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(CNN)The New York Police Department said it has lost another member to Covid-19, bringing the total number of virus-related NYPD deaths to 29.

"I'm saddened to announce the passing of another beloved member of our NYPD family, Traffic Enforcement Agent Jason Lewis, who died yesterday of complications from #COVID19," NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea tweeted on Sunday. 


A young off-duty city EMT who had just started his career with the FDNY took his own life with a gun that belonged to his retired NYPD cop father, authorities and sources said Saturday.

John Mondello, 23, was found dead by the shoreline off Shore Blvd. in Astoria, just a few paces from Astoria Park, about 6:45 p.m. Friday. He died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, police said.


|OCT 27, 2019 |5:10 PM

Police responded to bomb threats at all five of the Fire Department’s EMS stations in Manhattan on Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

The threats, which were made about 3:30 p.m., led to brief evacuations of some of the Manhattan EMS stations. Police also responded to a similar threat at another EMS station in the Bronx, sources said.

“There are no injuries, and as individual sites are investigated, the threats at each one have been unfounded,” FDNY spokesman James Long said.

Police and fire marshals cleared all of the EMS stations by 5:45 p.m.. Fire Marshals are investigating the source of the calls, officials said.


The five Manhattan stations are Station 4 by the South St. Seaport, Station 7 on W. 23rd St. near 10th Ave., Station 8 at Bellevue Hospital, Station 10 on FDR Drive near E. 98th St., and Station 13 on W. 172nd St. near Amsterdam Ave.

An NYPD spokesman confirmed Sunday that police were probing the threats.

Oren Barzilay, president of FDNY EMS Local 2507, called the threats a “reckless act” that endangered the members of his union, first responders and the public.

“It was a waste of resources that could have gone toward real medical and police emergencies in city,” he said. “We know these threats shouldn’t be taken lightly, and we’re glad this was nothing more serious.”

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Outside of Ladder Company 135 in Glendale, a small memorial is growing to commemorate the life of Firefighter Matthew McDevitt.

At Our Lady of Grace Church in Howard Beach, the living memorial, all of the people touched by his life, stretched for more than a block for hours Friday at his wake.

"You knew what kind of guy Matt was as soon as he walked through the firehouse doors. He had that larger-than-life personality, and that spirit and energy about him, that you just gravitate towards," said FDNY Captain Rich Blasi.

Energy that even cancer couldn't slow down. McDevitt battled NUT Midline Carcinoma, a rare and aggressive cancer that started in his nasal passages. He went through multiple rounds of chemotherapy and radiation throughout his two-year battle.

"He fought it with a smile on his face for years. He went through some of the hardest challenges a man could go through, some of the hardest hardships that someone could face. And not once did he falter or complain," said Blasi.

But it was battle he would not fight alone. His wife, Jackie, started a social media campaign, #McDevittStrong. McDevitt's treatments left him unable to work out, so they encouraged others to dedicate their workouts to him. It attracted attention from celebrities, including Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

"Matt, thank you for being an inspiration to me and everyone out there watching. Go, first responders," Johnson said in a video message to the firefighter.

McDevitt was a Queens-native. He grew up in Howard Beach and attended Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School, where he was a baseball star. He went on to pitch for the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) in college.

"A good teammate, a real good player, and I think he always had his teammates first," said Nick Melito, McDevitt's baseball coach at McClancy.

McDevitt leaves behind two children. The youngest is just three months old. In an Instagram post, his wife Jackie promised: "They will always be reminded of the hero you are and the love you had for them. As for the awful cancer that took you from us, I will make it my life's mission to find a cure.”

McDevitt was 32 years old.

His funeral is set to be held Saturday at 10 a.m.

Uniformed Firefighters Association President Gerard Fitzgerald said in a statement, "Although Matt succumbed to this terrible disease, his service to this city, his dedication to his family, and the strength he showed while battling cancer will continue to inspire us all."

"Usually, being a firefighter took precedence. But last summer, according to his father, Firefighter Slutman began traveling overseas to train for deployment in Afghanistan. He arrived there in the fall."


Christopher Slutman, who was a staff sergeant in the Marines, was also a decorated 15-year veteran of the New York City Fire Department.

About once a month, Christopher A. Slutman, a New York City firefighter, exchanged his regular department uniform for the fatigues of the United States Marine Corps reserves. He had a double career — firefighter and military man — following in his father’s footsteps.

Usually, being a firefighter took precedence. But last summer, according to his father, Firefighter Slutman began traveling overseas to train for deployment in Afghanistan. He arrived there in the fall.

He was scheduled to return home to his wife and three children by the end of April, his father, Fletcher Slutman, said in an interview on Tuesday. Instead, on Monday at about 8:30 p.m., two Marines in brown uniforms arrived on Mr. Slutman’s doorstep in York, Pa. 

“Would you like to invite your wife in?” one asked him, after they had settled around the kitchen table. Mr. Slutman shook his head no. The Marine shook his head yes.

Mr. Slutman was told that his son was one of three Marines killed on Monday in Afghanistan when a roadside bomb exploded near their military convoy. An Afghan contractor and several civilians were injured. 

The death of Firefighter Slutman, 43, highlighted a tradition of firefighters serving dual roles in the military. Currently, 73 New York Fire Department personnel are on extended military orders in branches of the United States Armed Forces, serving around the world. The department said 1,425 of its members are military reservists or veterans.

A 15-year veteran in the New York City Fire Department, Firefighter Slutman served at Ladder Company 27 in the South Bronx before his most recent deployment, and had won a Fire Chief’s Association Memorial Medal in 2014 for rescuing a woman from a burning apartment. 

On Tuesday, he was remembered by mayor Bill DeBlasio as an “American hero, a New York hero.”

His friends said they knew other firefighters who, like Mr. Slutman, felt the need to serve more, particularly after Sept. 11.

“Our job already is pretty dangerous, so for anybody to take on kind of a second career that would be as dangerous, or even more, is slightly mind-boggling,” said Michael Seilhamer, who said he worked with Mr. Slutman as a volunteer firefighter in Maryland and rented a beach house with him in Delaware for years.

“But that’s the kind of person Chris was,” he said. “He didn’t shy away from anything like that.”

Firefighter Slutman is survived by his wife, Shannon, and three daughters — McKenna, Kenley and Weslynn — who live in Delaware. Firefighter Slutman stayed in New York when he had his shifts, and returned to his family during his off days, according to his father. He also volunteered as a firefighter at the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department in Prince George’s County, Md., near where he grew up.

Oleg Pelekhaty, a chief of the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, said in a statement that Firefigher Slutman had joined his department in February 2000 and had risen to the rank of captain.

“Through this trying time, we will remember Chris for the father, husband, brother, son, and friend that he was, the moral character he displayed daily, and the courage and conviction to serve his fellow Americans, both at home and abroad,” Chief Pelekhaty wrote on Facebook.

Matthew Lund, who met Firefighter Slutman 19 years ago at the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, remembered him as “a real stand up guy, a very positive influence on everyone and really funny.”

“He had a big heart and was an excellent fireman,” Mr. Lund said.

American military officials said Firefigther Slutman and the two other Marines killed on Monday had been in a convoy near Bagram Air Base, north of Kabul, when it was struck by the roadside bomb. A United States military official told The Times that the Taliban was believed to be behind the attack. The fallen service members had not yet been publicly identified, in accordance with Department of Defense policy.

At the Engine 46, Ladder 27 firehouse on Washington Avenue and the Cross Bronx Expressway in the Claremont section of the Bronx on Tuesday, an American flag waved at half-staff under a gray sky.

The building’s main door was emblazoned with a painted yellow train and a graffitied city backdrop, with Cross Bronx Express written across a ribbon above it.

At around 5 p.m., firefighters, dressed in yellow and black jackets, spilled out of the firehouse doors. About 50 stood in front of the building, while another group of visiting firefighters stood to the side in lined formation.

Three firefighters in full gear, who had been raised in the bucket of a fire engine, hung a banner in Firefighter Slutman’s honor on the top of the front of the firehouse. A bright red Marine Corps flag waved just behind them from the corner of the bucket.

This was followed by a moment of silence, and then six bagpipers played “Amazing Grace.”

“He was the epitome of a Marine, squared away,” said Bobby Eustace, the recording secretary of the Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York. “He was your A-plus student of the firehouse and super efficient. Even his uniform was immaculate when he came to work. He had every skill mastered and was just truly efficient. If you needed a job done, he would get it done.”

By Sharon Otterman
    Derek Norman contributed reporting and Susan Beachy contributed research

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     The NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of New York City’s greatest traditions. The first parade was on March 17, 1762 — fourteen years before the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence. The first NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade was comprised of a band of homesick, Irish ex-patriots and Irish military members serving with the British Army stationed in the colonies in New York. This was a time when the wearing of green was a sign of Irish pride but was banned in Ireland. In that 1762 parade, participants reveled in the freedom to speak Irish, wear green, sing Irish songs and play the pipes to Irish tunes that were meaningful to the Irish immigrants of that time.

     The Parade starts at 44th Street at 11am and proceeds up 5th avenue to 79th Street. It is reviewed from the steps of St. Patrick’s Cathedral by the Archbishop of New York.  Since it began, this tradition of marching past St. Patrick’s Cathedral has remained unchanged with the exception of the address. In the early years, the Parade would march past the Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral (now Basilica) located at the corner of Mott and Prince Streets in SoHo.

Those calm, collected disembodied voices on the other end of 911 calls are about to be heard — and honored.

The FDNY will be honoring 72 fire and Emergency Medical Service dispatchers during a special ceremony at department headquarters in downtown Brooklyn on Thursday, giving out awards to scores of first responders who are, truly, the first to respond.


NEW YORK (WABC) -- A retired FDNY firefighter has died from cancer linked to his time at Ground Zero.

John Elges was cited three times for bravery during his 24 years as a New York City firefighter before he retired in 2009.

A wake will be held Thursday and Friday, followed by a funeral Saturday at St. Ignatius Martyr Church in Long Beach.

More than 180 members of the FDNY have died of 9/11-related illnesses.

By Matthew Chayes  @chayesmatthew
Updated March 23, 2018 11:52 AMPRINT 

An FDNY firefighter from Floral Park died after battling a Harlem blaze Thursday night on the set of a film starring the actor Edward Norton, officials said.

Michael Davidson, 37, of Engine Co. 69, had been with the FDNY for 15 years and is from a family of firefighters, Commissioner Daniel Nigro said. His father is retired and had worked at the same Harlem firehouse; his brother works in the Bronx.

Davidson is survived by his wife, Eileen, and four young children — three daughters ages 7, 3 and 1 and a son, age 6, according to the FDNY.



City firefighter Thomas Phelan, an unsung hero of 9/11 who evacuated hundreds of people from Lower Manhattan while working as a ferry captain, has died.

He was 45.

Phelan died Friday of cancer. His illness was believed to be related to his exposure to the toxic fumes swirling around Ground Zero, officials and friends said.

He went on to join the FDNY in May 2003. 


The department has deployed extra counterterror personnel to Times Square and other prominent areas of the city after Sunday’s shooting at an outdoor country music festival left at least 59 dead and more than 500 others injured, making it the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

“It’s one of the perils of living in an open, free democratic society,” Police Commissioner James O’Neill said Monday at a training conference for domestic violence officers. “Here in New York City, we’re monitoring the investigation and have deployed personnel to strategic locations at an abundance of caution.”

This is all a precautionary measure as there is no known direct threat to New York City, O’Neill said, but the department will maintain this vigilance “as we move further into the fall, the winter and the holiday season,” he added.

One of the strategic locales New Yorkers can expect to see an increased police presence will be Yankee Stadium, where tens of thousands are expected to be in attendance Tuesday night when the Yankees face the Minnesota Twins for the American League Wild Card elimination game.

Extra security is already on patrol in Times Square, which is visited by roughly 50,000 people on a daily basis.

Amid the devastation on Puerto Rico, islanders are still able to give New York’s Task Force 1 a warm welcome.

The 27-strong urban search and rescue team — made up of FDNY and NYPD first responders — has been criss-crossing the commonwealth for more than a week searching for survivors and those in need of evacuation.

With each step of the way, they’re greeted with big smiles and thumbs up from locals as they see the words “New York” on the team’s t-shirts, FDNY Capt. Liam Flaherty said.


“It’s wonderful to see the resilience of the pople, their spirits are great. As soon as they see we’re from New York, the smiles come out,” Flaherty said.

“We’ve met dozens who have lived in the Bronx or Brooklyn or have family in the city, it’s pretty nice to see their reactions when we are out and about,” said the captain of Rescue 2 in Brooklyn.

“Given the ties between Puerto Rico and New York, it’s really meaningful for us to be down here helping them out.”

Flaherty and others members of Task Force 1 spent several days this week in the town of Utuado, where a washed out road and bridge made it impossible for locals to evacuate or search for food and clean drinking water.

Since then, they’ve moved farther west, into Moca and Rincon, to survey every single town.

“The west didn’t get hit quite as hard, given the storm’s trajectory,” Flaherty said.

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But the western areas are suffering just as much, because they’ve gone without supplies the longest, he added.

“The power is out everywhere, and a lot of the supplies are coming in east to west, so it’s taking a little longer to get here. They are in need of water, more than anything,” he said.

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This lucky rescue pooch has gone from a crackhouse to a firehouse.

A Lower East Side FDNY station nicknamed “Fort Pitt” has adopted an adorable pit bull named Ashley — “Ash” for short — who was saved from a Staten Island crack den by a nonprofit animal group.

The Bravest of Engine 15/Ladder 18 on Pitt Street brought home their new four-legged probie last month, and according to photos from the dog’s Instagram account, she is adjusting to her new life just swell.

The 1-year-old pup’s Instagram account, @probyash, which is maintained by the firehouse, shows the pooch hanging out in the Lower East Side firehouse’s kitchen, riding in the fire truck and hanging out with her new family.

“From the crackhouse to the firehouse. Life is good,” her bio on the social media site reads.

The pooch can be seen posing in front of a fire truck in one photo along with the humorous caption: “Reporting for doodie… ready to ride…I got the woof! (Roof).”


Ash was the group No More Pain Rescue’s first saved dog of the year, according to its Instagram page.

When the group picked up the dog Jan. 9, she was “filthy,” “extremely malnourished” and about 25 pounds underweight with cigarette burns on her head, Erica Mahnken, the co-founder of No More Pain Rescue, told The Post on Monday.

“Despite all that, Ash was so happy to see us,” said Mahnken.

Mahnken said her fiancé had gotten a tip that junkies and crackheads who were living in an abandoned house on Staten Island had picked up and left last month, leaving the pup behind with no food or water.

“When we got the phone call that the people had been gone for at least two days, we ran and got Ash,” Mahnken said.

Mahnken said she and her fiancé have a few friends at the LES firehouse and knew they were looking to adopt a pup, so she contacted them right away.

Ash spent her first night away from the crackhouse at the firehouse.

“The minute we walked her through those doors, we knew that’s where she was meant to be,” Mahnken said. “Every single Fort Pitt firefighter instantly fell in love with her and she fell even more in love with them.”

The firehouse officially adopted Ash on Jan. 12 and she has gained a substantial amount of weight since her adoption.

“She’s such a happy girl and now weighs about 50 pounds!” Mahnken said. “I couldn’t have picked a better home for our sweet girl and I can’t thank the FDNY enough for allowing Ash to join New York’s Bravest.”


KIPS BAY, Manhattan — Two dogs were killed and a firefighter injured in a fast-moving fire in Kips Bay Monday evening.

The fire broke out around 5:30 p.m., in a three-story building located at 122 Lexington Ave.  It quickly grew to a second-alarm fire.

Flames could be seen shooting from the roof into the sky over Kips Bay.

In a video uploaded to Periscope, debris could be seen falling from the burning roof.

By 6:20 p.m., firefighters had contained the blaze.

Sources say one firefighter was injured and two dogs were killed.

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Five injured in blaze on top floor of Brooklyn housing project building 

By Graham Rayan New York Daily News

A raging fire in a Brooklyn housing project injured five people early Wednesday, officials said.

The blaze broke out on the top floor of the 13-story building in the Howard Houses on Mother Gaston Blvd. near E. New York Ave. in Brownsville about 8:40 a.m., officials said.

FDNY officials could not immediately say how badly hurt the victims were.

Home health aide Stacey Atwater said a man suffering from smoke inhalation stumbled from the 13th floor down to the 12th and collapsed in front of the door to the apartment where she cares for an 88-year-old woman.

“It’s pretty bad,” she told the Daily News. “He was laying in front of the doorway and they took him to the hospital. It smells of smoke real bad.”

Atwater said firefighters told her the blaze may have been caused by a pot left on a stove.

As water sprayed by firefighters and smoke poured down from the 13th floor, firefighters told Atwater to stay in the apartment and open the windows, she said.

“It’s pretty crazy, but you still gotta come here and work,” she said.



Fort Drum Soliders are training to respond to terror attacks in New York CityBy Meghann Myers Photo Credit: Defense Department

If someone leaves a radioactive device in the New York subway, active Army soldiers could be called in to help. 

Since May, the Fort Drum, New York-based 59th Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Company has been on call and training to respond to terror attacks with first responders in the country's most populated city. The unit is the first active Army CBRN unit to train in New York City with the city's fire department. 

"Biggest training objective [is] to fall in on the New York Fire Department’s plan," company commander Capt. Derek Burke told Army Times in an interview. "Arriving to the site when it’s already operating, integrating with the fire department’s command structure, then taking over the full operation of the site and operating it." 

The soldiers wouldn't be the first on scene, but if local resources became overwhelmed, the unit would be put on a 48-hour recall to pack up and drive the six hours down to the city to help with mass casualty and decontamination procedures, for example. 

The company is spending a year as part of the Defense Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High-Yield Explosive Response Force mission, Burke said, a initiative under U.S. Northern Command. 

As part of that mission, they first went to NYC to simulate an incident in a real subway station. 

"The mission back in May was a reconnaissance mission down in the subway system, which was effective," Burke said. "They had a radioactive device down in the subway that someone had planted, and we went in and mitigated and took samples of stuff and evacuated the thing.” 

The two organizations linked up again for a week in late November and early December to build on that experience, training in the FDNY's subway and clandestine lab simulators. 

"The subway simulator itself has the ability to pump smoke, [make a] screaming casualty sound, so it really makes the environment pretty stressful for the soldier," Burke said. 

The soldiers got to see several kinds of staged labs, including a meth lab and chemical or biological weapon processing labs, and run a response scenario. 

"The lab itself, they knew there was some sort of lab in there, and we had to go in and identify what type of labs were set up there and what the possible products were," said 1st Lt. Brittney Wudstrack, a platoon leader in the 59th CBRN Company.  

The soldiers also practiced decontamination scenarios, as they are primarily focused on responding to a radioactive threat. 

"There’s a lot of radiation sources out there, and if they can get their hands on enough of it and just disperse it, some kind of explosion could happen," Burke said. "That’s probably the biggest way to cause as much damage as possible." 

The soldiers were also given a bigger picture perspective of the kinds of scenarios they would respond to as part of the task force. 

"The fire department was also able to give the whole platoon a hands-on tour of the city," Burke said. "They got to go around and see Times Square, the Marriott Marquis, Wall Street, Grand Central Station -- a few other places where the fire department feels that if something were to happen, it may be around these locations."

Our Story:

In March of 1991, my family opened a small 300 square foot shop called New York Firefighter’s Friend. It offered a varied selection of “Firematic” products to the members of the New York Fire Department that came to its Medical Center a few doors away on Lafayette Street. But it soon became apparent that in addition to the interest of "New York's Bravest” other firefighters from around the globe, firefighter family members, “Buffs”, locals and tourists also had an interest in all things Fire. The store, which had quickly became a favorite destination for people visiting the city, became known simply as the “Fire Store”.

Over the next 10 years the store doubled in size and broadened it’s range of products. The shop was featured in newspapers, magazines, and on television. In short, the still small store had become an NYC Institution.

Though not necessarily directly connected Fire-fashions began to be seen on the streets, on TV shows, on recording stars, and were echoed in subsequent lines of work-style fashion produced by some of the world's top designers.

However our greatest enjoyment came from having groups of firefighters from different cities and different countries meeting in the shop, exchanging stories, exchanging patches, and sometimes even the shirts off their backs.

In 1997 my wife and I opened New York 911 right next door to the Firestore. Long overdue, this shop paid tribute to members of the NYPD, New York’s Finest.

The tragic events of September 11th, 2001 changed everything, even beyond the painful loss of friends, and faces known for a decade. The mood of the stores transitioned from a light, upbeat, atmosphere of celebration, to one of somber tribute. People lined up at the door because they were hurt and grieving, desperate to share their sorrow with others feeling the same loss and vulnerability. They needed to pull on a shirt or cap that showed our Heroes they were loved. We grieved with them for all our lost friends, family and innocence.

In the months that followed, we had the honor of meeting thousands of incredible people from all over the world that traveled to New York to help with the rescue, recovery, and finally to attend the hundreds of memorials and funerals. As a thank you, we gave all members of service, Fire, Police, EMS, FEMA, Red Cross, and a wide variety of federal agencies, 25% off their purchases in our shop. In addition, through their (and many of your) purchases at the Firestore, and New York 911, we were able to donate over a quarter of a million dollars to various causes that directly benefited our members of service and their families.

While no one will ever forget the devastating events, nor the tragic losses of 9/11, the atmosphere in the stores are nearly back to normal. People are smiling again, not gazing off into the distance. People are laughing again, not breaking down in tears. Recently in our shop, a group of firefighters from Austin, Texas met a group of firefighters from Paris, France. After exchanging some small talk, they all left together to eat at a local restaurant. These kinds of encounters are what make the Firestore special.

In hopes of keeping the stores viable, in March 2006, 15 years after we first opened our doors, we relocated the shops. Our new space at 17 Greenwich Avenue is in the heart of historic Greenwich Village. The new, larger, more comfortable space will give us the opportunity to bring in new products, and display them in an inviting environment. Now both our fire and police product are available in one space With any luck, we will have police officers and firefighters exchanging patches and stories for another 15 years.


June 14th, 2015

Dear Firestore Friends and Customers,

It is with great sadness that we announce the closing of our Shop after over 24 years.  Effective Sunday,  June 14th.  While the closing was a sudden development, the end for the Shop really came five years ago when they closed St. Vincent's Hospital.  This pulled several thousand people out of the area each day. For the past five years we have been dying a slow death, borrowing from here to pay there, depleting our savings, selling our home, trying to find a level where the math worked, but each year the target moved a little further away. This year we were finally done in by construction all around the shop, road closures, and the final blow--the building was wrapped in scaffolding two months ago. A perfect storm for retail failure.

It's been over 24 years, but I can remember so vividly the guys from L20, and other units visiting the old FDNY Medical Center on Lafayette asking "what's all this?" when we opened "New York Firefighter's Friend" in March of 1991. They seemed surprised that anyone would open a "Fire Store"...they knew about "Cop Shops", but a "Fire Store"?

It was the very definition of a local "Mom & Pop" store. The entire space was maybe 250 Sq Ft.. I built much of the shelving and storage from scratch, and my mother and father (Ellie & Nate) were there most days for the next 12 years. My sister (Talia) and I would work when it was busy or the parents needed time off. A year or so later we expanded next door. And in 1997 we opened our own "Cop Shop" next door to that called "New York 911". 

15 years at Lafayette St. and now 9+ on Greenwich has been an honor for my family to be a small part of the 1st Responder Community.

Now, what I opened with my parents and sister, and where many other friends and family have worked, I close with my wife and son....3 generations have worked the store.

Our very last customer was a family with a little chubby cheeked blond 2 yr old boy. He wanted the fire rain boots that were still in the window....Annie got the boots out and showed them to him...he grabbed them and held them to his chest. The parents offered to pay for them, but Annie declined, then she said here, he should "have the helmet to match", and handed them a kids helmet. The little boys smile was huge, then she handed them the kids fire raincoat so he could have the full outfit. He was a very happy little boy. I can not think of a better last customer than a wide eyed little boy who wants to dress like his heroes, and maybe, like many of the little boys that used play with the trucks on the floor of the shop, he will one day be a real firefighter.

We look forward to seeing you on our web site, and on Facebook.
Noam & Annie Freedman


Look who's Officially Licensed FDNY St. Patrick's Day Tee made Time Out NYs List of "The 15 BEST St. Patrick's Day Shirts" ....not to brag but it's #2 on the list.....

The New York City Saint Patrick's Day Parade marched for the first time on March 17, 1762.  That was fourteen years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence,  and today it has grown to become the largest Parade in the World.

That first Parade was held on lower Broadway in 1762 by a band of homesick Irish ex-patriots and Irish military serving with the British Army stationed in the American colonies.

The Parade takes place on a Thursday this year.  It is held every March 17th (except when March 17th falls on a Sunday) and starts at 44th Street at 11:00AM.  The parade route is the only one that marches UP Fifth Avenue.  It passes St. Patrick's Cathedral at 50th Street on the way to 79th Street and the Irish Historical Society, where the parade finishes around 4:30 - 5:00 pm

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NEW YORK (WABC) -- A fireboat named after First Deputy Commissioner William Feehan, who died on September 11, 2001, was offically christened Friday.

Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro and Canadian Consul General to New York John Prato joined Feehan's family members, colleagues and friends at a noon ceremony at the South Street Seaport.

Feehan responded to the World Trade Center and was killed in the collapse of the South Tower. He was the second highest ranking FDNY member killed on 9/11, and at 71-years-old, he was the oldest responder to the site.

Using steel recovered from the World Trade Center, the name William M. Feehan adorns the sides of the boat's cabin.

"With this state-of-the-art fireboat, Bill Feehan will once more serve and protect New York City and its more than 520 miles of coastline," Nigro said. "On every response, this fireboat will honor Commissioner Feehan's bravery, leadership and his 42-year legacy of tremendous service."

The William M. Feehan is a 66-foot long, 90,000 pound, jet-propelled fireboat with the ability to pump more than 8,000 gallons of water per minute. The $4.7 million vessel was built in Canada by Metalcraft Marine and was largely funded through the FEMA's Port Security Grant Program.

The Feehan has multiple fire suppression capabilities on board, including more than 200 gallons of foam and 100-pounds of dry chemical, both of which are used to fight fuel based fires. The boat is equipped with a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear system to protect firefighters and other passengers within a pressurized and filtered cabin on board. The Feehan's design also allows it to operate and maneuver close to shore in shallow bay areas, including the areas around New York City's airports.

"I'm honored to participate in today's ceremony, which reflects the abiding friendship and partnership between Canada and the U.S., and the City of New York," Prato said. "I am so proud to help christen this fireboat, the William M. Feehan, built in Canada by MarineCraft. It bears the memory and proud name of a decorated, respected FDNY Firefighter whose dedication and service lives on."

Feehan's career with FDNY began as a firefighter with Ladder Company 3 in the East Village in 1959. Throughout his career, Feehan served throughout the five boroughs, holding every uniformed rank. In 1991, he retired as the highest ranking uniformed officer - chief of department. One year later, Feehan was appointed as first deputy commissioner and charged with managing the day-to-day operations and activities of the FDNY across all offices and bureaus. In 1993, he briefly served as acting fire commissioner.

Before his appointment to the department, Feehan served with the United States Army during the Korean War and was decorated with the Combat Infantry Badge, Korean Service Medal, UN Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal. Feehan's son John is an active battalion chief assigned to Brooklyn.

2 Workers Rescued From Scaffolding Outside Midtown Skyscraper: FDNY
By Brynn Gingras

Two window washers were rescued from scaffolding after becoming stuck 22 stories up at a 30-story skyscraper on Fifth Avenue Wednesday, authorities say.

The movable scaffold got stuck after its electricity died, according to a source at the scene. As a result, the device wasn't able to move up or down, trapping the workers.

FDNY crews rescued the workers by cutting through a double-pane glass window. The workers were not injured, the source said.

The scaffolding company will work to determine what went wrong with the scaffold, which was still hanging from the building at 3:30 p.m. Mechanics at the scene planned to raise the scaffold to the roof, fix it and then lower it to the ground.

Heavy traffic delays were reported in the area as authorities responded.

FDNY firefighter saves baby from burning Queens house

An FDNY Lieutenant saved a three-week-old baby boy from the smoky attic of a burning house in Queens Tuesday night, officials said.

Lt. Adam Vilagos pulled the newborn out of his crib in the attic of the two-story house on 106th St. near 35th St. in Corona, moments after a blaze erupted at around 9:30 p.m, the firefighter said.

The baby, identified by family as Sunjay Headley Jr., was placed on an oxygen machine and rushed to New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Fire Department officials say he’s expected to survive.

Lt. Vilagos said he arrived at the scene with nearby Engine 316 under four minutes after the fire broke out.

The child’s parents were outside yelling “there’s a baby in the attic!” he recalled.

The 18-year-vet then ran up to the second floor, where he noticed a narrow stairway leading up to the attic, already filling with black sm

After sprinting up the stairs, Vilagos said he heard the baby boy’s whimpers — as if the infant was struggling to breathe, the firefighter said.

He felt around in the hazy room until he brushed up against the tiny boy’s leg, he told the Daily News.

The room was so smoke-filled that he “had to put my flashlight on him to see him.

The tiny boy was in his crib, the firefighter said.

Vilagos gently scooped him up and then carried the baby boy downstairs and outside, where he handed Sunjay off to EMS workers.

The infant’s grandmother said Sunjay was recovering from smoke inhalation.

He’s doing good. They’re going to keep him overnight for observation,” said Lisa Brown, 56.

She said she thanked the heavens everyone was safe — but as the family fled the intense smoke, they weren’t sure who had picked up little Sunjay.

“We kept asking, 'Where's the baby? Where's the baby?'” she said.

Then she saw a firefighter walking down the street with the baby in his arms.

"They did a heroic job. They came through. Thank God for them,” the grandmother said.

Smokeaters had the blaze under control by 10:30 p.m, officials said.

The cause of the fire is still being investi

Last week we had the honor of being guests of the New York City Fire Museum for their Annual Firefighter Cook-Off and Fundraiser.  Always a crowd-pleaser the Cook-Off is a night of great company and great food all for a great cause.

If you have never been to the New York City Fire Museum, it is a must visit destinations while in New York.

Thursday, October 15th:

Friends of Firefighters honored us by presenting the Firestore with the "Public Service" Award at their 8TH ANNUAL FALL GALA, held at the The Well Public House in Brooklyn.

Other Honorees were:
Man of the Year: FDNY Chief of Dept. Edward Killduff., Ret.
Woman of the Year: Jo Andres
Step Up ward: Chris Barber, FDNY Ladder 22 & John Mills, FDNY Ladder 25

We would like to thank Friends of Firefighters, not only for the award, but for all they do in the community.

It was a beautiful event. The Volunteers and event staff were wonderful.

10/21/15: The Mets wore NYPD caps during batting practice in honor of slain NYPD officer Brian Moore, who died Monday after taking a bullet while on duty in Queens over the weekend. The club will also pay tribute to Moore with a memorial banner at Citi Field


Jon Stewart, firefighters to rally Wednesday in DC for Zadroga Act


Dozens of city firefighters will rally Wednesday in Washington, D.C. to push Congress to extend federal health benefits for 9/11 first responders, and they're bringing one of their biggest supporters.

Jon Stewart will join the Bravest and other firefighters from around the country for a day of lobbying to prevent the Zadroga Act from expiring. The former "Daily Show" host was instrumental in getting the act passed in 2010 after he called out several congress members who didn't support the bill for their apparent hypocrisy.

The firefighters' union chief said he hopes Stewart can get the ball rolling for the renewal.

"Some of them will be shaking in their boots knowing Jon Stewart will put the spotlight on them," said Richard Alles, the Uniformed Fire Officers Association (UFOA) legislative director, during a news conference .

The Zadroga Act gives 70,000 responders and 9/11 survivors $4 billion for medical monitoring and financial help to cope with illnesses. The health care portion of the act expires next month and the money for the services will be depleted by October 2016 if the law isn't renewed.

Rep Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan), who is co-sponsoring the bill with other house members, including Rep. Pete King (R-Nassau), said the supporters want to renew the bill and remove the expiration date altogether.

At least 3,700 responders have been diagnosed with cancers, according to the UFOA, and the congresswoman said more will show signs of disaeses in coming years.

"The illness will be with them for the rest of their lives. Why does it stop after five years?" she asked.

She said the bill was a nonstarter back in 2010 until Stewart featured 9/11 first responders on his show and juxtaposed clips of the bills opponents thanking those men and women while filibustering the bill.
As of Monday, the bill's renewal had 150 sponsors, 68 shy of what it needs to pass the House, while the Senate had 36 sponsors.

The UFOA will take 100 members on a bus Wednesday morning and meet with their comrades from other states at a rally with Stewart at the Capital Triangle. From there they will speak with several key figures in Congress, such as House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and make their case to renew the act as soon as possible.
Union president James Lemonda, stressed the bill affects all first responders who face terror attacks and there is a lot more at stake if it lapses.

"This is not a New York City bill. This is not an FDNY bill ... This is all encompassing and we are fighting for everybody," he said.

First, we would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding during this difficult transition.

We are shipping orders, and receiving deliveries from suppliers. The back log is shrinking.

If you have not received your item(s) yet please be sure I am working on it.  We WILL get to EVERYONE.

If you have any questions or concerns please email us at:


We would like to thank everyone for their kind thoughts, and patience.

Noam & Annie

June 14th, 2015

Dear Firestore Friends and Customers,


It is with great sadness that we announce the closing of our Shop after 24 years.  Effective Sunday,  June 14th.  While we will thoroughly research the possibility of reopeneing the shop, for the time being we will be operating the Internet On-Line Store only.   We have relocated the web site to a temporary location where we will resume shipping as soon as we are finished setting up. 

If you have an order pending, we thank you in advance for your patience and understanding, and we promise we will take care of EVERYONE.

While the closing was a sudden development, the end for the Shop really came five years ago when they closed St. Vincent's Hospital.  This pulled several thousand people out of the area each day. For the past five years we have been dying a slow death, borrowing from here to pay there, depleting our savings, selling our home, trying to find a level where the math worked, but each year the target moved a little further away. This year we were finally done in by construction all around the shop, road closures, and the final blow--the building was wrapped in scaffolding two months ago. A perfect storm for retail failure.

It's been over 24 years, but I can remember so vividly the guys from L20, and other units visiting the old FDNY Medical Center on Lafayette asking "what's all this?" when we opened "New York Firefighter's Friend" in March of 1991. They seemed surprised that anyone would open a "Fire Store"...they knew about "Cop Shops", but a "Fire Store"?

It was the very definition of a local "Mom & Pop" store. The entire space was maybe 250 Sq Ft.. I built much of the shelving and storage from scratch, and my mother and father (Ellie & Nate) were there most days for the next 12 years. My sister (Talia) and I would work when it was busy or the parents needed time off. A year or so later we expanded next door. And in 1997 we opened our own "Cop Shop" next door to that called "New York 911".

15 years at Lafayette St. and now 9+ on Greenwich has been an honor for my family to be a small part of the 1st Responder Community.

Now, what I opened with my parents and sister, and where many other friends and family have worked, I close with my wife and son....3 generations have worked the store.

Our very last customer was a family with a little chubby cheeked blond 2 yr old boy. He wanted the fire rain boots that were still in the window....Annie got the boots out and showed them to him...he grabbed them and held them to his chest. The parents offered to pay for them, but Annie declined, then she said here, he should "have the helmet to match", and handed them a kids helmet. The little boys smile was huge, then she handed them the kids fire raincoat so he could have the full outfit. He was a very happy little boy. I can not think of a better last customer than a wide eyed little boy who wants to dress like his heroes, and maybe, like many of the little boys that used play with the trucks on the floor of the shop, he will one day be a real firefighter.


We look forward to seeing you on our web site, and on Facebook.


Thank you for 24 wonderful years,

Noam, Annie, Michael, Nate, Ellie & Talia


Every firehouse and many EMS stations will open their doors to the public for two hours, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, including our local Squad 18 which will be open during the 11AM-1PM Shift.

Make it a double feature and visit the Firestore after you've stopped into Squad or any of the other nearby Stations....

Squad 18  - 132 West 10th Street

Engine 24 /  Ladder 5 / Div.1 - 227 6 Ave. (Greenwich Village)

Engine 3/Ladder 12/Battalion 7 Hi-Rise - 146 W.19 St.

NYC Fire Museum - 278 Spring St.

Ladder 20 / Division 1 - 253 Lafayette St. (SoHo)

Engine 55 / Battalion 2 - 363 Broome St. (Little Italy)

Engine 33 / Ladder 9 - 42 Great Jones St.

Engine 7/Ladder 1/Bat.1 - 100 Duane St. (Tribeca/City Hall)

Ladder 8 - 14 N. Moore St. (Tribeca)

Engine 10/Ladder 10 - 124 Liberty St. (World Trade Center)

Engine 4/Ladder15/Decon. - 42 South St. (Wall Street/Seaport)

Engine 9/Ladder 6/Sat.1  - 75 Canal St. (Chinatown)

Engine 15/Ladder 18/Bat 4 - 25 Pitt Street (Lower East Side)

Engine 5 - 340 E. 14 St.

Ladder 3  - 108 E 13th St.

Engine 14 - 14 E. 18 St.

Engine 16/Ladder 7 - 234 E.29 St.

Engine 21 - 238 E.40 St.

Engine 1/Ladder 24 - 142 W.31 St.

Engine 26 - 220 W.37 St.

Engine 34/Ladder 21 - 440 W.38 St. (Hell's Kitchen)

Rescue 1 - 530 W.43 St.

Engine 54/Ladder 4/Bat.9 - 723 8 Ave. (Theater District)

The St. Patrick's Day Parade is one of New York City's greatest traditions. On this day, everyone is Irish in the Big Apple!  The Parade marched for the first time on March 17, 1762 - fourteen Years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence and today it is the largest Parade in the World.

This annual parade has been held for more than 250 years in honor of the Patron Saint of Ireland and the Archdiocese of New York. The Parade is reviewed from the steps of Saint Patrick's Cathedral by His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York. This tradition has remained unchanged since the early days of the parade when the Archbishop of New York observed marchers from Old St. Patrick's Cathedral in historic Greenwich Village.  The Parade was originally held in Lower Manhattan before the new Cathedral was built on Fifth Avenue.

Often regarded as the most popular parade in New York City, the Parade is the largest and most famous of the many parades held in the city each year.

The Parade starts at 44th Street at 11 am and is held every March 17th except when March 17th falls on a Sunday; it is celebrated the day before, Saturday the 16th, because of religious observances. The parade marches up Fifth Avenue past St. Patrick's Cathedral at 50th Street all the way up 79th Street  and the Irish Historical Society, where the parade finishes around 4:30 - 5:00 pm.

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February 20th, 2015,  New York City:

   The 1st delivery of St. Patrick's Day Shirts arrived last night, and we will begin shipping them out today.  Anyone who ordered by February 18th will receive their shirts this coming week.  You will also get an email notifying you that they have been shipped. 

   This 1st order of shirts has already sold out.  We are expecting another delivery in about a week.  Those of you ordering now will have their shirts sent out as soon as they arrive. Again, you will each get an email from us when your order is shipped.




Huge Brooklyn Fire Engulfs Store, Snarls Traffic; 1 Dead, 9 Hurt

By Tracie Strahan

A 46-year-old man was killed and nine others were injured in a five-alarm blaze that engulfed a hardware store early Wednesday, fire officials said.

The FDNY says the fire broke out at about 3:30 a.m. at the hardware store that sits below a set of apartments at Flatbush and St. Marks avenues in Prospect Heights.

Bassam Awad died in the blaze. Three other people were critically injured, three had minor injuries and two police officers had smoke inhalation.

Authorities say that the three people critically injured included a man in his late teens who suffered from smoke inhalation and a 60-year-old woman and another woman in her 90s. Both women were taken to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital's Weill Cornell campus with serious burns.

The other victims were being treated at nearby hospitals for their injuries. The identity of the person who was killed hasn't been released.

Firefighters say that when they arrived at the scene, the hardware store was engulfed in flames and heavy smoke.

The blaze quickly spread and caused structural damage to the apartments above. Firefighters evacuated the building, and then set up an exterior operation because pockets of fire made it unsafe for firefighters to go inside the structure.

The fire was knocked down at about 6 a.m., but firefighters said they would remain at the scene throughout the morning to extinguish any remaining hot spots.

Firefighters say that adjacent structures weren't damaged in the blaze. About 30 people were displaced by the fire.

Flatbush Avenue was closed from Prospect Place to Bergen Street as more than 175 firefighters from 39 units battled the flames.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

Firefighter battles blaze after falling down elevator shaft
By Aaron Feis, Priscilla DeGregory and Sophia RosenbaumDecember 16, 2014 | 2:12am
Photo: Demetrius E. Loadholt

A firefighter wasn’t going to let falling through a 10-foot elevator shaft stop him from battling a three-alarm inferno early Monday morning in The Bronx.
Thick smoke engulfed an abandoned warehouse on East Tremont Avenue at 12:45 a.m., making it difficult for Justin Reilly and his fellow members of Ladder 33 to fight the blaze.

Reilly was in the boarded-up building when he tumbled down a freight shaft.

“There was a lot of smoke, heavy smoke, and he couldn’t see it and he fell in,” Lt. Dan DiMartino told The Post. “There was zero visibility moving along and that’s not something you would expect.”

The 4-by-4-foot hole swallowed Reilly, leaving him covered in debris.

“There was a ton of rubble at the bottom of the shaft,” DiMartino, 30, recalled. “He was able to get his bearings, and he stood up and called his own mayday.”

DiMartino and four fellow firefighters worked their way to the basement and helped hoist Reilly back to the ground floor after he’d been missing for 15 harrowing minutes..

EMTs evaluated Reilly, who insisted on returning to the fight after he was medically cleared.

“When adrenaline is flowing, guys can do a lot,” DiMartino explained. “There was still more work to be done with that fire.”
Reilly rejoined about 140 other firefighters, who spent hours trying to contain the flames.

The fire was finally extinguished at 3:15 a.m.

The cause of the massive blaze is under investigation, the FDNY said.

A fire marshal at the scene said they are looking into the possibility of the blaze being set by a homeless squatter.

7 Hurt, Subway Service Disrupted After Brooklyn Blaze: FDNY

Seven people were injured in a four-alarm fire at a Brooklyn apartment building that has also disrupted service on a nearby subway line, fire officials say.

The blaze broke out on the first floor of the three-story building on Hendrix and Fulton streets in Cypress Hills at about 1 a.m. Friday, according to the FDNY.

e building, which is adjacent to the J line's elevated tracks, was heavily damaged by the flames. The blaze spread through all three floors and caused the roof to collapse.

More than 150 firefighters were called to the scene and were able to contain the spread of the blaze but have set up a perimeter in case more of the structure collapses.

officials say 14 people were able to escape the building and that a firefighter was briefly trapped on the building's roof while fighting the blaze. The firefighter was able to get down using a fire escape but was taken to the hospital with injuries.

The firefighter and the other six people were hurt were taken to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital’s Weill Cornell campus. All seven victims are expected to survive.

service on the J line is suspended between the Crescent Street and Broadway Junction stations while crews work to bring the fire under control. Shuttle buses are ferrying commuters between the stops, but it was not clear when service will resume.

The Red Cross responded to the building and helped residents who were displaced by the blaze.

The Cypr
ess Hills fire came hours before another blaze killed one person and injured five others in Coney Island.

The cause of the blaze isn't immediately known.

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Firefighter Saves 6-Year-Old Boy From Burning Home in Brooklyn
By Stacey Bell
Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014

A firefighter saved a 6-year-old boy from a burning home in Brooklyn as his mother watched frantically from outside the house, officials said.

The blaze at 1101 Thomas S. Boyland St. in Brownsville broke out after 2:30 p.m., and firefighters arrived to find a mother panicking over her son trapped inside, the FDNY said.

od Samaritans had tried to run into the house to no avail, she said. Firefighters went into the home, crawled through the smoke and flames, and Lt. Robert Whelan from Engine 257 finally heard the boy's cries.

"I picked him up, heard him cough a little bit, dragged him out of the room and handed him to another guy," he said. "Everybody was doing their job and hopefully we got him in time."

child was taken to nearby Brookdale Hospital, where he was listed in serious condition.

The fire was under control within an hour, and a cause is being investigated.

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11/24/14  5:09 PM by David Klien 

While they are primarily firefighters, they are also crime fighters when needed, as FDNY demonstrated Monday when department members followed a 33-year-old man who robbed an 82-year-old woman just feet away from Engine 247.

It all started shortly after 11:50 AM when Borough Park Shomrim received a phone call that a woman was just robbed at the intersection of 13th Avenue and 61st Street. After immediately notifying the police and responding to the scene, Shomrim members saw FDNY members running after the suspect.

They proceeded to join the firefighters and run after the suspect until 1423 64th Street where the suspect ran into a building. The pursuing Shomrim and FDNY members waited outside the building until police officers entered. After a short search, they came out with Abad Villanueua and the victim’s purse.

Upon further investigation by NYPD, it was determined that the elderly woman was simply walking on the street when Mr. Villanueua came by, snatched her purse and started running. Fire Department members who had just returned from answering a call witnessed the robbery and started chasing the suspect, FDNY spokeswoman Elisheva Zakheim told JP,

Although she was not injured, the 82- year-old was pretty shaken up, a police source said.

Mr, Villanueua, who has a lengthy rap sheet with NYPD, was charged with Grand Larceny and Criminal Trespass.

After being charged, he was transported to Lutheran Medical Center where he is being treated for hand and foot injuries that he suffered while running away.

Mr Villanueua is expected to go In front of a judge later tonight or Tuesday morning.

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Union leaders are calling on the city to increase disability payments for firefighters and police officers.

Steve Cassidy, president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association, said because of reductions in New York state pension disability benefits, newly hired firefighters and police officers would receive a pittance if injured or disabled on the job.

“New York City Firefighters have proven that we will do anything to protect life, but how can we truthfully tell a young firefighter with a family that they will be protected, when we know that is a lie?” Cassidy said in a news release.

The union is asking the city to lean on the state to raise injury and disability payments, which it said now stand at $27 per day, WCBS 880′s Rich Lamb reported.

“It’s unacceptable,” Cassidy said. “Nobody would risk their lives for that. God forbid we have another terrorist attack. The citizens of New York want us to do our jobs.

Dennis Wick, 27, just became an FDNY firefighter and said he was surprised by the number.

graduated yesterday,” he told Lamb. “It’s definitely not enough, especially me coming out of the academy. The academy has taught me a lot, but a lot of probies get hurt early on in their career and $27 just doesn’t cut it.”

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By Kirstan Conley and Joe Tacopino

An apartment in the Brooklyn building where a blaze killed a tenant and injured 16 others had been illegally divided into cramped, dangerous living spaces, FDNY sources said.

The fire, sparked by a faulty refrigerator wire, broke out at about 12:35 a.m. Wednesday in a three-story building on Flatbush Avenue near Farragut Road that also housed a storefront church, ­according to the sources.

The tenement was plagued by perilous electrical conditions, ­including exposed wires, fire ­marshals said. After the blaze, the Department of Buildings ordered the remaining residents to vacate.

The owner of the building told The Post that without his consent, a second-floor tenant had created 11 illegal small rooms in his apartment.

The fire claimed the life of a man, believed to be in his early 20s, whose identity was not ­immediately known, cops said.

The blaze was confined to the second and third floors of the building and firefighters got it ­under control at about 1:55 a.m., officials said.

Man rescued from half-frozen cemetery lake
By Kirstan Conley and Kevin Sheehan

A kind-hearted man almost met an early grave Sunday when he wandered out on a half-frozen lake in Woodlawn Cemetery to feed the ducks and fell through the thin ice.

The 50-year-old man, whose name was not released, meandered through the tombstones at the famed Bronx graveyard and walked out onto the ice over the water toward a family of ducks, officials said.

He was 25 feet from the shoreline around 12:45 p.m. when the ice gave out, plunging him chest-deep into the lake, authorities said.

His feet were stuck in the mud and he was unable to pull himself out, rescuers said. All the freezing man could do was cling to the sheet of ice in front of him, they said.

A cemetery worker called 911, and firefighters arrived to brave the bone-chilling water and rescue the man.

A team of Ladder 39 firefighters, who included Bravest Jason Warken, Jeff Daniels and Brian Fitzgerald, tied themselves to a safety rope, slid a horizontal ladder out to the victim and crawled out on their stomachs to pull the shivering victim to safety. The man had no strength left to help himself, firefighters said.

“He said he was cold,” Warken told The Post. “We don’t know exactly how long he was in the water. From the looks of him, it was somewhere just under 10 minutes, but he was pretty cold and pretty out of it. He just kept repeating, ‘I’m cold. I’m cold.’”

The man was rushed to Jacobi Hospital in serious condition.

Warken said it could have been worse.

“A few minutes more and he would be unconscious,” he said. “Your muscles just stop working in that cold.”

FDNY Lieutenant James Grismer warned people to stay away from ice-covered lakes while spring nears and the temperatures climb above freezing.

“We’ve had a couple of warmer days,” he said. “It’s important for people to know to stay off the ice. This guy wandered off feeding the ducks or something and fell through.”

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Hero Los Angeles pooch comes home after being shot during break-in, saved by crowdfunding


A brave dog has returned home to her family after taking two bullets during an attempted burglary in Los Angeles.
The pooch, Charlie, lost a leg in the violent encounter, but her owners said she ended up protecting two children who were at the home during the Feb. 22 break-in, according to local reports.

According to the North Central Shelter, which cared for the wounded pup, Charlie and her canine siblings chased away the burglars, who opened fire as they took off down the street.

Charlie was struck in her front right and back right legs and lay bleeding in the road, the shelter said.

"Everybody said goodbye to the dog," Armando Casillas, one of her owners, told local KTLA-TV. "For us she was dead."

Because the family didn't have the money to take the wounded pup to a vet, animal control agents brought Charlie to the North Central Shelter for medical care.

A vet there reached out to the North Central Shelter Intervention Program, a facility that specializes in raising money for needy animals and owners.

A crowdfunding page was set up, and local animal lovers and others touched by the dog's heroism raised $8,000 to fund the pooch's life-saving surgery.
KTLA reported the dog returned home Tuesday after having her right front leg amputated.

Despite the missing paw, the pooch was back to her old self, said the shelter, which was there for the homecoming.

"She is being well taken care of and is very much loved. And she is already finessing walking around on three legs!" the shelter wrote on Facebook.
"Her family was overwhelmed with gratitude for all who cared and chipped in to save Charlie."

Charlie's surgery cost $4,000, so half the money raised will go to help other needy pets, the shelter said.

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The world of comedy and the world of cinema lost an icon on Monday when Harold Ramis died in Chicago from complications he’d been dealing with from his declining health. Fans of Ramis are still mourning his loss, but there aren’t as many tears as there are touching tributes popping up to honor the comedy legend.

While fans dried their eyes passing clips of Ramis around Twitter and Facebook, an FDNY firehouse honored Ramis in perhaps the most epic and awesome way imaginable.

Ramis’ best remembered film was Ghostbusters, a movie he not only starred in by helped write as well. It was truly the most iconic thing he did but it was also the gateway drug to the rest of Ramis’ material. From his early outings like writing Animal House to his peak in fame with Caddyshack, National Lampoon’s Vacation and Stripes to his credit — in some form or another — to even his later years where he made films like Analyze This, Ramis left behind an epic amount of work.

He wasn’t always a name you mentioned on a daily basis, but the tributes we are seeing are proof that Ramis touched us all and will never be forgotten.

The 74-year-old man lost control and plowed his Lexus into a concrete divider near the expressway’s Liberty Avenue overpass in Jamaica at around 4:30 p.m., police said.

A heroic ESU officer pulled an unconscious from his burning car on the Van Wyck Expressway Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

Officer Matthew Hartnett, 32, spotted the flaming 4-door Lexus crashed against the divider on the southbound side of the Van Wyck near the Liberty Avenue overpass in Jamaica around 4:30 PM, Hartnett a 9-year veteran, said in a conference call.
The flames were coming out from underneath, near the engine area.”

Hartnett smashed the front passenger’s side window and pulled the unresponsive driver from the engulfed car with the help of a concerned civilian. Hartnett said, adding that he couldn’t reach the driver’s side door because it was stuck against the divider.

Hartnett dragged the driver, 74, to his department car, about 150 feet away from the blaze. He used his car to block two lanes of traffic on the expressway while executing the daring rescue.

Authorities said the driver apparently suffered a seizure behind the wheel. He was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he’s listed in stable condition.



WEST (CBSDFW.COM) – A national fund has been established to assist the survivors and coworkers of the fire and EMS personnel who died as a result of Wednesday’s fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas.

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is organizing the fundraiser and will be using the funds to “assist the survivors and coworkers to rebuild their lives and support the programs and services they will need.”

“This fire and explosion have devastated the entire town in which so many people know and care about each other,” said Chief Ron Siarnicki, executive director of the NFFF in a statement. “We want to ensure the survivors and coworkers of those who died in the line of duty know that the entire fire service family is holding them in our hearts and doing all we can to offer support.”

Donations can be mailed by check to:
NFFF c/o West, Texas Fire and EMS Fallen Hero Fund
P.O. Drawer 498
Emmitsburg, MD 21727.

Credit card donations can also be made at