BY RENEE SAFF
New York’s Bravest were honored for their 150th anniversary last Sunday at Luna Park during a fundraising event where a portion of ticket sales from the Thunderbolt’s one-year anniversary were donated to the FDNY Foundation, the Fire Department’s official not-for-profit organization.
On June 14, Luna Park invited guests to put their bravery to the test by riding the Thunderbolt, which reaches speeds of up to 55 miles per hour, and to attend fire and life safety demonstrations being given on site by the FDNY.
To kick off the joint celebration, the first 150 people lined up to experience the Thunderbolt’s chilling 90-degree climb and 90-degree drop rode for free. The Thunderbolt made its debut last year adjacent to the Coney Island Boardwalk, on the same lot as the original Thunderbolt, which was in operation until 1982.
“We are excited that the roller coaster has been such a huge success and a milestone in Coney Island’s revitalization and development of the area, along with our commitment to providing our guests with the best thrills New York has to offer,” said Alberto Zamperla, president and CEO of Zamperla S.p.A.
The FDNY Foundation was established in 1981 to promote safety education and help the FDNY better protect New York by supporting free awareness programs for the public, giving funds, training and support for FDNY members, and assisting in providing the technology and equipment that allows the FDNY to save lives on a daily basis.
“Luna Park is honored and thrilled to be teaming up with New York City’s Bravest, the FDNY, to celebrate their 150th anniversary as well as the first anniversary of our largest thrill ride, the Thunderbolt,” Zamperla said.