February 10th in the FDNY

Lt John R Eastburn, Engine 54. February 10th, 1970 Retired FF Kevin T Murphy, Engine 166. February 10th, 2015 9/11 illness

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February 9th in the FDNY

Assistant Engineer George A Erlacher, Battalion 2. February 9th, 1873. Injured January 17th, 1873, died February 9th, 1873 Box 38- 183 Water Street, Manhattan Asst Engineer Erlacher was thrown from a hose tender while responding. At Peck Slip & Water St, the tender of Engine 12 was upset when it ran over a pile of…

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February 7-8th in the FDNY

Retired EMS Lt Paige Humphries, Station 16. February 7th, 2021 EMS Lt Humphries died from 9/11 illness. FF David Muldrew & FF David Clute & Asst Foreman John H Bush Engine 30. February 8th, 1876 Box 0167 – 442-452 Broadway Manhattan. While operating a handline, the 3 firemen were buried beneath a collapse of the…

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February 4th in the FDNY

FF James P Smith, Engine 17. February 4th, 1885 Box 64, 58 Park Place Manhattan. FF Smith was operating on a ladder helping with a charged hose line. The nozzle was operating into a 5th floor window when it slipped from the grasp of the men above him. Fireman Smith, being in the center of…

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February 3rd in the FDNY

FF John Slowey, Lafayette Engine & FF George W Badger, Americus Engine 6. February 3rd, 1863 209 Cherry Street, Manhattan The 3rd floor of the Goodwin Bakery caught fire around 8pm. Within a very short time, the 3rd floor had spread throughout the 5 story bldg. The building & it’s contents were a total loss…

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February 2nd in the FDNY

FF James W Kojac, Ladder 128. February 2nd, 1956 FF Kojac suffered a heart attack while operating at a 2 story row of taxpayers. The fire started in the delicatessen & spread to a meat market, real estate agency & children’s clothing shop. FF Kojac was taken to St Johns Hospital where he died several…

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January 31st in the FDNY

FF Arthur J Renk & FF Christopher Dressel, Engine 138(238). January 31st, 1904 FF Peter J Gaffeney Injured January 31st, died February 1st, 1904 Box 493 2-50 Noble Street Brooklyn. 3 members of Engine 138 ( Now 238) were killed at a fire in the American Manufacturing Company plant at the foot of Noble Street.…

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January 29th in the FDNY

Lt James T Brown, Ladder 45. January 29th, 1922 Injured January 27th, 1922 – Died January 29th, 1922 Box 509 – Washington Bridge – Bronx Lt James T Brown died 3 day safter receiving a crushing leg while responding to box 509 in the Bronx. The truck hit a trolley pole on the Washington Bridge,…

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Obituary: Dennis Smith

Dennis Smith, Firefighter Who Wrote Best Sellers, Dies at 81 “Report From Engine Co. 82” was the first of his 16 books. He also started Firehouse magazine and was the founding chairman of the New York City Fire Museum. Dennis Smith, a teenage hellion and high school dropout who transformed himself into a famed New…

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HISTORY OF THE FIRE SERVICE IN NYC

The history of the Fire Service in New York began in 1648 during the administration of Governor Peter Stuyvesant, when the first fire ordinance was adopted by the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam. The act required that funds received from fines levied for dirty chimneys should be used for the maintenance of buckets, hooks &…

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