Chief John Salka with Senate Commendation Award
Senator James Skoufis recently presented Chief John Salka, Jr. of Blooming Grove with a Senate Commendation award. The Award is bestowed upon civilians who have gone out of their way to give back to the community and are of dedicated service to others.
Chief Salka is a 40-plus year veteran of the fire service; he served with the FDNY for over 33 years, the last 15 years serving as a Battalion Chief in the 18th Battalion in the Bronx. Chief Salka served as part of the Incident Command Team at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, and the weeks and months that followed. He has instructed several FDNY training programs and presented lectures for corporate, military and fire service audiences across the country. Chief Salka is also involved in the local Town of Blooming Grove community action group, Preserve Blooming Grove.
Senator Skoufis said, “Our entire State owes a debt of gratitude to Chief Salka for his lifetime of brave service and for his on-the-grounds involvement in incident control after September 11th. I was extremely honored to present him with a Senate Commendation award to recognize his incredible career, perseverance, and selflessness over the past four decades.”