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LI father, son promoted in FDNY ceremony

Deputy Chief John Mooney and his son Shane

Deputy Chief John Mooney and his son Shane Mooney after ceremonies held at the New York Fire Academy on Randalls Island in New York. (Dec. 30, 2009) Photo Credit: Joel Cairo

For the first time in the history of the New York City Fire Department, a father and son, both from Long Island, were promoted at the same time Wednesday.

But Shane Mooney, 31, of North Massapequa, said all the attention shouldn't go to him and his father, John Mooney, 56, of Williston Park.

"This isn't just about us," he said before the ceremony. "There are a lot of guys who passed the test and worked hard to get here. I would hate to overshadow anyone else."

The Mooneys were among 23 promoted at the fire academy ceremony on Randall's Island. The two learned within minutes of each other last week that they would be promoted at the same time - a first in the department's 145-year history.

Shane Mooney, a firefighter with Ladder 26 in Harlem, became a lieutenant. John Mooney, a deputy chief, was promoted to deputy assistant chief of the fire academy.

John Mooney joined the department in 1978, the year Shane was born. He boasted to reporters Wednesday that his son scored a 98 on the promotion exam.

Another son, Scott, 29, of Manhattan, a firefighter with Ladder 58 in the Bronx, joked with an arm around his brother, "I taught this guy everything he knows."

As Shane Mooney carried his son, John, 2, he said he doesn't expect him or his daughter, Emma, 4, to follow in the FDNY tradition, and that his father never pressured him.

It was the last promotion ceremony for outgoing Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta. "This one is especially memorable, not because it's my last one," he said.

Noting that a story about the Mooneys was on the cover of Newsday yesterday, while articles about Scoppetta's stepping down were buried in local newspapers, Scoppetta joked that the Mooneys have better public relations.

Cheers and applause for all of the newly promoted filled the auditorium as they were sworn in with salutes and handshakes.

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