LADDER 102 BROOKLYN ORGANIZED LADDER 2, BROOKLYN FIRE DEPT. ORG. 898 Bedford Ave. FQ Vol. (Sep. 15, 1869) NQTRS. 894 Bedford Ave. (Feb. 1892) CHANGE To Ladder 2, FDNY (Jan. 28, 1898) CHANGE To Ladder 52 (Oct. 1, 1899) CHANGE To Ladder 102 (Jan. 1, 1913) NQTRS. 850 Bedford Ave. W/ E-209 (Mar. 9, 1966)
1947 Ward LaFrance tractor, 1931 American LaFrance 75' ladder Photo by: Frank Fenning
Photo by: Frank Fenning donated by William F. Noonan ( Boston Fire Department )
The following was researched by the Captain of Ladder 103, Jack Mooney
From left to right the members in the L-102 picture are: Bn 34 chief's aide Bill Blenck, Herbie O'Brien, Connie Metzger, Jerry Lambert, Ed Nowack, Lt. Frank Florio, Jim Coward, And Bn 34 BC Felix Kiffer. This picture was taken around 1960. These men were identified by retired DC Thomas Cotter who was the captain of L-102 in 1960. He also supplied the following information: Herbie O'Brien transfered to L-102 from L-119; was promoted to Lt. in 1968 and spent 20 years in that rank in E-35 in Harlem before retiring. Connie Metzger was originally assigned to L-1 before transfering to L-102. He retired from L-102 in the late 1980's. Jerry Lambert spent his entire carreer in L-102, retiring around 1985. Lt. Frank Florio was promoted to captain shortly after this picture was taken and was assigned to L-111. BC Felix Kiffer was the captain of E-214 before being promoted to chief. Jim Coward received a Class 1 award for rescuing a man from the top floor rear of a brownstone. With 2 other firefighters holding down Jim's legs onto the roof he hung down backwards over the edge of the roof (similar to the way kids hang upside-down from monkey bars) and lifted the victim out of the top floor window and up to the roof. Tom Cotter joined the Dept in 1946. He was a FF in L-105 & L-111, Lt. in L-108, Capt 0f L-102 from 1955 to 1962, BC in Safety for 8 years and Bn 9 for 3 years, DC in D-11 & retired from D-10 with 30 years in the Job.