hometown of Middletown, New Jersey. He is the recipient of numerous Emmy awards, and he received an Emmy, a Peabody, and a DuPont award for his coverage of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, where he focused special attention on the first responders.
The FDNY Foundation is a critical fundraising organization dedicated to supporting the department’s efforts to promote fire safety and prevention to the public, as well as the training and education needs of FDNY members. Over the past year alone, the FDNY Foundation has granted over $7 million for education, training and other important initiatives.
Retired Army Col. and Medal of Honor recipient Jack Jacobs will introduce Williams. Jacobs and Williams currently serve together as directors of the Medal of Honor Foundation, a board designed to raise money and awareness for the 97 living recipients of the nation’s highest military honor, and all those who have been recipients of the honor.
Additional Foundation Dinner honorees on April 23 include Kevin Burke, Chairman and CEO of Con Edison; and Arthur E. Imperatore, Sr., Founder and CEO of New York Waterway.