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Review Board

Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor

Mr. John "Jack" A. Joyce

Battalion Chief FDNY, retired

Jack Joyce is a retired FDNY Battalion Chief. He has worked in various locations throughout his 30 year tenure. Working through the ranks, he began as a firefighter in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Ladder 108). He became a lieutenant and was assigned to Battalion 50 in South Jamaica, Queens. Jack later became a captain and was assigned to lead the FDNY Tactical Training Unit at the FDNY Fire Academy, also known as “The Rock”. Here he was given the responsibility of training DEA agents, Federal Law Enforcement, and firefighters from across the country. He later served as captain in Ladder 155, “The Viper’s Nest”, in South Jamaica, Queens before concluding his time as a Battalion Chief. Following 9/11, Jack served in the NYC Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management, OEM, where he worked with a team responsible for running operations at the WTC terrorist attack site. He left OEM to organize, and create a unit that focused on supporting and assisting 9/11 families at Pier 94 on Manhattan’s west side.

Jack volunteered and attended the 9/11 Family Camp at Camp Kieve in Nobleboro, Maine each summer beginning in 2002. He supported 9/11 victims and their families from NYPD, FDNY, the Pentagon, and other private firms’ families who had losses due to the WTC tragedy on September 11th.

Throughout his career, Jack has been awarded many meritorious citations and medals for bravery. His proudest honor was receiving the 9/11 Firefighter Christopher Santora “Man of The Year Award,” presented by firefighter Christopher Santora’s family in 2013. Jack operated at some of New York City’s most notable rescue operations; WTC -9/11, “Miracle on The Hudson”-Sully 2009, Midtown Steam Explosion-2007, Rockaway American Airlines Crash-2001, Avianca plane crash-Cove Neck, Long Island-1989.

Jack holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from St. John’s University in Criminal Justice. He is now retired and lives in Long Island, New York with his wife and two children.

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Date Published: July 7, 2021