John Oehm, Class of 1976

Retired FDNY Battalion Commander Jack Oehm is currently excelling in his second career. Only this one is mostly a labor of love.

Jack currently devotes almost all his efforts to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, where he serves as Managing Director of Residential Reconstruction for Hurricane Sandy Relief. In that role Jack and his group have made it possible for dozens of families to return to their houses following one of the most destructive storms in the city’s history.

Jack’s ability to lead was clearly in evidence during his time at Monsignor Farrell.

He was a class vice president, served as an usher and was a member of the National Honor Society back in his days in Oakwood. But his chief passion was running. A highly accomplished four-year member of the cross-country and track teams, he was elected track captain his senior year.

Following his graduation from Farrell in 1976, Jack earned a degree in accounting from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. He joined the FDNY shortly afterwards, accumulating a number of honors during his distinguished career.

He began his association with the Siller Foundation as a volunteer for the annual Tunnel to Towers Run following the events of 9-11, but quickly began to assume more and more responsibility as the foundation expanded its charitable works.

A line-of-duty shoulder injury forced him to retire from the FDNY in 2012 after 32 years on the job, but that only enabled him to devote himself full-time to his many other volunteer efforts. He is a highly visible ambassador for the Siller Foundation’s humanitarian and charitable efforts not only on Staten Island but throughout the country.

In addition to the Siller Foundation, Jack also serves on the Board of Directors for the Visiting Nurse Association. In 2002 he formed and led a committee to establish a golf outing in honor of his friend and fellow Farrell alum Gene Spillane, who died of cancer. The outing’ proceeds have gone to the educational expenses of Gene’s children.

In 2012, Jack became the point person for the Siller Foundation’s relief work following Hurricane Sandy. He spearheaded the group’s efforts to provide building supplies, gut out flooded homes, develop and implement mold remediation treatments, repair and rehab home and help families eventually return to their homes.

Jack and his wife Kathy live in Huguenot and are the parents of four grown children: John, Katie, Thomas and Kelly.

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