It is with deep
regret that the New York City Fire Department announced the death of
Lieutenant Robert J. Ryan Jr. of Staten Island. Lt. Ryan, assigned to Engine
155, died Nov. 23 at Richmond University Medical Center in Staten Island,
where he was taken early this morning after he sustained injuries while
operating at a 2nd Alarm fire at 39 Van Buren St., in the New Brighton
neighborhood of Staten Island. Lt. Ryan leaves behind his wife and 4
children. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all.
It is with deep
regret that the New York City Fire Department announces the death of
Probationary Firefighter Jamel M. Sears. PFF Sears collapsed during a
training exercise on 11/10/08 at the Department's training academy. He is
survived by his wife, Sherita, a New York City Police Officer assigned to
the 41st Precinct in the Bronx, and their two children, son Mahlek, 12, and
daughter Jya, 8. El Barrio's Bravest wish to extend our deepest condolences.
Bravest own Matt Long finished the NYC Marathon today in 7 hours 21 minutes.
You may remember that Matt was critically injured in 2005 and was not
expected to walk again. He along with other FDNY members finished the
marathon with a combined time that was over an hour better than the NYPD
team, earning the FDNY the 2008 Mayors Cup Award.
KATRINA TOY DRIVE BEGINS
The El Barrios
Bravest Alumni member Tom O'Connor and his crew have kicked off the
2008 Toys for Katrina Children Drive.
This year will
be their biggest challenge in comparison to their past five trips. With the
increase in fuel cost along with the volatile economy and unstable news from
Wall Street they will have to over come many obstacles to meet their goals.
They've set the bar high and are attempting to fill 8 trucks with new
unwrapped toys, new books, and supplies to have a successful toy
distribution at four different locations. Click
HERE to read
GOOD LUCK CAPTAIN AL HAGAN
The members of
El Barrios Bravest would like to wish Captain Al Hagan of 43 Truck good luck
in his new endeavor as the Captains Representative of the Uniformed Fire
www.ufoa.org . Good luck
NEW MEMBERS COMPLETE PROBATION
to Josh (JY) Young E-53, Jake (Spanky) Gardner L-43, and Mike (Gary) Senise
E-53 on the successful completion of their probation. As is firehouse
tradition they cooked a big meal for the men. Tonight's meal included fresh
Maine Lobster and Steak. Great job on the meal boys and welcome to El
GOOD LUCK PK
The members of
El Barrios Bravest would like to wish Jon (PK) Pique and his wife Allison
good luck in Jon's new career with the Berkley California Fire Department.
PK has been a member of Engine 53 for the past 5 years and will be
43 TRUCK MEMBER AWARDED MEDAL
43 Truck member
FF Steve (Crazy Steve) McAnulty was awarded the Fire Marshals Benevolent
Association Medal at the New York City Fire Department's annual Medal Day.
Steve was awarded this medal for actions at Box 1277 on December 24, 2007.
See the entire 2008 Medal Day Book
0800 the housewatch teleprinter spit out a ticket for Engine 53 and 43 Truck
to respond to an EMS trauma box at the intersection of 91st Street and 1st
Avenue. As the rigs responded the Manhattan dispatcher notified responding
units that they were receiving multiple calls for a possible construction
crane collapse. When the members arrived at the location they were met by
construction workers stating that there were multiple people trapped. E-53
and L-43 along with E-22 and L-13 immediately began extrication while
Battalion 10 transmitted a 10-60 (major emergency response). Members
successfully extricated 2 patients, one DOA and another who succumbed to his
injuries later at the hospital.
traveled to Patchogue on Long Island to attend a ceremony at the Lt. Michael
Murphy Memorial Post Office. The US Navy presented the Post Office with Lt.
Murphy's Medal of Honor and the members of El Barrios Bravest present a
plaque in honor of Murph. Later that day members attended another ceremony
at Lake Ronkonkoma where the Secretary of the Navy announced that a US Navy
Destroyer the USS Michael Murphy DDG-112 will be built in June of 2009.
GREG FORSYTH PASSES AWAY
With regret the
members of El Barrio's Bravest announce the death of former member Greg
Forsyth. Funeral information is as follows:
CASEY'S FUNERAL HOME
SLOSSON AVENUE, STATEN ISLAND, NY
SATURDAY MAY 3, 2 - 4 PM & 7 - 9 PM
SUNDAY MAY4, 2 - 4 PM & 7 - 9 PM
MASS WILL BE HELD MONDAY MAY 5th , 10AM @ SAINT RITA'S CHURCH
AWARDS FOR E53 / L43
The New York
City Fire Department Board of Merit has given the following awards to
members of El Barrio's Bravest.
FF Steve McAnulty
L-43, Service Rating "A" for actions at Box 1277 on December 24, 2007.
Gregory Prial, FF Michael Kennedy, FF Patrick Carr, FF Kevin Gallagher, FF
Steve McAnulty, and FF Aswad Hutchins
E53 for actions at Box 1277.
Todd Fredrickson L-43, Unit Citation while detailed to L-16 on October 18,
LT. MICHAEL MURPHY MEMORIAL FUND
A memorial fund has
been established to erect a monument that represents what Murph was most
proud of and that was being a Navy Seal. Please visit
www.murphymemorialfund.com. The monument is to be unveiled on Memorial Day May 26th, 2008 on the
corner of Ocean Avenue and Baker Street in Patchogue’s Memorial Park at the
conclusion of Patchogue’s Memorial Day Parade. We hope all will attend and
help celebrate the life of Murph and the actions of a hero.
E53 / L43 RUN THIRD ALARM ON UPPER EAST SIDE
0500 hours the Box 1033 was sounded for the corner of East 72nd St. and 3rd
Avenue for a reported fire in a stationary store. This is normally a Third
Alarm Box for E53 and L43 however Ladder 43 was assigned as 1st due truck
with Engine 53 2nd due Engine because of an All Hands fire in a high rise on
the west side that had been transmitted just prior to this job. 43 Truck
arrived 1st due and found heavy fire in the store on the first floor of a 35
story residential hi rise building. This job went to a Third Alarm.
The New York
City Fire Department Board of Merit has awarded FF Scott Coyne of
Ladder 43 a Service Rating "A" for the rescue of a woman at Box 1273 on
February 24, 2007. Congratulations Scott!
43 TRUCK HONORED AS DAILY NEWS HERO OF THE MONTH
The members of
El Barrio's Bravest were honored as Hero of the Month at a luncheon today
held by The Daily News. This honor was bestowed upon the members for their
actions at Box 1277 on December 24, 2007 where Engine 53 and Ladder 43
worked together to save 5 people from their burning apartment. Click
HERE to read the full
PAYS TO RIDE TO 1800 FOR ENG 53'S NEW PROBIE SENISE
The time was
1758, when the tone alarm crackled and teleprinter spit out the address for
Box 1188. Assigning Eng 53
3rd due and Lad 43
2nd due truck for a reported fire at the address 180 York Ave. As 53 and 43
took up from a small electrical fire on York Ave, they were ordered by the
Manhattan Fire Dispatcher to respond 1st due to a reported fire in the Verizon
store on 86 St. As the companies were responding the dispatcher was
advising units of numerous calls for a fire on E. 86 St. and 3rd Ave.
Battalion 10 arrived and transmitted a 10-75 for a fire in a commercial
building. This fire was held to an all hands assignment.
1ST TOUR FOR PROBIE GARDENER IN LADDER 43
first tour as a member of Ladder 43 was starting to wind down Probationary
Fireman Gardener and the members of Ladder 43 were ordered to fill out a 3rd
alarm assignment for box 1358, for a fire in a tenement at the address 269 W
113 St between Powell Blvd. and Douglass Blvd. As the company arrived they
saw visible fire on floors 2 thru 5 and thru the roof. PFF Gardener put his
Stanford and Yale education to use as he was introduced to the task of
opening up ceilings and walls. This fire went to a fourth alarm with many
additional special called .
NICE STOP AT 2012 2ND AVE.
before 3am the tone alarm sounded for box 1289 reporting smoke in the area
of 1st Ave and E 103 St. E 53 and L43 responding 1st due quickly found the
source of the smoke as they turned onto 2nd Ave. As a 10-75 was transmitted
members realized they had the top floor of an old law tenement on
fire. Ladder 43's outside team ( Jerry Dietz, Jim Mcentee, and Mike Donovan)
made a quick roof cut and advised the chief they had heavy fire in the
cockloft with extension into a 2nd apartment. Engine 53 did a great job
stretching and overcoming a burst length after the line was in operation,
giving Ralph Corsini the water he needed at the nozzle to knock the fire in
NICE WORK AS DALE SCOTT HAD ALL HANDS FULL ON HIS 1ST RUN AS A NEW CHAUFFER
Capt Hagan assigned
Dale Scott as the Chauffer for L43 on his first tour back from chauffer
school. All seemed quiet in the Barrio as BC Kelty gave a drill in the
kitchen, until 2000 when the tone alarm sounded assigning Engine 53 (2nd
due) and Ladder 43 (1st due) to box 1318 reporting the address 2109 1st
Ave. at E 108 St. for a fire. As the companies turned out they were informed
by the Manhattan Fire Dispatcher of numerous calls reporting fire in a
restaurant, 1st floor 2nd floor and 5th floor along with reports of people
units arrived Engine 91 transmitted a 10-75 and a urgent report that fire
had control of the 2nd floor hallway and stairwell in the new law
tenement. Fr. Scott knew he had his hands full with numerous people on all
of the front and fire escapes of this corner building and the outside vent
reporting fire out 4 windows in the rear.
was knocked with 2 handlines and an additional engine and 2 trucks above the
all hands assignment.
EL BARRIO'S BRAVEST WELCOMES NEW PROBIES
Engine 53 and Ladder
43 would like to welcome our 3 new probies Michael C. Senise assigned to
E53, Joshua J. Young also assigned to E53, and Jacob S. Gardener assigned to
L43. Good Luck guys!!!!
R. Bloomberg and Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta regretfully announced
the death of Lieutenant John H. Martinson of Engine Company 249 in Brooklyn.
Lt. Martinson, 40,
sustained critical injuries while battling a two-alarm fire at 1700 Bedford
Avenue in Brooklyn on January 3.
He was transported
to Kings County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Lt. Martinson was
appointed to the FDNY on May 9, 1993.
served at Engine 204, Engine 80 and Ladder 23. While serving at Engine 80,
he received a unit citation in 1996.
He was promoted to
lieutenant in December 2002 and assigned to Engine 249 in March 2006.
A resident of Staten Island, Lt. Martinson is survived by his wife, Jessica,
and 1-year-old son, John Patrick.
Lt. Martinson is
the 1,138th member of the New York City Fire Department to make the Supreme
Sacrifice in the Department's 144-year history.