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"We Marines are truly blessed. We get to enjoy the sweet taste of freedom because we know it's price. " ~ John Chipura 2000
A recent effort is ongoing to name the next of the Ollis Class Staten Island Ferries after John G. Chipura. The ferry is a fondly regarded institution by Staten Islanders and New Yorkers alike. Traditionally the ferries have been named after important and dedicated Staten Islanders.
John was a Staten Islander who lived a life of service and died a hero of this city, of this state and of this great nation.
We are blessed that we have a multitude of heroes in this great city who serve with distinction and honor. On 9/11 alone, we lost 343 members of the FDNY, 23 members of NYPD and 37 members of the Port Authority Police department - many of them from Staten Island.
Any of these heroes deserves the honor of having a Ferry named after them, so what makes John G. Chipura uniquely deserving?
We believe that John's life story is a unique story which exemplifies service to the community and this country on all levels.
John started his service at a very young age by joining the Boy Scouts of America and had a lifelong commitment to the Scouts, eventually became an Eagle Scout and Assistant Scout Master.
John joined the United States Marine Corps. and was on active duty in Beirut, Lebanon when the Marine Corps. barracks was bombed on October 23, 1983. He served two tours in this war-torn area before receiving an honorable discharge in 1984 and returned to Staten Island with a hardened resolve and an even stronger will to help people.
John then joined the honored ranks of the New York City Police Department and proudly served as one of the "Finest". With great courage and distinction, John was highly decorated and rose to the rank of Detective in Brooklyn's 72nd Precinct, Brooklyn South Narcotics.
Transferring to the New York City Fire Department, John followed in the footsteps of his father and his brother as a member of the "Bravest." John continued his tradition of honor, service, and sacrifice as a firefighter with Engine 219/ Ladder 105 in Brooklyn. On 9/11/01, John answered the call and sacrificed his own life so that others might live.
So while John's story stands out as a life of service to emulate for all Staten Islanders children, He is also representative of all the hard working civil servants who live on staten island, dedicate themselves to the defense of this country, the protection of our citizens and the saving of others lives.
Naming the Ferry in his honor will remind people from all over the world of the heroism John Chipura embodied in all walks of his service. From the Scouts, to the Marines, to the NYPD and the FDNY, but also the sacrifice that all of the members of those organizations make on a daily basis. Reminding of the life of duty in service to others that they lead.
It's hard to find a more fitting role model to bestow this honor on than John G. Chipura. If you agree with us that John's name should be proudly shown beneath the bridge of the next Staten Island Ferry and that he is the proper role model, then please take a moment to click the links to the right and sign our petition on Change.org. Since John was an asset of Staten Island, NYC and this nation, anyone could voice their opinion in this petition.
Thank you for signing.