Up Close: Fire safety in New York City

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Bill Ritter talks with FDNY Commissioner Dan Nigro. (WABC)

Fire deaths are at near record low levels.

59 people died in fires in New York City last year, a decrease of 17 percent, and just one more than the record low for deaths set in 2012.

But as we enter the coldest part of winter, the risk of firs and carbon monoxide poisonings increases as we close our windows and try to stay warm

Joining us is New York City Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro. The FDNY is a partner with WABC-TV, in our annual Operation 7 Save a Life campaign, underway right now.

We pass out tens of thousands of Kidde smoke detectors every year. Our fire special, Operation Save a LIfe, airs Saturday evening at 7.

Also this week, an Up Close look at one of the newest FDNY firefighters. Brendon Stackpole follows in the footsteps of his father Timothy, a firefighter we at Eyewitness News knew well, not just because of how he fought fires but also because of how he fought back.

He nearly died battling a house fire. Years later, one day after he returned to the job, September 11th, Tim was one of the victims.

Bill Ritter talks with FDNY Commissioner Dan Nigro.


No one ever said working in a jail is a cushy job. It's hard. And it's tough and, yes, it can be dangerous.

You have heard a lot in the past few months about violence at Rikers Island, New York City's primary jail, and dangers facing correction officers. They were on this broadcast a few weeks ago.

This week, we talk to the man in charge of the city's jails, Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte.
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Bill Ritter talks with the man in charge of the city's jails, Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte.


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