2003-10-03 / Columnists

Chatting with Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader
Chatting with Chapey

Dr. Geraldine ChapeyDr. Geraldine Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader

John Moran Way was dedicated at Beach 118 Street and the Boardwalk.  The day of the dedication was a duplicate of 9/11//01. It was a beautiful, clear and sunny day.

John Moran, a Battalion Chief with the New York City Fire Department was the head of the New York City Special Operations Command. He was a man’s man - respected by his peers, and admired by his friends.

John Moran’s first loyalty was to his family.  He was a devoted husband to his wife Kim, a dedicated father to his two sons Ryan and Dylan and a loving son to his mother Peggy. John Moran was born with sand in his shoes.  He was born in the Rockaways.  He chose to continue to live here and to raise his two sons on the street where he grew up. Since John loved the beach, he enjoyed introducing his sons to this way of life.

Moran loved sports. One of his passions was kayaking. He loved to hit the water.  His sister Mona O’Connor told me that John would always call her from his kayak on his cell phone when he was coming past Beach 105th Street so that she and her family could wave at him from their terrace. In fact, the last picture that John’s wife Kim has was taken two days before the World Trade Center disaster.  It was a great picture of John Moran smiling and thrilled to be pulling his two sons on a wheeled base that John had built for his kayak. 

Moran was an avid bicyclist.  He joined RAGBRAI and for 9 years traveled extensively with his family, with the Crowley cousins, and fellow police officers and fire fighters touring the state of Iowa.  He loved the outdoors. He made many lasting impressions on these trips.  A group of Iowa participants had a memorial fund raiser to help to fund his two sons for their college career.

Battalion Chief John
Moran and Congressman Joseph Crowley are first cousins. Their families are joined together because their mothers - Eileen Murphy Crowley and Margaret Murphy Moran are sisters.  Both families share a love of music.  John Moran loved to play the tin whistle.  He played the piano and the guitar and sang at all family gatherings.  In fact, he even played the trumpet when he was in elementary school and was part of the St. Camillus band - led by dedicated and outstanding Monsignor William Burke.

Moran was an attorney. He graduated from Fordham Law School in Manhattan.  He was part of the prestigious Fordham Law Review. Fordham Law School has set up a scholarship fund in his name.  They dedicated a special issue of the law review in his memory.  John loved being a student.  Prior to Fordham Law School he graduated from St. Camillus School, Beach Channel High School and Brooklyn College.

John Moran also shared a love of politics, history and world events with his cousin Congressman Joe Crowley.  John admired General George Patton and would enthusiastically introduce others to his work. He always referred to Teddy Roosevelt’s Man in the Arena speech.

Battalion Chief John Moran was really born to be a New York City Fire Fighter.  He was the son of a fire fighter, the brother of a fire fighter (the courageous Mike Moran from Ladder 3 who spoke for everyone when he sent his message to Osama Bin Laden), the nephew of a fire fighter and the cousin of a fire fighter.  Earlier John Moran had been injured in the Astoria hardware store fire that left three other fire fighters dead.  Despite this he continued his valiant work with the New York City Fire Department.

On the fateful morning of 9/11 John had finished his tour at 7 A.M.  He was completing some details when the call came from the World Trade Center.  He asked Chief Downey if he would like him to join him and Chief Downey said "yes".  They both perished.

Chief Moran will always be remembered for his vibrant spirit, his love of his family, his devotion to the New York City Fire Department and his love of his country.

Congressman Joseph Crowley was the only member of Congress to lose a family member in the 9/11 tragedy.  Congressman Crowley has been committed to the social, physical and economic recovery of New York. In October 2001, he authored the Medal of Valor for American Hero’s Act.  This law calls for the Public Safety Officers Medal of Valor to be awarded to rescue workers who died while answering the call at the World Trade Center.  Congressman Crowley also successfully obtained $90 million in supplemental funds to do the medical monitoring of workers and volunteers at the World Trade Center. Crowley is a strong fighter for all New Yorkers.  He continuously works to improve education, healthcare, security and to lower crime and domestic and sexual violence.  He supported the Leave No Child Behind Education Act. Joe Crowley recently issued a comprehensive report to the White House entitled "Securing New York:  A Blueprint for Meeting New York City’s Homeland Security Requirements". This report is the compilation of information from officials, security experts, community leaders and citizens.  This report will serve to outline the steps to be taken, the programs that must be funded and the specific legislation that must be enacted in order to secure New York City and the rest of the United States.  Crowley clearly states that the federal government must make New York City a top priority when it gives funding for Homeland Security.  Crowley has also successfully secured over $20 billion in federal funding to help rebuild New York since 9/11.

Congressman Crowley was selected in the Congress to be on the Committee on Financial Services, the Committee on International Relations, and the Banking Committee.  Joe Crowley also serves on the subcommittee on Capital Markets and Securities, Capital Insurance and Government sponsored Enterprises.  This last subcommittee of the House Financial Services oversees the Nasdaq Stock Market and securities industry.  In this capacity Joe Crowley was asked to open the Nasdaq Stock Exchange at one of its summer sessions.

The Moran and Crowley families deserve exceptional credit for devoting their lives to public service.  They are excellent examples of what makes

America great.

He is a true patriot and a role model for all of us.  He has left a magnificent legacy.  America is fortunate to have been blessed with such a hero.

Thanks go to everyone who planned the beautiful ceremony at the dedication of John Moran Way.  Congress­man Joe Crowley particularly praised Councilman Joseph Addabbo, Jr. for his leadership role in this matter.  Joe was instrumental in making this happen.  Thanks to Joe Addabbo for serving as the Master of Ceremonies at this event. Congressman Anthony Wein­er, Senator Malcolm Smith and Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer also attended to support this effort.  Dis­trict Leader Ann Marie Anzelone was also a moving force in this event.

Please plan to join all your friends and neighbors at the second annual Trinity Services luncheon on Thurs­day, April 29, 2004 at Russo’s on the Bay.

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