Line-of-Duty Deaths in Engine Company 53:
Battalion Chief John Paolillo, of S.O.C., former Captain of Engine Co. 53
suffered the Supreme Sacrifice while operating at Box 8087, the World Trade Center, on September 11th, 2001.
Lt. Louis W. Finger, of Engine Co. 64, detailed to Engine Co.
53 for the 9X6 tour, died on May 7, 1953 from injuries sustained
at "Signal Station" 1292 Manhattan. The time of the alarm was 12:58pm.
Lt. Finger, age 39, died of smoke poisoning while fighting a basement
fire in a vacant four story tenement - #64 E. 104th St. Lt. Finger
was appointed to Engine Co. 39 on November 1, 1938. There is a plaque
marking his death at the quarters of Engine Co. 64 in the Bronx.
FF Leo J. Ray, Engine Co. 53, died of a heart attack on
February 15,1962. At the time he was stoking the boiler in quarters. He was transported
by the apparatus to Flower 5th Ave. Hospital (now Cardinal Cooke
Hospital). Ray was 51 years of age at the time of his untimely passing. Appointed to Engine Co. 53 on April 1, 1939.
Awarded posthumous Department Medal in 1962
FF Carmelo J. Puccia, Engine Co. 53, was struck and killed
by a diesel train on the Penn Central Railroad (now Metro North
RR). This unfortunate occurrence happened after the electrical
power was ordered off.
Manhattan Box 1236 transmitted for a track fire at E. 96th St. &
Park Ave. on January 6, 1970.
Line of Duty Deaths in Ladder Company 43:
Captain Frederick Ill, Jr., of Ladder Co. 2, former Firefighter Ladder Co. 43, suffered the Supreme Sacrifice while operating at Box 8087, the World Trade Center, on September 11th, 2001.
Captain David Wooley, of Ladder Co. 4, former Firefighter Ladder Co. 43, suffered the Supreme Sacrifice while operating at Box 8087, the World Trade Center, on September 11th, 2001.
Lt. Thomas A. Bowler L43, received a severe laceration
to the hand while operating at Signal Station 1315 Manhattan for
a fire at 1582 Madison Ave., occurring on January 2, 1934. Bowler
died from septic poisoning at Bellevue Hospital on January 15, 1934
at the age of 45. He was appointed in 1910 and served 24 years with
FF Julius Feldman L43 died at the age of 38, on September
8, 1953 from injuries sustained at Third Alarm Signal Station 1405
Manhattan. This was a fire that occurred August 31, 1953 at the
address231-233 East 118th Street. Feldman was reportedly blown out
of a window on the sixth floor while venting a fire that had extended
to the exposures.