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  • Retired FDNY Captain to Become Catholic Priest for New York Archdiocese: 'Now I Will Save Souls'

    05/27/2016 6:20:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 5/27/16 | Thomas Tracy
    He once fought fires in Hell’s Kitchen. Now he’ll be fighting the fires of hell. After two decades of beating down blazes and saving lives, retired FDNY Captain Tom Colucci has found a higher calling — he’s about to become a Catholic priest for the New York Archdiocese. Timothy Cardinal Dolan will welcome Colucci, 60, to the priesthood on Saturday during a special ceremony at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. “I spent 20 years saving people. Now I will save souls,” said Colucci, the first city firefighter to shed his bunker coat for a priest’s collar. “I thought about being a priest...
  • Coordinated attack feared after massive cathedral blaze

    05/03/2016 7:26:51 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 2, 2016 | Isabel Vincent and Chris Perez
    The historic Manhattan cathedral that was gutted in a massive fire was one of four Christian Orthodox churches to go up in flames on Orthodox Easter Sunday — sparking fears of a coordinated attack on the religion. While FDNY officials said the blaze at the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava on West 25th Street does not appear suspicious, members of the Orthodox community have doubts. They are worried that the blaze — along with church fires in Australia and Russia — were set in retaliation for the religion’s role in blocking the canonization of Croatian Nazi supporter Cardinal Aloysius...
  • (From April 22, 2016) NYC Fire District Releases Statement About Donald Trump… Media Stunned

    When Donald Trump spoke earlier this week in Buffalo, media critics lambasted him for allegedly confusing "9/11" with "7/11." However, a theory emerged as to why Trump didn't misspeak, one that the media refuses to acknowledge. The controversy all began Monday, as Trump was speaking before a crowd in Buffalo on the day before the New York primary. During the speech, he touted his 9/11 activism. "I wrote this out, and it's very close to my heart," Trump said to the audience. "Because I was down there and I watched our police and our firemen down at 7/11, down at...
  • Woman who failed FDNY physical test 6 times gets another chance

    12/27/2015 10:47:22 AM PST · by george76 · 44 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 27, 2015 | Susan Edelman
    A woman who six times failed the physical test to become an FDNY firefighter is being given another chance - and this time, critics say, the fix is in. She will graduate, no question, said an FDNY member. The department does­ not want another black eye. Wendy Tapia was allowed to conditionally graduate from the Fire Academy on May 17, 2013, even though she had failed the running test. After swearing her in, the FDNY gave Tapia five more chances to run the required 1.5 miles in 12 minutes or less, but she could not do it. She quit -...
  • Firefighters sue siren maker over their hearing loss

    12/20/2015 1:01:00 PM PST · by PROCON · 31 replies
    AP ^ | Dec. 20, 2015 | Deepti Hajela
    NEW YORK (AP) -- There were times by the end of his shift that firefighter Joseph Nardone's head would be pounding, his eyes crossing from the noise of the siren on his truck. "The siren was so loud inside the cab that it actually physically hurt," said the former New York City fire battalion chief. Even though he's been retired for over a decade, he said, the effects of the sirens linger in hearing loss that has left him unable to understand rapid conversation or follow along in church.
  • Firefighter who flunked physical injured 10 days into job

    11/22/2015 10:40:42 AM PST · by PROCON · 74 replies
    nypost ^ | Nov. 22, 2015 | Susan Edelman
    A firefighter who was allowed to graduate the Fire Academy despite failing physical tests has already gone out on medical leave — just 10 days into the job, The Post has learned. Probationary firefighter Choeurlyne Doirin-Holder injured herself Monday while conducting a routine check of equipment at Queens’ Engine 308 in South Richmond Hill. Getting off the truck, Doirin-Holder missed a step and landed on her left foot, suffering a fracture, sources said. It was her second shift after a transfer from Engine 301. In training for a hazmat assignment, officers found her struggling to perform the required tasks.
  • FDNY recruit finally graduates thanks to instructors’ ‘help’

    11/10/2015 2:09:37 AM PST · by lowbridge · 54 replies ^ | november 8, 2015 | susan edelman
    A female FDNY recruit has graduated from the Fire Academy after her instructors fudged on her strength, agility and running requirements, insiders say. Choeurlyne Doirin-Holder, 39, never achieved a passing score of 17 minutes and 50 seconds on the Functional Skills Test, a course of job-related tasks in full gear such as stretching hoses and dragging dummies, according to an FDNY source familiar with the training. She did not come in under 24 minutes in practice tests. Doirin-Holder also failed to run the required 1.5 miles in 12 minutes or less - even after the running course was slashed by...
  • FDNY Diversity Officer Quits

    10/15/2015 12:02:40 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 25 replies
    Firefighter Nation / NY Post ^ | 10-13-15 | SUSAN EDELMAN and JOE TACOPINO
    The FDNY's first chief diversity and inclusion officer is leaving the post after less than a year on the job, the FDNY said Thursday. Pamela Lassiter was sworn in Jan. 30. Sources said that Lassiter's departure came as a surprise. "Here we have someone who is academically qualified. She's a black, female . . . Then, suddenly - bam, she's gone," one fire official said. The position was created after a judge ruled that the FDNY's entrance exam was biased against minorities. Commissioner Daniel Nigro, in a statement on Lassiter's exit, stressed the FDNY's progress in improving that record.
  • FDNY rescues 910-pound woman through apartment window

    08/22/2015 2:23:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 64 replies
    NY Post ^ | Kevin Fasick and Aaron Feis
    The woman, 70, was hoisted in a large yellow net by FDNY paramedics from her Fifth Avenue home and rushed to St. Luke’s Hospital, where she was listed in stable condition. “Firemen came down and measured the elevator door,” the building doorman said. “She would not have been able to get out of the door.”
  • FDNY’s sliding standards may burn New York

    05/17/2015 2:58:17 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 20 replies ^ | may 16, 2015
    Make sure your smoke alarms work: The FDNY may be about to get a lot less reliable. As The Post’s Michael Gartland reportedThursday, the department is tweaking its fitness exam for recruits in ways that will make it easier to pass. This raises fears that new firefighters might be less fit — and less qualified for the grueling task of fighting a New York City-size blaze. Trainees, for example, won’t be asked to complete as many exercises meant to simulate pulling down a ceiling. And a reordering of the tasks on the test — supposedly to better represent actual firefighting conditions...
  • Firefighters Fear Colleague Who Routinely Flees Fires

    05/17/2015 10:27:55 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 17, 2015 | Amber Jamieson and Susan Edelman
    He’s a firefighter in name only. Michael D. Johnson won’t fight fires. Instead he stays on the sidelines as his Engine Co. 257 colleagues rush into burning buildings, FDNY insiders told The Post. Nicknamed “Tragic Johnson” by rank and file, he’s managed to evade the smoke and flames several times since joining the Canarsie, Brooklyn, firehouse last year, sources confirmed.
  • Ex-FDNY commissioner: ‘De Blasio is a disaster’

    05/08/2015 7:18:00 AM PDT · by PROCON · 16 replies ^ | May 7, 2015 | Andrea Peyser
    Mayor Bill de Blasio, you have a life-and-death problem. “This guy de Blasio is a disaster,’’ Thomas Von Essen, the former New York City fire commissioner, told me. Von Essen presided over New York’s Bravest on Sept. 11, 2001 — the day terrorists murdered nearly 3,000 innocents, including 343 valiant souls under his command. “I already gave this city my husband. I’m not going to give it my son,’’ a woman who lost her firefighter husband on 9/11, and whose son followed in his dad’s footsteps by joining the Fire Department, told me. She asked to remain anonymous so as...
  • War on women? Female recruit who failed physical test to join FDNY

    05/04/2015 2:35:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/04/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    This promises to turn into a sticky wicket for the New York City Fire Department. One of their upcoming graduates is going to be accepted into the ranks and go to work as a firefighter despite having failed a grueling physical test multiple times. This comes as a result of recent changes to the city’s criteria for how graduates are scored. Rebecca Wax, 33, is set to graduate Tuesday from the Fire Academy without passing the Functional Skills Training test, a grueling obstacle course of job-related tasks performed in full gear with a limited air supply, an insider has...
  • Woman to become NY firefighter despite failing crucial fitness test

    05/03/2015 3:37:24 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 62 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | 3 May 2015 | New York Post
    The FDNY for the first time in its history will allow someone who failed its crucial physical-fitness test to join the Bravest, The Post has learned.Rebecca Wax, 33, is set to graduate Tuesday from the Fire Academy without passing the Functional Skills Training test, a grueling obstacle course of job-related tasks performed in full gear with a limited air supply, an insider has revealed.“They’re going to allow the first person to graduate without passing because this administration has lowered the standard,” said the insider, who is familiar with the training.Upon graduation, Wax would be assigned to a firehouse and...
  • Firefighter’s Account of East Village Blast: ‘Oh Man, It’s a Big One’

    03/27/2015 2:59:53 PM PDT · by proxy_user · 7 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 27, 2015 | AL BAKER and MARC SANTORA
    Firefighter Mike Shepherd, 47, of Squad 41 in the Bronx, is a third-generation New York City firefighter, following in the path of his grandfather and great-grandfather. When there was an explosion at a building in the East Village on Thursday, he raced to the scene. This is his account. “I was having lunch at a restaurant around the corner, on Seventh Street,” Firefighter Shepherd said. He was alone and off-duty. “There was a couple. They were taking a photo. I went out and I said, ‘Would you like me to take a photo of the two of you?’ They said...
  • 7 kids killed in tragic Brooklyn blaze

    03/21/2015 2:08:10 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 6 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 21, 2015 | Larry Celona, Aaron Feis and Josh Saul
    Seven children, ages 5-15, were killed in a raging fire that destroyed a Brooklyn home early Saturday morning, law-enforcement sources said. The mother of at least three of the children, and one other youngster, were critically injured. The fire started at 12:23 a.m. in the brick home on Bedford Avenue between avenues L and M in Midwood. FDNY firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze while Hatzolah and other paramedics frantically worked to keep the victims alive. “Two of the children weren’t breathing when they brought them out. The firefighters were running with them down the street on stretchers,” said a...
  • New York Fire Dept., Diversifying Ranks, Is Set to Swear In First Lesbian Chaplain

    03/14/2015 8:47:51 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 31 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 2, 2015 | Tatiana Schlossberg
    Maybe it is her short, spiky hair, or the cigarettes, which she gives to the men repairing the wiring in her Brooklyn apartment. Maybe it is because she swears. For whatever reason, the Rev. Ann Kansfield does not fit the stereotype of a minister. Not that she is worried about meeting anyone’s expectations for what a clergywoman should say or do. “We shouldn’t have to hide ourselves or worry about being judged,” Ms. Kansfield, who ministers at the Greenpoint Reformed Church, said. In her newest ministry, that self-assuredness is likely to serve her well. Ms. Kansfield, 39, is to...
  • EXCLUSIVE: 911 operators made 'anti-police' remarks, causing quarrel with FDNY dispatchers...

    12/23/2014 11:42:47 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | December 23, 2014 | John Marzulli and Ginger Adams Otis
    The war of words occurred when news broke that NYPD cops Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were shot Saturday. One dispatcher allegedly said the cops ‘deserved it,’ said a law enforcement source. A union spokesman for the 911 cop operators said the union was not aware of a shouting match.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)A war of words erupted in the city’s 911 call center Saturday over allegations two operators made “anti-police” remarks after the assassinations of two cops, the Daily News has learned. The fracas occurred when news broke that Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu had been shot execution-style by a deranged gunman, sources...
  • FDNY Bans Physical Test Requirement Amid Low Female Hiring Rate

    12/11/2014 4:06:45 PM PST · by rightistight · 50 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 12/11/14 | Aurelius
    The New York Fire Department has dropped a test to measure the strength and physical aptitude of its members amid concerns that there are too few females on the force. Critics are slamming the move as a “lowering of standards” and lives could be endangered because people with inadequate skills will be tasked to do the same jobs as before. Supporters believe it will allow otherwise-competent firefighters to stay on the job. “It’s a lowering of the standards across the board,” said one former FDNY official. He believes that first-year Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro should be concerned with doing a...
  • 3 From FDNY Who Worked At Ground Zero Die In 1 Day

    09/25/2014 9:13:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 25, 2014 9:57 PM EDT | Ula Ilnytzky
    Three retired firefighters who worked at ground zero have died on the same day from cancer, an illness that many fear might be connected to toxic World Trade Center dust released on Sept. 11, fire officials said Thursday. Lt. Howard Bischoff, 58, and firefighters Robert Leaver, 56, and Daniel Heglund, 58, died within hours of one another Monday. Their deaths are “a painful reminder that 13 years later we continue to pay a terrible price for the department’s heroic efforts,” Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said in a statement. …
  • De Blasio agrees to $98M FDNY discrimination suit settlement (entrance exams)

    03/19/2014 8:22:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 18, 2014 | 12:27pm | Selim Algar, Philip Messing, Beth DeFalco and Bob Fredericks
    Abandoning a legal battle hard-fought by his predecessor, Mayor de Blasio on Tuesday agreed to have the city shell out more than $100 million to a group of 1,500 minority firefighter applicants who sued over FDNY entrance exams that were found to be biased. De Blasio made no secret of his desire to settle the controversial case upon taking office in January and the Vulcan Society and its lawyers took full advantage, scoring $98 million out of a $128 million cap on the city’s financial exposure. The generous settlement amount doesn’t include at least $3.7 million more the city will...
  • NYC to pay $98 million to settle case alleging FDNY discriminated against minority applicants

    03/18/2014 4:18:04 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 27 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | March 18, 2014
    New York City reached an historic settlement with the Vulcan Society of black firefighters, agreeing to pay $98 million in back pay and benefits to minority FDNY applicants without acknowledging intentional discrimination at the fire department.
  • Firefighters put out Mahattan's Queensboro Bridge truck fire, but bridge remains closed

    08/16/2013 1:09:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    A massive fire that engulfed a 40-foot long tractor trailer on the Queensboro Bridge Friday morning has been put out, though the key passageway between Queens and Manhattan remains closed. FDNY estimates 60 firefighters responded after a truck on the outbound lower level of the bridge caught fire, WCBS TV reported. The fire was reported at 11:08 a.m. and photos from the scene showed massive flames shooting from the back of the tractor trailer. Heavy, black smoke was seen billowing from the bridge that connects Queens to Manhattan at 59th street.
  • 9/11 Museum Director Tried to Cut Firefighter Photo: Too 'Rah-Rah American'

    07/29/2013 10:24:38 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 53 replies
    According to Elizabeth Greenspan, author of the up coming book Battle for Ground Zero (St. Martin’s Press), Michael Shulan, creative director of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, thought about cutting the famed photo from Ground Zero of three firefighters raising the American flag amidst the rubble of the World Trade Center…because he thought it was too “rah-rah America.” Shulan said, “I really believe that the way America will look best, the way we can really do best, is to not be Americans so vigilantly and so vehemently.” The chief curator of the museum, Jan Ramirez, eventually minimized the photograph in favor...
  • Minority Candidates Get Second Chance & Join FDNY

    07/25/2013 6:17:20 AM PDT · by Bon of Babble · 9 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 7/21/2013 | Ginger Adams Otis
    They all took the city’s firefighter exams in 1999 and 2002, but none got hired. Six months ago, thanks to a controversial ruling by Brooklyn Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis, all five — now older, a touch grayer and maybe just a little bit wiser — got a second chance at their dream job.
  • Apparent Gas Explosion Causes Partial Collapse Of Chinatown Building

    07/11/2013 11:42:09 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 11 replies
    CBS New York ^ | July 11,2013 | CBS New York
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Emergency responders are at the scene of a partial building collapse in Chinatown.
  • FDNY EMS Lt. spews racist, anti-Semitic tweets, but cried when confronted

    03/24/2013 10:14:46 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 24 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 24, 2013 | By SUSAN EDELMAN and CANDICE M. GIOVE
    FDNY EMS Lt. spews racist, anti-Semitic tweets, but cried when confronted By SUSAN EDELMAN and CANDICE M. GIOVE He’s a bigot — and a blubbering crybaby. EMS Lt. Timothy Dluhos, 34, uses an image of Hitler for his profile photo and “Bad Lieutenant” as his online name as he spews a barrage of racist, sexist, anti-Semitic and anti-Asian comments. The FDNY boss proudly posed with Mayor Bloomberg during a 2009 ceremony but hatefully calls Hizzoner “King Jew” and “King Heeb” on Twitter. Dluhos, who works at EMS Station 57 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, dropped to the ground sobbing Friday when The...
  • Hero FDNY lieutenant who was part of memorable 9/11 rescue photograph laid to rest

    02/03/2013 5:47:16 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 3, 2013 | Beth Stebner
    A hero firefighter who bravely served on September 11th alongside hundreds of other first responders has died of a rare lung condition, and was laid to rest yesterday. FDNY Lt Martin Fullam contracted polymyositis in 2005, and had also suffered from pulmonary fibrosis, which left him breathless and exhausted after the simplest of tasks.
  • Black and Latino firefighter hopefuls get a second chance to join the FDNY

    01/06/2013 9:03:11 AM PST · by lowbridge · 21 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | january 6, 2013 | Ginger Adams Otis
    They coulda' been contenders — and now they have a second chance. Nearly 300 black and Latino firefighter candidates who didn’t score high enough to join the FDNY in 1999 and 2002 are getting a rare opportunity take their entrance exams again. They’ll sit for the FDNY written exam Friday, and an intense physical fitness test will follow later. If they can rack up passing grades on both, the job with generous pension, sick pay and other benefits could be within their grasp. The break is part of a controversial ruling from Brooklyn Judge Nicholas Garaufis, who in July found...
  • Bloomberg: The National Guard in Coney is a bad idea (because they are armed)

    11/03/2012 10:14:13 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 47 replies
    Mayor Bloomberg has snubbed Borough President Markowitz’s impassioned plea to bring the National Guard to Hurricane Sandy-scarred Brooklyn — arguing that approving the Beep’s request would be a waste of federal manpower and turn the borough into a police state. “We don’t need it,” Mayor Bloomberg said on Wednesday during a press update on the city’s ongoing Hurricane Sandy cleanup. “The NYPD is the only people we want on the street with guns.” Markowitz demanded the National Guard’s help just an hour before Bloomberg’s press conference, claiming that the NYPD and FDNY are “brave — but overwhelmed” by all the...
  • White Applicants Blast FDNY After Being Denied Entry To Preparation Class

    03/04/2012 9:11:32 PM PST · by GreaterSwiss · 22 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 03/01/2012
    Applicants are letting loose on the FDNY, saying the department engages in reverse discrimination. There were hurt feelings and racial tensions as white applicants were left standing outside a prep class on Wednesday night, reports CBS 2’s Lou Young. “Whoever’s name is not on the list is not getting in, so were just following orders. That’s just the way it is,” the applicants were told. Joseph Basile was one of those who didn’t get in. “It wasn’t a good feeling. It felt like it was discrimination,” Basile said. The class was conducted by the Vulcan Society, a group of African...
  • L.A. firefighters on 9-11 ride reach Big Apple

    09/10/2011 10:45:14 AM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 13 replies
    Daily News ^ | Sept. 10, 2011 | Susan Abram
    They pedaled through intense heat, pouring rain and pounding hail, but nearly a dozen firefighters who left on bicycles from Los Angeles six weeks ago made it to New York just in time. "They've been unstoppable," said Erik Scott, spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. "I think some of the amazing things they've done is the terrain they've gone through," Scott said. "They are exhausted but in good spirits." As part of the national "Ride for 9-11," firefighters from Los Angeles city and county and other stations across Southern California cycled cross-country to raise money for charity and honor...
  • Still Smoldering a Decade after 9/11

    09/09/2011 2:16:18 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 10 replies · 1+ views
    jpost blog ^ | Sep. 06, 11 | Gil Troy
    Tuesday Sep 06, 2011 Still Smoldering a Decade after 9/11 Ten years ago this week, 19 Islamist terrorists hijacked four airplanes, murdered nearly three thousand people, destroyed the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers, and damaged one side of the Pentagon. Our therapeutic culture encourages us to “move on,” rather than wallowing in anger. And we are supposed to seek “root causes” to violence, absolving belligerent individuals and nations of moral responsibility, especially if we perceive someone from the Third World assailing powerful white Westerners. But at the risk of being politically and psychologically incorrect, I remain angry after all these...
  • Dubya, my bullhorn bud

    09/07/2011 10:49:43 AM PDT · by dead · 40 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 7, 2011 | KIERAN CROWLEY and ANDY SOLTIS
    They met as perfect strangers in the rubble of the World Trade Center, but in the 10 years since, retired firefighter Bob Beckwith and George W. Bush have become old friends, as this photo shows. “He said he was going down to Ground Zero [for Sunday’s memorial] and asked, ‘Are you going?’ ” Beckwith told The Post. “And I said, ‘Yes, I guess I’ll see you there.’ ” The chat between the two men, who’ve gotten together 11 times since their accidental first meeting was captured in an instantly famous photo in 2001, happened in the former president’s office in...
  • First Responders Walk to Remember 9/11 Heroes

    09/04/2011 2:58:37 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 9 replies
    NY1 ^ | Sept. 4, 2011 | Staff
    Members of the city's police and fire departments, along with their families, gathered Sunday morning for the 10th annual "Walk of Remembrance" to honor those lost in the September 11th attacks. The walk started at Engine 1, Ladder 24 on West 31st Street and ended at Engine 10, Ladder 10 on Liberty Street. Walkers made stops along the way at firehouses and police precincts on their way to the World Trade Center site. Among their stops was the New York City Fire Museum, where a permanent exhibit of Father Mychal Judge's helmet and bunker coat will be blessed. Judge was...
  • On September 11, 2001, we would never have believed 10 years later…

    09/02/2011 1:05:51 PM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 27 replies
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | September 3, 2011 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    On September 11, 2001, we would never have believed 10 years later… … the U.S. government would refuse to call the enemy by name. … the president would be a far-left socialist, pro-Islamic Black man named Barack Hussein Obama. … the people of the Western world would be divided about making the bad guys pay. … some high-ranking politicians would question the ‘official story’ of the 9/11 attacks. … Christianity would be banned in our public schools while special allowances were made for Islamic students. … the president of the United States would ‘apologize’ to the enemy for being the...
  • Heroic 9/11 first respondents snubbed as they are denied an invitation to 10th anniv. of attacks

    08/13/2011 9:02:53 PM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 54 replies
    Dailymail ^ | 8-13-11
    Police, firemen and rescue workers who risked their lives to save the victims of 9/11 will not be invited to take part in the 10th anniversary ceremony. Despite giving up hours, days and weeks of their time to search for survivors and clear rubble, unpaid, rescuers are to be snubbed at next month's remembrance events. First responders will instead be asked back to the site at another day for a separate commemorative ceremony, according to officials. Space and security logistics were at the heart of the decision, the New York Daily News reported. The loved ones of those killed in...
  • Fire Hires Mired

    03/17/2011 7:12:53 AM PDT · by MadisonReagan · 2 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 3/17/11 | The Washington Times
    Public safety is non-negotiable. That’s the message signaled Tuesday by lawyers defending the Big Apple's fire department from race-based bullying by the U.S. Justice Department. Justice is trying to make the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) hire more minorities even though FDNY has taken extraordinary steps to recruit in black and Hispanic communities. The Obama administration, still unsatisfied, ramped up the pressure by demanding admissions quotas for interim hires and extremely low standards on fire-academy entrance exams..... City attorneys haven’t rolled over. In Tuesday’s answer to the administration’s proposed schedule, they sent notice that the order setting such low...
  • EDITORIAL: Fire hires mired--Affirmative-action situation is legally dire for FDNY

    03/16/2011 5:54:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 16, 2011 | Editorial
    Public safety is non-negotiable. That’s the message signaled Tuesday by lawyers defending the Big Apple's fire department from race-based bullying by the U.S. Justice Department. Justice is trying to make the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) hire more minorities even though FDNY has taken extraordinary steps to recruit in black and Hispanic communities. The Obama administration, still unsatisfied, ramped up the pressure by demanding admissions quotas for interim hires and extremely low standards on fire-academy entrance exams. Bowing to Obama wishes, U.S. District Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis created a complicated, multistep process to ram through more minority admissions, effectively...
  • EDITORIAL: Firehouse flunkies--Justice Department puts political correctness over safety

    03/07/2011 6:49:26 PM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 7, 2011 | Editorial
    Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’s obsession with racial grievance-mongering could get Americans burnt to a crisp in their own homes. That’s because his Justice Department is trying to force the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) to hire flunkies who got 70 percent wrong on a basic, fire-related multiple-choice, open-book test. The exam was used to screen applicants to the fire academy. More than 90 percent of black and Hispanic test-takers passed, which isn’t enough for liberals addicted to affirmative action. At Justice’s urging, federal district Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis threw out FDNY’s test results - blocking admittance to...
  • Justice Department undermines FDNY--Race-based lawsuit over quotas hurts lifesaving mission

    01/21/2011 4:58:19 PM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 21, 2011 | Editorial
    Firefighters live to rescue, but political correctness is undermining this important mission in the Big Apple. Currently, 406 of 8,654 budgeted positions at the Firefighters Department of New York (FDNY) are unfilled because a federal judge and the Justice Department insist rescuing ability must bow to racial quotas. On Dec. 15, the left-wing Village Voice described the plight of several black firefighter candidates who aced the FDNY entrance exam, only to be blocked from entering the Fire Academy because U.S. district Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis decided the test was too tough for some minority candidates to pass. Although more than...
  • Special Rose Parade float honors 9/11 victims

    12/30/2010 2:35:38 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 53 replies · 194+ views
    ABC7 ^ | Dec. 27, 2010 | Elex Michaelson and Rob Hayes
    PASADENA, Calif. -- Thousands of volunteers were hard at work in Pasadena and Irwindale getting the floats ready for the 122nd Rose Parade Presented by Honda, but one float in particular is much more than just a float. "It's a dream come true for me. This is something I've wanted to do for nine years," said Jerry Thomsen, a firefighter specialist. When America was attacked more than nine years ago, a group of Los Angeles firefighters headed to Ground Zero to help, and Thomsen was among them. Now he and his L.A. firefighting buddies are honoring their fallen comrades in...
  • 911 Firefighter Dad: "Obama was Talking to Down Us Like Everybody is a Racist and a Bigot" (Video)

    09/11/2010 8:11:47 PM PDT · by GVnana · 70 replies
    Our "president." Can't say more. I'm too disgusted.
  • Nine years after 9/11, a photo provides some peace

    09/11/2010 9:16:34 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 39 replies
    CNN ^ | 9-11-10 | Jesse Solomon
    Judson Box has never known exactly how his son, Gary, died on September 11, 2001. But an unexpected find nine years later has given him a glimpse into his son's final hours. Gary, then 35, had been working as a firefighter in Brooklyn for roughly five years when the terrorists attacked. He did not speak to his father the day of the attack and his body was never recovered, leaving the circumstances of his death a mystery. On September 11, 2009, Gary's sister, Christine, was visiting the Tribute Center when an employee asked her if she was looking for someone...
  • Final Picture of WTC Hero:Dad Finds Tragic Son in New Web Archive

    09/09/2010 9:48:55 PM PDT · by lbryce · 59 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 10, 2010 | TOM TOPOUSIS
    Jud Box has spent eight years coping with the death of his firefighter son at the World Trade Center -- but that didn't prepare him for what he saw posted to a new online archive of photos and videos about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Scrolling through the archive, Box came face to face with his son, Gary Box, a firefighter with Brooklyn's Squad 1, who was captured by a digital camera lugging his gear through a traffic-clogged Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel on his way to Ground Zero. It's the last known photo of Gary Box, then 35, who died an hour...
  • FDNY and other firefighters run cross-country [9-11 Tribute]

    08/12/2010 1:18:06 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 3 replies · 1+ views
    AP via Fresno Bee ^ | August 12, 2010 | Staff
    SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Firefighters from two nations took off Thursday on a round-the-clock run from Southern California to New York in remembrance of victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The Tour of Duty run officially began with a flag ceremony at 8:46 a.m. - the time when the first plane struck New York's twin towers in 2001. Several New York firefighters were running, including James Dowdell. His father, firefighter Kevin Dowdell, was among more than 400 emergency workers killed while responding to the attack. Firefighters feel "a special kinship" with firefighters who died, North Las Vegas fire Capt....
  • Oh, the Humanity [wife of 9/11 firefighter writes to Pamela Geller of 'Atlas Shrugs']

    08/12/2010 9:28:25 AM PDT · by chuck_the_tv_out · 4 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | August 12, 2010 | Madeline
    Atlas reader Madeline left this comment:I say this through tears, I really mean it. When your job calls for you to risk everything for something enormous and you rise to the occasion to do it, you are driven by sheer passion for what you do. I saw Robert and Hannity as two forces to be reckoned with, as you have been Pamela. On the morning of 9/11, I was putting my youngest son on his bus to first grade. It was his first day since a week before on the correct first day of school, he woke up with acute...

    07/06/2010 5:29:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    <p>Retired FDNY Lt. John McLaughlin has literally run off with a fat, tax exempted disability pension - despite being known as "Iron Man" in the Long Island hometown where he regularly trains and competes as a triathlete, The Post has learned.</p>
  • FDNY's New $27 million Boat

    06/20/2010 9:14:48 PM PDT · by fire4effect · 19 replies ^ | 6/20/10 | Cnn
    How easy it is to spend other peoples' money.
  • FDNY No. 2 to pull in $242G a year pension

    03/29/2010 12:00:52 PM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 8 replies · 837+ views
    New York Post ^ | March 29, 2010 | PHILIP MESSING
    He's the FDNY's pension king. The second-in-command of the FDNY has retired on a tax-free disability pension worth an estimated $242,000 annually for the rest of his life -- the highest ever awarded to a city firefighter, sources said. Frank Cruthers, 63, who earned $201,020 a year as the department's first deputy commissioner, was approved last week for the extraordinarily lucrative pension by the FDNY Pension Fund board of trustees. Sources said the trustees approved a "line-of-duty pension" -- awarded to those injured on the job -- because he once suffered a knee injury. Cruthers, who oversaw counterterrorism training and...