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FDNY names Tonya Boyd as first black female to lead EMS training
By Susan Edelman, Rich Calder,
The FDNY is replacing its longtime chief of training for Emergency Medical Services with the first black female to hold the post, the latest personnel shakeup in the embattled agency.
Tonya Boyd, a 26-year FDNY veteran who is currently division chief of the Public Safety Answering Center in downtown Brooklyn, will lead EMS training effective April 9, according to an internal department order.
She’ll take over for Joseph Pataky, who was reassigned as a deputy assistant chief overseeing EMS response in Brooklyn and Staten Island.
The move caused some grumbling among longtime FDNY staffers.
“She replaced a white male with a black female,” griped a veteran firefighter.
The source also said he believed Commissioner Laura Kavanagh purposely moved Pataky “who lives on Long Island, to Staten Island for no reason other than her loathing for anyone who dares to disagree with her or raise concerns.”
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