John Sudnik

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John Sudnik
Nationality USA
Occupation firefighter
Known for Appointed Chief of Department for the FDNY

John Sudnik is a firefighter with the FDNY, who was promoted to acting Chief of Department, the most senior uniformed member of the Department, on December 10, 2018.[1] Prior to replacing his predecessor, James E. Leonard, Sudnik had been Chief of Operations. Sudnik's acting appointment was made permanent on February 27, 2019.[2]

In January 2019 Sudnik announced that, in response to Amazon choosing Long Island as the site of a massive new headquarters, the Department was considering re-opening a fire station, Engine Company 261, that had been closed in 2003, as a cost-cutting measure.[3]

On October 22, 2019, when Sudnik participated in the kickoff of the 37th instance of a large annual food drive, he explained why firehouses were being used as collection points - firefighter's mission was to save lives.[4]


  1. Richard Steier; Bob Hennelly (2018-12-10). "Top FDNY Chief Leonard Relieved of His Duties (Open Article)". The Chief Leader. Retrieved 2019-11-13. "While the fate of Chief Leonard, who was promoted to his job four years ago soon after Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro assumed that post, is being decided, Chief of Operations John Sudnik will take over his duties." 
  2. Ginger Adams Otis (2019-02-27). "Embattled FDNY officer James Leonard retires as agency appoints new chief of department". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2019-11-13. "FDNY commissioner Dan Nigro praised Sudnik’s “strong, exceptional leadership” over the years when he announced the formal promotion." 
  3. Rich Calder (2019-01-14). "FDNY may re-open firehouse to serve Amazon boom in Queens". New York Post. Retrieved 2019-11-13. "John Sudnik, the FDNY’s acting chief of department, testified during a city council hearing that the administration is looking to re-open Engine Co. 261 as a new ambulance company in the booming neighborhood." 
  4. Brittany Kriegstein; Larry McShane (2019-10-22). "City Harvest, Daily News team up for 37th annual food drive to help needy city residents during the holiday season". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2019-11-13. "The city’s largest annual food drive kicked off at FDNY Engine Co. 7 in Tribeca, with Chief of Department John Sudnik noting that all of the city’s firehouses will serve as donation points. The effort will continue through Jan. 17 in hopes of helping the 1.2 million needy New Yorkers who have trouble putting food on the table every day."