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Offline raybrag

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Re: News of Members
« Reply #1260 on: September 19, 2019, 09:52:29 AM »
I agree with all you said, Willy.  Just one exception for me . . . I have all of Laurel & Hardy memorized.  I've moved on to Larry, Moe & Curly (or is it Manny, Moe & Jack???).
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« Reply #1261 on: September 30, 2019, 08:36:32 AM »
 I would like to wish member "811", a retired dispatcher 1973-2001, a very HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY.

 On June 14th, (Flag Day) it was his "86th" Birthday. WOW, that is GREAT and we wish him many more to come.

 I think it's safe to say that "811" is probably OUR SENIOR MAN ON HERE.

 I hope to get more info about "Senior Man 811", who I only know as A.T., so that I can pass it onto the membership.
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« Reply #1262 on: September 30, 2019, 04:40:54 PM »
Willy, you misread earlier notes.  auxlteng225 who we referred to was 86 some years ago, and his last posting in 2017 said he was 88 then.  He has probably left us. I am not quite in that category.

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« Reply #1263 on: October 01, 2019, 09:42:48 AM »
 Today, October 1, 2019, site member "Bxboro", (Scott Lindy) retired from the Poquonnock Bridge Fire Department in Groton, Ct., after serving there for 25 years. His brother Mike, recently retired from the FDNY as well.

 Many years ago, both Scott and Mike, before they got on the job, joined me in My Younger Buffing Years, making several trips to watch the FDNY do what they have always done best - "Fight Fires". Of course like so many, once that happened, "they were hooked". Their lives would be changed forever.   

 Another interesting fact, today 10/1/19 another member of that department retired as well. I believe his name is Mark Murphy. Both Murph and Scott began their careers with the PBFD together, worked together, and this morning, BOTH RETIRED TOGETHER.

 But Scott still plans to stretch hose on those cold winter days. He will continue to deliver oil to homes, as he has done on a part time basis, over the past several years.

 Best wishes to all, Scott, Murph, and Scotts brother, Mike.

 
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« Reply #1264 on: October 02, 2019, 09:22:09 AM »
Thanks, Willy D.  Although I do not know Murph, I know Scott and Mike are among the best.  I frequently see Scott and his oil truck in my town of Stonington, CT.  Best of luck to all three.

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« Reply #1265 on: October 02, 2019, 09:53:40 AM »
Congrats to all and stay healthy

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« Reply #1266 on: October 05, 2019, 11:07:33 PM »
Member Steve Delaunay, aka "svd385", wanted me to pass on to the members here that he has been in the hospital for a medical condition for about the last three weeks. He is currently in a rehab center in New Jersey.

 Some of us know Steve from a couple of Get Togethers where we visited Staten Island and Far Rockaway Queens. It was shortly after storm Sandy, as we saw the damage that was caused.

 Steve grew up in the Bronx (Throgs Neck - I think) and was an Auxiliary Firefighter with Engine 96. He wanted me to pass onto the membership how much he enjoys this site but he is unable to go on it right now because he does not have use of the internet at the rehab center.

 He has talked about the friendships he has acquired since becoming a member here and Steve asked me to pass this on. I myself can relate to that as well.

 In talking with Steve about his medical condition, I think there could be some concern, and of course we wish our good friend, site member Steve Delaunay, aka "svd385", all the best.

 Update on site member Steve Delaunay, aka "svd385".

 Steve is still in the hospital. But talking to him he seems to be in pretty good spirits. He tells us that he has been in every unit in the hospital, except the Maternity Unit.

 Steve has two grown sons and two daughters. He tells me that whenever one of his sons comes to visit him, he brings in a lap top computer and that's when Steve tries to catch up on what's going on here. He tells me he enjoys reading Glory Days, the FDNY Firehouse and Fire Companies stories, as well as catching up on some of the latest jobs.

 He has also asked about some of the guys he knows from here.

 I think credit must also go to the doctors and nurses who have been treating him. Over the years, the medical field has apparently made some huge strides and Steve seems to be an example of that.

 This evening, Saturday October 5th, I talked to Steve Delaunay, aka "svd385". He seems to be doing well and he told me that he expects to be going home in about two weeks. He is going through physical therapy now and needs to be able to do a couple more things on his own before he gets the okay to leave. He recently bought a used handicapped van and a hospital bed.

 Steve has been in a New Brunswick, NJ rehab center recovering from his cancer issues. He tells me he is still considered a Stage 4 cancer patient.

 He told me that he sometimes gets to go to his sons house where he gets a chance to check out this site and catch up with what is going on.

 Steve gave me the okay to post his story and I'm very happy that he seems to be doing better. Some of the guys here know him from a couple of Get Together's we had. Steve was also an Auxiliary Firefighter many years ago with the FDNY. 

 Let me also add. Shortly after posting Steve's story he contacted me on "facetime" (I think that's what it's called), where we could see and talk to each other. Steve has a beard like Santa Clause but he really looks good. It was GREAT to see and talk to him.

 
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« Reply #1267 on: October 06, 2019, 12:44:56 AM »
^^^^Best Wishes for a full recovery Steve.

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« Reply #1268 on: October 10, 2019, 07:16:32 PM »
Willy D asked me to post this




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« Reply #1269 on: October 10, 2019, 08:04:51 PM »
Willy D asked me to post this





 THANK YOU BRAD for posting that picture for me. I wanted to pass this historic moment on to our members.

 In the above photo, site member and Retired FDNY Firefighter Dan Potter, aka "JohnnyGage", presents the helmet front shield of the late Captain Tough Timmy Gallagher to Lt Tim Klett of Engine 88 at the firehouse recently.

 In the very beginning of the popular "Glory Days" stories (History section), Dan had talked about Captain Gallegher and why he was called "Tough Timmy". That helmet front piece will now hang on the wall and be a part of that firehouse history.

 Of course most of us never knew Captain Gallagher. But in reading the stories that Dan wrote about him, many of us have a very good sense of the kind of guy he was.

 Thanks Dan, for introducing all of us to your first captain in your written stories about him. A Fire Captain that will not be forgotten.

 Dan, that is A GREAT TRIBUTE to a Tough Captain, who was also a GREAT FIREFIGHTER.

 Also in the photo to the far left is FDNYs Retired Battalion Chief Ed Kearon. Chief Kearon was also a firefighter at the time under Captain Gallagher's command. Thank you Chief for being a part of this historic event as well.

 The late Captain Tough Timmy Gallagher passed away on November 12, 2015.

 Chief Kearon also mentioned that he was a covering B/C in the 18th battalion during annual firehouse inspections. When he went in there to inspect the place he didn't find anything that needed to be addressed or was out of place. To this day, the members of Engine 88 and Ladder 38 take great pride in their firehouse and the apparatus.   
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« Reply #1270 on: October 11, 2019, 05:46:30 AM »
Some more photos.....










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« Reply #1271 on: October 11, 2019, 06:01:24 AM »
And our Senior Man "conducting" business


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« Reply #1272 on: October 11, 2019, 08:35:52 AM »
I see the Rev made a trip up. Hope you brought some warmth with you Lol
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« Reply #1273 on: October 11, 2019, 10:35:21 AM »
Some more photos.....



 Thanks Frank, "fdce54" for posting those photos as well. Yes Brad, the Rev, "CFDMarshall", Elwood Ervin, did come up to visit from Tennessee.

 So let me tell everybody who these guys are, if you don't know them.

 Starting from left to right:

 FDNY Lt Tim Klett, Engine Co 88
 Elwood Ervin, aka "CFDMarshall" known as "The Rev" from Tenn., a Retired Fire Marshall
 Joe Materia, "mack" from Virginia. Joe's father was a B/C on the FDNY and he now has a son on Boston's Ladder Co 15. I believe there is a story about him earlier on in this "News of Members" series.
 Steve Elliott, aka "fltpara16", who is a Battalion Chief in the Albemarle County Fire Dept in Virginia. His son hopes to follow in his fathers footsteps too.
 Robbie Cox, recently promoted to Fire Captain in the DeKalb County Georgia Fire Dept. Also Elwood's "The Rev's" son-in-law.

 Also among the group that I'll try to come up with a photo of was Declean Byrne, aka "Irish", who joins in every year and comes all the way over from Ireland.
 The other member of this site (who took these pictures) is Frank Donahue, aka "fdce54", who grew up in the Bronx, then worked many years with Con Edison in the Bronx, then got promoted to boss where he covered all of Westchester County.

 Besides spending some time at the quarters of Eng 88/Lad 38, the guys stopped at the Port Authority Firehouse at LaGuardia Airport where they were treated GREAT by the members on duty. As it turned out, the Captain on duty was retired FDNY member Dave Russell. I knew his father, then Captain Dave Russell way back in the early 70s when I was a volunteer firefighter in Fairfield, Ct. Later Fairfield Captain Russell became Chief of Department and was very respected there by the members. The late Chief Russell also did a lot for the firefighters in Connecticut and will never be forgotten for the many accomplishments he did during his time.

 The guys also visited the quarters of Eng 48/Lad 56/Div 7, and were invited to sit down and talk with Deputy Chief Jonas who does the monthly newsletter called "Division 7 Training and Safety Newsletter" and is usually posted here by member Mike Dick, aka "mikeindabronx". Chief Jonas talked to the guys about various fires throughout the city over the years and some of the jobs done by the members. He included a story about the late Captain Timmy Gallagher of Engine 88 making a Great Grab at 183 St and Crotona Ave. That story was told in the November, 2015 Newsletter. (See: "Glory Days" for more about Capt Gallagher)
 Chief Jonas also wanted to tell us how much he appreciated all the effort that involves so many to get each newsletter out. He told us how one young firefighter (48/56) offered to help him post pictures in each newsletter to add to the story. (earlier issues did NOT have pictures included).
 Each newsletter involves much research. He goes into old newspaper stories, the internet and sometimes even contacts members who were there for their stories about it.

 The night before, the group was invited to a very special reunion Get Together set up by Retired Chief Jack Kleehass, aka "68jk09" and Retired B/C Steve Ternlund. As their guest we had A GREAT time, with lots of stories and lots of laughs. It was Our HONOR to be there and we certainly appreciate that very special invite.

 Finally, a GREAT Get Together organized by Chief Kleehass where many retired and active members of the FDNY, Fire Marshalls, Fire Dispatchers, Buffs and firefighters from outside of NYC joined in. Including Retired FDNY Captain John Bendick and his son, Lt Tommy Bendick, that maybe for many of us, NONE OF THIS WOULD BE POSSIBLE, if not for them.

 A SPECIAL THANK YOU to Captain Bendick and Lt Tommy Bendick for ALL they have done for so many of us. I will add that Retired Captain John Bendick will be having some surgery done today and I will let all the members here know how he is doing as soon as I get the word.

 Captain Bendick, a FDNY War Years Firefighter still LOVES talking about the Job and has quite a resume:

 Probie Firefighter Engine 96,
 Firefighter Squad Co 2
 Firefighter Engine 75 just as the activity increased in that neighborhood. Also Batt 19 aide
 Lt Engine 68
 Captain Engine 23

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Re: News of Members
« Reply #1274 on: October 11, 2019, 10:42:53 AM »
Willy D asked me to post this





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