9/11 doc ‘Chief’ preserves FDNY history on screen and beyond

Michael Sisak | The Washington Post | August 31, 2021

Bill Feehan was so knowledgeable about the New York City Fire Department’s operations and history, colleagues say, he would have been the one leading its recovery had he survived the attack on the World Trade Center. “Chief,” a new documentary about Feehan airing on public television stations and in-person screenings around the 20th anniversary of the attack, is part of a major new push to preserve the history of the fire department he loved. “Chief,” produced with assistance from AT&T FirstNet — the dedicated network for first responders developed in the wake of communications problems take arose on 9/11 — benefits from archival footage of Feehan’s speeches and TV appearances over the years, giving viewers a window into his 42-year fire department career.

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