Baptism by fire

Sunday March 13th, 2022, The Harlem Hilton Engine 69 & Ladder 28 responded 1st due to a 3rd floor fire in a 6 story non-fireproof. Probationary Firefighter Donavon Abreu, Ladder 28 Can Firefighter, entered the building to locate the origin fire apartment. When located, PFF Abreu held back the fire using his water extinguisher while the inside team searched for victims. Engine 69 was delayed to this box as they were coming off of an EMS run. Engine 59 arrived first & proceeded to stretched the first line. As they were entering the fire building, Engine 69 members were right behind them. Knowing this was Engine 69’s first due box, Engine 59 handed the nozzle off to Probationary Firefighter Amelia John-Schonfeld, Engine 69’s Nozzle Firefighter, and they stretched the charged hoseline to the fire floor. As can be seen by the salty Proby helmet shield, the companies faced high heat conditions as they fought back the flames. Both Probationary Firefighters graduated together less than a week before.

The fire went to 2 Alarms when it extended to the floor above. PFF John-Schonfeld was among 13 women to graduate from Class 2 of 21.



  1. Jim Horan on March 14, 2022 at 10:41 PM

    Wow, 2 probies did that all by themselves?! I thought there were more firefighters there… what we they doing while these probies were baking that intense fire?!

  2. H Bregman on March 14, 2022 at 10:42 PM

    Glad they didn’t get injured

  3. Jim Horan on March 14, 2022 at 10:44 PM

    Wow, 2 probies did that all by themselves?! I thought there were more firefighters there… what were they doing while these probies were battling that intense fire?!

  4. Firefighter Wood on March 14, 2022 at 11:13 PM

    Glad no one was injured. I hope the probies decide to stay on the job. The Senior men need to encourage them with a slap on the back. My first night on the job was a All hands fire at a fully engulfed furniture warehouse. My second night was 2 portable classrooms and a Jr. High School that it extended to. Salty comes quickly for some of us.

  5. Ernie White on March 15, 2022 at 12:22 AM

    There is NO chance that this helmet was worn in a Probies first fire.

  6. Vincent Tesoriero on March 15, 2022 at 2:38 AM

    Class act by the men of E59/L30 passing the nozzle off. The 16th has always been the best Battalion on the job!

  7. Conor Doyle on March 15, 2022 at 7:57 AM

    @Jim Horan – you sound like a real man’s smokeater – put those probies in their place – how dare their unique story be celebrated – atta boy

  8. John D. Reilly, Ret. FDNY Lt. on March 15, 2022 at 11:37 AM

    Job well done. JR

  9. Bill Boyd on March 15, 2022 at 11:44 PM

    How was the “male”can man’s helmet? Based on a few other pictures I have had the privilege of seeing, equally if not more damaged. Why does the FDNY Press Desk only highlight the FEMALE Firefighters helmet? Why can’t you highlight the entire operation, especially the cooperation of the Engine who passed off the line they stretched? Oh, right, it doesn’t fit the acting Commissioner’s agenda.

    • fdnywire on March 15, 2022 at 11:50 PM

      This page isn’t ran by the Press desk or the FDNY. Who said the picture was the female’s helmet? I can only post what was sent to me. You can holster your hate on this page, we don’t have an ‘agenda’. These are 2 probies that I taught at the Rock… it’s nice to see them catching work.

    • Ray McCormack on March 16, 2022 at 12:28 PM

      A great start for the probies. Thanks E-59 for that hand off. Keep up the good work.

  10. Curt Isakson on March 16, 2022 at 7:03 PM

    So Awesome 😎 and Thanks for sharing. Great Job by the Probies and all those that had a hand training them. 🍀 Lucky for them to get assigned to a GREAT HOUSE.