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Fires in Brooklyn
The Brooklyn Daily Standard would profile Fire & Police
every week. Many times pictures were included.
These are entries from many different years.
Change of years are in RED
Dates within those years are BLUE
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
rooklyn Daily Standard
3 January 1860
NEW YORK CITY NEWS
EXTENSIVE FIRE IN DIVISION STREET.
FOUR PERSONS BURNED TO DEATH
Several Other Fires--New Year's Day in New York, & c.
A fire occurred at 203 ½ Division street this morning, at about six o'clock,
attended by a melancholy loss of life. The building was occupied on the first
floor by Christiana SCHLOSSER, and the upper floors were rente(d) by six families.
It appears that the fluid lamp in the store burst from some cause, while
Mrs. SCHLOSSER was making a fire in the basement, when her children were
asleep at the time. She rushed up stairs, attracted by the noise, and on
seeing the progress the flames had made, she immediately returned and
rescued her children by the rear outlet which extend to East Broadway.
The flames spread very rapidly, and it was with the greatest difficulty
that any of the people occupying the upper floors succeeded in saving themselves.
One of the families named BURNNS, lost a child four years of age.
A man named Marks MATHANSECHAN occupied the upper floor, with his wife and
five children. On being woke up by the blaze he rushed from the building,
but his wife and family were hemmed in by the flames. He returned to
endeavor to save them. He succeeded in saving his wife and three of his children.
Two more were yet behind, and he again went to try to rescue them, but the
smoke and fire cut off his retreat and he perished in the flames, together
with his two children.
Four bodies have already been recovered and many more are supposed to be
still buried beneath the ruins.
A man named John BURKE residing at 418 Division street in endeavoring to
secure some of the inmates was caught by the left arm on a meat hook in
front of the building and was very seriously injured.
A fire broke out about one o'clock this morning in the frame building
No. 831 Broadway, occupied by Phinens GODFREY as a book store and branch
post-office. The contents of the store, including most of the letters,
were destroyed. Damage $1,100; Insured, Miss M.J. CARR occupied a part
of the same building as a corset manufactory; she lost all her stock.
The fires spread to the two adjoining frame buildings Nos. 829 and 833.
The former was occupied by Chas. HOBB & Son, paper hangers. Their loss
is estimated at $1,000. Insured. The latter was occupied Wm. H. GIBSON
as a confectionery. His loss is about $200; also insured. The buildings
belonged to the LORRILLARD estate and were of no very considerable value.
A fire was discovered at about nine o'clock last evening in the dwelling
part of the house 391 Broadway, occupied by M. F. CHAMBERS. The first
floor was occupied as a jeweler's shop, also by Mr. Chambers. The loss
sustained is estimated at $5,000.
At eight o'clock last evening a fire broke out in the liquor store of Thomas RYAN,
462 Greenwich Street. The fire was communicated to the shelves by the gas burner.
A fire broke out yesterday in the building occupied by No. 16 truck,
on the corner of Lexington avenue and 50th street, which was partially consumed.
The truck and ladders were also considerably injured before the firemen
could get them out.
FIRE AND FIREMEN'S RIOT
Last evening, at 5 o'clock, a fire broke out at 49 East 30th street, the
residence of Col. VOSBURGH of the 7th Regt. The house and furniture were
damaged to the extent of $1,000. The firemen were on the ground early,
but in consequence of some misunderstanding they got into a fight and
nothing but the interference of the police prevented a disgraceful riot.
The number of vessels of every class which arrived at New York during the year
was 4,027; of these 2,677 were American, 980 were British, and the remainder
made up by nearly every nation on the globe.
4 January 1860
A fire broke out this morning in the shoe store of Thomas TIERNEY,
249 First avenue. Damage $1,000; covered by insurance. No. 251,
occupied as a dry goods store by Mr. CLEARY, was also damaged considerably by water.
THE LATE FIRE AND LOSS OF LIFE IN DIVISION ST.
We gave in our yesterday's paper the particulars so far as known of
this lamentable occurrence. In addition to the four bodies first
discovered two were subsequently dug out from the ruins. The following
are the names of the dead: Mary DWYER, aged 50 years, Marcus NATHANSEN,
aged 32 years; Siegfried NATHANSEN, aged 9 years; Clara NATHANSEN,
aged 3 years, Emily BURNS, aged 5 years; Louis GROSSMAN, aged 4 years.
Coroner SCHIRMER held an inquest yesterday afternoon, at the Seventh
Precinct Station House, upon the bodies recovered from the ruins.
The jury, after hearing the evidence, decided that the origin of the
fire was purely accidental, and accordingly returned a verdict of
"Accidental burning" in each case.
6 July 1860
MEETING OF FIREMEN
A meeting of delegates from all the Fire Companies in the Eastern District,
was held last night at the Hall of Representatives, to elect a Board of
Trustees to serve for the ensuing year.
The following named gentlemen were elected:
C. B. SMITH
D. C. DIVINE
James F. GREEN
Thomas F. DOYLE
S. S. FREE, and
J. C. R. POOLER.
7 July 1860
Last evening, about 7 o'clock a fire broke out in the Metropolitan Gift Book
store of Barton & Stockwell, No. 314 Fulton street. The fire originated in
one of the show windows, and the flames burst through to the second story,
occupied as a hoop skirt manufactory by Sylvester SHERMAN. The whole of the
floor extended over the above and adjoining building, and was filled with
materials fro manufacturing skirts. Sixty girls were employed there. Beneath
was the auction store of A. BERGEN and the print store of Mr. JAMES. The
firemen soon arrived and speedily suppressed the flames. The damage by fire
was slight compared with the loss by water. The building are of frame, old
and not of much value. The total loss is about $1,500 - insured in the
Lamar and Washington companies.
THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. -
The Association of Exempt Firemen held their annual election last evening, when
the following officers were elected for the ensuing year:
John C. ROACH, President
C. B. TIMPSON, Vice President
John B. PITT, Recording Secretary
Wm. E. SPRAGUE, Financial Secretary
Alex. ANDERSON, Treasurer.
NEW YORK CITY NEWS FIRE -
At about three o'clock this morning a fire was discovered in the patent
shear manufactory of James H. ROME, 736 Houston (formerly Hammersly) street.
Mr. ROME occupied the first floor and basement. He lost his entire stock,
valued at about $3,000 - Insured for $1,000 in the St. Mark's Insurance Co.
The fire extended to the piano forte manufactory of David S. VAN WINKLE on
the second floor. Owing to the timely exertion of the firemen, the fire was
put out before much damage was done - probably not more than $500.
The building is owned by A. S. BUSSELL, and is insured in the Hamilton,
Rutgers and Excelsior Companies.
A fire broke out in the building 172 Centr street occupied by George J. STRAUSS
as a steel-hoop temporing factory. Damage about $200. Caused by a pot of oil
12 July 1860
NEW YORK NEWS--FIRE-
About 8 o'clock last evening a fire occurred in the fourth story of a brick
house No. 34 Willett st. occupied by Dr. Green. It was set on fire by a
child of the Dr., setting fire to the bed clothes. Damage $100; insured.
BURNED TO DEATH AND EATEN BY RATS
An inquest was held on Wednesday, by Coroner O'KEEFE, at No. 19 Morton street,
upon the body of Margaret McAULIFF, an Irish woman, fifty years of age, who
was found lying in her apartment, in the basement of the above building, with
her right arm and side burned to a crisp, and her face eaten up by rats.
Deceased had not been seen since New Year's eve, and her non-appearance
aroused the suspicion of others living in the house, who yesterday burst
open the door of her room, and found her corpse as above stated. A bottle
of gin lay beside the body, and a place three feet square was burnt in the
floor. It is supposed that while drunk she set her clothes on fire and thus
perished. The jury rendered a verdict of "Death from burns accidentally received."
14 September 1876
Death of Daniel DONAVAN
Mr. Daniel DONOVAN, being connected with newspaper ventures in the Eastern
District, died on last Tuesday night from typhoid fever. Deceased was 45
years of age, and was a native of New York City. In early life he engaged
in the rope making and other lines of business, and was business manager
for the E.D. Times during some years of H....George C. BENNETT's proprietorship.
He was at one time Captain of the old Williamsburg police, and was also
foreman of Engine Company No. 7, of the Volunteer Fire Department.
13 September 1877
JAMES A. DUFFY
His Friends of the Second Ward Present Him with a Gold Watch and Chain
A reception of the James A. DUFFY Association was held last evening at the
house of Mr. Andrew STEVENS, No. 5 Front street.
Among those present were
Fire Commissioner MCLAUGHLIN,
Messrs. Edward WHITESIDE,
J. J. LAIRD,
Barnard J. YORK,
J. J. ROGERS,
Bernard F. MCGINIS,
Captain J. C. HAURAND,
When the company was seated, Fire Commissioner MCLAUGHLIN said that the
members of the association had entrusted him with the agreeable duty of
presenting to Mr. James A. DUFFY, to whom they owed a debt of gratitude, an
elegant gold watch and chain with pendants attached. Taking the testimonial
in his hand, and opening the case, he read thereon the following
"Presented to James A. DUFFY, of the James A. Duffy Association, September
12, 1877, as a token of esteem."
12 January 1878
A FIREMAN DEAD
John GEARY died yesterday at the Flatbush Hospital from the effects of
injuries received 2 years ago by being thrown from an engine while running
to a fire of Furman street.
ASSOCIATION OF EXEMPT FIREMEN.
The twenty-sixth annual meeting of the old Volunteer Fire Department
Association of Exempt Firemen was held last evening, the President J. T.
FINN, in the chair, and Theo. A DRAKE Recording Secretary. The annual
report of the Treasurer, Wm. BURRELL, Esq., showed a steady increase of
funds and no indebtedness. The election of officers and trustees for 1879
was then proceeded with by ballot, and the following gentlemen were elected:
President--J. T. FINN
V. President--Monroe F.CONNOR
Recording Secretary--Theo. A.DRAKE
Financial Secretary--John McGOLGAN
Theo. A. DRAKE
A. V. W. TANDY
Joseph B. St. JOHN
The meeting then adjourned to February 8, when the standing committees
for the year will be announced.
1 March 1878
Another Fireman Hurt
John SILK, a member of Fire Truck No.8 was thrown today from the
departtment repair wagon at the corner of Bedford Avenue and DeKalb,
sustaining a fracture of the jaw. He was removed to his residence, corner
of Concord and Gold sttreett, and attended by Surgeon BRADY.
The Fire Department Investigation
An investigation was held today by the Fire Commissioners in the case
of Foremen DOLYE, DUFF and QUINN, charge with detailing firemen to vote
at the Third ward Republican primary,and with not noting the absence
of such firemen on their blotters. Firemen MURPHY,of Engine No2,
testified that he was sent to the house of Engine No3 by his foreman(DOYLE)
and that fireman Charles SMITH acting under orders from DUFF,gave him a
ticket to vote at the primary,though he was not a resident of the Third ward.
In defence, foremen DUFF testified that he acted under instructions from
Edward KOLLMEYER, then the Secrettary of the Board; that he had distributed
tickets and ordered his men to vote them, and that he had done so on
previous occasions.Edward KOLLMEYER corroborated DUFF in every particular,
and said he did not know wheather the Chief knew about it.
Foreman DOYLE pleeaded guility to omitting the names of absent firemen
from his blotter, and not guility as to the graver charge.Foreman QUINN
pleaded not guilty, and then the board went into executive session.
5 March 1878
Firemen in Politics
A decision by the Fire Commissioners in the case of the three
foreman who were tried for improper participation in a primary electon
in the Third ward, was announced at 2;15 this afternoon, as follow;
Foreman Samuel DUFF,of engine No3; dismissed from the department.
Foreman James DOYLE, of engine No2;reprimanded and fined ten days pay.
Foreman Michael QUINN,of truck No1,sentence suspended.
McAULIFF, John McAULIFF, late member of Engine Co. No. 203 N. Y. F. D.
Funeral from his late residence, 43 Tompkins st., Stapleton, S. I., on Saturday,
March 6, at 9 A. M. Members of the Firemen's Mutual Benevolent Association
requested to attend.
James D. CLIFFORD, President
Oscar HOEFFLING, Secretary
7 March 1878
Private JAMES LAWLER, of Engine Company No.2,has been detailed to
act as foreman in the place of SAMUEL DUFF, who was removed for
improper participation in a primary election.
13 April 1878
Fire Department Changes-North Sixth Street Pier-The Storage Reservoir
The Fire Commisioners have dismissed
private Daniel J. FREEL, of Truck Co. No. 2, for neglect of duty,
private Charles SHAY, of Engine Co. No. 8, for intoxication.
They have also placed Engineer W. H. FORD, of Engine Co. No. 1, on the
pension roll at $300 per year, he having cntracted a serious lung disease
by exposure during seven years of very active service, during which he
has made a first-class record as a good mechanic and gallant fireman.
17 April 1878
NEW FIRE COMPANY
Organization of No. 18 Today--New Appointments Made
The Fire Commissioners organized the new Company No. 18 today. There has been
considerable interest in the contemplated action of the Commissioners, and
the result has been anxiously awaited in political circles for the last few days.
William SEMLER has been appointed Foreman of the new company.
Engineer William CUNNINGHAM, of Engine Company 16, is transferred to No. 18.
Thomas D. DORAN, private, of Company No. 16, is made driver of the new company.
The following firemen were also appointed;
John J. FEE,
Bernard F. DONNELLY,
William H. YOUNG,
Michael J. DELANY.
These newly-made firemen will be distributed through the various companies of
the department, and the new company made up in greater part of experienced
men. They were notified of their appointment this afternoon by Secretary LANGAN.
18 May 1878
The Fire Commissioners this afternoon dismissed Jesse SEAMAN, of Engine
Company No. 18, on a charge of being absent without leave, which was fully established.
8 June 1878
Washington Co.1., orginally organized in 1785. In 1878 with the
construction of the Brooklyn Bridge..
1878 Opening the cornerstone of Fire Co. Washington 1
REMOVAL OF FIREMEN
At a meeting of the Board of Fire Commissioners today,
Private CAMERON, of Truck 14, and
Private BRADLEY of Truck 3, were removed for intoxication,
Private COLLINS of truck 4, for being asleep in his engine -house during
the progtress of a fire, to the alarm for which he failed to respond.
Mrs. ROSE DOUGHERTY, 84 years of age, was buried today at Calvery
Cemetery. Deceased was the mother of FRANK DOUGHERTY, formerly Foreman of
Engine Company No. 1, and had resided in the 14th. ward for 35 years.
22 January 1879
CHANGES TO THE FIRE DEPARTMENT.
The Fire Commissioners to-day appointed George W. LAWRENCE, of the
Seventeenth Ward, as wheelwright, at the Repair Yard, at a salary of
$750 per annum, and removed Foreman George L. APPLEGATE, of Truck No. 2
for general misconduct, and Michael MCCANN, stoker of engine No. 8, for
7 April 1882
Fire Commissioner PARTRIDGE has discharged W. H. SEMLEAR, foreman of
Engine Company No. 18, for being absent without leave. SEMLEAR went to
Philadelphia and claimed he had received leave of absence.
William CUNNINGHAM, engineer of the same company, who was also on the
Philadelphia trip, was fined ten days' pay.
The Commissioner has appointed Thomas WHITFORD, a former
Superintendent of the Kerosene Bureau, as foreman of engine No. 18.
27 May 1882
A FIREMAN DROWNED
PETER McNALTY, 50 years of age, fireman on the steamship Danato
lying at Martin's Dock fell overboard yesterday and was drowned.
The body was not recovered.
11 April 1882
Fireman Dismissed the Service.
Commisioner PARTRIDGE to-day issued a general order to the Fire Department,
setting forth the charges and specifications resisting to William H. SEMLEAR,
foreman, and William CUNNINGHAM, engineer, of Engine Company No. 18,
who were dismissed the service for being absent without leave.
16 May 1882
RENINSTATED FIREMEN RECOVER ALL THEIR BACK PAY IN THE CITY COURT--BIG PAYMENT
FOR THE CITY TO MAKE
William E. LAUGAN
Thomas J. FLAHERTY,
4 firemen were discharged from the department illegally by Hugh
McLAUGHLIN. They brought certiorarl? proceedings which resulted in their
reinstatement. After they had been reinstated they brought actions against
the city in the City Court to recover their pay between the time of their
discharge and their reinstatement. The suits came up for trial to-day before
Judge Reynolds. A jury was to be called, but the panel was exhausted, and
therefore by consent they were tried before one juror.
Under instructions of the Court the solitary juryman rendered the following
judgement in favor of the firemen:
Henry PERRINE, $2,182.93
James FLAHERTY, $2,160.27
William E. LANGAN, $2,591.38
Thomas FLAHERTY, $2060.35.
Mr. Edwin F. O'DWYER and Mr. Sidney WILLIAMS appeared for the
plaintiffs and Assistant Corporation Counsel MUDGE for the city.
Other suits of a similar nature will be begun by other parties,
and the city will probably have to pay about $75,000 for salaries of firemen
15 June 1882
Inquest--A Thin Kettle
Coroner KELLER yesterday held an inquest in the case of the death of
Patrick WHITE, fireman in the Bradley White Lead Works, No. 174 Front street,
who died from the effects of burns received on the 7th inst by the bursting of
a kettle of molten lead. The jury found that the accident was caused by the
thinness of the kettle and that part of the iron was burned.
13 July 1882
An Ex-Fireman Charged with Arson
Wm. LYNCH, a former member of the Fire Department, who was dismissed for
cause, was charged with arson by Chief SMITH before Alderman HACKER, vice
Justice NAEHER, this morning. The fire in question occurred this morning at
3:30 o'clock in the shed in the rear of 354 North Second street. LYNCH gave
the alarm. The case was adjourned.
10 August 1882
HE DROVE FURIOUSLY.
The Charges Preferred Against the Driver of a Fire Engine
James SMITH, driver of Engine No.6, High street, was before Commissioner
PARTRIDGE to-day on a charge of being drunk and damaging the property of
the city and of citizens. From the evidence it appeared that on July
26, when SMITH was driving on Fulton street to a fire, he ran into a
horse and wagon owned by Mr. SEMONITE, an oil dealer, and broke the
wagon to pieces; that on returning from the fire he got the wheels of
the engine into the gutter and could not get it into the engine house;
that he backed it into Fulton street to get a fresh start, and in
backing he brought it in collision with a street railroad car and broke
the dash-board; that ultimately the horses had to be taken out of the
engine and it had to be taken into the house by hand, and to cap the
climax he went up-stairs and went to sleep before caring for the horses,
and when he woke up he quarreled with the foreman. None of the
witnesses examined this morning would swear that SMITH was drunk. One
of them, however, said that "it was evident he had been drinking a
little bit." The trial will be continued to-morrow.
21 September 1882
FIREMAN KEEGAN'S DEATH - Testimony Taken At the Coroner's Inquest - Coroner
Parker has Something to Say About Expecting Firemen to Risk Their Lives to
Save a Few Gallons of Oil.
Coroner PARKER held an inquest yesterday afternoon in the case of the
death of Fireman KEEGAN, who was burned at the Greenpoint oil fire on the
William DONALD, proprietor of the Locust Hill Oil Works, where the
fire originated, testified that when he reached the fire he saw the only way
to save anything was to draw off the oil. By five o'clock in the morning
one-half had been drawn off. About twenty minutes later the tank boiled over
and filled the yard with burning oil. KEEGAN was near the tank at the time,
with several men employed in the works and some firemen. They ran and
escaped except KEEGAN, whom the witness afterwards heard was missing. There
was about six hundred barrels of crude oil in the tank.
Fireman Wm. MCCARTY, of Engine Company No. 12, testified that he
worked at the fire until the burning oil drove him away. When the tank
boiled over he was about two hundred feet away; KEEGAN was fifteen or twenty
feet, from the tank. The witness saw Stewart DEARIE, the canal boat
captain, in the mud with his clothing ablaze, and pulled him out. There was
no water at that spot.
John M. MCKENNA, of Hook and Ladder Company No. 1, testified that he
was about ten or twelve feet from the tank when the oil boiled over. DEARIE
said that it was getting warm, and that they would have to turn the water off
from the boat. The foreman of the yard then shut off the valves of the tank.
Witness saw DEARIE run towards the creek and started after him. KEEGAN was
standing about fifteen feet from them, and ran into a passage between the
radiators and the pumping house. Witness escaped by running along the string
piece of the dock. He saw DEARIE burning in the creek.
Hugh TRAVIS and Alexander MCCORMICK, employees of the place, testified
to the breaking out of the fire, and the jury was then charged by the
Coroner. He said that the fatal result of the fire showed a great lack of
judgment on the part of somebody. In my judgment he said, it is improper to
risk a man's life to save a little property we have lost a good citizen and
fireman. No one has a right to expect such a thing.
The jury decided that death was caused by injuries received by being
accidentally burned while in the discharge of duty.
6 November 1882
A Fireman Injured
Edward BOERUM, a fireman, attached to Engine No. 9, while cleaning the
engine house yesterday was kicked on the left knee by one of the horses and
28 December 1882
CHIEF SMITH RUNS OVER A YOUTH
CHIEF SMITH of the Fire Department, while driving on North Second street,
at nine o'clock last evening, accidentally knocked down HUGH BROWN,
aged 16 of 358 North Second street, a wheel passing over his head. BROWN
was taken home. He will recover.
May 5 1885
"FIRE ON MYRTLE AVENUE"
Officer O'BRIEN Again Does Timely Service
At a quarter past one this morning a fire broke out in the three story brick
building 545 Myrtle avenue, owned by James HYDE. The damage, about $400,
is covered by insurance. The stock and fixtures of Louis BURG, who occupies
the first floor as a jewelry store, were damaged to the extent of $500;
fully insured. In the upper part of the house David GOLDSTEIN, his wife
and five children were sleeping, and were with difficulty aroused by
Officer John O'BRIEN, who broke open the door and assisted the occupants
to the street. O'BRIEN is the officer who so gallantly rescued a man from
a burning stable on Navy street about two weeks since.
July 5 1887
Offending Firemen Punished
Fire Commissioner ENNIS to-day punished the offenders tried before him as
William J. LYNCH, Engine 19, sleeping during an alarm, three days' pay
John J. DONOHUE, Engine _2, intoxication, two days' pay
Charles RIKEL, Engine 5, using abusive language, five days' pay.
28 July 1887
DEATH of COURT OFFICER COLLIGAN
George COLLIGAN, one of the oldest and best known officers in the
Supreme Court, was seized with cramps and drowned while bathing at
the foot of Washington St. late yeaterday afternoon.
He was 56 years old, an old fireman and belonged to "Constitution No.7"
engine, with Judge WALSH and W.A. and Robert FUREY. He was Constable
of the Second Ward for twenty-one years and went to the war with
the Second Fire Zouaves.
5 August 1887
Drunken and Fighting Firemen
Fire Commissioner ENNIS to-day fined Neil RUDDY, of Engine 6, five days' pay
for fighting in the street;
A. J. Mc DERMOTT, of Engine 6, three days' pay for intoxication
Edward RHATIGAN, of Engine 3, two days' pay for intoxication
James Mc CONNELL, of Engine 8, and Peter B. CARNEY, of Engine 5,
were reprimanded for intoxication.
John FARRELL, of Engine 3, was also reprimanded for being absent without leave.
8 August 1887
Fire Commissioner John ENNIS was presented on Saturday night in Turn Hall,
on Meserple street, with a handsome gold watch, chain and charm by thirty
five of the assistant foremen of the Fire Department. The presentation
speech was made by Dr. SMITH, the surgeon of the department, and was
appropriately responded to by Mr. ENNIS. A number of prominent persons were present.
11 August 1887
The suit of Fireman Henry RYAN against Commissioner John ENNIS, for
reinstatement in the Fire Department will be tried early in September in the
28 August 1887
To-day by Fire Commissioner ENNIS John J. MC DERMOTT, of Engine 6,
was fined one day's pay for being absent without leave and one
day's pay for intoxication;
William GUILFOYLE, of Engine 6, five days' pay for intoxication
John CROUGH, of Engine 1 reprimanded for absence without leave
John J. COGAN, of Engine 13, reprimanded for intoxication.
15 February 1889
BROOKLYN VOLUNTEER FIREMEN’S ASSOCIATION
A special meeting will be held in the rooms, City Hall, on Saturday
evening, February 16, at 8 o’clock,to take suitable action in regard
to the death of our late Comrade James REILLY, of Neptune Engine No. 2.
Members are requested to attend. JOHN COURTNEY, President.
AUG. H.F. BAUER, cor. Secretary.
30 March 1893
Investigations made by Gen. O' BERNE show that Ellis Island fire services is
almost useless, and that the immigrants would have been in danger if a fire
broke out. This has been remedied.
13 January 1893
TRIALS OF FIREMEN
There were trials of sixteen or eighteen firemen to-day at Dept. Headquarters.
Nearly all were for intoxication, and most of the fines were from one to three days.
Joseph BRISCAL, of Engine 21, had a compound fracture of his salary, so to speak,
being fined five days' pay for fifty-seven hours' absence without leave, and
three days' pay for going to sleep while on house patrol; William MC CORD, of
the same company, who was accused of being intoxicated at a fire, was fined
ten days' pay; Joseph C. RUSSELL, of Engine 3, got eight days' fine on four
charges of intoxication.
At the meeting of the Fire Commissioners last Friday, they fined
Driver MURPHY, of Engine 2, three days' pay for intoxication;
Fireman RUDDY, of Engine 7, five days' pay for the same offence, and
Engineer MCCANN, of Engine 8, three days' pay for conduct unbecoming
a member of the force.
14 January 1893
Ex-Alderman, John LEECH, one of the oldest residents of this city,
died at his home, 354 State st., this morning, of heart disease.
At the time of his death he had probably been a resident of Brooklyn
for a longer period than any other old citizen. He was born in Scotland
83 years ago, and came to this city in 1813, when he was a child.
His parents settled in the Fifth ward, and when a young man, Mr. LEECH
engaged in business as a ropemaker. He was afterward a stone contractor.
He retired from business thirty years ago.
He was one of the founders of the old Mechanics' Exchange, and served one
term as president. From 1828 to 1853 he was a member of the Volunteer Fire Dept.,
and at the time of his death was a member of the Exempt Volunteer Firemen's Association.
He was a Whig in politics, and enjoyed the distinction of having run thirteen times
for Alderman of the Fifth ward, a hot Democratic ward. He was elected in 1850,
through the help of County Judge Henry A. MOORE and Jesse FOLK.
He was a well-known and familiar figure in local political and business circles up to
thirty-years ago. The arrangements for the funeral have not been completed.
The Rev. Lindsay PARKER, of St. Peter's Church in State st., will conduct
the services, and the funeral will take place from that edifice.
Mr LEECH was the father of ex-Alderman Richard LEECH.
21 January 1893
TWO FIREMEN MAY DIE
Of the several firemen injured by falling walls at the $40000 warehouse
fire at King and Washington Streets, New York, between 12 and 1 oclock this
morning, James REYNOLDS, of Hook and Ladder 8, and John ROBINSON, of the same
company will probably die.
The fire was one of the fiercest of the year. The blaze started in the engine
room in the northwest corner of the building, and must have been smoldering
all the through the early part of the night. The building was stored with
oakum, burlap, cotton, hemp and sardines. Only a part of the left wall was
left standing. Ex-Mayor KINGSLAND owns the property, which was leased by
ROWLEAND STORY & SON. There is no insurance. At a fire there four years ago a
fireman was killed.
30 March 1893
Investigations made by Gen. O' BERNE show that Ellis Island fire services is
almost useless, and that the immigrants would have been in danger if a fire
broke out. This has been remedied.
4 January 1894
FIRES IN BROOKLYN
From 1 P.M. Wednesday to 1 P.M. Thursday
2:30 P.M...185 Twentieth Street: damage $10.
12 Midnight...1252 Myrtle Avenue: lamp explosion: damage slight
8 A.M....1913 Pacifle Street: damage to building $50: to furniture $100
8th January 1894
From 1 P.M. Saturday to 1 P.M. Monday
4:50 P.M...216 Dean Street. Damage $25
5 P.M...424 Dekalb Ave., Damage $25
5:55 P.M...105 Smith Street, Damage slight
9:50 P.M... 446 Dean Street, Damage trifling
12:45 A.M...187 South Eighth Street: Lamp upsetting, Damage slight
9 A.M...228 State Street, Damage $1,000
?2:55 A.M... 219 Carroll Street, Damage $150
7:15 A.M...2309 Pacific Street, Chimney Damage $5.
12 January 1894
FIRES IN BROOLYN
From 1 P.M. Thursday to 1 P.M. Friday
8:30 P.M... 451 Warrent Street; rubbish in cellar, No Damage
8 A.M... 787 Hart Street, Damage $5
10:15 A.M...1088 Dean Street: chimney damage slight
20th January 1894
Fires In Brooklyn.
From 1 P.M. Friday to 1 P.M. Saturday
3:25 P.M. - 351 DeKalb avenue. Damage $50.
4:25 P.M. - 308 Sumpter street. Damage $10.
5:20 P.M. - 120 Ainslie street. Damage to furniture, $50; to building $50.
12:50 P.M. - 97 Coffey street. Damage $50.
22 January 1894
Fires In Brooklyn.
From 1 P.M. Saturday to 1 P.M. Monday.
10:15 P.M. - 201 Chauncey street, explosion of lamp: damage $15.
3:15 A.M. - 188 Seventh avenue: damage to stock $1,500; to building $200.
24 January 1894
The Fire Department.
New Foreman and Assistant Foreman Assigned to Duty.
New foremen have been assigned in the Fire Department as follows:
SHERIDAN, H. A. Engine 14;
WALTON, John Engine 18,
JONES, James S. Engine 21;
CUMMINGS, James Engine 27;
SNOW, Fred J. Engine 32;
MC GUIRE, R. Engine 33;
ENNIS, J. J. Engine 29;
WADSERMAN, Henry to Truck 12.
Emmet SODEN has been assigned to the charge of mechanics.
Assignments of the new assistant foremen have been more as follows:
RYAN, John G. Engine 1;
DUNN, Wm. H. Engine 7;
GILLESPIE, John L. Engine 17;
LANGAN, John Engine 20;
CALLAHAN, John J. Engine 24;
KANE, Daniel E. Engine 30,
KELLEY, P.J. Engine 31;
PRYOR, James L. Engine 34;
HARRINGTON, Thomas F. Engine 13;
METZGER, B.A. Hook and Ladder Company No. 8;
LEAVY,Christopher S. Engine 33;
ouRrke, Bryan (this is how it is spelled...perhaps O ROURKE?) Engine 32;
MC GRONAN, John J. Engine 28;
MARKS,Michael Hook and Ladder Company 9;
MOLLOY, Frank H. telegraph operator.
These names were all printed in the papers suspending Fire Commissioner ENNIS.
26th January 1894
Fires in Brooklyn.
From 1 P.M. Thursday to 1 P.M. Friday.
9 P.M. 140 Dresden street; damage $5
29 January 1894
Fires In Brooklyn.
From 1 P.M. Saturday to 1 P.M. Monday.
Saturday.10:15 P.M. - 201 Chauncey street, explosion of lamp: damage $15.
Sunday.3:15 A.M. - 188 Seventh avenue: damage to stock $1,500; to building $200.
31st January 1894
Fires In Brooklyn.
From 1 P.M. Tuesday to 1 P.M. Wednesday.
5:25 P.M. - 398 Bushwick ave; damage to building $100; to furniture $75.
6:15 P.M. - 148 Columbia street; damage slight.
8:30 P.M. - 33 Fourteenth street; damage $20.
3:50 A.M. - 308 Nevins street; damage to furniture of tenants, $1,200; to building $2,000.
4:40 A.M. - 103 Twenty eighth street; damage to building, $300; to furniture, $200.
29 July 1898
Battalion Chief SNOW has returned from this three weeks¹ vacation, which he
spent at Red Bank, N.J., and is again on duty at the Jackson avenue house.
As soon as he had returned, Battalion Chief C.D.F. LANE of the upper
district started on his vacation of three weeks. He has gone to Sullivan
County. Foreman George BROWN of Engine No. 63 is acting chief of the
district in his absence.
The firemen were allowed a week each, one from each company being absent at
a time. The first went away at the beginning of the month, and it will be
the middle of September before the last will have had their time off.
Ex-Chief DELAHANTY, who has been reinstated by the order of the court, has
not yet been assigned to duty, but expects to be in a few days, perhaps on
the first of the month. He has no idea what part of the city he will be assigned.
23 August 1898
Alonzo BRYMER Reinstated.
Fire Commissioner SCANNELL returned last week from his vacation and ordered
the reinstatement of Alonzo BRYMER as Fire Marshal, in obedience to the
order of the Supreme Court. Mr. BRYMER took charge Monday. The office had
been vacant for three weeks. Deputy Fire Commissioner TULLY and Chief DALE
made a tour of the engine houses on Monday for the purpose of finding out
what repairs are needed.
24 August 1898
A New Fireman.
On Tuesday Deputy Fire Commissioner TULLY of Brooklyn appointed eighteen new
firemen. Among them was Thomas F. MC GINNIS of 240 Java street to Hook and
Ladder Company No. 6.
15 September 1898
Former Chief of the Long Island City Fire Department W.H. DELAHANTY has been
assigned as foreman of Engine Company No. 15 on India street, Greenpoint.
He was reinstated some time ago by order of the Supreme Court, and has been
waiting for an assignment to duty for a number of weeks.
20 September 1898
A Good Fireman.
The New York Review of September 16th has the following to say of William H.
DELAHANTY, who has just been assigned as foreman of Engine No. 15,
Greenpoint: "One of the most pleasing announcements recorded in these
columns in some time is that relating to the reinstatement of Mr. William H.
DELAHANTY, formerly Chief Engineer of the Long Island City Fire Department
who was removed last year by ex-Mayor GLEASON.
"Mr. DELAHANTY is just the type of man who can with credit to himself and
the department fill any position. During his long service he has proved
himself a clear and indefatigable fireman, and all through was seen to be
full of resources, reliable in times of peril, alert and thoroughly imbued
with the spirit of a true fireman. His excellent record and thorough
acquaintance with the duties of the position were his strongest
recommendations. Mr. DELAHANTY is now assigned as foreman of Engine 15,
India street, Borough of Brooklyn, where he is certain to render a good
account of his charge.
24 September 1898
William A. GALLAGHER, chief of the Twenty-ninth Battalion, New York Fire
Department, died at 6:30 o¹clock, Monday morning, of Bright¹s disease, at
his residence, 617 Bainbridge street. He leaves a wife and three children.
At the time of his death, Chief GALLAGHER was in the fiftieth year of his
age. He has been a member of the Brooklyn Fire Department for seventeen
years, serving first as a private with Engine No. 16, on Scholes street. He
was afterward transferred to No. 6 Truck, on Greenpoint avenue, and ten
years ago, while a member of No. 18 Engine Company, on Hart street, he was
made a foreman, during the year of the great blizzard. He served there
until 1892, when he was made District Engineer, having his office on Driggs
avenue and South Third street. The rank of District Engineer was changed to
Chief of Battalion afterwards. Four years ago he moved to his late
residence. His headquarters were changed to the house of Engine Company No.
36, on Hull Street, where he served until the time of his death.
Chief GALLAGHER had been married twice. He had several children by his
first wife, one of whom, a young woman, is living. By his second wife, to
whom he was married in 1882, he had two young children. He had been a
sufferer from kidney disease for a long time, but did not take to his bed
until six weeks ago. He was a member of Washington Council, Knights of
Columbus, and Ricard Post, G.A.R. as well as several benefit organizations.
He was also a member of the John Ennis Democratic Club and is related to Mr.
ENNIS by marriage, Mr. ENNIS having married his sister.
Chief GALLAGHER¹s long career in the Fire Department has been of the most
honorable character. He had never had one charge brought against him, and
he had been the hero of several daring rescues. He had the good will of all
the men he ever commanded and was looked upon by them more as a counselor
and adviser than superior, Captain MURRAY of Engine No. 35, and Captain
WELDON of Engine No. 33, speak in the most complimentary terms of Chief
GALLAGHER¹s character, both as man and official.
Services were held Thursday afternoon in the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes,
on Aberdeen street, near Broadway. Father PORCILE officiated the mass.
Interment was made in Holy Cross Cemetery.
6 March 1905
FIREMAN M'GARRY BURIED AT CALVARY
The funeral of George McGARRY the fireman who was killed in the
Valvoline Oil Company fire at Metropolitan and Maspeth Avenues, last
Wednesday night, was held this morning from St. Cecilia's Church,
North Henry and Herbert Streets. The Rev. Father McGIBNEY assisted
by a number of prominent Catholic clergyman including Father McGRONEN,
fire chaplin officiated. The interment was in Calvery Cemetery.
Two hundred fireman under Deputy Chief McCARTHY and the firemen's band
were in the funeral procession.
Deputy Police Comminssiner FARRELL and Deputy Fire Commissiner DOYLE
attended the funeral.
6 April 1906
Queens- The Veteran Firemen's Association of Long Island City
has elected the following officers for the ensuing year:
President, John L. FOLEY;
first vice-president, Wm. H. MASON;
second vice-president, John H. PHILLIPS;
secretary, W.H. THOMPSON;
financial secretary, James H. KELLY;
treasurer, I.A. MATTHEWS;
sergeant-at-arms, John HORN;
trustees for two years,
E. KROMHOLZ and P.J. BANNON;
delegate to state convention, P.A. LEININGER;
alternate, Charles D. SCHWIND;
delegate to Southern convention, W.H. THOMPSON;
alternate, B.J. MCGOWAN.
6 May 1906
LONG ISLAND NOTES
Ivanhoe Hook and Ladder Company, of the Newtown Fire Department, has
elected the following officers:
John FISCHER, foreman;
Angelus WITSEL, first assistant foreman;
John SIMPSON, second assistant Foreman;
John H. NUHN, secretary;
Rudolph SCHMID, financial secretary;
Fred DEDE, treasurer.
25 May 1906
-The Exempt Firemen's Association of Flushing has elected the following
officers for the ensuing year:
President, W. B. CARPENTER; first vice-president,
John J. HALLORAN; second vice-president,
Martin J. KENNEDY; recording secretary,
Marvin SCHARFE; financial secretary,
D. T. HENDRICKSON; treasurer,
William FAIRBROTHER; directors,
Edward GAVIN and A. G. PIESSIS.
The recently elected chief and district engineers of the Woodhaven Fire
Department will be sworn in office on Tuesday evening, May 29.
25 October 1906
FIREMAN FALLS OFF ROOF OF BURNING SASH WORKS
Rescued Mortally Injured-Big Factory Gutted-Loss, $25,000
Lieut. James TRYOR, of Engine 129, while fighting a fire at Meisel &
Muschel's sash and blind factory, 488 Leonard street, last night, fell off
the roof into the cellar way. He was rescued by two fellow firemen, but it
is thought at the Eastern District Hospital, whither he was taken, that he
will die from his injuries.
After the third alarm had been turned in, Fire Chief CROKER arrived on the
scene. The fire started at 9 o'clock and spread through the entire
building endangering a row of double-deck tenements on Driggs avenue near
by. After another alarm had been turned in, the efforts of most of the
firemen were devoted to preventing the spread of the fire to the
tenements. There was panic among the tenants, most of whom were driven out.
Lieut. TRYOR was directing his men from the roof of the burning factory
when he slipped and fell landing in the midst of burning timber in the
cellar way. Firemen MC GINNIS and ROONEY saw him fall, and without a
second's hesitation they rushed to the spot where they saw him land. Both
were badly burned as they pulled the unconscious man from the debris amid
the cheering of the crowd of spectators.
Ambulance Surgeon TEITZ examined TRYOR and found that he had a dislocated
shoulder and hip and internal injuries. He is married and has several children.
The factory was entirely gutted. The loss is $25,000.
5 November 1906
FALLING WALL BURIES FIREMAN
Hicks Street Company Caught at Laundry Blaze and One Life is Lost
Six Others Are Hurt
Another Engine Company Has Narrow Escape
One fireman was killed and six members of the same company, Engine No.
103, were injured yesterday morning by the falling of a wall at a fire
which broke out in the boiler room in the basement of a four-story brick
building, extending from 86 to 92 Third street, owned by Edward H.
BANCKER, of 2217 Newkirk avenue, Flatbush, and occupied by the Pilgrim
Steam Laundry. The loss is estimated at $75,000. The one-story oval
brick ovens, with their tall chimneys, adjoining in the rear, and
fronting on Fourth street, were damaged about $3,000.
The fireman who lost his life was James W. MCCOSKER, 25 years old, of
110 North Eighth street. The injured are: John BLACK, 23, 590 Sixth
street, contusions, taken home; Owen WARD, 23, 337 Columbia street,
fracture of left leg, taken to Long Island College Hospital; John KELLY,
38, 91 Amity street, contusions, taken home; John FITZPATRICK, 26, 172
Hull street, fracture of right arm, removed to Long Island College
Hospital; James F. FINLAY, 24, 56 Wolcott street, fracture of left leg
and internal injuries, removed to Cumberland Street Hospital; Lieut.
John DONOVAN, contusions and lacerations, taken to his home at 657 Henry street.
The dead fireman and all those injured belonged to Engine Company 103,
with headquarters at 533 Hicks street.
Four alarms were turned in for the fire, Chief CROKER responding from
Manhattan to take charge, and Deputy Chief LALLY arriving on the second
alarm from Brooklyn headquarters.
The fire was pretty well under way above the basement floor when the
first detail of engines arrives and it was not long before the whole
interior was a seething mass, with the floors carrying down the
machinery on every story with the rapid progress of the flames.
The men of Engine 103, under orders, had mounted to the shed of a
one-story brick extension to the laundry plant, and had been at work
there less than half an hour when the rear wall began to bulge
perceptibly from the intense heat, and just as a portion of the crew of
Engine 104, of Degraw street, new Court, had been started on their way
to assist their comrades of No. 103, the wall toppled outward and
several tons of the debris falling on the extension shed and the firemen
stationed there, stove in the roof and carred the seven victims clear to
the cellar of the structure.
McCOSKER's body was crushed into an almost unrecognizable mass and at
least a ton of the fallen bricks and iron had to be removed before his
body could be reached by the rescuing party, comprising the members of
Dr. CRANE, of the Long Island College Hospital; Dr. HEISER, of the
Cumberland Street, and Dr. HEWELL, of Seney Hospital, were early on the
scene with ambulances, and they took charge of the wounded.
Fireman MCCOSKER had been a member of the department nearly four years.
He was married and lived at the North Eighth street address with his
wife and four children. The youngest child was born only two weeks ago,
and the mother was yet too ill to be informed of her husband's fate.
About 300 laundry hands and other help are thrown temorarily out of work
by the destruction of the Pilgrim plant.
The oven buildings in the rear of the larger building are owned and
operated by the New York Vitrified Tile Company.
12 November 1906
Brooklyn Appointments - Fire Department
Fire Department - Promoted
Foreman John J. DONOHUE, Engine Company 113, to be chief of battalion,
at $8,000. Assigned to duty in Thirteenth division.
Assistant Foreman Charles J. McLAUGHLIN, Hook and Ladder Company 61,
to be foreman, at $2,160. Assigned to 61.
Promoted engineer to steamer at salary of $1,600.
Fireman first grade, Francis P. ???ORY, Engine Company 102, Brooklyn
and Queens, to Engine Company 206, Richmond.
Fireman first grade, Edward J. BROSNAN, Engine Company 188, Brooklyn
and Queens, to Engine Company 17, Manhattan and the Bronx.
Fireman first grade, John J. MOLLOY, Engine Company 185, Brooklyn
and Queens, to Engine Company 204, Richmond.
Fireman first grade, John F. FINNEGAN, Engine Company 135, Brooklyn
and Queens, to Engine Company 3, Manhattan and the Bronx.
Fireman first grade, Thomas H. FORGEN, Engine Company 136, Brooklyn
and Queens, to Engine Company 26, Manhattan and the Bronx.
Fireman first grade, John L. REAMER, Engine Company 136, Brooklyn
and Queens, to Engine Company 26, Manhattan and the Bronx.
Fireman first grade, George H. WORTHINGTON, Engine Company 163,
Brooklyn and Queens, to Engine COmpany 16, Manhattan and the Bronx.
Fireman first grade, Irving FOLEY, Hook and Ladder Company 69,
Brooklyn and Queens, to Engine Company 19, Manhattan and the Bronx.
Dismissed on charges, fireman second grad Edward J. SLATTERY,
Hook and Ladder Company 58,
fireman second grade William J. QUIRK, Engine Company 145.
Transfers - Oil Surveyor Owen EAGAN, from Manhattan to Brooklyn;
Oil Surveyor Chas. MILLER, from Brooklyn to Manhattan.
9 December 1906
Fireman's Finger Cut off
A fire broke out at 8 o'clock last night in the apartments of Mrs. Agnes
WILSON on the top floor of the two story frame dwelling at 356 Hamilton
avenue. The flames were easily extinguished when the firemen arrived.
The damage was confined to Mrs. WILSON's furniture and amounted to about $50.
When fire engine No. 102 arrived at the scene, one of the firemen,
Daniel BOYNE, while blocking the rear wheels of his engine had the index
finger of his right hand cut off by the wheel passing over it. He was
attended by Ambulance Surgeon CRANE, of the Long Island College
Hospital, and went home.
9 April 1907
John PORTER, a veteran of the Civil War, who for many years was connected
with the Fire Department, died on Saturday at his home, 1583 Bushwick
avenue. He was born in England in 1843, and when a young man served in
the British navy. After going through the Civil War, he enlisted in the
Seventh Regiment, United State Cavalry, and fought with Custer in the West.
Mr.PORTER retired from the Fire Department eleven years ago. He leaves a
widow, one son and four daughters.
11 April 1907
NEW ELEIGIBLE LIST FOR FIREMAN
The new municipal civil service list for fireman, Fire Department,
just announced, contains 995 names. The examination papers
were, on the whole, unusually good. The first fifty eligibles
have already been certified for appointment.
The local men among the first 500 eligibles are as follows:
2. Geo. W. H. McELROY, 205½ Chauncy st. 92.96
5. Christian SCHMIDT, 157 Snyder ave. 92.63
18. Peter J. HAMMER, 68 Sutton st. 91.52
22. Fred J. DAUB, 636 Kosciusko st. 91.25
26. Charles A. HOWARD, 35 N. Oxford st. 91.09
31. Phil G. HETTRICK, Whitestone, L.I. 90.09
33. Jos. P. McGRATH, 186 Bergen st. 90.94
36. Phil T. NEWMAN, 59 Underhill ave. 90.86
37. Jos. F. GRADY, 2547 Fifty-third st. 90.84
47. Chas. HARPER, Rockaway Beach 90.36
48. Harry M. DALLAS, Fort Totten 90.32
49. Peter J. McKENZIE, 233 Huron st. 90.37
51. Geo. O. BUTTS, 20 Lewis ave. 90.16
52. J. J. ROBERTSON, 32 Jewell st. 90.10
58. Henry KNEIPP, 451 Central ave. 89.98
59. Sam SCHERER, College Point 89.91
60. Wm. RYAN, 1107 Eighth ave 80.87
63. Jas. V. DUNLEAVY, 258 Steuben st. 89.03
66. Max C. BENISCH, 487 Kosciusko st. 89.76
71. Aloy. FRIELICH, 702 Flushing ave. 89.60
75. Tobias F. BUTLER, 1687 East Forty-eighth st. 89.51
86. Theo. MILLER, 454 Wythe ave. 89.34
91. Thos. O'DEA, 97 Oakland st. 89.24
99. O. J. KLINE, 121 Evergreen ave. 89.06
100 Jos. T. HUGHES, 155 Guernsey st. 89.04
106 Andrew Rankel, 52 Ralph st. 88.99
109 Sam R. TWADDLE, Woodside, L.I. 88.89
114 Wm. C. WALKER, 1715 Putnam ave. 88.82
116 Leland J. WALLACE, 193 Ainslie st. 88.78
119 Walt. R. TWYMAN, Whitestone 88.71
122 Wm. F. FINN, 64 Court st. 88.63
123 Thos. F. WHITCOME, 5711 Fourth ave. 88.64
125 John DUNNE, 1744 Broadway 88.64
128 Harry KREBS, 206 Stockton st. 88.46
120 John SMITH, 203½ Eckford st. 88.39
134 Conrad RAHRBACK, 64 Sumpter st. 88.28
136 Ed. F. McCANN, 288 Franklin ave. 88.26
137 Phil LYNCH, 680 Wythe ave. 88.25
138 Simon V. SMITH, 2087 Flatbush ave. 88.19
141 Otto KEMPF, 77 Palmetto st. 88.16
143 Fred F. MARTENS, 5522 Fifth ave. 88.16
147 J. F. DOUGHERTY, 56 Fifty-ninth ave. 88.16
152 Peter F. McDERMOT, 78 Huron st. 88.00
156 Harry J. MILLER, 19 Stanhope st. 87.94
160 Harry KANE, 12 Decatur st. 87.91
168 Jas. P. E. McWILLIAMS, 280 Pearl st. 87.70
169 Edward E. MUNCH, 108 Bedford ave. 87.75
170 Michael COFFEY, 747 Gates ave. 87.73
175 Morris DOHLER, Glendale, L.I. 87.65
178 Chas. STEFFENS, 160 Ryerson st. 87.61
179 Wm. V. WERNER, 1433 Myrtle ave. 87.59
182 Wm. N. KIRK, 102 Wallabout st. 87.37
183 E. W. FRAMER, 51 Norwood ave. 87.56
184 George CRINGE, Ozone Park, L.I. 87.56
189 Jno. J. QUINN, 174 Nassau st. 87.46
191 Jas. W. ORR, Richmond Hill, L.I. 87.42
196 Fred S. KUEHL, 1286 Madison st. 87.34
197 Pat. J. COONEY, 28 Johnson pl. 87.32
199 Corn. J. DWYER, 78 Kimball rd. 87.31
200 Conrd. J. POPPE, Glendale, L.I. 87.29
205 Robert S. EASON, 243 Clifton pl. 87.20
207 Patrick M.GARTY, 829 Union st. 87.19
208 Jas. L. MULLEN, 1520 Pacific st. 87.19
211 Michael C. SHEA, 609 Linwood st. 87.16
212 Bernard DOWD, Jr., 200 Carroll st. 87.14
218 John BOYLE, 630 Myrtle ave. 87.05
219 M. J. CASEY, 2805 Canarsie lane 87.03
233 Jas.J. PAYNTER, 252 Humboldt st. 86.88
234 Henry A. BENZINGER, 1551 Broadway 86.87
239 August W. BUSSE, 1503 Fulton st. 86.81
242 Wm. H. FAGAN, 3 Auburn pl. 86.81
243 Wm. SCHAFER, 241 Sumner ave. 86.79
245 Henry MILLER, 2243 Greene ave. 86.78
246 Victor OHN, 130 14th st., Long Island City 86.75
249 Thos. J. LUCAS, 117 Seventh st., L.I.C. 86.71
252 John J. MALCNEY, 255 Court st. 86.65
253 R. J. FIESCHER, Jr., 149 Meeker ave. 86.64
254 J. J. WALDRON, 1006 Willoughby ave. 86.63
255 John P. TUTTLE, 85 Eighth st., L.I.C. 86.60
256 James H. ORDING, 453 Gates ave 86.58
259 James BROWN, 422 Lincoln ave. 86.55
260 Wm. MURPHY, 16 Rush st. 86.54
263 J. G. GATZERT, 135 Forest ave. 86.53
266 Fred A. WALTER, 28 Pillington pl. 86.49
267 Wm. P. O'CONNOR, Astoria, L.I. 86.49
277 Al. TEMME, 171 Front st. 86.38
279 Ed. LAWLER, Jr. 429 St. Mark's ave. 86.36
290 James J. REILLY, Far Rockaway 86.16
294 Ben. J. OSWALD, 194 Shepard ave. 86.13
295 Wm. J. CARROLL, 202 Ainslie st. 86.10
300 Dan. J. MULLIGAN, 659 Bergen st 86.03
304 John HINES, 173 Bedford ave. 85.99
305 James A. QUINN, 1 Duffield st. 85.99
306 T. F. CONNELLY, 314 S. Fourth st. 85.98
307 Michael BOYLE, 435 Wythe ave. 85.95
311 Wm. HEIL, Whitestone, L.I. 85.90
315 Wm. H. DOWD, 166 Broadway 85.87
316 J. V. O'DONNELL, Dutch Kills, Queens 85.87
318 Val. A. EBEL, 24 Park st. 85.85
325 Denis O'HARA, 104 Underhill ave. 85.76
329 Rob. A. FOWLER, 139 East ave., Long Island City 85.70
339 Harry J. O'CONNOR, College Point. 85.59
345 G. A. FIELSCHMANN, 789 Bedford ave. 85.48
349 Thos. COLLINS, 289 Lexington ave. 85.41
353 Henry BAIER, Maspeth 85.38
369 A. J. MICHENFELDER, 489 Grand ave., L.I.C. 85.11
370 Jacob H. HEIN, 472 Park ave. 85.10
371 B. P. MULLIN, 1520 Pacific st. 85.10
373 Chas. A. SWENSON, 455 Pacific st. 85.08
378 J. J. HENDERSON, 173 Concord st. 85.02
380 Geo SCHAPPERT, Rockaway Beach 84.98
384 F. SCHLANGENHAUF, 16 Starr st. 84.92
388 Henry KENNEDY, 94 Ralph ave. 84.85
390 John F. BOLAND, 281 Hooper st. 84.81
393 John J. GILLEN, 168 Rodney st. 84.81
395 Frank KLINE, 120 Stanhope st. 84.80
396 F. W. WORST, Jr., 545 Fiftieth st. 84.80
399 Emil KROHN, 20 New Jersey ave. 84.78
401 Rudolph MEINHOLD, 400 Logan st. 84.75
404 Wm. C. STEERS, 1469 Bergen st. 84.64
406 Morris J. ENRIGHT, 147 Albany ave. 84.65
408 Elmer BRACKEN, 722 Bergen st. 84.64
410 Peter J. GROOM, 1817 Nostrand ave. 84.63
411 J. L. McBRIDE, 91 Rutledge st. 84.61
417 Thos. P. EGLINGTON, 443 Fourth ave. 84.54
418 Thos. P. HESLIN, 89 Clermont ave. 84.54
421 Harry P. JEWELL, 16 Gunther pl. 84.50
423 Jos. A. Ludwig, 644 Fourth ave. 84.50
423 T. F. BYRNES, 975 President st. 84.49
428 Geo. A. MELODY, 329 Lexington ave. 84.41
430 John W. HUGHES, 29 Grand ave. 84.38
435 Chas. SELDNBERG, 140 N. Sixth st. 84.32
436 Fred BOODE, 897 Dean st. 84.32
438 Louis MELLOH, 394 Marcy ave. 84.25
439 Chas. E. BOYLE, 133 Washington ave. 84.22
442 Jas. M. KENNEDY, 86 Berry st. 84.14
448 Evan L. POWELL, College Point, Long Island City 84.11
449 Jos. J. MAGUIRE, 181 Franklin ave. 84.09
450 Jos. E. SHANNON, 93 Second pl. 84.08
451 Chester A. VAUGHN, Fort Totten 84.08
452 Martin F. BRACKEN, 256 Penn st. 84.08
453 Thos. J. LOOSEN, 494 Chauncey st. 84.07
457 Frank M. MUNN, 116 High st. 84.04
462 Frank B. HADER, 143 Sackett st. 84.03
463 Francis L. GEARITTY, 239 Bridge st. 84.02
464 Thos. J. MOORE, 37 Eighth st. 84.02
466 Hy. C. RONGARDT, 290 Division ave. 83.97
464 Fred C. MOHRNANN, 935 Pacific st. 83.93
470 Jas. RATIGAN, 267 St. Marks ave. 83.89
472 Jas. J. PADDEN, Sullivan st. 83.89
473 Gilmore OVERACRE, 460 St. Marks ave. 83.88
476 John O'CONNOR, 236 Sumpter st. 83.85
477 James J. BRENNAN, 125 Adams st. 83.84
481 Anton ZIRANEK, 959 Manhattan ave. 83.78
483 Alex. HOTHERSALL, 1107 Eighth ave. 83.74
484 Francis E. JONES, 170 Concord st. 83.74
488 Sam. J. WINTERS, 195 S. Ninth st. 83.70
494 John FITZGERALD, 409 Warren st. 83.63
496 Thos. J. BRADY, 36 Leo pl. 83.63
497 Thomas J. Malone, 170 Academy st., L.I.C. 83.60
498 Henry C. LANG, 86 Grove st. 83.59
500 John P. MADDEN, 620 Washington ave. 83.54
2 May 1907
DEPUTY CHIEF LALLY MOVES TO BROOKLYN
Deputy Fire Chief Thomas LALLY, who has resided in Manhattan the
greater part of his life, will take up his residence in Brooklyn
to-day. Chief LALLY's home is in the vicinity of Fort Greene Park.
Chief LALLY has been connected with the Fire Department since 1870.
Over fifty floral horsehoes and handsome bouquets of flowers were
received at his new residence this morning.
15 May 1907
MUNICIPAL CIVIL SERVICE DAILY DOINGS.
All candidates addressing inquiries to this column as to their standing
must state number of application, position sought, male or female
class, and if ever examined.
Brooklynites on the eligible list for the position of
Assistant Fire Marshall:
6. BROPHY, Thos. P. 197 Bradford st....84.40
10. PERLEY, Chas. H. 145 Halsey st......82.70
12. GIBLIN, Edward F.,....1837 Benson ave....82.00
13. SULLIVAN, Patrick J....266 Berry st.....80.50
14. HAGEN, James A......597 Lafayette ave....81.80
19. COMISKEY, Rich. J....710 Sterling pl....79.60
21. DILLON, Bernard....870 Jefferson ave. ...79.40
24. TRAPP, Joseph A.....7 Second pl....77.50
25. BANNON, Jas. E....272 St. Marks ave....77.30
28. PAGE, Henry B....564 Gates ave...76.40
30. CROWLEY, M.P.....558 Fifty-fifth st...75.70
32. HEANEY, W., J. ...126 Amity st.....74.70
33. PIERCE, Wm.M. ..300 Pulaski st....73.80
39. HANNIGAN, H.L.....338 Union st....70.80
40. McSWEENEY, J.....2930 Warehouse ave. ...70.80
41. RUTLEDGE, Francis C.....571 Sterling pl... 70.60
42. GORDON, John J....579 Myrtle ave....70.20
19 May 1907
FIREMEN HURT AT MORGAN PIER
In "washing down" at the Morgan Line pier yesterday after the
disastrous fire, two firemen of Engine 30 were buried under a pile of
lumber they were overhauling and were seriously injured. They are:
JOHN MCDONALD, 31 years old, of 149 1/2 Nelson street, Brooklyn, and
ARTHUR MUNSON, 22 years old, of 253 West Houston street, Manhattan.
Both had their right arms fractured and were taken to St. Vincent's
Hospital, where it is said their condition is not serious.
11 June 1907
FIRE CHIEF RECOVERS FROM PECULIAR ACCIDENT
Battalion Chief John J. DONOHUE returned yesterday afternoon to his
duties at the Watkins street firehouse after being on the sick list
for the last three months. Chief DONOHUE, one of the most prominent
members of the New York Fire Department, while going up a ladder at
a fire on Christopher near Dumont avenue last March, got a splinter
in his right hand. He paid no attention to the matter until the
evening came and the pain became so intense that he visited the
family physician, who declared blood poisoning had set in and that
he would have to undergo an operation. He was taken to St. Mary's
Hospital where he was successfully operated on by Dr. SULLIVAN. He
remained in the hospital for three weeks after the operation was
performed, after which he took a trip to the mountains.
12 June 1907
Fire Commissioner LANTRY has appointed the following assistant
foremen to be foremen of fire companies, with an increase in salary
from $1,800 to $2,100 a year.
Maurice F. DELAY, Hook and Ladder Company 52, at 894 Bedford Ave.
Richard J. MAREHALL, Engine Co. No. 12, 163 South Third St.
George O. SHEA, Engine Co. 125, Liberty Avenue.
17 June 1907
Nine Fireman Hurt By Explosion Of Gas
Nine fireman were injured, three rather seriously, by a gas
explosion at 226 West Forty-ninth street, Manhatten, to-day.
The building is a three-story and basement brick occupied by
Mrs. Wesley TYSON and family. Gas had been escaping in the
house for several days and to-day John CONNOR and William
FARRELL, employees of the gas company, were sent to find
the leak. They dug a trench in the street and then went into the
basement. Shortly after they came out smoke was seen coming
from the basement and an alarm sounded. When firemen from
Company 23 started to force their way into the building there was
an explosion which hurled nine members onto the sidewalk or
against the wall of the courtyard.All were unconscious when men
from Engine Company No. 54 and a hook and ladder truck reached them.
The victims were stretched out on the sidewalk where they were
attended by three surgeons from Roosevelt Hospital and Dr.
STEARNS, who chanced to be near. John GINGAN and James
NUGENT were so badly bruised and cut that they were taken
to the hospital while Lieut. Joseph SIMPSON was removed to his quarters.
Then somebody remembered that Mrs. TYSON and daughter were
in the building. Firemen found them on the upper floor, unconscious.
They were quickly revived when carried to the street.
CONNOR and FARRELL were arrested for criminal negligence. They
admitted taking a lamp into the basement, but declared gas could
not have ignited from the lamp.
1 May 1910
BATTALION CHIEF REILLY HERO OF SENSATIONAL RESCUE AT TENEMENT BLAZE.
Mrs. Mary GRIPPA, 48 years old, of 42 Union Street, was carried
unconscious from her burning apartments last night by Battalion Chief James
REILLY. She was revived on the street and taken to the home of friends, at
12 Third Place.
The fire occurred shortly after 7 o'clock, and was caused by the
explosion of an overturned kerosene lamp in the kitchen of the Grippa
apartments. The burning oil spread rapidly over the floors. The occupants
of the house, rushed pell mell to the street, and in an instant the building,
a four-story brick structure, was deserted.
In the excitement, Mrs. GRIPPA, who was in her bed, was forgotten.
Once in the street, though, the panic-stricken Italians remembered the
woman and a great cry was set up. REILLY responded and rushed into the
building. He fought his way to the top floor, and after searching all the
rooms, found the woman unconscious in her bed. He picked her up, and
carrying her to the stairs, began the descent.
The smoke was so dense he had to five up his effort to carry the
woman. He laid her on the stairs and creeping backward himself dragged her
after him. In this way he managed to get the benefit of what little air
there was close to the floors during the drip down the three flights of
When the street was reached Dr. KNOLLER of the Long Island College
Hospital attended the woman, and after considerable work revived her
sufficiently to be taken to a friend's home. The GRIPPA apartments were
badly burned, damage of more than $500 being done by the fire.
2 July 1910
DARING RESCUES BY A GIANT FIREMAN
Fireman Walter ROBERTS, more than six feet tall, made a notable rescue at
a $10,000 fire to-day in the seven story building at 92 Division street,
Manhattan. He held a 200-pound man and another of stocky build out of the
window until life nets were placed properly by others, thus saving them from
asphyxiation. He was nearly overcome himself.
ROBERTS later assisted in the saving of the lives of two girl employees of
Herman COHEN, a cloak manufacturer, who occupies one of the floors.
3 July 1910
FIRE HERO FALLS OUT OF WINDOW
After rescuing several persons from a fire at 1711 Park place, yesterday,
William OBELTZ, 45 years old, of that address, was overcome by smoke and fell
from a second-story window as he was about to save a young girl.
The fire started in the cellar of the place, which is owned by Abraham
LOWENTHAL, who occupies the first floor as a grocery store. The smoke
awakened ABELTZ who hurried his family to the street and then aroused the
other tenants. When he got to the sidewalk some one yelled another person was
upstairs and OBELTZ was groping for the victim when he was overcome and fell
out the window to the ground.
Dr. O'KEEFE pronounced himsuffering from a fractured hip and removed him
to St. Mary's Hospital. The girl was finally found and rescued.
(Note: Name is spelled ABELTZ and OBELTZ in the article)
28 July 1918
LIST OF MANHATTAN WINNERS
Fireman George P. FOWLER of Hook and Ladder Company 40, Manhattan, receives
the Hugh Bonner Memorial and Department Medal for saving the life of
Mrs. FILOMENO at 307 West One Hundred and Twenty-seventh street, on April 18, 1917.
The woman jumped from a window and while holding on to a beam and an aerial
ladder he caught the panic stricken woman.
Harry F. GRAY, of Hook and Ladder Company 12, Manhatan, wins the
Henry P. WERTHEIM medal for saving the life of Captain Denis MCNAMARA,
at a fire on Septmber 1, 1917.
An explosion occurred, cutting off Captain MCNAMARA and two firemen. GRAY put
a ladder on his shoulder and assisted MCNAMARA to escape.
The TREVOR-WARREN medal and Department medal goes to Fireman George J. NELSON,
of Hook and Ladder Company 14, for his assistance with O'CONNOR in saving the
life of Michael MAHONEY.
The STEPHENSON medal is awarded to Captain Timothy W. CROWLEY for
maintaining the best disciplined and most highly efficient company in the
department. He is in command of Engine Company 30.
The Administration medal goes to Deputy Chief Thomas F. DOUGHERTY, who during
1917 submitted the best suggestion to the Fire Commissioner for the
improving of the department and the promotion of the efficiency of the service.
The College Efficiency medals for 1917 go to Hook and Ladder Company 18
for efficiency in drill and evolutions. The company completed the evolutions
in the remarkable time of eighteen minutes and thirty-nine seconds.
Those who will receive the medals in addition to WEISEL and WEDEMEYER,
now in France are
Retired Captain John E. FARLEY,
Lieutenant Timothy E. COUGHLIN,
Neil F. DONAHUE,
Richard J. CONDON,
James J. CAVERLY,
Michael J. SLOANE,
Frederick L. KUTZLEB,
John B. WOOD,
John J. MCMAHON,
Emile J. MAISTER and
William C. RATHGEN.
5 December 1918
FIREMAN THOMAS MURRAY, WAR VETERAN, IS DEAD
Thomas MURRAY, a member of Hook and Ladder Company No. 148, and
the tallest man in the New York Fire Department, died on Tuesday at his
home, 749 Fiftieth street. He was born in the old Fourth Ward, Manhattan,
and served in the Spanish-American war with Company K, Ninth U.S. Infantry.
He saw service in China and the Philippines, ranking as a sergeant at the
time of his discharge in 1902. He was one of the pallbearers in the funeral
of the late Mayor GAYNOR.
Mr. MURRAY was drum major in the Fire Department Band. He is survived
by his widow, six children and a sister, Mrs. J. T. LAKE. The funeral
will be held to-morrow at 11 A.M., with requiem mass in St. Agatha's R.C.
Church, Seventh avenue and Forty-ninth street. Interment in Calvary
Cemetery under direction of Thomas F. FLEMING, of 71 Poplar street.
July / August 1919
Officers & Members of Hook & Ladder Co.#119 :
DREDGER, Jacob Lieutenant
Firemen First Grade :
VOUGHT, Frederick F.
HOLZBERGER, Henry J.
GILROY, Joseph G.
Firemen Second Grade :
MOCKER, Charles F.
Firemen Third Grade :
Firemen Fourth Grade
ANDERSON, John A.
BRADERLEY, Charles E.
Officers & Members of Engine Co.#149 :
Seventy-Ninth Street & Twelfth Ave.
Bath Beach, Fort Hamiton, Bayridge
SHERRY, James., Capt.
MORRIS, H.N., Lieut.
KEENY, John T., Lieut.
CAMPBELL, Thomas A.
CONWAY, Edward G.
GEARY, David E.
HOGAN, James J.
SHERRY, James., Capt. Record :
Appointed 1 April 1895 Engine Co.#31, Manhattan. He has the Citizen's Medal
for rescuing a number of his men at a fire on 39th St. near 10th Ave, 1908, while
Lieutenant to the Engine #228.
MORRIS, H.N., Lieut., Record;
Appointed 10 December 1901 Hook & Ladder Co.#62. He was a driver for he
chief of the 34th Battalion for 3 years and has several rescues to his credit.
Also served Hook & Ladder #61 & #69, promoted to Lieut. and then assigned
to Hook & Ladder #78, transferred then to Engine 241 and then 149.
KEENY, John T., Lieut., Record :
Appointed 27 December 1897, assigned Engine Co.#201. Promoted to Lieut.
in 1911, assigned Engine Co.#14, Manhattan. He helped organize Engine Co.
#278 and wa a member of that company until 1 August 1919 when that company
got the two-platoon system. He is one of the most popular Lietuenants
in the department.
CAMPBELL, Thomas A., Record :
Appointed 25 November 1909 assigned Engine Co.#207. He also served
Hook & Ladder #114 & Engine Co.#241. His name placed on the Roll of Merit
on several occasions. He is considered the most quiet, modest and sensible
men in the department. He is also one of the best calisthenic instructors.
CONWAY, Edward G., Record :
Appointed 15 October 1913 assigned Hook & Ladder Co.#110. He is a
chauffeurs and a great student. Other members are recieving instructions
from him for the coming examination for Lieutenant.
COYLE, Harry, Record :
Appointed 1 June 1897 asigned Engine 28 Manhattan. Recieved Honorable
Mention several times for bravery. He spends his idle time golfing,
fishing and house painting.
GEARY, David E., Record :
Appointed 1 June 1906 assigned Hook & Ladde #3 Manhattan. He has served
Engine Co.#239 and Hook & Ladder #109 & 131. He is the first chauffeur
and holds the record for fast and careful driving.
HEANEY, Michael, Record :
Known as 'Dare-Devil Heaney.' Has fine ideas regarding motor apparatus.
HOGAN, James J., Record :
Appointed 15 August 1902 assigned Hook & Ladder # 103. He is one of the
most popular men in the department.
LAVIN, Charles, Record :
Appointed 1903 and served Hook & Lader Co. #103 & #101 and Engine
Co.#207, #203, #241. He is one of the best with a hook or an axe and
instructs the new men in the compa how to use these tools.
He is also an expert handball player.
CAUBENBERGR, Jacob Jr., Record :
Appointed 17 April 1905 served Engine Co.#201 & #241. He was the
first trainer and manager of the late Terry McGOVERN.
REHEUSER, John, Record :
Appointed 1 November 1906 served Hook & Ladder Co.#1 Manhattan
and Engine Co.#205 and #241. He is an expert fisherman.
Officers & Members of Engine Co.#209 :
Taffe Place near Myrtle Ave., Brooklyn covering the entire Eastern
Fire dog is Nellie.
Previous Captain for 30years..FOLEY, Maurice now acting chief of the
DONNELLEY, Henry B., Capt.
GROSS, J.C., Engineer
DOWD, William H.
Captain FOLEY, Maurice, Record;
Appointed a fireman 14 April 1890 and was immediately assigned to the 209.
For a short time he was sent to lower Manhattan to organize Engine Co.#7.
Captain DONNELLEY, Henry B., Record;
appointed 21 April 1904 and first served in Engine Co.#9.After serving in all
of the companies of the First Division in lower Manhattan he was promoted
to engineer in 1908.
Promoted to Lieut. in 1909 and assigned to Engine Co.#12 in Manhattan.
Promoted Captin in 1916 and assigned to Hook & Lader Co.#18.
When the 2 Platoon system was installed 16 June 1919 at the 209 he went there.
Lieut. Frederick C. KUHLE, Record:
Appointed 26 July 1907 and after serving successfully in almost all lower Brooklyn
companies including Engines #226,235, 279, and trucks 102 & 169 finally was
assigned to the 209.
Lieut. Martin J. TIERNEY, Record;
Appointed 10 December 1901 and served on almost all the lower Brooklyn
Engine Companies. Promoted to Engineer while serving with Engine #205.
Promoted 1913 Lieutenant with Engine #259. Moving almost immediately to the 209.
Engineer William G. QUINN, Record;
Appointed 17 November 1908. Served several companies in lower Manhattan.
Promoted Engineer 16 July 1916 and shortly after assigned to 209.
John G. GROSS, Record;
Appointed 1 May 1904. First servce was 223 and later 231 both in Brownsville.
After a short period with 207 he came to the 209,
John J REILLY, Record;
Appointed 1 May 1904 with Engine 210. He is currently plugging for Lieutenant
and is expected to land among the first five.
Joseph E. COLLINS, Records;
Appointed 20 September 1905 and was for a time the detail chauffeur to
Deputy Chief GUTTERSON.
Frederick G. WEIDERMAN, Record;
Appointed 1 May 1913. Entire career has been with the 209.
George A. DEGENHARDT, Record;
Appointed 1 November 1913 and has been with the 209 since. On days off
he goes motoring in his pet flivver and his pals never stop kidding him
about his motor car.
William H. DOWD, Record;
Appointed 15 August 1907 and after serving with Engine 217 a short time
was transferred to Engine 31 in Manhattan. He soon after came to the 209.
According to his brother firemen he is the best driver in the business
and when it comes to handling the water tower he hasn't a peer.
Jacob H. RAUSCH, Record;
Appointed 5 May 1914 and has been with the company ever since.
He is the cook of the First Platoon of the company.
John C. CUTHBERT, Record;
Appointed 19 Octobe 1915. He has the distinction of not only being a
veteran of the Spanish American War but of the late war. During the
Spanish American War he was a member of the 14th Regiment and back in
1913 when the regiment was encamped at Peekskill, he was awarded a couple
of medals for rescuing two men from drowning at the risk of his own life.
The only thing he is sore about is he didn't get across to France. However he
served more than nine months with Uncle Sam on this side.
William WEBER, Record;
Appointed 1 August 1916 and served with the 209 the entire time.He is the delegate
of Firemen's Local 94, of the American Federation of Labor. He joined the ranks
of the benedicts about six months ago and his pals declare that ever since his
marriage he does nothing but smile.
John J. DELANEY, Record;
Apponted 1 November 1917 and during his short time with the company he has
made an enviable record for himself in hard fought fires. He also has the record
of being the Beau Brummell of the house.
William J. KOHLSCHRIBER, Record;
Appointed 1 November 1918 and has been with the company since. He is a
formidable pinochie player and holds the championship of all Ridgewood.
John MOONEY, Record;
Appointed 10 January 1919 and served all with the 209.
Francis A. ROGERS, Record;
Appointed 1 January 1919 and always has been attached with the 209.At present he
is spending vacation at Atlantic Highlands, N.J. and to the best of accounts will
soon become a married man.
Godfrey KNIGHT, Record;
Appointed 17 November 1918 and first served with Engine 210. On July 1 this year he
was assigned to 209 where he has been ever since. He is missed at the 210 because
he is a bird fancier and the 210 has about 200 birds at it's house and while stationed
there he took delight in looking out for their welfare.
Huge G. MUELLER, Record;
Appointed 7 June 1919 and is a newcomer in the game. He's a veteran of
New York's Own, seventy-seven Division. As a member of the 302d Engineer Train he
saw severe fighting in Flanders, Lorraine, Vosgen, Vesle,Meuse, Hindenburg line
and the Argonne. He was'over there' from 14 April 1918 until 1 May this year.
Frederick FANGHENEL, Record;
Appointed 1 October 1915 and acts as cook for the second platoon. He is a veteran
of the world warhaving put 18 months in the military police on this side. Labor Day
there will be a contest in the kitchen of the firehouse,between his cooking skills
and that of John J. REILLY, cook of the first platoon.
Officers & Members of Engine Co.#247 :
Bath Beach, Borough Park & Blythebourne
OWENS, Frank L., Capt.
LANGE, Louis, Lieut.
CROUSE, William H., Engineer
LOFTAIN, Thomas P.
MILNE, Harry A.
MATTHEWS, John A.
RHATIGAN, Joseph A.
LUCAS, Chris T.
JORN, John B.
MADDEN, James F.
REILLY, John H.J.
Officers & Members of Engine Co.#251 :
DEEGAN, C.J., Capt.
BROWN, Samuel, Lieut.
SHEENAN, John V.
AHRENS, George S.
NORTON, James J.
HUGHES, James J.
DONELON, John M.
HOLDER, Edward R.
GOODGE, Robert E.
BICKLEY, George C.
MURPHY, Joseph L.
Officers & Members of Engine Co.#284 :
DONOHUE, Tim, Engineer
SHERRY, James, Capt.
GRACE, Pat J., Lieut.
McMAHON, Phil J., Engineer
FOLEY, Thomas J.
SWENSEN, Charles G.
McCORMICK, Charles J.
CONNELLEY, James F.
QUINN, Christopher M.
DOLAN, Joseph S.
26 June 1920
A number of firemen have been advanced in grade, to take effect during July.
In special order 110, issued Thursday by Acting Fire Commissioner
Joseph M. HANNON, the names of the men were made public.
The advancements are made automatically and are the result of
efficient service by the firemen. Many of the men who will receive
additional increases in salary along with their advancements are Brooklynites.
The advancements and dates are:
Fourth and Third Grade, July 1 -
KINSLEY, Elmer, F., Engine 5
HAUSMANN, Robert, F., 36
REINHARD, Gus, A., 252
WILKINS, Roy, B., 282
RYAN, Philip, J., H and L 10
TRACY, James, J., 29
CULLEN, Terence, 34
DUFFY, James, J., 35
THORSCHMIDT, William, H., 107
ADINOLFI, Theodore, 132.
Second to First Grade, July 6
WHELAN, John, J., H and L 9
Fourth to Third Grade, July 14
WILLSTEIN, Harry, Engine 16
Fourth to Third Grade, July 15
HILL, Richard A., Engine 136
Fourth to Third Grade, July 22
WARREN, Eugene, J., Engine 5
BUNCHELL, Richard, J., 28
BUCKLEY, John C., 32
FINLAND, Thomas, J., 35
DELANEY, Frank, J., 44
ORMSBY, John, F., 92
JEMISEN, Albert, J., 204
SCHILL, Edward, 225
HUGHES, James, P., 226
HAUSSMANN, William, 228
HENDRICKS, Francis, J., 241
KAFLINO, William, F., 251
HOEFFLING, Oscar, 256
DILLON, Arthur, J., 282
MCPARTLAND, J.J., Hook and Ladder, 43
DOWD, James, F., No. 2, 117
BONSEL, Adolph, 146
Fourth to Third Grade, July 23
REILLY, William, J, Hook and Ladder 14
Fourth to Third Grade, July 28
DEMAREST, Edward, A., Engine 14
SHERIDAN, J., Hood and Ladder 16
Fourth to Third Grade, July 29
RODECKER, George, Hood and Ladder 18
Dr. Joseph E. SMITH, chief medical examiner of the Fire Department
and his staff of assistants were kept busy Thursday and yesterday in
their offices in the Municipal Building, Manhattan, examining a
large number of candidates for the position of engineer of steamer.
The future engineers had already passed the practical tests given by
Chief Engineer James J. HENRY, at the bureau of repairs and supplies in Manhattan.
The firemen who underwent the physical tests were:
LUKACS, Stephen, Engine 1
GRIMM, Louis, S., 6
HALLIGAN, Hugh A., 35
MORAN, Louis S.J., 39
LABODA, Henry, O., Jrl, 63
KUHN, George, 69
WILSON, Henry, A., 80
BARRON, William, J., 87
MCNAMARA, Martin, 90
BLUMMERT, Gustave, J., 92
O' NEILL, Frederick, C., 154
BLESSING, Herbert, F., 245
WALDRON, Harvey, M., 252
FOGARTY, William, H., 252
MCGUIRE, Joseph, A., 256
MAGGIO, Vincenzo, 260
DUFFY, Leo, J., 269
RIEBLING, Louis, J., 270
MAHER, Christopher, L., 279
FOLEY, Thomas, J., 284
KESSLER, Charles, E., 291
EISENBERG, Walter, F., H and L 7
HEROLD, John, A., 17
BALSLEY, John, J., 22
KELLY, John A., 35
LUBECK, Charles, J.G., 43
SCHUCK, Frederick, G., 103
CAMPBELL, Thomas, A., (2), 114
KASS, Frank, Jr., 129
MCCRYSTAL, William, K., 148
DOYLE, James, J., Engine 9
MCGARRY, Edward, J., 10
ROTH, Henry (1), 33
GOLDSCHNEIDER, L., 46
CORLEY, Joseph, A., 78
JUNA, Charles, 75
GODFREY, Eugene, 78
REILLY, John, J., 209
DOLAN, Patrick, F., 216
ARMSBRUSTER, Henry, J., 259
GEITLINGER, Joseph, S., 268
DORAN, Arthur, F., 276
DURYEA, Harold, A., 281
DOHERTY, Edward, J., 282
GRAY, Charles, B., 283
RAUF, Julian, J., 285
MCCULLAGH, Peter, H and L 3
GEREGHTY, Charles, P., 10
PARKS, Francis, 21
KERWIN, Patrick, J.C., 25
TAUBERT, William H., 34
BELFIELD, William C., 45
BLUM, Sidney, 80
BENDER, Frederick, B., 106
HAND, Joseph, F., 107
SUOMILA, William, J., 108
NELLIS, Harry, L., 109
CUDAHY, John, 412
WALLACE, William, W., Jr., 135
MILLER, Samuel, H., 149
7 October 1922
Admirers of Captain Albert JOHNSTON, Patrol 1 on Murray Street
?????? anniversary of his appointment ?????? memorable one.
The popular Brooklynite ????? after he was surprised a recently.
Prominent officials from the Fire Department, including
Chief Thomas J. HAYES ?????
The dinner was one of the many successful surprises that fire
fighters have been able to put over. Supt. SCHWENK of the New York Fire
Patrol was given full credit for the success of the affair, as he
handled most of the arrangements and acted as a committee of one in
escorting Capt. JOHNSTON around just before the dinner.
The fact that the Brooklynite had been away on vacation helped maintain
the secrecy. When he reported back to duty at his company, an order was
awaiting him. It directed him to immediately report for duty to Supt.
SCHWENK , at the quarters of Patrol 8 on State street. When he arrived
there SCHWENK told him that he was wanted in Manhattan on business.
The ride to the restaurant followed, and he was ushered in while nearly
400 persons applauded.
8 Sept 1923
CIVILIAN CHANGES IN FIRE DEPARTMENT
Fire Commissioner DRENNAN has issued the following
order affecting the civilian force of the Fire Dept:
The compensation of Wireman Patrick McNULTY,
Bureau of Fire Alarm Telegraph, is hereby designated
at the rate of $1872 per annum,
Pursuant to the provisions of Civil Service Rule XII,
Clause 4, William KELLER is hereby employed as an
automobile engineman, Bureau of Repairs and Supplies,
Div of Buildings, with compensation at the rate of
$1140 per annum, for an emergency period.
Pursuant to the provisions of Civil Service Rule
XII, Clause 4, the emergency appointment of John L.
CULHANE as telephone operator, bureau of Fire Alarm
Telegraph, with compensation at the rate of $1200 per
annum, is hereby renewed for an additional period of
Pursuant to the provisions of Civil Service Rule XII.
Clause 4, Edward A.OWENS is hereby appointed an
inspector of fire prevention in the Bureau of Fire Preven-
tion, Div of Inspection, with compensation at the rate of
$1500 per annum, for an emergency period of 15 days.
Pursuant to the provisions of Civil Service Rule XII,
Clause 4, Josephine H. RAIMONDI is hereby employed
as a typewriting copyist in the Bureau of Fire Prevention,
Div of Recording, with compensation at the rate of
$960 per annum, for an emergency period of 15 days.
Pursuant to the provisions of Clauses 2 and 4 of
Civil Service Rule XIV, and with the approval of the
Municipal Civil Service Commission, Typewriting Copy-
ist Esther MATTHEWS, Bureau of Fire Prevention, Div
of Recording, is hereby transferred to the position of
stenographer and typewriter, at her present compensation
at the rate of $960 per annum.
Clerk Lillian M. WALL, Dept of Education, with the
approval of the Municipal Civil Service Commission, is
hereby transferred to this dept. in the same capacity, with
compensation at the rate of $960.
The registration of Provisional Draftsman (Arch.)
James J. HAUSER, Bureau of Repairs and Supplies,
Div of Buildings, is hereby accepted.
Additional leave of absence, with pay, on account
of illness, for the month of Sept, 1923, is hereby granted
to Telephone Operator Charles V. CLARKE, Bureau of
Fire Alarm Telegraph.
With regret, the death of Stenographer and Type
writer Josephine L. McKENNA, Bureau of Fire Investi-
gation, is hereby announced to the Dept.
3 October 1923
NEW FIRE COMPANY FOR
QUEENS VILLAGE IN SHORT TIME
On Oct 15 there will be organized in Queens Village, on the Hempstead Turnpike,
Engine Co 804. It will be equipped with a new gasoline pumping engine.
The personnel has not as yet been picked for it.The new company will be
quartered in a garage, which is appointed in the finest of taste and furnishings.
The upper floor is palatial. It is being rented to the city for 3 years at
$3000 per year.
13 October 1923
Advancements in grade, to take effect at
9 AM on dates specified.
Second to first grade, Oct. 1. 1923--
Gustave RAFY (?), Engine 1
James MUNCINELLI, Engine 4
John J. WHITE, ?(3), Engine 5
Daniel F. FELSMAN, Engine 5
Michael GLEASON, Engine 7
James J. McNAMARA, Engine 8
Edmond HORAN, Engine 9
Cornelius A. BEIRNE, Engine 11
James F. GREENE, Engine 13
John SCHAUB, Engine 15
Joseph A. KELLY, (3) Engine 16
Cornelius HEALY, Engine 17
Patrick J. FOLEY, Engine 18
Francis E. POWERS, Engine 18
William E. KRAUS, Engine 19
Michael J. IMHOF, Engine 21
Michael J. SHALLEY, Engine 22
James J. FITZGERALD (3) , Engine 24
William F. CORRIGAN, Engine 26
George E. R. THOMPSON, Engine 27
Thomas LANE, Engine 29
John W. OTT, Engine 30
James A. ROGERS, Engine 31
Herman KRIETE, Engine 32
Frank GALLAGHER, Engine 33
Edward P. O'DEA, Engine 37
Vincent J. CRUISE, Engine 41
John J. MULHALL, Engine 42
Ladislaw CEROVSKY, Engine 44
Harry STAHL, Engine 45
Alfred C. MONTANA, Engine 46
John L. WALSH, Engine 56
Frederick CATUNA, Engine57
John R. HEBE, Raymond W. HUNTER, Engine 65
Joseph SHANLEY, Engine 65
John McNULTY, Engine 69
Joseph RODA, Engine 71
Paul H. BIBLE, Engine 72
Henry C. GRAZIER, Engine 73
Martin TOUHEY, Engine 76
Michael A. COLLIGAN, Engine 82
Edward R. McEVOY, Engine 88 (Or 83)
Joseph P. COSTELLO, Engine 91
Joseph McGARTY, Engine 93
Walter O. FURMAN, Engine 94
Timothy P. LYONS (or LYOPS), Engine 155
Harry H. WOHLKER, Engine 157
Frederick J. KELLY (2) , Engine 101
John J. QUIGLEY (2) Engine 202
John V. CREIGHTON, Engine 205
Joseph A. LANE, Engine 206
William H. STUMPS, Engine 208
John F. SEIBEL, Engine 208
Roderick E. RIDDLE, Engine 209
Charles M. MALONEY, Engine 220
Charles DURR, Engine 221
Joseph F.WALSH, Engine 222
John J. WALSH, (6) , Engine 226
John L. COLLINS, Engine 227
Charles D. McNAMEE, Engine 229
William M. SHEERIN, Engine 230
Edward D. LANE, Engine 231
Michael J. FALLON, Engine 232
Frank KNOPF, Engine 234
Joseph A. McNAMARA,Engine 239
Clifford C. EVANS, Engine 239
Edwin OSTERMANN, Engine 244
Henry A. FRITZ, Engine 251
Franklin H. GEORGE, Engine 252
Michael HORAN, (2) Engine 253
Charles A. JUD, Engine 256
James A. GAVIN, Engine 259
Francis E. BURGER, Engine 260
Thomas J. RED, Engine 262
Thomas P. BOWES, Jr., Engine 263
Thomas J. MEAGHER, Engine 278
Frank P. METZGER, Engine 283
Alexander STACK, Engine 280
Paul F. GRIFFARD, Engine 296
Cornelius A.SHEA, H .& L. 2
James J. WALSH (4), H. & L.
Thomas J. KEHOE, H. & L. 7
Maurice F. O'CONNOR, H. & L. 12
Ignatz ZIKA, H. & L. 13
Second to Fist Grade, Oct 2---
Max DICK, H & L 14
Edward J. SMITH (2) H & L 16
John H. FOX, H. & L. 17
Charles P. COUGHLIN, H.& L. 18
William KINGSTON, H & L 22
Frederick KRUGER, H.& L. 28
William K. PENN, H.& L. 29
Michael J. SULLIVAN, H.& L. 48
Patrick J. O'BRIEN, (2), H & L 43
William A. DAHL, H & L 79
James A. IRVING, H & L 80
Edward M. J. RISPIN, H & L 101
Harry F. GRIEBEL, H & L 110
Gerald V. CALLAHAN, H & L 116
William A. PUNZELLA, H. & L. 128
Arthur J. JONES, H & L 131
John ENGLERT, H & L 148
Second to First Grade, Oct 4, 1923---
Charles V. BLESSING, Engine 35
21 October 1923
Transfers in the Fire Dept on Tues were as follows:
Lieut. ---Henry BIEL, H & L 48 to H.& L 120
Engineers of Steamers:
Alexander J. GRAY, Eng 9 to Eng 15
Peter PLATMAN, Eng 13 to Eng 7
Joseph A.SIEFRING, Eng 14 to Eng 13
Frank MARAGLINO, Eng 36 to Eng 15
William LEAVY, Eng 42 to Eng 50
William G. QUINN, Eng 209 to Eng 30
Ambrose J.POWER, Eng 214 to Eng 279
Joseph LEONARD, Eng. 219 to Eng 203
James F. RICE, Eng. 220 to Eng. 203
Henry ASTHEIMER, Jr., Eng. 227 to Eng. 283
Frank L. NICHOLSON, Eng. 233 to Eng. 291
John J. HYNES, Eng 241 to Eng 282
John J. FLAHERTY, Eng 249 to Eng 280
Sebastian SCHIFFERDECKER, Eng 271 to Eng 291
Frederick B. BENDER, Eng 283 to Eng 277
Henry J. WAY, Eng 285 to Eng 277
Matthew M. CASEY, Eng 2 to Eng 1
Richard T. BURKE, Eng 14 to Eng 85
Joseph QUIGG, Eng 15 to Eng 272
William H.. DISTLER, Eng 16 to Eng 8
William O'SULLIVAN, Eng 18 to Eng 69
Joseph F. QUINN, Eng 28 to Eng 86
Thomas D.I. HABERLIN, Eng 30 to Eng 258
Frank GALLAGHER, Eng 33 to Eng 85
John J. DUFFY, Eng 55 to Eng 90
Thomas F. HEALEY, Eng 57 to Eng 85
Edward E. QUINN, Eng 65 to Eng 268
Michael COLLINS, Eng 69 to Eng 61
William E. PRUSH, Eng. 71 to Eng 35
William CONNOLLY, , Eng 72 to Eng 79
Michael J. WALSH, Eng 85 to Eng 57
Martin J. GLEASON, Eng 85 to Eng 30
Henry SCHLATTER, Eng 214 to Eng 294
Joseph F. FROEHLICH, Eng 216 to Eng 32
John A. FAGAN, Eng 216 to Eng 215
George F. QUIGLEY,Eng 220 to Eng 246
Howard L.HAYNES, Eng 221 to Eng 240
Joseph F. WALSH, Eng 232 to Eng 237
Adolph VOEHRINGER, Eng 235 to Eng 77
John GRAY, Eng 246 to Eng 205
Francis HASAL, Eng 268 to Eng 59
George F. LOHR, Eng 271 to Eng 237
Roy B. WILKINS, Eng 282 to Eng 249
Andrew M. POOLT, H&L 2 to H&L 31 (?21)
Frank McCORNAL, H&L 3 to H&L 40
William H. THEURER, H&L 5 to H&L 21
Michael J. SLOANE, H&L 8 to H&L 18
Benjamin PASTERNACK, H&L 9 to H&L 134
Frank ELY, H&L 11 to H&L 107
Joseph A. WINKLER, H&L 21 to H&L 144
Maurice F. O'CONNOR, H&L 12 to H&L 18
John J. SCUDELLARI, H&L 18 to H&L 16
Andrew J. GILLESPIE, H&L 36 to H&L 41
George FRITON, JR. , H&L 78 to H&L 32
Andrew HYDE, H&L 31 to Engine 161
William KINGSTON, H&L 22 to Eng 61
William BITTER, H&L 38 to Eng 63
Terence T. McGRATH, H&L 81 to Eng 52
Daniel J. MEEHAN, H&L 107 to Eng 222
Martin CREGAN, Eng 47 to H&L 49
Patrick C. NOONAN, Eng 37 to H&L 89
Thomas FORD, Eng 61 to H&L 22
Charles A. HAESELIN (?), Eng 63 to H&L 38
Florence O'SULLIVAN, Eng 158 to H&L 78
Joseph F. HUGHES, Eng 226 to H&L 105
Eugene T. FITZPATRICK, Eng 203 to Eng 227
Henry M. HEESEMAN, H&L 12 to H&L (18 ?)
Thomas GALLAGHER, Eng 1 to Eng 282
Richard T. BURROWES, Eng 10 to Eng 154
Michael J. GORMAN, (2). Engine 32 (or 82) to Eng 158
Hugo BRAUN, H&L 16 to H&L (12?)
Santa MARINO, Eng 77 to Eng 86
Henry DUFFY, Eng 77 to Eng 78
Thomas MAHONEY, Eng 78 to Eng 77
Thomas GOGARTY, Eng 86 to Eng 77
CIVILIAN FIRE CHANGES
Civilian changes in the Fire Dept, promulgated
by the Fire Commissioner on Monday, are as follows:
Process Server Peter M. FOY, Bureau of Fire
Prevention, Div of Inspection, appointed as an Asst.
Inspector of Combustibles, Bureau of Fire Prevention,
Div of Inspection, at $1560 per annum.
Asst Inspector of Combustibles John VOGELE,
Bureau of Fire Prevention, Div of Inspection, dismissed.
Telephone Operator Peter A. DUNN, Bureau of
Fire Alarm Telegraph, dismissed.
Additional leave of absence, with pay, on account
of illness, for the month of October, is granted to
Telephone Operator Charles V. CLARKE, Bureau of
Fire Alarm Telegraph.
The resignation of emergency Auto Engineman
Arthur MARSHALL, Bureau of Fire Alarm Telegraph
Provisional Asst. Inspector of Combustibles
Joseph T. SHARKEY, Bureau of Fire Prevention, Div
of Inspection, dropped from the rolls.
Provisional Inspector of Fire Prevention, Frederick
MAHNKEN, Bureau of Fire Prevention, Div of Inspection,
dropped from the rolls.
19 May 1928
Deputy Fire Chief George McALEER, whose offices are in Richardson st., is
very popular with the men in the Eastern District. Especially agreeable is
he to the fire rookies to whom he teaches the fundamentals of the job. His
kindly advice has helped many men over the rough places of the first few months.
Another chasher of the "blues" is James MULLINS, fireman of Engine Company
104, at South 2nd. st., between Bedford and Driggs aves. His interesting
personality goes a long way and he is a general favorite with the company.
Spurring the ambitious is Lieut. John DALY, of the same Company. Every
fireman who evinces an interest in his studies receives the benefit of the
long and varied experience of the lieutenant.
9 June 1928
The Uniformed Fireman's Association announces with deep regret the deaths of
the following members:
George F. KELLY Engine Company No. 280
George J. KENNEDY Hock and Ladder Com. No. 48
Antion HOLTERRACK President
16 June 1928
FIREMAN'S FEAT IN RESCUING MAN LAUDED BY CHIEF
PATRICK BARNETT Performed Human Fly Stunt in South Fourth St. Fire
In the excitement that attended the fire which destroyed the upper
portion of the four-story tenement building in South Fourth street, near
Havemeyer street, two weeks ago, the heroism of Fireman Patrick BARNETT
was in a measure forgotten.
BARNETT is attached to Hook and Ladder Company 104 in South Second
street. The company was one of the first to arrive. The flames were
shooting out of the window of the two upper stories and dense smoke put
up a heavy screen in front of the building
A gust of wind drove the smoke away and there perched on an electrice
sign, in front of the building, BARNETT saw a man about ready to drop
from the effects of the smoke.
BARNETT climbed up the front of the building in true human fly manner
and was soon along side the man. He worked him over toward a ledge and
then passes him to another fireman, who had come up a ladder that had
As BARNETT went to reach for the ladder he became exhausted from the
smoke he had inhaled and would have toppled to the ground had he not
been caught in time by another fireman. It was nearly an hour before he
felt well again. Battalion Chief James CONNOLLY says it was one of the
bravest acts he has witnessed.
FIRE DEPARTMENT BAND MADE REAL HIGH JUMP, TWO VETERANS TESTIFY
Amazement was expressed by two members of the New York Fire Department
to-day over the development of the Department Band into one of the best
municipal musical organizations in the land.
The veterans are Nicholas BRUNO, of Hook and Ladder Company 128, in Long
Island City, and Charlie BROWN, of Hook and Ladder Company 137,
Rockaway Park. BRUNO and BROWN are completing twenty years of service
in the department this month. Both are members of the band. BRUNO
plays the cornet and BROWN the horn.
"Do you remember when the band was organized?" asked Charlie.
"I sure do. It was in the summer of 1913. There were seventeen of us,
who met with Joseph J. O'REILLY in the office of The Chief." responded
"And look at it now! Who'd ever think it would have grown in the number
of members and in the efficiency to an organization second to none among
municipal bands of the country?" mused Charlie.
"And we've benn with it since the beginning," added Nick.
23 June 1928
BRAVERY MEDALS GIVEN AS DEPARTMENT TRIBUTE
"Who can say -'the bravest'! When all are brave."
The awards for Fire Department medals for acts performed in 1927 were:
James Gordon BENNETT Medal and Department Medal - Capt. James A.
WALSH, No. 1, Engine 234.
Hugh BONNER Medal and Department medal - Fireman, first grade,
Francis T.DAVIS, Hook and Ladder Co. 35
Emily TREVOR-Mary B.WARREN Medal and Department Medal - Fireman,
first grade, Gustave R. MERKER, Engine Co. 234.
The Henri W. VAN HEUKELOM Medal and Department Medal - Fire, second
grade, James CONMY, Hook and Ladder Co. 16.
Brooklyn Citizens' Medal and Department Medal - Fireman, first
grade, August V. BECK, Engine Co. 238.
Thomas E. CRIMMINS Memorial Medal and Department Medal - Fireman,
first grade, James J. SULLIVAN, Hook and Ladder Co. 1.
Henry D. BROOKMAN Medal and Department Medal - Fireman, first grade,
John J. BANNON, Hook and Ladder Co. 35.
John H. PRENTICE Medal and Department Medal - Fireman, fourth grade,
Edward J. KENNEDY, No. 2, Engine Co. 44.
Walter SCOTT Medal and Department Medal - Fireman, second grade,
Peter A. DALY, Engine Co. 44.
Department Medal - Fireman, fourth grade, John G. FLYNN, Engine Co.13.
Department Medal - Fireman, first grade, Walter J. HILLIS, Hook & Ladder Co. 1.
Department Medal - Lieut. Edward J. WALSH, Hook and Ladder Co. 10.
Department Medal - Capt. David M. LYNCH, Hook and Ladder Co. 1(deceased).
STEPHENSON Medal - Capt. Walter L. LAMB, Rescue Co. 1
Administration Medal - Assistant Chief of Department Patrick WALSH,No. 1.
For College Efficiency
The Fire College medals for the year 1927 are awarded to the officer and
men of Engine Co. 251, located at Wallabout Market, for efficiency in
drill and evolution in the fire company school.
The officers and members of Engine Company 251 are as follows:
Captain, Robert BOWE
Lieutenant, Rupert F. REED
Firemen, first grade-
William P. BRESLIN
Florence E. CROWLEY
Peter F. DENIER
William F. KAFLINE
William A LUTKINS
Frederick E. McGOVERN
Joseph F. SAROSY
Thomas J. LOUGHLIN
Joseph L. MURPHY
Stephen J. PHILLIPS
Fireman, second grade:
Lieut. William P. BERRY of Engine Company 241, 240 Bay Ridge avenue, was
given the Emily TREVOR-Mary B. WARREN Medal and the department medal for
his bravery in rescuing Richard PUGH, 17 years old, from the cellar of
7123 Fourth avenue, on Feb. 14, 1927. PUGH's clothing had been partly burned.
The fire had gained possession of a store room and passage way to the
boiler room. Lieut. BERRY, the recklass abandon, crawled on his hands
and knees searching for the youth and carried him to safety through
Groped Through Smoke To Save Trapped Child
Capt. James A. WALSH of Engine Company 231, 1472 Bergen street, awarded
the James Gordon BENNETT Medal and department medal for the heroic
performance of duty at extreme personal risk in rescue of Eileen HAND,
10 years old, from the bedroom of her home at 234 Albany avenue, Jan.
2, 1927. The child had crawled underneath the bed to escape the flame
Accompanied Captain In Albany Avenue Fire
Gustave R. MERKER, fireman first grade, of Engine Company 234, 1472
Bergen street, recipient of the Thomas A. KENNY Medal and the department
medal for the heroic performance of duty at extreme personal risk in
the rescue of Marguerite NEARY, 8 years old, from the bedroom on the
second floor of her home at 231 Albany avenue, Jan. 2, 1927. By the
time MERKER was ready to leave for the street the rooms were so filled
with smoke and so hot from fire that it required extraordinary efforts
and endurance to reach a place of safety.
Went Back for Man After Saving Boy
August V.BECK, fireman first grade, of Engine Company 238, 176 Norman
avenue, awarded the Brooklyn Citizens' Medal and department medal for
the rescue of Oscar SAMEN, 33 years old, and his son, Sidney, 5, at a
fire at 358 Hooper street, midnight of Feb. 17, 1927. Fireman BECK was
acting as chauffeur for Deputy Chief George T. McALEER. Succeeding in
reaching the fourth floor, he crawled into the apartment and in a
bedroom located the two persons. He carried the boy to the nearest
window, passing him on to members of Hook and Ladder Company 104. BECK
then returned for the elder SAMEN and, with the aid of comrades, carried
him to the street by way of the stairs.
Fireman Frank TIMMONS, of Engine Company 221, is away on his vacation,
just where, he is keeping from the other members of the company. He
says last year the boys annoyed him with their visits. This time he
wants a quiet time.
Fireman Henry SLOANE, of Enging Company 221, is some garage builder. At
least this is what the men in the company say. At present he is putting
up the finest garage in Rosedale.
7 July 1928
Sick Fireman Rescues Boys as Raft Sinks
Two Coney Island boys are recovering today from the effects of a dunking
they received in Coney Island Creek last night when their improvised raft
made from a bed spring capsized. Robert BATTERSON, 8 years old, of 2720
West Third street and Jerry VALENTINO, 10, of 2710 West Third street, Coney
Island, were rescued by Fireman James HENNESSY, of 2743 West Third street,
attached to Truck Company 161, at West Eighth street.
HENNESSY, who was on sick leave, heard the screams of the boys as the
raft sank and rushed to the creek. He dived into the shallow water and
succeeded in keeping the lads from sinking into the mud. He was assisted by
Walter CLEVELAND, 40, of 2702 West Third street, who saw he was finding
difficulty in helping both boys.
The VALENTINO boy was taken to the Coney Island Hospital. BATTERSON was
Fireman William WOLDHAVEN is missed from the quarters of Hook and Ladder
Company 108, in Greenpoint avenue. It is said that he is enjoying his
vacation in a new auto he has purchased. The men at the house say he is
seeing Long Island.
Fireman Joseph SLAMM of Hook and Ladder 108 is keeping very much to himself
these days. The men at the house say he is planning to pull off some trick
on one of the boys.
The men at Hook and Ladder Company 108 are glad to learn that their popular
lieutenant, Hugh O'HANLON, is fast regaining his health. He has been
confined to his home with an attack of grippe.
8 July 1928
Firemen Attend Funeral of William F. THOMPSON
Funeral services were held today for William F. THOMPSON, ex-Deputy Fire
Commissioner, who died Wednesday at his home, 173 Tompkins avenue.
The funeral was held from his late home, thence to St. Ambrose R.C. Church,
Tompkins and DeKalb avenues, where a solemn requiem mass was celebrated by
the Rev. Louis BLABER, pastor of the church, assisted by the Rev. James
DELANCEY, acting as deacon, and the Rev. Joseph WIEST as subdeacon.
Headed by Fire Commissioner John J. DORMAN and Deputy Commissioner
Charles W. JANNICKY, a platoon of 180 firemen attended and stood at attention
while the body was carried from the home and forming up, followed the casket
to the church. By the request of the family there was no music by the
department band. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery.
17 August 1928
FIREMAN HERO AT 'LAST CALL'
Lieut. C. A. WELLINGHAUSEN - Pneumonia Victim.
CITED FOR BRAVERY - Was Popular With Men in Department.
Lieut.: Charles A. WELLINGHAUSEN, of Hook and Ladder 107, New York Fire
Department, died yesterday after a brief illness of pneumonia at his home,
7863 Eighty-Fifth Street, Glendale.
Lieut. WELLINGHAUSEN was born in Brooklyn, a son of the late Ferdinand and
Louise ALLISON WELLINGHAUSEN. During his service with the Fire Department he
received several citations for heroic acts and was popular among the officers
and men of the department.
He was a member of the Holy Name Society of the Fire Department of the
borough of Brooklyn and Queens, the Lieutenant's Benevolent Association and
the Mutual Clerks of the New York Fire Patrol.
Lieut. WELLINGHAUSEN is survived by his widow, Katherine E. NULTY
WELLINGHAUSEN; two sisters, Mrs. Charles WATERS, and Mrs. Charles ODELL, and
two brothers Ferdinand and Christian WELLINGHAUSEN.
The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. to-morrow with a requiem mass at the R.
C. Church of St. Pancras, Glendale, by the Rev. F. ?. SEIGELASK. Interment
under direction of William DUNIGAN and Son, Rogers avenue and Montgomery
street, will be at Holy Cross Cemetery.
30 August 1928
John B. DONOVAN died Tuesday at his home, 683A Sixth street. He was a retired
lieutenant of Engine Company 246, of the New York Fire Department. He is
survived by two daughters, Mrs. J. NOLAN and Mrs. H. McBRIDE; a sister,
Elizabeth DONOVAN and five grandchildren. The funeral will be held at tomorrow,
with a reqiuem mass at the R.C. Church of St. Thomas Aquinas, Fourth avenue
and Ninth street.
5 June 1929
INQUIRY IN ROBBERY OF HOME CHARGED TO FIREMAN IS STARTED
Detective Takes Gem Theft Case-BECKER Deplores Incident
Detective GRAY of Snyder avenue station has been assigned to investigate
charges made by William WHEELER of 2121 Foster avenue, that firemen who early
today answered an alarm at the address stole jewelry valued at $1,845 from his
Fire Marshal M. J. BECKER, of the Brooklyn office, who had also been
assigned to investigate, said:
"It is deplorable that the fire department should get the black name. This
case is similar to the one on Riverside Drive, in which a thousand firemen
were implicated, but were finally exonerated."
Only twelve firemen were present, the marshal said, including two captains
and two lieutenants.
10 January 1931
U.F.A. OFFICERS TO TAKE POSTS ON WEDNESDAY
Installations Will Be Made by Fred Baer,I. A. F. F. Head
Five hundred members of the uniformed fire force will gather in Mecca
Temple in West Fifty-sixth street, Manhattan on Wednesday morning to witness
the installation of newly-elected officers of the Uniformed Firemen's
Association. President Fred BAER,of the International Association of Fire
Fighters, with which the firemen of New York City are affilliated, will
officiate at the ceremonies.
The officers to be installed are as follows;
President,Vincent J.KANE of Engine Company 276.
Vice-president, Fred H.BOETTJER of Engine Company 73,the Bronx.
Financial and recording secretary, Abraham ROSENBERG of Engine Company 263.
Treasurer, Edwin S.HOYSRADT of Hook and Ladder Company 43, Manhattan.
Sergeant-at-arms, William O'KEEFE of Engine Company 54,Manhattan.
William MOONEY of Engine Company 61, the Bronx, chairman of the board of trustees.
Edward J.LEONARD, Hook and Ladder Company 20, trustee for Manhattan.
Francis J.L.McGOVERN,Engine Company 247, trustee for Brooklyn.
Thomas J.BLANEY,Hook and Ladder Company 129, trustee for Queens.
John F.McMANUS, of Hook and Ladder Company 78, trustee for Richmond.
30 March 1931
G. F. HARRIGAN, RETIRED FIRE CHIEF IS DEAD
For 20 Years Battalion Head of Erie Basin District
George F. HARRIGAN, a retired battalion chief of the New York Fire Department
died yesterday at his home, 8018 Fort Hamilton parkway, in his sixtieth year.
He is survived by his widow, Lillian A. HART HARRIGAN, and two sons, George
J. and Hubert H., and two daughters, Marge and Lillian HARRIGAN.
The funeral will be held at 9:30 A. M. Wednesday from his late home, with
requiem mass at the Church of St. Anselm, Fourth avenue and Eighty-second
street. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Chief HARRIGAN joined the Fire Department in 1890 and retired in 1918 after
twenty-eight years of active service. He was battalion chief of the Third
Battalion, Manhattan, at the time of his retirement. He was formerly for
nearly twenty years acting battalion chief of the Thirty-second Battalion, in
Brooklyn which comprised the Erie Basin section of Brooklyn.
24 April 1931
BORO FIREMEN WILL RECEIVE VALOR MEDALS
Dorman Announces Board of Merits' Choice From Hundreds of Acts
Mayor WALKER in June will present medals to ten firemen chosen
as deserving Fire Department awards for acts of bravery culled from
hundreds of instances reviewed by the Board of Merit, according to
announcement from Fire Commissioner John J. DORMAN, made public
Each medal award for valor carries with it an official citation
which gives each recipient credits in any civil service examination
Deputy Fire Commissioner Joseph M. HANNON, chairman of the Merit
Board, announced that fourteen additional medals will be given to
the members of Engine Company 277, 582 Knickerbocker avenue, for
performing nineteen evolutions in the company school in eleven
minutes and twenty-seven seconds, the fastest time made in
competition last year. Captain Charles R. SCHOTT commands the
The STEPHENSON medal, awarded for maintaining the best
disciplined company during the last year, has been given to Captain
Frank P. MORAN, of Engine Company 217, 940 Dekalb avenue. Captain
MORAN lives at 822 Putnam avenue.
Brooklyn and Queens men to receive the valor medals are included
in the following:
Captain Albert B. CARLSON, of 1792 East Thirty-fourth street,
commanding officer of Engine Company 66, the fireboat William L.
STRONG, for his bravery in rescuing Marilyn MILLER, four months old,
from a fire in her home at 411 Fortieth street, on December 22.
Captain CARLSON was off duty at the time. The baby died later, and
Captain CARLSON was burned severely.
Richard A. HILL, of 87-82 Parsons boulevard, Queens, for his
rescue of Frank QUINN, at a tenement fire at 188 East Seventy-third
street, Manhattan, on June 20. Hill found Quinn unconscious in bed
and carried him to the street with the help of George J. FALLON, of
Engine Company 22. HILL was burned severely.
Captain Louis S.J. MORAN, of 3163 Thirty-third street, Long
Island City, of Hook and Ladder Company 16, for his rescue of Mrs.
Edward DALY and Philip O'BRIEN at the same fire where HILL made his
VAN HEUKELOM MEDAL
Captain William J. HEAD, acting chief of the Fifth Battalion,
for his heroism in searching for a man at a fire in a Manhattan
warehouse at 415 Washington street on June 20. Captain HEAD was
told that a man was lost in the building and entered to look for
him, although the wall of the warehouse was ready to collapse. When
it fell, Captain HEAD escaped death by inches. The man, it
developed, had been rescued earlier.
Edward CRONIN, Jr., of Rescue Company 1, for rescuing Dennis
WHOOLEY, trapped in the ruins of the same warehouse where Captain
HEAD displayed his courage. CRONIN was lowered on a rope into the
interior of the building and pulled WHOOLEY to safety.
Captain Thomas NEWMAN, of 586 Lincoln place, Hook and Ladder
Company 8, for assisting CRONIN in rescuing WHOOLEY.
BROOKLYN CITIZEN'S MEDAL
Frank R. MAGAN, of 74-39 Ninety-third avenue, Woodhaven, of Hook
and Ladder Company 120, for his rescue of Walter HODGE, six years
old, and Dolly, his infant sister, in a fire on the third floor of
277 Watkins street, on March 17. MAGAN collapsed after surrendering
the children to other firemen and was taken to a hospital
7 May 1931
FIREMAN HURT SAVING BOY, TWO TENANTS INJURED IN APARTMENT HOUSE BLAZE
Dog Loses Life in Smoke-Filled Building
Three persons were injured, a boy was rescued with an aerial ladder
after dangling in mid-air three stories above the street and a small dog
lost his life when fire swept the rear of a three-story brick apartment
house at 541 Pacific street early to-day.
Patrolman James MALONEY, of Bergen street station, discovered the fire
shortly after 4 A.M. and sounded the alarm, after Henry SMITH, 40, manager
of the house who lives in the basement, had extinguished a smouldering pile
of kindling in the cellar and returned to bed four hours earlier. MALONEY,
seeing flames in the rear of the building and smelling smoke, roused all the
occupants who were not awake, and shouted to several hysterical occupants on
the second and third floors to wait for aid from the Fire Department. He
assisted several tenants on the first floor to the street.
On the top floor, John WHEELER, 14, who lives with his brother, Walter,
29, became hysterical, and climbed out the window to jump, until his brother
held him. Fireman Francis J. DOWLING of Hook and Ladder 105 climbed a
ladder and grabbed the younger WHEELER, but at the moment he did, the ladder
turned slightly and he was pinned against the wall of the building. He was
treated for a wrenched left shoulder, and was able to remain on duty, after
effecting the rescue.
In the meantime, the older WHEELER, Edward JOHNSON, 33, and Charles H.
JOHNSON, 36, both of whom live on the second floor, descended ladders to the
street, as did the family of Benjamin BURKE, second floor tenant. BURKE and
SMITH, manager of of the building, who cut himself breaking glass to get out
of the burning celler, were treated by a doctor from Holy Family Hospital
for cuts, bruises and smoke poisoning and then taken to the hospital.
Smoke from the fire was carried over to adjacent buildings and routed
out several tenants. The stairway in the house was completely demolished,
and smoke damaged several of the rooms. The fire was attributed to a
burning rubbish heap in the basement. The damage was about $10,000.
30 May 1931
CHIEF KENLON ACCUSED IN SUIT BY SON'S WIFE
She Describes Attack-Charges Cruelty by Husband, Asks Alimony
Violent love-making on the part of John KENLON, 71, former chief of the New
York Fire Department, with his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Lillian Elizabeth KENLON,
27, is described in an affidavit filed today in Manhattan Supreme Court. Mrs.
KENLON's suit is for separation and alimony of $1,000 a month, with counsel
fees of $10,000, against Edward t. KENLON, wealthy corporation head, with whom
she has not lived for the past two years.
The love-making, Mrs. KENLON swears, occurred four years ago a short distance
from the elder KENLON's home at Englewood Cliffs, N. J., where she and her
husband had been visiting. And although she protested to her husband, the
younger KENLON "remained calm and unperturbed," although her husband and others
found her in a fainting, hysterical condition, she further alleges.
Fire Chief KENLON resigned from the department in March after a brilliant
career as a fire fighter. He and his son have been associated in several
businesses, the younger man being president of Edwin T. KENLON, Inc., of 401 West
Fifty-ninth street, Manhattan, and connected with the Kenlon Mischele Company, the
Stokes Coal Company, the Interurban Petroleum Company and other concerns.
Married in June, 1922, Mrs. KENLON, through her counsel, Kevie FRANKEL of 152
West Forty-second street, declares the attack upon her in the spring of 1927,
climaxed a series of abuses and humiliations from her husband and his family.
Describing the particular episode she said her car had broken down a short
distance from the KENLON home, and while her husband and several others started
up the road to see what could be done about it, the elder KENLON, a safe
distance from the house, put his arms about her and started to kiss her. This
affection, she says, was more enthusiastic than filial, and she objected.
"Suddenly," she adds, "he actually assaulted me by grappling with me. I was
fighting him desperately and screaming for help. He changed his tactics by
trying to throw me to the ground in pulling at my dress...He began to strike and
"Mr. KENLON had completely lost his senses and was acting like a madman,
which added to my extreme horror and terror. My screams attracted the attention of
my husband and the others and they came running."
Mrs. KENLON says she was found in a fainting condition, unnerved and
hysterical. her husband, she adds, did not utter a word of reproach, took her to her
mother's home and refused to listen to her.
CALLED NAMES, SHE SAYS
Reconciliation's followed, Mrs. KENLON declares, but these were broken up. On
one occasion, she asserts the former chief referred to her as his son's
mistress, while the elder Mrs. KENLON called her a "dirty bum."
Mrs. KENLON's affidavit described in detail the times her husband tried to
kill her. Stories of all night carousing and a stay in the hospital, when she
was thrown from a taxicab are realistically told.
Finally, she decided she could stand it no longer and got her husband to
agree to pay her $400 a month. But she insists, he has broken the agreement, which
is her reason for bringing the suit for alimony.
12 June 1931
FIREMEN GET VALOR MEDALS FROM WALKER
City Hall plaza was bright to-day with an array of new fire
apparatus in front of which several companies of firemen
were drawn up to witness the ceremony of the bestowal of
medals for heroism by Mayor WALKER on twelve members
of the uniformed force of the department.
With the Mayor were Fire Commissioner DORMAN and
Deputy Fire Commissioners HANLON and KENNY.
The medal winners are:
Capt.Albert B.CARLSON, 1792 E. 34th street,
''the James Bennett medal''
Fireman Richard A.HILL, of 87-82 Parsons blvd, Jamaica,
''the Hugh Bonner medal''
Capt. Louis S.J.MORAN,of 3163 34th street,Long Island City,
''the Trevor-Warren medal''.
Capt.William J.HEAD,of 80 W 102nd street,
''the V.Henri Huckelom medal''.
Lieut.Thomas A.McCOY, of 1105 White Plains ave, the Bronx,
''the Henry D.Brookman medal''.
Fireman James J.STEAKEM, of 251 E. 235th street, the Bronx,
''the John H.Prentice medal''.
Fireman Bela J.VARGA,of 1322 Pugsley avenue, the Bronx,
''the Walter Scott medal''.
Fireman Frank R.MAGAN, of 74-39 93rd ave, Woodhaven, Queens
''the Brooklyn Citizen's medal''.
Capt Frank P.MORAN, of 822 Putnam avenue,
''the Stephenson medal for discipline''.
The Fire College efficiency medals go to the members of
Engine Co.277 at No.582 Knickerbocker avenue, Brooklyn,
for having performed nineteen evolutions in the company
school in eleven minutes and twenty seconds- the fastest
time made in competition last year. The members of the
The administration medal goes to Battalion Chief Michael CONWAY,
of 635 Tompkins ave,Richmond, S.I., for co-ordinating the works
of the cashier's office of the Bureau of Fire Prevention and for
facilitating the inspection work as between the fire prevention
inspectors and the regular city firemen who act as company
2 August 1934
JOHN A. SLOWEY, FIRE CHIEF, DIES, GASSED AT BLAZE
40th Battalion Head Collapsed while on Sick Leave - Rites tomorrow
Battalion Fire Chief John Ambrose SLOWEY died suddenly last night at his
home, 1754 W. 7th St. as a direct result of being gassed at a fire last
Friday at 7th Ave. and 53rd St. He was 57.
Chief Slowey, a member of the NY Fire Department for 33 years, had commanded
the 40th Battalion in Brooklyn for several years.
Following his gassing at last Friday's fire, he was removed to the
Israel-Zion Hospital and permitted to go home after treatment. He suddenly
collapsed while on sick leave and died without regaining consciousness.
The funeral is to be held from Sts. Simon and Jude R.C. Church, Avenue T and
VanSicklen St. at 10 am tomorrow.
Born in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, in 1876, he joined the NY Fire
Department on June 8, 1901, as a member of Hook and Ladder 3 in Manhattan. He
moved up through the ranks rapidly, being made a lieutenant on Jan. 1, 1910,
and a captain on Dec. 23, 1913. He had been a battalion chief since June 22,
At the time of the Wall St. explosion he was one of the first on the scene,
and at the time of the big fire on Park Ave. in 1906 he was credited with
saving a number of lives. One of those he rescued was Mrs. FORSTER, known as
the "Tombs Angel" because of her many kindnesses to prisoners.
In 1921 he received his 20 years service badge. At that time he was connected
with Engine Company No 6 on Liberty St.
Surviving are the widow, the former Mary DUFFY, and six daughters. They are
Mrs. Mary DANBY, Mrs. Joseph SYKES, and the Misses Kathryn, Rose, Margaret
and Virginia SLOWEY
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Nacy E Lutz
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