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Re: My younger Buff years
« Reply #1650 on: March 16, 2017, 04:47:18 AM »
Not sure about the hose bridge for the Trolley's but the Satellites in the FDNY do carry a hose bridge for use if needed.....more so for apparatus moving nearby rather than general vehicular traffic flowing thru . 
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« Reply #1651 on: March 16, 2017, 09:34:30 AM »
Something like these, Jack? (leaving out the railroad tracks)

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« Reply #1652 on: March 16, 2017, 02:53:51 PM »
These days are my early buffing days, as I'm 15 right now and plan on joining the FDNY, and from reading the earlier posts it looks like things have changed since. In my spare time, I drew a picture of ladder 3 because they're my local fire house and decided to bring it to them one day as a gift. I rode my bike over and found that they were on a run so I waited a few minutes until they returned. As they were walking into the station I approached one of the guys and gave the picture to him. He thanked me and invited me to the station where they gave me a ladder 3 shirt, but I had to go someplace else so I left afterward. A week later I went back and asked to take a picture of the drawing in their station. It was freezing cold that day so my phone was already dead because of the cold, but I anticipated that so I brought a charger and stayed a bit. The guys there were super nice and gave me some water and cookies and I stayed for like an hour just talking with the guys until they had to go pick up drycleaning or something. I've gone back a few times now and hung out with this one firefighter who's super nice and always invites me in and to come back. The guys over at ladder 3 have only made me want to be a firefighter even more due to their hospitality and great attitudes.

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« Reply #1653 on: April 21, 2017, 05:12:41 PM »
 I wanted to pass this on.

 One of the retired FDNY WAR YEARS Firefighters asked me if I knew of anybody who had "Home Made Movies" of these busy years during the 60s and 70s. Apparently there is some interest in making some type of movie about these FDNY War Years Firefighters.

 I'm sure that perhaps another problem might be is that video film would start to lose its quality over so many years, unless they had been put on some kind of digital disc. etc.

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« Reply #1654 on: April 28, 2017, 12:10:17 PM »


1952 Harlem rescue -  FF Stan Hirshfield Ladder 40 rescued 4 year old boy with team effort. - thanks Chief JK
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« Reply #1655 on: April 28, 2017, 01:16:18 PM »



I saw this picture before - WNYF?  Can anyone identify?
The lead FF in the extreme left window is Stanley Hirshfeld then in LAD*40....he Retired years later as a BC in BN*4 his Son Greg was a FF in ENG*289....Stanley's Brother in law was former Chief Of Ops Lewis Harris who's Son is a current LT in LAD*142 approaching 40 yrs OTJ.
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« Reply #1656 on: June 11, 2017, 01:13:29 PM »
 When Linda Wells of Oklahoma heard about the kind of work those FDNY War Years Firefighters had done, she wanted to produce a video in their honor.

 She dedicates this video to ALL of those FDNY War Years Firefighters who worked during the busiest time, in the busiest part of the World, doing what they did best. I have referred to them as "The Greatest Generation of Firefighters". Anybody who was there to see the kind of work these individuals did would certainly agree.

 I want to thank them for all they have done for me personally as well. So many times they offered me their thoughts and ideas on how to do the job as a firefighter better. I can only say thank you for all you've done to help me.

 I can also assure you that the people of the City of New York are also very thankful for the job you have done.

 Thank you so much Linda for taking the time to produce this as well.

 PLEASE NOTE: I have deleted the original video and replaced it with this one. I believe the other one had been hacked into. 

    

 
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« Reply #1657 on: June 12, 2017, 08:56:40 AM »

 PLEASE NOTE: I have replaced the original video in the previous post. I believe the first one had been hacked into. 

 I would like to point out a few things at the very beginning of this video as the FDNY War Years Photos begin. This involves the first THREE Photos.

 First Photo:
 This photo includes a group of four FDNY War Years Firefighters. The member who is the second from the left is Retired FDNY Captain "Jbendick". His son is FDNY Lt Tommy Bendick, who is the owner/operator of this site. Some of the companies that "Jbendick" served in were; Engine 96, Squad 2, Engine 75, Engine 68 and Engine 23.

 Second Photo:
  A black/white photo including a group of firefighters. Looking at that photo, I would say in the center is Retired FDNY Battalion Chief "68jk09". At the time of this photo, it appears to me that he was the Lt of Squad 41. Some of the companies that I believe "68jk09" served in were; Ladder 108, Rescue 2, Engine 332, Squad 41, Engine 275, Ladder 126, and Battalion 46.

 Third Photo:
  This third photo was taken by our own "mikeindabronx", aka Mike D. This photo shows two FDNY members with a fire on the second floor of a travel business. As we all know, "mikeindabronx" is considered "Our Most Valuable Player" and currently with over 19,000 post contributed, "we can understand why".
  His own numerous pages of EXCELLENT Photos can be seen on his web site;
  www.fdnysbravest.com

 There are other photos used as well in this FDNYs War Years Video.
 Another name mentioned in some of the photos is Jay Walsh. Jay is also a FDNY Lt.

  These individuals were there to preserve this very special time in the history of the FDNY. Without them, this story could not have been told. I appreciate what they all have done.
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« Reply #1658 on: June 12, 2017, 11:11:08 AM »
Thank you Bill for the post and a special thank you to Ms. Wells for the tribute. Again, sorry, but these years were the best of times but more so the worst of times. The best, of course was the men, the worst the junkies, the bugs burning out parts of this great city, but mostly the City of New York for allowing it, and allow it they did. As a Lt. in 50 engine 1970-73 as with all the units in the area we had a lot of work. Our busiest for many months was box 2323, Cauldwell and 160. The response then was 50-1,50-2,73, 19,42,B55, D6.  One month alone summer of 72 we had 17 all-hands or higher at this one box. The dispatchers simply called it "gasoline alley." If we were out on the air the dispatchers would come on the air and say "50 start out for gasoline alley, box to follow." One day returning from another box I see a column of smoke in that area. I asked the dispatcher "do you have a box for gasoline alley, we have a column of smoke that area." He responded', no. We said we were responding, a few seconds later he came on and said "coming in now 50, getting a lot of calls." Came back to qtrs one day from a 2nd at 2323, pulled up to qtrs, there was a relocated engine in qtrs. As we were walking into the FH the guys saw a large column of smoke that area followed a few seconds later on the bells 2323, went to another 2nd.Point, take a 100 streets away going South from Cauldwell and 160, make it Park Ave. and 60th street.  Would the powers of be have allowed this to happen in that neighborhood, of course not, but the poor at Cauldwell and 160 had little voice or little notice of what was happening, they suffered and so did the men and families of the FDNY. Bill Bode a long time member of L19 retired around 1974, died before he had one year in retirement, not that common but close for many others. As Captain of E82 1973-76 the indifference by the city was many years there and many to follow. The box there was of course 2743, Charlotte and 170, the response then 82,85,45,31,59,B27,D9. The picture in the tribute of burned out buildings in a large lot I believe was Charlotte Street. This neighborhood in the 40's,50'and 60's was teeming with people. Six and seven story tenements, H types with 2 and 3 families in apartments. The picture shows what the city allowed to be left. Here we had Gasoline Gomez. Every 8 to 10 days Gomez would pay Charlotte Street a visit. He wasn't bashful, would let us know that he was back. 6x9 tour on his visits he would set a small rubbish fire 1st floor rear of a vacant around 1900. Then around 2200 he would set a room going 1st floor rear same or close by building. Then around 0300 we would have 3 or 4 floor going in that or close by building. The "request for fire marshal response signal" would be transmitted for after each box, never had a response. How hard would it have been for the marshals to sit on a roof in the area and look for the guy carrying gas cans in the street at that 0300 hour? Finally God stepped in. Overhauling at a 0300 job the guys stretched a booster to the rear yard of the building for rubbish. They heard moans coming from under the overhaul rubbish, it was Gomez. He had blown himself out of a upper floor window when he lit the gasoline. Burned and broken up he survived. Beat the court case by stating that he simply went into the building to light a smoke and woke up in the hospital. But he never visited again.The busiest month we had in 82 was July 75 when we (with interchange and relocators) had 210 structural fires with 205 hours of structural work for the one month.  The firefighter pictured in the shot of 82 I believe is Willy Doyle. Many many years in 82 during the busy days. Hurt his back at a job and was on light duty. Came in for his check one payday. Told the guys that his back was killing him, if he didn't know better he would think he was having a heart attack. Said he was going lay down in the bunk room to let him know when the checks were in. When the guys went to wake him later Willy had died from an apparent heart attack, another war years victim. And again, take away the 100 blocks, would the city have allowed 70th street and Amsterdam to let Gomez visit every week or so, of course not, why then did they allow it in the South Bronx for 15 years. Again, thank you Bill for the post. If there was a picture of Willy Doyle laying in that bunk that would tell the whole story.
 
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Re: My younger Buff years
« Reply #1659 on: June 12, 2017, 12:41:01 PM »
Bill, thanks for posting the Tribute and the stories behind the photos.
Chief, thanks for sharing your memories.
Those years were indeed a "helluva" time

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« Reply #1660 on: June 12, 2017, 01:43:20 PM »
Hi Everyone and thank's on the video.
 I am linda Kent And Believe This Or Not I Was in New York Around 1975 and was such a young firefighter that you older guy's sent me back to the firehouse. every time i turned around. grew up halfway in firehouse at Nicoma Park OKLAHOMA!!!!, And Nicoma Park Police Department, And TINKER AFB Oklahoma. Also And Not To Forget With The Civil Air Patrol (Bratt Patrol) Working Natural Disasters.
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« Reply #1661 on: June 13, 2017, 09:28:40 AM »
Thank you Linda.  You do very nice work and your videos are very meaningful.

Thanks also to Willy D for posting and to Chief ************ for his interesting memories and comments.

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« Reply #1662 on: June 15, 2017, 06:28:13 PM »
Willy D , I know this will come as a devastating blow to you, while passing Southern Blvd. & Fordham Rd. today I noticed

that Mickey D's is Out Of Business

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« Reply #1663 on: June 15, 2017, 07:03:53 PM »
They are out of business because Willy D does not buff the Bronx any more.  The sign they used to have "Millions and millions served" were due to his War Years buffing. Now if he ever goes back to the Bronx he will starve.  There's more to life than a Happy Meal, Bill.

Can you estimate how many burgers you ate there over the past 40 years Bill?  How many fries?  I would guess maybe 200 a year times 40 years  -  8000 burgers.  And 400000 fries.  And a few thousand gallons of coffee.  No wonder they are out of business.
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« Reply #1664 on: June 15, 2017, 07:10:46 PM »
Willy D , I know this will come as a devastating blow to you, while passing Southern Blvd. & Fordham Rd. today I noticed

that Mickey D's is Out Of Business
Oh no! Mike you've got to break that easy to Willie. A moment of silence please.