New York State
Insurance Department


ISSUED 6/22/2003

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NAIC HONORS NEW YORK WTC HERO KEITH ROMA AND 200 YEARS OF THE FIRE PATROL AT ITS NATIONAL MEETING
Recognizes a Lost Hero and 200 Years of Service

        National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) President Michael Pickens and New York State Superintendent of Insurance Gregory V. Serio today presented Arnie and Rosemary Roma of Staten Island New York with a plaque of recognition for the service of their son Keith, a New York City fire patrolman who died responding to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The plaque was presented at the opening session of the NAIC’s Summer National Meeting in New York City.

        "The NAIC recognizes Keith Roma’s actions on September 11, 2001 and gratefully acknowledges his contributions in upholding the fine traditions of New York Fire Patrol and the insurance community," said Pickens.

        "Keith Roma is a true hero and embodies the spirit of the New York fire patrolman," said Serio. "As a firefighter, I have seen firsthand what these men and women go through each and everyday and I thank each and everyone of them for their service to this great city over the past two centuries."

        Roma, a New York fire patrolman stationed at Fire Patrol Company 2 on West Third Street in Greenwich Village, was evacuating civilians out of Tower One when the building collapsed. His father, a retired New York City Police Officer, was in Tower Two and narrowly escaped.

        "I would like to thank the NAIC and the Insurance Department for recognizing our service to the City of New York since 1803 and for honoring Keith Roma who gave his life on September 11, 2001," said Fire Patrol Chief Raymond A. Carroll.

        Keith was a resident of Staten Island and is survived by his father Arnie, a former fire patrolman, his mother, Rosemary, brother Kevin, sister Maureen, and daughter Samantha

        The New York Fire Patrol, a unit of the New York Board of Fire Underwriters, is based at three city stationhouses, two in Manhattan, one in Brooklyn and responds 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week to alarms along with the New York City Fire Department. The Fire Patrol can trace its beginnings back to 1803, and is funded by companies that write fire insurance policies in the state. It is also supported by assessments on all property insurance written in the Patrol's territory. The Fire Patrol's mission is to protect property threatened by fire. Once on site, the Fire Patrol is under the command of the Fire Department.


About the NAIC

        Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) is a voluntary organization of the chief insurance regulatory officials of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and four U.S. territories. The association’s overriding objective is to protect consumers and help maintain the financial stability of the insurance industry by offering financial, actuarial, legal, computer, research, market conduct and economic expertise. Formed in 1871, it is the oldest association of state officials. For more information, visit NAIC on the Web at www.naic.org/pressroom.


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