FDNY candidates lied about losing family in line of duty

Three hundred and ninety-nine people who took the FDNY exam claimed that they lost a parent or a sibling or both in the line of duty. Most of the claims were untrue, reports Susan Edelman, NY Post.

Having lost a city firefighter, police officer or EMS worker sibling or parent in the line of duty, in the September 11th terrorist attacks or from a 9/11-linked illness can add points to your score.

Two candidates are definitely legitimate. The highest scoring candidate,┬áPatrick Dowdell, who served as an Army captain in Afghanistan, lost his father, FDNY Lt. Kevin Dowdell, in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.┬áRobert Tilearcio Jr.’s father, Robert Sr., died of World Trade Center-related brain cancer.

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