Lifetime Flushing resident Edward Kilduff, the retired chief of department for the FDNY, was awarded a City Council proclamation last Thursday before the lawmakers’ regular meeting.
Kilduff retired in October after a decorated 37-year career that saw him rise to the highest uniformed rank in the FDNY.
As chief, he oversaw the Fire Department’s 15,000-member uniformed fire and EMS services, with five major bureaus: Operations, Training, Communications, Emergency Medical Service and Fire Prevention.
Kilduff joined the department in 1977 and worked for six years at Ladder 34 in Manhattan. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1983 and worked at Ladder 112 in Brooklyn, until his promotion to captain of Engine 92 in the Bronx in 1989.
The proclamation noted that through demonstrated leadership and professionalism, he continued to rise through the ranks with promotions to battalion chief in 1993, division chief in 2001, deputy assistant chief in 2002, assistant chief and Brooklyn borough commander in 2004, and chief of department in 2010.
He was also cited five times in his career for bravery, including for the rescues of a 51-year-old woman in Brooklyn in 1988 and of five firefighters trapped in a collapsed building on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn in 1998.
He helped direct the more than 600 FDNY members who were sent to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to perform rescue and recovery efforts. Kilduff was also instrumental as one of the small number of leaders who helped to rebuild the department after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, which decimated the force’s manpower.
As a division chief in 2001, he worked as night commander for months after Sept. 11, supervising rescue and recovery operations at Ground Zero. He was also a key member of the senior management team that created the department’s first two strategic plans that served as roadmaps for rebuilding after 9/11 and advanced many agency-wide initiatives.
Kilduff lives in the Broadway-Flushing neighborhood in his childhood home with his wife, Kathy. They have two grown children and five grandchildren.
The proclamation was presented by Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside).