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  • 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
    money.cnn.com ^ | 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...
  • Lawyers for 9/11 responders defend firm's conduct

    02/12/2010 3:39:42 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 236+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/12/10 | David B. Caruso - ap
    NEW YORK – The lead lawyer for thousands of Sept. 11 rescue and recovery workers has acknowledged that in preparing some claims, his firm made mistakes — including assertions that people had cancer when they didn't. But the attorney, Paul Napoli, said the errors all occurred at preliminary stages of the case, are being corrected and won't have any bearing on the outcome. He characterized the mistakes as few and accidental, caused by a crushing workload and a rush to meet court deadlines. "We are not trying to pull the wool over anyone's eyes," .. Napoli's firm, Worby Groner Edelman...
  • Plaque hack at Anderson Cooper's new place

    02/12/2010 11:49:46 AM PST · by Species8472 · 23 replies · 1,611+ views
    New York Post ^ | February 8, 2010 | TOM TOPOUSIS
    There'll be little room for history in Anderson Cooper's new home. Before he bought his century-old firehouse in Greenwich Village, bronze plaques honoring members of Fire Patrol 2 who died in the line of duty -- including on 9/11 -- were stripped from the building to make it easier to sell. The plaques were rescued from a pile of trash by Arnie Roma, whose son, Keith, a member of the fire patrol that worked out of the building, died on Sept. 11, 2001, rescuing people from the World Trade Center. A plaque in his son's honor graced the firehouse's facade....
  • 9/11 Trial in NYC?? (FDNY & Gathering of Eagles Petition Help Request)

    11/14/2009 8:03:18 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 67 replies · 2,783+ views
    9/11 Trial in NYC?? Published: 11/14/2009 Author: Carolyn Posted On: November 14, 2009 at 8:54 AM By: Kathy As you know by now, President Obama and Eric Holder are planning on bringing the 9/11 masterminds toNYC for trial.  There is a massive grassroots movement to block this - retired members of the FDNY, theBravest.com, have partnered with 9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong and America and Keep America Safe to bring attention to this travesty.  They are recruiting the families & friends of the FDNY to combat this ill-conceived policy of the current administration.  They are asking that all of America join in with...
  • 9/11's delayed legacy: cancer for many of the rescue workers

    11/11/2009 6:21:16 PM PST · by 444Flyer · 14 replies · 754+ views
    Guardian.co.uk ^ | 11-11-09 | Ed Pilkington
    A spate of recent deaths of New York police and fire officers who took part in the emergency operation at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks has heightened fears that it could be the start of a delayed epidemic of cancer-related illness. Five firefighters and police officers, all of whom were involved in the rescue and clear-up at the site of the collapsed Twin Towers, have died of cancer in the past three months, the oldest being 44. Three died last month within a four-day period. Those three were Robert Grossman, a Harlem-based police officer who spent several weeks at...
  • New FDNY fireboat "343" a testament to the heroes of 9/11 who lost their lives

    09/11/2009 2:43:47 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 698+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | September 11 2009 Never forget! | Jonathan Lemire
    On the anniversary of its darkest day, the FDNY is launching a state-of-the-art boat designed to quickly respond should the unthinkable happen again. The boat "343," named after the number of Fire Department members killed in the Sept. 11 terror attacks, will be christened Friday in Florida and soon after move to the forefront of a fleet of boats charged with patrolling the 562 miles of city coastline. The primary mission of the $27-million boat was born eight years ago, when the older FDNY Marine 1 - the John D. McKean - raced to the burning Trade Center and evacuated...
  • Taxi Explodes in Midtown

    09/03/2009 6:39:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies · 953+ views
    NBC New York ^ | Thu, Sep 3, 2009 | Hasani Gittens
    It was an amazing scene just blocks north of Times Square Thursday morning as a yellow cab caught fire and exploded, but no injuries were reported and the driver escaped unharmed, fire officials said. The cab was parked at the corner of 53rd Street and 7th Avenue when a small fire erupted in the car around 9:30 a.m, fire officials said. The fire spread to the gas tank, causing the vehicle to explode. Huge plumes of gray smoke were seen billowing from the front of the burning car. The blaze frightened pedestrians and office workers in the area, but there...
  • Retired FDNY Capt. determined to remember fallen Bravest

    01/16/2009 5:26:53 PM PST · by Coleus · 3 replies · 494+ views
    nydailynews ^ | 10.13.08 | LISA L. COLANGELO
      Retired FDNY Capt. Manny Fernandez with Daily News front page covering '66 fire that killed 12 Bravest.  Manny Fernandez still remembers the "boom" he heard on that tragic day in 1966.  He was a 32-year-old firefighter with Engine 18, battling an inferno that engulfed several buildings in Chelsea. "I started yelling '18!18!' and I figured somebody would answer," he recalled sadly in an interview last week. "Nobody answered." The Oct. 17, 1966, fire claimed the lives of 12 New York City firefighters. It was the worst loss of life in the department before the Sept. 11 terror attacks. ...
  • Now let's honor pilot who saved Flight 1549: Chesley (Sully) Sullenberger

    01/16/2009 12:21:31 AM PST · by malkee · 89 replies · 3,705+ views
    New York Daily Newis ^ | Jan 16 2009 | Michael Daly
    Just when we really needed a miracle, we got one. "Miracle on the Hudson," Gov. Paterson rightly called it. Paterson was standing with the mayor and the police commissioner and the fire commissioner and other faces that have become too familiar to us in moments of tragedy. They must have all been stricken with the same dread when word came that a passenger plane had gone down in the icy Hudson River on a day of killing cold. The dread was shared by all the cops and firefighters and paramedics who raced to the scene, emergency lights garish in the...

    09/26/2008 10:52:39 PM PDT · by jakerobins · 8 replies · 985+ views
    'INSPIRING' VISIT & MEET WITH BRAVEST Sarah Palin yesterday made an unscheduled tour of a visitors center at Ground Zero dedicated to those who lost their lives in the 9/11 terror attacks. The Republican vice-presidential nominee nodded her head several times and said, "Oh, my goodness," while a retired firefighter showed her pictures of the burning World Trade Center and exhibits that highlighted the moments the hijacked planes struck each tower. PHOTOS: Palin In NYC - Day 3 Her tour guide was Lee Ielpi, whose son Jonathan, a firefighter, died at the World Trade Center. Palin told Ielpi, "My parents...
  • Freeper BCM John Moran - Killed 9/11 You Are Not Forgotten!!

    09/11/2008 4:15:34 PM PDT · by Clintons Are White Trash · 28 replies · 219+ views
    self | 9/11/2008 | Self
    Go here to see the tribute to Freeper BCM - we will NEVER FORGET John!!! http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/539734/posts?page=343
  • World Trade Center Steel From NYC Arrives In Shanksville

    08/24/2008 2:26:22 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 36 replies · 643+ views
    911FamiliesForAmerica.org ^ | August 24, 2008 | Tim Sumner
    WJACTV Johnstown (PA) reports: Shanksville, PA -- Firefighters said it was one of the largest fire companies in the country meeting one of the smallest Saturday night, when 1,000 motorcycles from New York City rolled into the Alleghenies with a steel beam from the World Trade Center in tow. New York firefighters made the 311-mile trek to Shanksville by bike to give the 2-ton 14-foot long beam to the Shanksville Volunteer Fire Company... Read the rest or view the video by clicking here. At 7:00 a.m. yesterday morning, the Fire Family Transport Foundation launched from Floyd Bennett Field on Long...
  • Face of Defense: Firefighter Trades New York for Iraq

    03/27/2008 4:33:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 300+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Staff Sgt. J.B. Jaso III, USA
    CAMP TAJI, Iraq, March 27, 2008 – On Sept. 11, 2001, Nicholas Pata was a volunteer firefighter in Rockland County, N.Y., who assisted rescue efforts after terrorists attacked the World Trade Center in Manhattan. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus (left) presents a commander’s coin for excellence to Army Pfc. Nicholas Pata, a New York City native who serves as a radio-telephone operator for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Multinational Division Baghdad, March 12, 2008. Photo by Staff Sgt. Christian Foster, USA  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available....
  • For St. Patrick's Day - here is the MP3 for THE BALLAD OF MIKE MORAN (AKA The Fireman Song)

    03/15/2008 10:34:16 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 7 replies · 583+ views
    soundclick.com ^ | 3-15-08 | dfu
    LISTEN TO THE FAMOUS WORDS OF FIREMAN MIKE MORAN NOTE: the tune is Wearin' O' the Green....unfortunately, I cannot get the link below to work....at one time, I found the MP3 link in a radio station archives. If I can find that, I'll bring it in here LISTEN TO THE MP3 OF "THE BALLAD OF MIKE MORAN"
  • Livery Driver Is Charged in Baby Case (update)

    03/01/2008 4:36:59 PM PST · by happinesswithoutpeace · 18 replies · 153+ views
    NYT ^ | March 1, 2008 | CHRISTINE HAUSER
    A Queens livery driver who had become something of a hero, after he took to a firehouse a baby girl that he said had been abandoned in his cab, was arrested on Saturday after his story unraveled, the police said. A man and a woman were also arrested.