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Notes From the Field

Posted By Don Van Holt

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Posted May 18, 2005


Fun City Bowl XXXIII - The Bravest Football Club will be taking on their city rival, the New York City Police Department Finest, Friday May 20th. Kickoff will be at 7:30 pm at Monsignor Farrell H.S. in Staten Island.   DIRECTIONS

The Bravest and Finest are both 3 - 0 and whoever wins this game will advance to the National Championship.

Come out and watch first-hand as the Bravest try to keep their streak, and their NPSFL Championship run alive.

There will be a post game reception immediately following the game in the Monsignor Farrell H.S. Gymnasium.

     Tickets are available On-Line. Click here to buy your tickets NOW!

Posted May 16, 2005
Two friends I flew with in the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom were killed in F/A-18 Hornets last week over Baghdad.  There will be a full USMC military burial at Arlington National Cemetary on Wednesday, May 18 at 1100.  Anyone interested in taking the ride down with me is invited.  FDNY Class A's for the uniform.  I'm leaving early Wednesday morning and will be back that night. 
John Gormley

Posted March 14, 2005
Our next breakfast is planned for the last Friday of March.
That is "Good Friday" and it appears, most of the members
want to have it on that day. A reminder for some new guys;

Friday, March 25th, at 9:00 AM.
Nautilus Diner, 5523 Merrick Rd., Massapequa.

For more info contact: Edward Fusco : questions?

And a;;;;;;"HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY" to all. 

Posted February 19, 2005

We at Engine 201 would greatly appreciate if you could post something on your website concerning our Vegas Nite fundraiser on April 9th.  You and your family are more than welcome and we would also appreciate you spreading the word with your friends as well. 
Jimmy Brown
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click here

Posted February 18, 2005
On October 1, 2005

On October 1, 2005


Division 8

Battalions 21, 22

Engines 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 161

Ladders 76, 77, 78, 79, 80

will celebrate 100 years of service

protecting Staten Island

Saturday, October 1, 2005


Snug Harbor Cultural Center

Patches, shirts, mugs and other commemorative items will be available soon.

Check back here shortly.Contact info: e-mail

Posted January 26, 2004
The regular membership meeting of SCARF/Nassau, scheduled for Thursday, January 27th, 2005 at the Lakeland Firehouse is cancelled.
This is due to the inability of the printers to get our newsletter to the post office in time to get to our members and because of the several wakes and funerals of our fallen brothers.
We are sorry for any inconvenience. Ken Dolan Pres. L.I. Assoc. Ret. NYC Firefighters
Posted January 21, 2004

Third Annual


For David Arce and Michael Boyle

Where:       PD O Hurleys Bar & Grill
                       174 W 72 Street (off Broadway)
                       New York, N.Y.

Date:           Sat. February 5, 2005

Time:          4pm  7pm

Price:         $40.00   Beer, Wine, Food & Shirt         

Raffles, 50 / 50

All proceeds going to the Arce-Boyle Memorial Fund.

For more information contact
  Mary Hanrahan 212-237-8649


Posted December 16, 2004
To all my friends who know where this is coming from...those that don't, too bad!
The trip to Walter Reed and Bethesda were incredible.  I really felt honored to be allowed to spend some time with those kids and the families that were there.

Debra Burlingham (sister of pilot of plane that went into Pentagon) Ginny Bauer (wife of gentleman who worked for Cantor fitzgerald) Marine from Ohio.

As expected, the Firefighters from around the city sent me "trinkets" to bring...hats and made the carrying a bit difficult, but the smiles it generated was worth it.  They especially loved the FD NY PD hats that were donated from the Family Transport Unit.

Thanks to the pretty express delivery lady, Evelyn and her package of hats from the FDNY Family Assistance Unit which were delivered the night before we left.  John Atwell and Serina Joyce came through again.
I had parlayed $200 into a $1000 in three days thanks to the generosity of L132/E280 and their "luncheon crowd", L103/E290 Christmas luncheon, SCARF, Matty Farrell and the Steuben Society and purchased phone cards to the kids.  I figured they would be easy to carry and I did not have to worry about the size.  The NYPD helped out too, they gave me a hundred pins to give out.
Most of the service personnel had phone cards or family members staying with I gave them to the Chaplains Office at Walter Reed to dispense them as needed to those who needed them most. 
At Bethsesda, I could not find a chalain so I scared the shit out of a Marine Lance Corporal by stating,  as a former Sargeant in the Corps, I "reminded" him what an honor it was for him to be serving in such a sacred facility and caring for the warriors.  And I also EXPECTED him to insusre the phone cards would be delivered to the Chaplain as dispensed with as needed.  I reminded him that I would be back. 
It felt good being back in the Marines for those few moments.
My thanks to Christy Ferer for putting this trip together and once again, Christy, Ginny Bauer and I had an incredible experience being with the troops.  This trip we were joined by Debra Burlingame, Bill Butler and Denis Oberg, all people who who lost a loved one on September 11.  We all agreed, this was something special and we vowed to do "something" again down the road.
For anyone out there that wants to feel good about being an American take the time time and go visit these kids...The hoildays are not a good time since they have family with them, but after the holiday season is over, and many of the family members return home to work etc, these kids go about their days doing therapy and would enjoy a visit from some of you.  According to the hospital staff, a good time is January/February or March, BUT KEEP THE GROUPS SMALL.  We went with six people, and that is the maximum...remember, they are injured and need rest, rehab and physical therapy more than visitors interrupting the schedules laid out for them.  these kids are too damn polite to even ask you to leave their room when they are in pain.
At Bethesda, the Marines LOVED the FDNY/USMC patches and pins donated by the organization. Outside of each warriors room was hung the National flag next to the Marine Corps flag....ohhrah.
The care and love shown these young people by the staff at each of these magnificnet facilities was outstanding.  EVERYONE was kind, courteous and helpful. 
Though it was sad to see these young people so injured, you could not help but feel their pride in hearing them state "they were just doing their job" and all of them just wanted to return to their units and their buddies who were still there in the sand box.
I was granted permission to take some photos and I feel honored to share them with you...
A young man recieving the Purple Heart from Deputy Secretary of Defence, Mr. Wolfowitz, The group presenting a piece of steel from the WTC to the head of Walter Reed,
Photo's of our group with some of the "warriors",
A young Lieutenant from Louisiana who joking told me, he cleared on IED the hard way,
The statue in the lobby of Bethesda that "says it all"

John T. Vigiano
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Posted December 13, 2004
The SCARF meeting this Thursday, Dec.16th. Ronkonkoma Fire Dept. 7:00 PM

Breakfast on Friday, Dec. 17th. Nautilus Diner, Merrick Rd., Massapequa at 9 AM.

Posted December 9, 2004
I received the following from friends in in the Corps and from a dear friend who has gone overseas to entertain these brave young men and women.  After reading it, you may consider helping them out...either through a check or legislature by writing to your congressman, Senator or whomever to get funding for them.
John T. Vigiano
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My name is Tonia Sargent. I am the wife of a Marine Injured in Iraq. My husband, GySgt Kenneth W. Sargent (that right our last name is Sargent!) is thirty-six years old. He has been a Marine for 17  years. He had wanted to do thirty years of service. Kenneth and I were high school sweethearts, married at seventeen and eighteen. We have two teenage daughters, fifteen and seventeen.
My husband dreams were altered on August 5, 2004. He sustained a shrapnel injury to his head from an IED explosion after volunteering for a mission in Iraq. The Marine Corps rushed me to his bedside at the National Naval Medical Center. We were supported at Bethesda by the Marine Liaison office with the utmost respect and warmth. . We had visits from the Secretary of Defense, Assistant Secretary of Defense, the President physician, several
Congressmen, the Commandant and Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps and many Marine Corps League members. It was a proud moment for both my husband and me.
Kenneth is now at a VA hospital in Palo Alto, California and will be in a rehab program for a year or more. He misses his Marines but he is humbled that every Sunday they line up in Iraq to call him on the telephone. I am sharing our story with you because you have been instrumental in spreading the word about the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund (IMSFF). This Fund has assisted my family twice with financial assistance. There was no red tape, they just helped.
Had it not been for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, I would not have been able to pay my bills for the last three months nor stay at my husbands bedside.  Contributions to this organization are a tax deductible for caring individuals who would like to do something easy while making an enormous impact on the lives of struggling families in their time of need. I dont represent anyone, just my family but I have passed the information on the IMSFF to every other injured Marine family I have come in contact with. All of them have been assisted with quick turn-around times, sometimes less than forty-eight hours.
The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund is the only organization I have found that will assist active duty families. All others I have researched can only assist if my Marine has been discharged or is dead. I am asking for all of  your readers to help. It has been a relief to me that I have had assistance from the Semper Fi Fund. The Fund was founded in May of this year by a small group of Marine Corps spouses, and this summer General Al Gray, the 29th Commandant of the Marine Corps joined their Board of Directors.

Everyone can make a difference; a contribution to this Fund will help other families like mine. I pray that more people will send donations so that the Fund can continue to live up to its title. Semper Fi is the US Marine Corps motto and it means always faithful.

Each day is a blessing to my husband. He has taught me to be strong and  he is my hero. He represents our freedom. My family has sacrificed for this country and we wouldnt change a thing. My Gunny has been given a second chance at life and we feel responsible to help the next family, to make their situation better than ours. We can all make a difference and Im asking your readers to help me do that by contributing to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. God bless all of us. Thank you for your prayers and support.
Tonia Sargent

The address for tax-deductible donations is:
Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund
825 College Blvd. Suite 102
PMB 609
Oceanside, CA 92057

Posted December 5, 2004
On Monday, December 27th the annual Ladder 108 Engine 216 retirees and guests Christmas Luncheon will again take place at "The Irish Coffee Pub" Carlton Ave. Islip, NY. The hours are 12-4 P.M., the cost is $25. per person. The price covers appetizers, choice of entree (from a list of three) and there will be a cash bar. If you are interested please call Mike O'Flaherty as soon as possible so he will have an accurate head count. Mike can be reached at 631-475-7292. Hope to see all of you there, Rich Denninger
Posted November 30, 2004
AMONG THE BRAVEST Nov 30, 2004 5:14 pm US/Eastern A New York City firefighter serving with the Army National Guard in Iraq was killed when his vehicle came under attack outside Baghdad, city officials said Tuesday. Sgt. Christian P. Engeldrum, 39, who was killed Monday, is the first firefighter -- or city employee of any kind -- to die in Iraq since the U.S.-led war began, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. "I join all New Yorkers in mourning his loss and pray that his family finds comfort in the innumerable ways he touched so many lives," the mayor said in a statement. Another New York firefighter, Daniel J. Swift, 24, of Ladder Co. 43 in Manhattan, was riding in the same vehicle and suffered shrapnel wounds, Bloomberg said. Swift was in Germany for treatment and was expected to recover. Engeldrum was a five-year fire veteran who served with Ladder Co. 61 in the Bronx, and previously served as a police officer in the 47th Precinct, the statement said. Engeldrum was cited for bravery on July 15, 2000, after his company successfully rescued two people from a fire. He was on active duty in the Army from 1986 to 1991. Funeral arrangements were pending for Engeldrum, who was survived by a wife and two sons.
Posted November 29, 2004
This Tuesday November 30th (Yes I know it is tomorrow) there is going to be a meeting of the RMA (The Retired Mens Association). More retirees belong to this organization then any other. In the past most of their meetings have taken place in Manhattan at the Union building on 23rd St. The board has decided to branch out and start meeting at other locations in order to reach a bigger population. Hopefully more members will show up. This would be a good time for 1st timers to show up, we could really use the support. If you are thinking, I'm not one of those old retired guys that is good. We could really use a infusion of new blood at these meetings . Young retirees show up and lets get some things happening for us. The meeting is: November 30th Knights of Columbus Hall 3051 Nostrand Ave Brooklyn 7:30.
Posted November 5, 2004
Mayor Bloomberg, Fire Commissioner Scoppetta and DDC Commissioner Burney Open First Combined Firehouse and EMS Station
Mayor Bloomberg today was joined by Fire Commissioner Scoppetta and Department of Design and Construction (DDC) Commissioner Burney to open New York City's first combined firehouse and EMS station. The new facility houses Battalion 47, Engine Company 265, Ladder Company 121 and EMS Battalion 47.
Wednesday, November 3, 2004
ArrowRead the press release
ArrowWatch the video in dial-up or broadband
Marty McDonagh
Webmaster FDNY Steuben Association
Posted November 5, 2004

Avery Fisher Hall @ Lincoln Center

Columbus Avenue & 65th Street

Monday, 11/15/2004 at 8pm


Benefiting the FSEF, special performance from the FDNY Emerald Society Pipes and Drums.


For tickets or information, contact 212-344-2145 or fax 212-344-2146


Internationally Renowned Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan will give a memorable performance in tribute to the Members of the New York City Fire Department


The evening will include a special performance from the FDNY Emerald Society Pipes and Drums.

Posted November 4, 2004
This is a reminder that our next breakfast will be on; Friday, Nov. 19th, and
not the last Friday
because that is the day after Thanksgiving.
We will also ask the guys what they want to do in December?
The last Friday in December is Christmas Eve.
We could have the breakfast on December 17th, the week before?
The Nautilus Dinner said they can accommodate us on December 17.
We had 53 "Romeo's" at our last breakfast, honoring John O'Rourke.
See ya all on 11/19.
For more info contact: Edward Fusco : e-mail

Posted November 4, 2004
Dear Don:
My name is Chris Duryea and I am a member of Ladder 176. I'm coordinating this years Anuual Turkey Trot Run in Flushing Meadow Park. If you could mention it some where in your website I would greatly appreciate it. With all the recently  retired guys, I want to make sure the word gets out. This years Trot will be held Tuesday, November 23rd at 11:30am in Flushing Meadow Park at the Avery Avenue entrance. The fee is $15.00 and includes a T-Shirt if they pre-register as well as Soda, Beer Water and Food. This is the 26th consecutive year we are holding this race and all proceeds go to The Burn Center, The Elsasser Fund and The Family Transport Foundation. If anyone needs info, they can call Engine 233 Ladder 176 at 718-965-8233. Thanks very much Don.
Chris Duryea
For more info contact: Chris Duryea : e-mail
Posted May 27, 2004
Don, I want to thank you for your support. A little more infor for you about the tour;

We begin in Los Angeles, CA September 14 2004 A team of 6 riders a RV and 2 chase vehicles will be hosted by LAFD then for 42 days the teams will pass the torch to each other after riding 500 miles. We are being accommodated by firehouses along the way with great reception from the local politicians. We are sponsored by many companieswith equipment and supplies for a successfull ride. On October 25, 2004 we arrive in NYC at 9am over the GW bridgeona Monday morning we will lock this city. We will ride for a moment of silence at the firemans memorial then continue where we will finish to the hole ground, zero. That night we will have a black tie fund raiser where we can give plaques to these brave men. We have a public relations firm that will handle all our media and communications, they do this enormous task for free.
I am enclosing our logo, I hope you can place us on a large banner for the world to reach our link  it is our business card but it may give you the logo you need,  just delete the text. thank you don
Joshua Gallo E258 

Posted May 22, 2004

  Emerald Society F.D.N.Y.presents:
Sunset Cruise
Around Manhattan Island
June 10th, 2004
Boarding: 7:30 p.m. ~ Cruising: 8:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Rain or Shine
$40.00 per person
West 42nd Street and 12th Avenue
Join the Emerald Society, F.D.N.Y. along with
Firefighters and Friends, as they take to the waterways
Special Guest Richie OShea
Beer, Wine, and Soda Included
(NO Beer, Alcohol, or Soda to be brought aboard - will be supplied)
$ Door Prize with Ticket
For Information, Please Call:
Tom ORourke (Ret. E. 90) 718-828-2273 ~ Pat McCarvill (E. 92) -
Bill Treanor (Ret. Bx. Disp.) 718-885-0648 ~ Lt. John Spiech (L. 34 Cov.)
Frank Beirne (E. 47) 718-325-0208 ~ Ted Murray (E. 216) 718-965-8216
Artie Evans (E. 156) 718-494-4256 ~ Bill Nolan (L. 134) 516-376-7994
or HOTLINE 516-889-2541
All proceeds to benefit
Emerald Society Scholarship Program

Forwarded by,
Ken Dolan

Posted May 3, 2004

Fun City Bowl XXXII Tickets... Click Here To Purchase
The 32nd Annual "Fun City Bowl" will take place on Saturday, May 15th, at Michie Satdium, West Point, NY. Kickoff at 5:00 pm.
Tickets can be purchased here on our website and will be sent via confirmed mail. Any tickets purchased after May 9th will be held at the Michie Stadium Ticket Booth WILL CALL and can be picked up after 4:00 pm on the day of the game.

Buses are welcome and tailgating is highly encouraged. So encouraged, that the FDNY and NYPD teams will be hosting a joint tailgate for everyone to enjoy. There will be a clown and face painting and balloon animals for the kids, a huge Budweiser truck with taps coming out the sides for the adults, and DJ Tony Pico of Get Down Sounds for everyone to enjoy. There w ill be a $10.00 cover charge and things will get started at or before 1:00 pm.
Bus Trip
If you're from Staten Island and want to get in on a bus trip, the Black Dog Grill will be running one. $50.00 includes bus trip, beers, and the pre-game tailgate party listed above.
Call 718-442-8121 to get in on the trip.
Posted April 28, 2004
    The "Brooklyn Breakfast Club" meets this Friday at the Nautilus Diner on
Merrick Road in Massapequa at 0900.  Club members have extended and open
welcome to all FDNY alumni.

Breakfast runs about $20 and after tax and tip the balance goes to the
Pre-71 retirees fund.

All in all, a good breakfast, a great time and a worthy cause.  They haven't
forgotten the "Lost Battalion"
Ken Dolan

Posted April 14, 2004

Saturday, April 24th, 2004 ~ 9:00 A.M.

Hosted by Engine Co. #3 of the St. James Fire Department
proceeds to benefit

This run is proudly sponsored by:


For entry form and additional details contact:
St. James Fire District
(631) 584-5760/5799

Forwarded by,
Ken Dolan
Pres. L.I. Assoc. Ret. NYC Firefighters      

Posted April 4, 2004
could you post the is self explanatory...
Thank you
My name is John Vigiano, I am a retired Firefighter.  I lost my two sons on 9-11 and as a tribute to them, I had a second flag pole placed in my front yard to hoist their Department flags (NYPD and FDNY).  Unfortunately, I cannot hoist the standard size flag (3 ft x 5 ft), due to the stress it would place on the pole from the wind.
I have tried, unsuccessfully, to locate a company that makes a smaller (2 ft x 3 ft) flag of each department.  Unfortunately, they make and stock this size flags for military services, and generic PD and FD, but not "official" flags. In order to have them made, the cost is prohibitive, unless there is a large order.
My request to you, would you post on your page an inquiry to see if other family members, members of the job, would be interested in obtaining such a flag.  I will be the go-between and take the orders.  Like any made-to-order items, the more your purchase, the less the cost.
I am not trying to start a business, I just want to honor my son's and other members who gave their lives for our job.  The 2 x 3 flag could be raised on the same pole (below) the National Flag.
I would also like to get some interest in Grave Marker Flags for anyone who lost a member of the service.  These flags are approximately, 12 inches x 18 inches.
Anyone interested can write to me at and title it "Service Flags."
Thank you
John T. Vigiano
Retired FDNY (62-98)

Posted April 3, 2004
        You and your family are of course welcome to join us at The Wall for Palm Sunday Mass. April 4, 2004 @ 1pm. Thanks for all your help.
 Check out We are on the web.
                                                                                   Jim Dalton

Posted March 26, 2004

MAY 19, 2004 - 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Posted March 25, 2004

31st Annual FDNY - NYPD Hockey Game
Saturday, April 3, 2004
Nassau Coliseum 4PM
Gates open 3PM
Admission: $15.00
Tickets available through TicketMaster, Team Members and Coliseum Box Office.
Steve Doyle
FDNY Hockey Team
646.879.5219 cell

Posted March 19, 2004

To all:

Please read and contact me if you intend to attend. All welcome.Email positive replies to me at, I will forward a head count to brother John Gilleeny. A simple [1 will attend or 2 will attend will suffice] thanks,

Ken Dolan



New York City FDNY 2004 Retirees Reunion

May 26 - May 28, 2004

Tropicana Hotel and Casino - Atlantic City

Cost: 3 Days/2 Nights $280 (Double) $150 (Single)

For many years, FDNY retirees enjoyed attending reunions held at Antun's in Queens, N.Y. One of the highlights of the gathering was to recognize those retirees celebrating the 50th Anniversary of their appointment to the N.Y.C. Fire Department. Unfortunately, there hasn't been a reunion since (approximately) 1998.

The United Retired Firefighters Association (URFA) has been asked, by many retirees, to take-up this banner and organize a reunion in the tradition of those orchestrated in the past by Frank Cull, the true 'Master of Ceremonies'!

The URFA, which represents 24 associate groups nationwide, has accepted this opportunity and challenge and will hold a '2004 Reunion' at the Tropicana Casino/Hotel in Atlantic City from 5/26 - 5/28/2004. On 5/26 Various vendors will be represented (on short notice) and will be set-up to provide relevant information for retirees along with the availability to purchase FDNY memorabilia, etc. Refreshments will be served. On both 5/26 and 5/27, a 'Hospitality Room' will also be provided with refreshments. On the evening of 5/27 the 'FDNY Retiree Dinner' will be served in the "Grand Exhibition Center'. After dinner, we will all join in to recognize those retirees who were appointed to the FDNY from 1948 thru 1954. The Dinner Evening will only be available to those staying at the Tropicana Hotel.

Unfortunately this year, due to time constraints, we will be limited to the availability of rooms and because we expect a positive response, the reservations will have to be on a '1st come - 1st served' basis. The cost for the entire stay (3 days/2 nights) is $150/single occupancy and $280/double.

If you plan to attend , please remit your check payable to the URFA along with name (and guest), address, date of appointment, companies where you worked, rank, phone#, e-mail address and associate retiree group to which you currently pay dues. Mail to:

John Sollazzo
Pres. - URFA
40 Holden Blvd.
S.I., NY 10314

We owe it to ourselves to carry on this fine tradition. You owe it to yourself to attend and recognize those brothers who will or have celebrated the 50th anniversary (1948-54) of their appointment to the 'Greatest Job in the World"! Contact your retiree group for further info or e-mail the URFA at:

We would like to thank both the UFA and UFOA for their cooperation in helping to make this reunion a success.

In friendship and brotherhood,
John Gilleeny, Sec'y URFA

PS: We strongly recommend that you bring along your scrap books and photos, so we can remember who you were/are !

PPS: I have received many inquiries asking if the '2004 Reunion' is stag. The response: You are encouraged to bring your wife/husband, girlfriend/boyfriend, family member, friend, and significant other or come alone! I think that covers it !




Posted March 9, 2004
Breakfast on the last Friday; March 26th.
Same time, same place. (9 AM, Nautilus Diner)
SCARF meeting on Tuesday; March 30.
North Merrick Fire Dept. at 7:30 PM.
Fire Dept./Police Dept. Hockey Game;
Saturday, April 3, 2004. Nassau Coliseum.
Tickets $15 each. If anyone is interested in going to the game,
we can arrange to have tickets available at the breakfast; or;
you can buy them at the door at the game.

For more info contact: Edward Fusco : e-mail

Posted March 9, 2004

On March 4, 2004 Assemblymen Klein, Lentol and Stringer Held Hearings on Firehouse Closures, Chief Dunn was there.
Download Chief Dunns presentation at this meeting in PDF format. Click Here

Posted March 8, 2004
  Get Involved in the Stay Connected Program

*	Are You	Retiring	or	Thinking	of	Retiring?

*	Are you interested in a new career, training, or educational opportunities?

*	Are you interested in staying connected to the Fire Department?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, call the Stay Connected program to get involved. 
Stay Connected is a new program being implemented by the CSU to help retirees
make the transition from active duty to a fulfilling retirement.
Depending on your type of retirement (disability or service) we can tailor a program to meet your needs. To make an appointment call or e-mail us: Greg Smith 212-570-1693 ext. 317, Kim Davis 212-570-1693 ext. 324,

Stay Connected Program Click here!

Posted March 3, 2004
Thank you for the wonderful web site with FDNY historical information.
My husband's GGGUncle had a fatal fire injury on July 19, 1883 and died a few days later.
This sad accident was documented on the site.
I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to pass this information on to other family members.
Thank you.
Barb Thomas
Bothell, WA
Posted March 2, 2004
    Sunday - April 4, 2004 @ 1pm

Place: The Brooklyn Wall - Keyspan Park
   1904 Surf Avenue - Coney Island, N.Y.  

 Seating is extremely limited so please come early. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. 

FDNY Chaplains:
Rev. Msgr. John Delendick & Rabbi Joseph Potasnik
NYPD Chaplain:   Rev. Msgr David Cassato 
PAPD Chaplain:   Rev. Christopher J. Hynes 

For more information or to make a donation:
The E.F. Wall of Remembrance Foundation, 2067 58th Street
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11204 or For more info:e-mail
       **** A Registered non-profit Organization ****

Posted March 1, 2004
Assemblymen Klein, Lentol and Stringer to Hold Hearings on Firehouse Closures - Thursday, March 4th, 10:30 a.m. - 250 Broadway, Room 1923

   Don, how are you. Our site went live yesterday, I am writing to ask a favor. I would like for the tour's site to be on your site, we don't have any money to pay for it, all I can offer is a link to ours. I am sending our logo, perhaps you can put this next to sal's from eagle emblems; he made our patches for the riders as a donation, that was a great thing he did.
Please let me know if this is possible.
thank you for your time
  Joshua Gallo E258
  718 749-6344
I am a current member of Ladder 120. I am in the process of gathering information about our company for our centennial celebration for April 2005. We are trying to put together a journal honoring our history. I came across many of your pictures online and was hoping to find any pictures from ladder 120. We would gladly pay any costs involved in mailing, copying,and gathering this information.Thanks for your time. Sincerely, Will Hickey F.F.L-120

Hi Don,
    Here is the information I spoke to you about last week, perhaps we can 
help a brother out. Below is my presentation.

    On December 4, 2000, Firefighter Derek Kuhland, Engine8/Ladder 2, was 
struck by a car while crossing Queens Blvd. This incident has left Derek a 
quadriplegic, paralyzed from the chest down. Since that day Derek's life has been 
spent either in a hospital or rehabilitation center, never at home.
    Spending more than three years "imprisoned," as Derek puts it, he, his 
family and therapists look for ways to amuse him and occupy his time. Though he 
has limited use of his fingers, he has begun a "patch collection," which he is 
quite proud of. With this in mind we are appealing to Firefighters to please 
send one of their unit/company patches to him for his collection.
     Patches may be sent to the attention of Jim Trainor or Joe Hines at:
       Counseling Service Unit, NYFD
        251 Lafayette Street
        New York, NY 10012
     Thanking you in advance for your kindness and generosity,
       The NYFD Peer Counselors

Hi Don,
      Lenny Salamone here......was at your home a few times......Retired,L-119
      Im trying to help a retired brother from Eng 211 who is making a reunion for the retired brothers of Eng 211   and Ladder 119    but he dont have a computer,so i offered to help.I did manage to collect a few names for him but not as many as i would have liked.But we try.If somehow you can post an ad........for a 211-119 reunion on Weds.May 12,at 7 P.M. in Babylon, Joe Titone @ 1-631-226-3456 for furtaer details,it would be greatly appreciated.Any help would be greatly appreciated........thanks Don
                Lenny Salamone