Happy Father’s Day! This year, a tip of the helmet goes to Division 8 Chief Robert Hannafey, who is a 41-year veteran in our EMS. Described by many as a man who lets his actions speak louder than his words, Hannafey has undoubtedly made an impact in our Department through his hard work, leadership and love for helping people. These same qualities have also enabled him to be a stellar family man. In celebration of today, his daughter Division 4 Captain Jennifer Ison shares her thoughts about why her FDNY Dad is one of a kind.
“My dad is just amazing, he has a such a great sense of humor and he really loves EMS. Even as he moved up in rank, he always made time to help patients and members on this job whenever he can. Members in this Department respect him so much and I really respect him as a father and a professional,” said Ison, who was promoted to her current rank this past May. Her mother, the late Marsha Hannafey, was also a FDNY EMS Captain and Ison now wears her shield number.
“My parents met and fell in love while they both worked in EMS and I grew up around EMS, so I always knew that this is an important career. As a Captain, I know I have a great resource with having my dad here because he has a lot of experience in his field, but I’m glad he’s really let me pave my own path here with my career. This is a career that you fall in love with because every day is different, you’re interacting with so many people and helping to save lives and having him here too in this Department makes it even more special to me.”
For Father’s Day, the family traditionally gathers at a restaurant to celebrate, but this year they will be having a small dinner at Ison’s house to help remain healthy and safe.
“I’m a Daddy’s girl, so Father’s Day is always an extra special day because I get to show my appreciation to my dad. We’re going to have a low-key family day and we will be cooking on the grill and just enjoying the day together,” she added.
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