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Re: News of Members
« Reply #1290 on: December 09, 2019, 07:58:47 PM »
Is that our own "Signal 73", aka Brad Young, wearing that dark blue sweatshirt and white shorts at a job in New Haven on 12/1/19 ?

 Looks like it to me.

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Re: News of Members
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« Reply #1291 on: December 26, 2019, 08:47:01 PM »
Willy D asked me to post this

John B and his wonderful wife came up to visit Uncle Wilfred recently at the old homestead in Connecticut

Uncle Willy took them for a real Country Breakfast not too far from Willyís Homestead Mansion


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« Reply #1292 on: December 28, 2019, 07:59:02 AM »
Will D asked me to post this in regards to post number #1280



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« Reply #1293 on: December 28, 2019, 08:32:37 AM »
Regarding the above donation.

 A check for $100.00 has been sent to the Port Authority PBA Widows and Children's Fund.

 In addition to that, a total of $350.00 has been sent to the FDNY Transport Foundation

 All in appreciation for a group Get Together comprised of a few members of this web site on October 8th and 9th.

 Special thanks goes to the members of;
 
 FDNY Squad Co 8
 FDNY Engine 88/Ladder 38
 FDNY Engine 48/Ladder 56/Division 7
 FDNY Engine 216/Ladder 108/Battalion 35
 Port Authority PD Fire Station @ LaGuardia Airport

 We would also like to express our appreciation to the following individuals:

 Retired FDNY B/C Jack Kleehaas, "68jk09" on this site
 Retired FDNY Firefighter Dan Potter, "Johnny Gage" on this site
 Retired US Army Colonel Joe Materia,"mack" on this site
 Retired FDNY B/C Steve Ternlund - Battalion 41
 Retired FDNY Lt Dave Russell - now Captain, Port Authority LaGuardia Fire Station
 FDNY Deputy Chief Jay Jonas - Division 7

 Of course, Retired FDNY Captain John Bendick, "jbendick" and his son, FDNY Lt Tommy Bendick "tbendick", who started it all.

 As the Senior Man of that group - THANK YOU ALL and we wish you a very Happy and Safe Thanksgiving Holiday.

 Willy D (NFD2004)
Will D asked me to post this in regards to post number #1280





 THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN BRAD for your help and expertise when I needed it.

 Regarding the above letter, special thanks to Nycfire.net members: Joe Materia - aka "mack", Declan Byrne - aka "Irish", Frank Donohue - aka "fdce54", and Steve Elloit, aka - "fltpara16", for reaching into their pockets in appreciation for the tour they (we - NFD2004, aka Willy) were given at the Port Authority PD LaGuardia Fire Dept, under the command of Capt Dave Russell (retired FDNY). 

 For me, I also had the honor of meeting for the first time, Dave Russell Jr, whose father was the Chief of Department in Fairfield, Ct.

 During the 1970s, the late Chief Dave Russell Sr was a career captain during the time both myself, my brother, and "johnd248", served as volunteer firefighters. The late Chief Dave Russell Sr is credited with making several improvements and the development of a regional training academy, as well improving the training of firefighters throughout the State of Connecticut.

 I "think" his son, Dave Russell Jr, now PAPD Fire Captain, served as a firefighter in Engine 277, Squad 41 and Lt Engine 62. 
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Re: News of Members
« Reply #1294 on: December 28, 2019, 09:30:28 PM »
^^^^^^^Worked with Dave when he was a FF in E 277. Photo of a snotty JohnnyGage and Dave after a snotty job. (Early 90's)



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Re: News of Members
« Reply #1295 on: January 03, 2020, 08:46:41 AM »
Willy D asked me to post this

Itís John Bendicks wife, daughter and 11 of his grand kids having some Pepes Pizza recently


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Re: News of Members
« Reply #1296 on: January 03, 2020, 09:13:09 AM »
Willy D asked me to post this

Itís John Bendicks wife, daughter and 11 of his grand kids having some Pepes Pizza recently



 Thanks Brad.

 As we can see not much room left for the rest of the family as they enjoy some pizza at one of their favorite places, Pepe's in Yonkers.

 Latest total count for Gandpa Bendick is:
 15 grandchildren
  2 great grandchildren
  1 great grandchild - on the way

 Sitting at the far end of the table is John T, FDNY/EMS Bronx
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Re: News of Members
« Reply #1297 on: January 11, 2020, 06:03:31 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.

 Steve Delaunay contacted me this evening, Tuesday, October 28th. Although he sounded great, Steve is now receiving Hospice care at his home.

 Talking to him it's hard to believe he is so ill.

 Several of the members here know Steve from a couple of times when we got together a few years ago.

 I asked Steve if he wanted me to pass this onto the guys on the site and he said it is okay.

 I hope that we all will remember this good man, Steve Delaunay, "svd385", in our prayers. Steve is 68 years old.

 I got a call from Steve Delaunay, "svd385", this afternoon (Jan 11th) and he wanted to tell us that "he's still hanging in there".

 Actually Steve sounded very good to me. He told me that a hospice care worker comes over everyday from 10 am to 12 noon who is very good to him. She helps clean him up, and gets him dressed. He also has a worker who was coming over on weekdays from 12 to 4 pm but she just seemed to have trouble coming in every Monday. So he got rid of her and is working on getting somebody else.

 For those of us who know Steve he no longer has his beard or ponytail. They are gone and he hasn't decided if he will bring them back again or not.

 I had also mentioned to him that it's been pretty busy lately for the FDNY. Then when I came on this site later, I saw that Brad "signal 73" had written about it here in the Citywide section. Steve and I had been discussing that earlier.

 Steve seems to have a wonderful attitude about this stage 4 cancer thing. He's still into the FDNY as a buff. He's a tough guy. I guess maybe growing up in the Bronx might have had something to do with that. I sure was glad to hear from him. 

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« Reply #1298 on: January 16, 2020, 08:26:07 AM »
 Good to see Frank M., aka "manhattan", back with us in his latest post in the "Miracle on the Hudson" story.

 Frank has certainly been a good guy to me and I can tell you that he is well respected by the members of the NYPD and FDNY in his neighborhood.

 You may remember that Frank organizes a Veterans Day event every year at the Veterans Memorial on 9th Ave and 27th St (?).

 WELCOME BACK "MANHATTAN". 

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« Reply #1299 on: February 11, 2020, 03:56:06 PM »
Willy D asked me to post this photo


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Re: News of Members
« Reply #1300 on: February 11, 2020, 04:53:59 PM »
Now that's a motley crew

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« Reply #1301 on: February 11, 2020, 05:12:51 PM »
Willy D asked me to post this photo



 My Special Thanks of course to Brad Young, aka "signal 73" for posting the above photo for me. He has NEVER let me down and I sure appreciate what he does for me. Besides posting so many rundowns, etc for ALL of us on this site.

 I wanted to pass on this photo to the members of this web site. Each individual in the photo has played a key part in the success story of this web site. For me, it is an HONOR to consider them some of my Best Friends.

 From left to right:

 Retired FDNY Firefighter Dan Potter, aka "Johnny Gage". Dan joined this site in April, 2018 and his EXCELLENT work and effort in presenting "Glory Days", "Throwback Thursdays" and "Vintage FDNY War Lids" combined, has certainly caught the interest of many of us members and guest here. His excellent writing skills, collector photos from the past, could be without a doubt "a Best Seller" in each of the Three separate topics. 

 Together in less than TWO Years, the combined views have reached over 466,000. The breakdown is as follows:
 Glory Days - over 174,000
 Throwback Thursdays - over 52,000
 Vintage FDNY War Lids - 240,000

 Next from left individual some of you know him. Mr Frank Donohue, aka "fdce54". Frank and I are very good friends despite what you might read on here. As a young guy Frank grew up in the South Bronx at a time when things were hitting a peak for the FDNY War Years. As a kid growing up on 155th St, then to Clay Ave, followed by Sedgewick Ave/Valentine Ave (?), no doubt he has seen his share of activity.

 With the FDNY layoffs and closing of companies in the 1970s, Frank decided it was best for him to get a job with Con Edison, which he successfully did. Working within the Gas Division he continued to serve the citizens of the very dangerous South Bronx area, mostly operating alone in some of those apartment buildings. One time when he came out of one of those buildings on Hunts Point Ave, three undercover Anti Crime Cops approached him and said: "You went in there alone" ? When we go in, there's Three of us and we carry guns. When the FDNY goes in there they carry heavy tools and there's Twelve of them.

 To quote those three Anti Crime Cops they said this to Frank: "The NYPD is the Finest, The FDNY is the Bravest, BUT Con Edison is the F###ing Craziest".   

 Frank later became a Con Edison Supervisor for the entire Westchester County, NY and I understand he was well liked and appreciated by the workers under his command.

 The next photo is NOT Santa Clause. It is Our Most Valuable Player on this site. His name is Mike Dick, aka "mikeindabronx". With his over 24,000 posts here you can certainly understand why he is considered Our Most Valuable Player. Mike is also a Professional Photographer who dedicated seven years to fire photography during which his main focus was in Harlem and the South Bronx. Together with his EXCELLENT Photos and a text written by Lt Thomas Berry, Ladder 42 (Retired), together they came out with a very popular best seller book in 1987 titled: "New York's Bravest - Their Lives on the Line". That book is No Longer available and I've seen "used copies" listed for over $200.00

 The photo on the far right is of this sites owner, Retired FDNY Captain John Bendick. John, a Viet Nam Veteran, became a firefighter in 1968, just as the FDNY War Years were beginning. He began as a Probationary Firefighter in Engine 96. Then assigned to Squad 2, operating out of Engines 73, 82 and 85, some of the "busiest companies at the time". With the closing of Squad 2, he was then transferred to the quarters of Engine 75/Ladder 33/Battalion 19, just as the arson plague was beginning to start in that neighborhood putting those West Bronx Companies at the top of the list for "Runs and Workers". He spent time on the step of Engine 75 as well as Battalion 19 Aide.

 Later John was promoted to Lt where he served on Engine 68, also in the West Bronx area. Then being promoted to Captain it was quite a different scenery from what he was used to. He was transferred to the Heart of Manhattan, Engine 23 where he retired from.

 John attended Probie school with another quite popular and very well respected member on this site. That member being Retired Battalion Chief Jack Kleehaas, aka "68jk09".

 I've also heard that he attended Captain Class Training at "The Rock" with site member, Retired FDNY Captain Dan Keenan, aka "8060rock", who became the First Captain in the FDNY to become the boss at the FDNY Training Academy.

 These are just a few of some of the guys and a tiny bit of some of their stories. There are so many more stories to tell here about so many different individuals from the FDNY, FDNY/EMS, Dispatchers, as well as other firefighters, buffs etc.

 So "I guess if you're into it, this is the place to be".   
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« Reply #1302 on: February 11, 2020, 06:40:21 PM »
4 great guys on and off this site I must say
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« Reply #1303 on: February 22, 2020, 07:50:23 AM »
 Today, February 22nd we don't only celebrate George Washington's Birthday, the First President of the United States, BUT also one of our frequent contributors and senior members of this site. He calls himself "Raybrag", formerly of NYC and now living in Newport News, Va.

 Ray B., a retired high ranking U.S. Air Force Commander is a good friend to many on this site. He's probably the Top Scorer when it comes to those bonus questions on Johnny Gages, "Throwback Thursday" topics.

 Some of you may ask: "How old is Ray today" ?

 Well judging by his many correct answers, looking way back in time; "Ray's got to be pretty old".

 But for us guys here that know him, "I'm sure he can still get in the ring with the Best of Them".

 HAPPY BIRTHDAY RAY.

 

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« Reply #1304 on: February 22, 2020, 08:31:11 AM »
Happy 39x2 Birthday Ray

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