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Title: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on October 03, 2013, 08:32:40 PM
 Congradulations goes out to site member "kfd274" (Kevin D) on the recent marriage of his daughter Aileen who was married in Philadelphia on September 28, 2013. Aileen is currently a General Counsel with The Philadelphia Eagles. I understand that they will be living in New Jersey.

 And for those who didn't know, Kevin, a retired school principal, and his wife, recently moved from Long Island to the Boston area. I had the pleasure of showing Kevin around the Providence, RI area this past summer. He bought me chow and it wasn't McDonalds. We went to the area known as "Federal Hill". It's not Arthur Ave (Bronx), but rather Atwells Ave - Providence. If you're ever in the Providence area, there's some great Italian restraunts there.

  Congradulations Kevin D. (kfd274). And hopefully, my friend "fdny1075k" will be able to post a few pictures for us.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on October 03, 2013, 09:01:15 PM
Congradulations goes out to site member "kfd274" (Kevin D) on the recent marriage of his daughter Aileen who was married in Philadelphia on September 28, 2013. Aileen is currently a General Counsel with The Philadelphia Eagles. I understand that they will be living in New Jersey.

 And for those who didn't know, Kevin, a retired school principal, and his wife, recently moved from Long Island to the Boston area. I had the pleasure of showing Kevin around the Providence, RI area this past summer. He bought me chow and it wasn't McDonalds. We went to the area known as "Federal Hill". It's not Arthur Ave (Bronx), but rather Atwells Ave - Providence. If you're ever in the Providence area, there's some great Italian restraunts there.

  Congradulations Kevin D. (kfd274). And hopefully, my friend "fdny1075k" will be able to post a few pictures for us.


 Congradulations to All


Bill... did you take him under the Pineapple ?
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on October 03, 2013, 09:04:05 PM
Congradulations goes out to site member "kfd274" (Kevin D) on the recent marriage of his daughter Aileen who was married in Philadelphia on September 28, 2013. Aileen is currently a General Counsel with The Philadelphia Eagles. I understand that they will be living in New Jersey.

 And for those who didn't know, Kevin, a retired school principal, and his wife, recently moved from Long Island to the Boston area. I had the pleasure of showing Kevin around the Providence, RI area this past summer. He bought me chow and it wasn't McDonalds. We went to the area known as "Federal Hill". It's not Arthur Ave (Bronx), but rather Atwells Ave - Providence. If you're ever in the Providence area, there's some great Italian restraunts there.

  Congradulations Kevin D. (kfd274). And hopefully, my friend "fdny1075k" will be able to post a few pictures for us.


 Congradulations to All


Bill... did you take him under the Pineapple ?

  Mike, you know EXACTLY where I am talking about. That big pineapple is still there (Atwells Ave near I-95)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdny1075k on October 03, 2013, 09:12:09 PM
Bill, here's the pictures you asked me to post of Kevin D.(kfd274) and his beautiful daughter on her wedding day.

(http://s15.postimg.cc/xizpnia7r/Wedding_1.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/xizpnia7r/)

(http://s13.postimg.cc/vat2klc83/Wedding_3.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/vat2klc83/)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: grumpy grizzly on October 03, 2013, 09:17:23 PM
Just did 35 on 9-30, hope they can pass us! Best wishes to all!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on October 03, 2013, 09:22:22 PM
 Thanks Emmett (fdny1075k).

 Those pictures are great.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on October 03, 2013, 10:17:42 PM
Bill, here's the pictures you asked me to post of Kevin D.(kfd274) and his beautiful daughter on her wedding day.

(http://s15.postimg.cc/xizpnia7r/Wedding_1.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/xizpnia7r/)



(http://s13.postimg.cc/vat2klc83/Wedding_3.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/vat2klc83/)

  Aileen looks like she's a pretty happy girl.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on October 03, 2013, 10:37:33 PM
Congtatulations to Kevin and his family.

Great Italian restaurants on Federal Hill, Providence.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on October 04, 2013, 09:00:48 PM
Congratulations to all.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on October 20, 2013, 10:10:30 AM
  Heard what I considered to be an interesting story from site member "svd385" (Steve D.) during our most recent Get Together.

 Steve was working at the World Trade Center in Basement Level 6 during the first WTC bombing. I believe that was in February, 1993 (?).

  While I was in the firehouse in Connecticut watching bits of this on the CNN News, Steve was trapped down in that lower level parking area for about four hours before he was able to get out. He was also one of about 1,000 individuals to recieve some injuries from this bombing.

  Steve D. was also once an Auxiliary firefighter with Engine 96 in the Bronx. When he moved to New Jersey, he joined one of the volunteer depts where he had been a member for several years. As a member there, Steve fell through a stairway causing injury to his legs and back. He landed on his feet while wearing full turnout gear including his air pack.

  I hope Steve will add to this story if I forget anything or make any corrections if need be. Many of us that know Steve, aka "svd385", consider him to be a good friend and a great guy.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: svd385 on October 20, 2013, 11:50:29 PM
We were initally told by the PA that it was a transformer in the path tubes.  We found out what had happened when my wife called me and wondered why we were still there and told me of the bombing.  Our node was located in the B6 level of tower 2.  The explosion was at the B4 / B3 ramp in the parking garage.  I seldom talk about this, it just kind of slipped out ... all I did was check on the other employees in offices  we had on the 32 and 56 floors of tower one and then got excorted out by a PA cop whom I got the impression from that he didn't like a  few things I explained to him ... 

Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on December 03, 2013, 09:59:54 AM
 On a tragic day in April, 2013, two bombs went off in the streets of Boston as the Marathon was taking place. For one woman named Rose Ann Sdoia she would pay a very steep price for being an innocent bystander. She would loose her leg and have to go through months of therapy learning to walk again.

 On that day, as the first bomb went off, some Boston Firefighters were in the area. Of course they immediately headed in the direction of those injured. Then a Second Bomb went off much closer. One firefighter named Mike Materia ran to the aid of this woman who was still conscious but bleeding from her injury. Her leg had been severed. A belt was used as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding. That firefighter attempted to wave down passing ambulances responding to the first bombing with no success. He stayed with her not knowing if a third or fourth bomb would go off. He was finally able to get a police van where she was put into and transported to the hospital. Firefighter Materia rode in that van with her as she struggled to remain conscious from her life threatening injury. Firefighter Materia was able to keep her alive as he talked to her and held her hand.

  Today, Rose Ann Sdoia, the woman who lost her leg, is demonstrating to the world how she is moving forward with an upbeat positive attitude despite what she has had to endure. She now travels telling her story. She is a role model for each and every one of us.

  And Firefighter Mike Materia, the firefighter that rode with her in that police van holding her hand and keeping her alive, is the son of our site member "mack". A frequent contributor to this site.

  "macks" son Mike, also served three tours in Iraq with the Special Forces before going on the Boston Fire Dept. He now travels often with the woman who is so grateful to him for saving her life. They have become a couple together.

  Today there is some talk of making a movie. But the story of Rose Ann Sodia and Boston Firefighter Mike Materia is not a movie but a TRUE story of a role model and a hero.

  For those of us that know "mack", we know what a really a great guy he is. He has given me a personnel tour of some firehouses, a military base, and places of interest in the Va/DC area. He himself a West Point graduate with two masters degrees. A retired high ranking Army Officer. He has a very high respect for firefighters, and I'm pretty sure, all of us that know him, have a pretty high amount of respect for him also.

  Thanks for all your contributions to this site and THANK YOU for all you've done for me and all the others. For me, I consider it an honor to be your friend. And I hope some day I will be able to meet your son Mike and Rose Ann.

 

 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on December 03, 2013, 05:40:42 PM
Thank You, 'NFD', for this Great Story !
And of course, Our Own Hero Mack:

Thank You, Sir, for your years of Dedicated, Committed Service, to Our Nation, and, 'Our
Community' here on this site.
And, Congratulations & Many Thanks, to your Wonderful Son Mike ! What an
Outstanding Example of Courage, Sacrifice and Dedication to Service ! Bravo !   'Staj.'
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: grumpy grizzly on December 03, 2013, 06:17:44 PM
Guess they are right, the acorn does not fall from the tree. thank you for your service, and to your son for his. And between u and me, thanx also for your help. Son is now an Illinois State Trooper. Where do we find those who will go in harm's way for us!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on December 19, 2013, 08:12:05 AM
 Where have they been ?

  Our good friends, and my Connecticut neighbors, "johnd248" and "bxboro", where have they been ?

  Well, Johnny D has been sucking up some warm sunshine over in France or someplace like that. All while we freeze our butts off here. But from what I hear, "he's doing fine" and should be home soon. Just kind of forgot about his friends here while he enjoys himself.

  "Bxboro", well for my Brother Connecticut Firefighter it is not quite the same story. No warm sun for him. While he is not at the firehouse, he is out in the cold delivering oil so others can be warm. Enjoyed a chicken pam dinner with him and the other brothers at the firehouse the other night. He calls it; "The Squad 41 Special". (his brother a member of Sqd 41).

  And for those who are not aware, for "fdce54" the count has begun for his days to retirement next November. For now, he has been working a lot of hours out there in the cold too. But no more cold nights for him after that. "Hang in there Frankie D, it's your LAST winter". Then you'll be able to do NOTHING for society, every day, like so many of us here.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: johnd248 on December 19, 2013, 09:15:46 AM
Yes, Johnd248 went to France for two weeks, yes I am back, and yes already responded to two MVAs and a working chimney fire.  Didn't get to visit any fire stations although I wanted to; saw some fire engines on the road, not responding.  All quiet in wine and cheese land.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on December 19, 2013, 07:19:38 PM
Welcome home; glad you had a safe and enjoyable trip.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on December 19, 2013, 08:01:05 PM
Welcome home; glad you had a safe and enjoyable trip.

  I agree. I've known John for a long time. I like to joke around with him because he is really such a great guy. We were probably in our 20s when we rode the same fire trucks together. Now, well, lets just say that was a pretty long time ago.

  And for those who don't know, John also has a son who is a Lt on the Fairfield, (Ct) Fire Dept.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on February 01, 2014, 07:03:54 PM
 I think "G-man" might appreciate this.

 Any idea of what member of this site had his picture on an eight cent postage stamp back in 1973.

 Well, the FDNY War Years were rolling along. The fire activity was non stop. There were second sections and parts of New York City were looking like a War Zone.

 While working as a letter carrier in Westport, Ct there was word that a new series of ten stamps were coming out to celebrate the change from what had previously been referred to as the US Post Office, to now, the US Postal Service. A photographer and artist from a Westport shop was picked to do this job. He would follow the various jobs done by the post office for about two weeks. Then design a series of ten stamps from the hundreds of photos he took.

  From Letter Carrier to Clerks. From Rural Carriers to Supervisors. And those working the loading platforms and conveyer belts. One of those that he followed around for the day was a young walking letter carrier. The letter carrier he followed around liked the job, but all the guy talked about was being a fireman. And he told this photographer how he spends his days off chasing fire trucks in New York City.

  This is a picture of that eight cent stamp of a young letter carrier that wanted to be a fireman. I believe the stamps came out in April, 1973.

  http://www.mysticstamp.com/viewProducts.asp?sku=1497 (http://www.mysticstamp.com/viewProducts.asp?sku=1497)

  Sure looks like NFD2004, aka Willy D, about 75 lbs lighter and 40 years younger.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on February 01, 2014, 07:47:43 PM
There was a Stamp made from a photo in Vietnam of a Soldier jumping from a helicopter that was a few feet off the ground ....that Soldier later became a FF in ENG*324 ..... his Son is now a FF in 324......  an enlargement of the stamp is in a frame on the kitchen wall.   
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on February 01, 2014, 09:30:34 PM
There was a Stamp made from a photo in Vietnam of a Soldier jumping from a helicopter that was a few feet off the ground ....that Soldier later became a FF in ENG*324 ..... his Son is now a FF in 324......  an enlargement of the stamp is in a frame on the kitchen wall.

  Chief JK, I found this one that might be it.

  http://www.123rf.com/photo_8770844_usa-vintage-postage-stamp-showing-an-image-of-the-1960-s-vietnam-war-with-usa-soldier-marines-enteri.html (http://www.123rf.com/photo_8770844_usa-vintage-postage-stamp-showing-an-image-of-the-1960-s-vietnam-war-with-usa-soldier-marines-enteri.html)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on February 01, 2014, 09:59:37 PM
Yes - definately a young Willy D USPO mail carrier making a stop at McDonald's.

(http://s17.postimg.cc/ncbn4iaff/1497.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/ncbn4iaff/)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on February 02, 2014, 12:25:45 AM
nfd ...that is the ENG*324 photo.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on February 02, 2014, 02:43:24 AM
Here is another vet who was in this picture:

http://old.post-gazette.com/neigh_west/20000721stamp1.asp (http://old.post-gazette.com/neigh_west/20000721stamp1.asp)

http://www.namvets.com/reading/vietnam_vet_represents_1960.htm (http://www.namvets.com/reading/vietnam_vet_represents_1960.htm)

Stamp was issued in 1999.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on February 02, 2014, 05:55:25 AM
nfd & mack.... Thanks for posting further info on these Vet's...NEVER FORGET !.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: johnd248 on February 02, 2014, 08:20:48 AM
Was Willy D's mail bag full of mail or Big Macs??
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on February 02, 2014, 09:43:53 AM
Was Willy D's mail bag full of mail or Big Macs??

  Maybe Big Macs and something to take the chill off on those cold winter days.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on February 03, 2014, 04:28:54 AM
Willy this ones for you..... http://www.ebay.com/itm/DENNIS-MASSACHUSETTS-HELMET-LEATHER-SHIELD-CAIRNS-BROTHERS-FIRE-HELMET-30/291067012891?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111000%26algo%3DREC.RVI%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131017132637%26meid%3D4571457833041573627%26pid%3D100033%26prg%3D20131017132637%26rk%3D0%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D251441359329 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/DENNIS-MASSACHUSETTS-HELMET-LEATHER-SHIELD-CAIRNS-BROTHERS-FIRE-HELMET-30/291067012891?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111000%26algo%3DREC.RVI%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131017132637%26meid%3D4571457833041573627%26pid%3D100033%26prg%3D20131017132637%26rk%3D0%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D251441359329)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on February 03, 2014, 09:49:49 AM
Willy this ones for you..... http://www.ebay.com/itm/DENNIS-MASSACHUSETTS-HELMET-LEATHER-SHIELD-CAIRNS-BROTHERS-FIRE-HELMET-30/291067012891?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111000%26algo%3DREC.RVI%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131017132637%26meid%3D4571457833041573627%26pid%3D100033%26prg%3D20131017132637%26rk%3D0%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D251441359329 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/DENNIS-MASSACHUSETTS-HELMET-LEATHER-SHIELD-CAIRNS-BROTHERS-FIRE-HELMET-30/291067012891?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111000%26algo%3DREC.RVI%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131017132637%26meid%3D4571457833041573627%26pid%3D100033%26prg%3D20131017132637%26rk%3D0%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D251441359329)
Damn, Willy's got his own fire dept. Impressive!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on February 03, 2014, 10:34:33 AM
Willy this ones for you..... http://www.ebay.com/itm/DENNIS-MASSACHUSETTS-HELMET-LEATHER-SHIELD-CAIRNS-BROTHERS-FIRE-HELMET-30/291067012891?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111000%26algo%3DREC.RVI%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131017132637%26meid%3D4571457833041573627%26pid%3D100033%26prg%3D20131017132637%26rk%3D0%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D251441359329 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/DENNIS-MASSACHUSETTS-HELMET-LEATHER-SHIELD-CAIRNS-BROTHERS-FIRE-HELMET-30/291067012891?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111000%26algo%3DREC.RVI%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131017132637%26meid%3D4571457833041573627%26pid%3D100033%26prg%3D20131017132637%26rk%3D0%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D251441359329)

  Thank you Chief.

  Yes Frank, that's another story, for another day.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on March 05, 2014, 11:48:11 PM
 Latest reports are that site member "fdce54", aka Frank D., supervisor for Westchester County's Con Ed office says he'll miss those cool, brisk, fresh air nights of this past January, February and March (2014) as he counts down the weeks, days, hours and minutes until his retirement.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on March 21, 2014, 09:31:14 PM
One of the most active members on this site, "mikeindabronx", aka Mike D, and his wife Marie, recently celebrated their 42nd Wedding Anniversary on St Patricks Day March 17, 2014. Mike, with the assistance of his wife Marie, has posted some of the best FDNY photos of the 1980s on his web site; www.fdnysbravest.com (http://www.fdnysbravest.com) . He also has a web site for posting his works of Animal Photography, where he may sometimes be found strolling the grounds of The Bronx Zoo.

   Mike was born and raised in the Bronx. In fact he lives in that same building today, where he was born and raised, a long time ago. His wife Marie, born in Brooklyn and grew up in St Albins, Queens.

  Those of us who know Mike consider it an honor to have him as a friend. He has a great amount of respect for the FDNY, and I think they have a Great amount of respect for him too.

  Congratulations to Mike D, "mikeindabronx", and his wife Marie, on 42 years of marriage. 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mac8146 on March 21, 2014, 10:14:29 PM
Congratulations to Mike & the Mrs.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on March 21, 2014, 10:46:35 PM
Congratulations and many more happy years!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on March 22, 2014, 02:27:28 AM
Best Wishes to Mr. & Mrs.....hopefully many more years together & doing what you do.   
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on April 17, 2014, 08:39:13 PM
 As we are aware, "Grumpy" is in the hospital as of this date (4/17/14). We hope he's doing okay and hope for a positive update soon.

 Brother "Bxboro" recovering from some recent surgery he had requiring a two day hospital stay. Not quite ready to be stretching in yet, in Groton, Ct but the good news is that this great guy is doing okay now.

 Mr Willy D (NFD2004) had himself a right eye cataract surgery the other day. Not too brave when it came to this thing. Had to get 15 separate eye drops put in before the work even started. When the nurse was putting them in, I wasn't really counting, but I said to her; "What's that number 14" ? She said; "No, number 3". But with a lolly pop treat, it made it all better.

  I can't imagine what it will be like when we get old. Earlier this month I got myself some medicare. Starting to put it to work already.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on April 17, 2014, 08:54:54 PM
Bill.... Thanks for the updates and welcome to the medicare elite
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on April 17, 2014, 09:12:46 PM
Hope you're up and about soon.  Oh, and how good looking was the nurse??
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: IRISH on April 17, 2014, 09:28:21 PM

Hope your doing well Uncle Willy D - where would we be without you

Mike Many Congrats to you and Marie on your 42yrs of marriage

Grump & Bxboro also wishing you a speedy recovery
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on April 17, 2014, 10:18:38 PM
 Thanks Mike, I know you can understand. Being on medicare, joining AARP, trips to the senior center, and every once in awhile the doctor says; "well, we got a little problem here". But Mike, the truth is, as buffs, we sure were around during the right time.

  "Manhattan",  I think I asked the nurse for a date. But when it was over, I could see the nurse was a guy, not a gal.

  Truth is that medicine has really come a long way. "Bxboros" surgery was really pretty serious, but the doctors at Yale, New Haven, Ct really know their stuff. When my eye surgery was over, I could see again. I guess years ago, the end result would be just going blind. I couldn't see anything out of my right eye just a few days ago.

  I hope that Grumpy will do okay too. And of course we will all pray for Capt Vigiano who is dealing with that cancer.

  There are members on here still paying a physical price after 9/11. They battle medical issues on a daily basis. "69Mets" is one such example. He has some good days, some bad days. Even some bad weeks or bad months. But he's happy to be alive.

  I tell these stories because these are good people. Most of us never even met these individuals, but we can consider them our friends. At our Get Together last year, one member joined us who had some difficulty getting around. But he didn't let that stop him. I'm sure it wasn't easy for "svd385", but it sure was good to see him. He certainly put a lot of effort into being a part of it.

  And young guys like "Irish" who I met last year. He made the trip all the way from Ireland to see the FDNY and meet up with a few members. If you ask me, he's really top shelf.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: CFDMarshal on April 17, 2014, 11:46:04 PM
Willy D!!!!! You mean to tell me that you have been driving the Rev and and his pal, Frankie D of the CE and you didn't have any Eyesight! Ohhhhhhhh Willy, Mr Wang will be verrry upset at woo for dat!!!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on April 18, 2014, 10:16:47 AM
Thanks Mike, I know you can understand. Being on medicare, joining AARP, trips to the senior center, and every once in awhile the doctor says; "well, we got a little problem here". But Mike, the truth is, as buffs, we sure were around during the right time.

  "Manhattan",  I think I asked the nurse for a date. But when it was over, I could see the nurse was a guy, not a gal.

  Truth is that medicine has really come a long way. "Bxboros" surgery was really pretty serious, but the doctors at Yale, New Haven, Ct really know their stuff. When my eye surgery was over, I could see again. I guess years ago, the end result would be just going blind. I couldn't see anything out of my right eye just a few days ago.

  I hope that Grumpy will do okay too. And of course we will all pray for Capt Vigiano who is dealing with that cancer.

  There are members on here still paying a physical price after 9/11. They battle medical issues on a daily basis. "69Mets" is one such example. He has some good days, some bad days. Even some bad weeks or bad months. But he's happy to be alive.

  I tell these stories because these are good people. Most of us never even met these individuals, but we can consider them our friends. At our Get Together last year, one member joined us who had some difficulty getting around. But he didn't let that stop him. I'm sure it wasn't easy for "svd385", but it sure was good to see him. He certainly put a lot of effort into being a part of it.

  And young guys like "Irish" who I met last year. He made the trip all the way from Ireland to see the FDNY and meet up with a few members. If you ask me, he's really top shelf.
So Bill, where are you and the nurse going on your date, Mickey D's?
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: svd385 on April 18, 2014, 10:37:47 AM
I might be old, dented up and broken but I refuse to grow up ... we of the medicare age group got to see all the cool bands and did all of our dumb stuff before the internet .... some mistakes were just too much fun to be done only once,  ;D  ;)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on April 18, 2014, 09:16:13 PM
 Here's a little "Insider News" that might interest you regarding our bosses on this site (Tbendick and Truck 4).

  Did you know that both celebrate their birthdays on the same day, August 9th.

  But there's more. Both have two young daughters and both Daddy's are expecting number 2 in August. But this time, both boys.

 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: johnd248 on April 19, 2014, 10:13:54 AM
As one of the "younger" guys on this site, I wish the best for all of youse gentlemen.  Willy D will have an easier time finding the Golden Arches with his new sight.  Best to one and all.  I happen to have a son whose birthday is August 9th also.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: svd385 on April 19, 2014, 11:44:15 AM
Here's a little "Insider News" that might interest you regarding our bosses on this site (Tbendick and Truck 4).

  Did you know that both celebrate their birthdays on the same day, August 9th.

  But there's more. Both have two young daughters and both Daddy's are expecting number 2 in August. But this time, both boys.

 

Great news ... now just avoid driving area's where there are large 'pot holes' with the wives in the car ... afterall, you don't want to chance shaking the nut;s off of them.   ;)  ::)  :)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on May 03, 2014, 08:30:40 PM
 Good news. Latest word on "Grumpy Grizzly", according to "Zing the grumpy grizzly jr", Poppa Grump is doing much better now. He is doing physical therapy to get the strength back in his leg. And word is he might be coming home next week.

 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on May 03, 2014, 09:25:05 PM
Good News....Best Wishes for a full recovery.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on May 03, 2014, 10:05:06 PM
Bill..thanks for the update on GG
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: svd385 on May 04, 2014, 06:05:11 PM
Thanks for the update, glad to hear GG is doing well
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on May 04, 2014, 06:07:02 PM
Good news.  Site has been Grumpless too long.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on June 02, 2014, 08:17:40 PM
News Flash regarding site member "fdce54", aka Frank D. "Fdce54" is reported to have gone to sleep last night and he was 60 years old. This morning when he woke up somehow he turned 61. Frank D only asked for many happy birthday wishes from members of this site instead of any gifts.

And not only is he counting the years for his birthdays, but he is also counting the days to his retirement. At last count it was 169 days to go. Frank has spent about 40 years working for Con Ed starting out in the exclusive South Bronx and later moving up  to supervisor in Westchester County.

Those of us who know Frank know that he is really a great guy. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Frank.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on June 02, 2014, 08:39:03 PM
Many more in good health, great happiness and safety.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on June 02, 2014, 08:43:11 PM
Happy Birthday Frank
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on June 02, 2014, 09:29:34 PM

Happy, Happy Birthday Frank... & Many More !

Thanks for All your great contribution here, and w/ the Members as well  jw  8)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on June 02, 2014, 10:32:28 PM
Happy birthday, Frank.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: johnd248 on June 02, 2014, 10:45:37 PM
Happy Birthday, Frank.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: memory master on June 03, 2014, 06:11:49 AM
Happy birthday Frank and all good wishes to you!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 1261Truckie on June 03, 2014, 11:16:09 AM
Happy birthday, Frank.....many more as well
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: svd385 on June 03, 2014, 12:38:01 PM
Happy Birthday, Frank... 61 huh... that just makes you 31 with  30 years experience...  ;)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on June 03, 2014, 12:49:08 PM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY & BEST WISHES FOR MANY MORE.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: CFDMarshal on June 03, 2014, 08:54:14 PM
Happy Birthday Mr. Wang!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on June 15, 2014, 08:56:03 AM
 Last Thursday June 12th, site member "Atlas" celebrated his birthday. It wasn't his 39th, but one of the others after that. So a Happy Belated Birthday wish to him.

  Many of us here are familiar with Atlas, as he was the one who ran and set up the entire October Get Together for 2013. Since his retirement, as one of the FDNYs War Years Dispatchers, Atlas has been involved with the Wounded Warriors and as I understand it, he is always involved in the parade to honor these veterans in July that takes place in Brooklyn and State Island.

  These days you can find "Atlas" wearing a Coast Guard uniform, as he is heavily involved in the Coast Guard Auxiliary working Communications in one of the busiest bodies of water in the entire country. And as of this date, (6/15/14), there has been over 200 emergency incidents involving the Coast Guard in the NYC area, "Atlas" being a part in many of them. I understand another part of his duties is, he also gives talks at local schools on water safety.

  Well "Atlas", HAPPY belated BIRTHDAY and Happy Fathers Day too.

  And Happy Fathers Day to ALL the Fathers out there. Hope you all enjoy the day. You've earned it.

  Quick Fathers Day story about the guy I called "Smoke". "Smoke" was the nickname I gave my father. He didn't mind me calling him that because he was a firefighter and smoked cigars. Of course "Smoke" has passed on several years ago. But I was proud of him. He was a Combat Medic in World War ll. He was once honored for the rescue of a homeless civilian and kept him alive using mouth to mouth breathing when that first came out.

  As a teenage kid I was waiting for the bus one day and the fire trucks were going on a run. As the rigs went by an old guy standing next to me said to me; "those guys saved my life". I then noticed he had a hole in his neck to help him breathe.  So I asked him "where was that", and he said at a fire on Fulton St. That was the fire that Smoke had pulled the guy out of. I couldn't wait to go home and tell my father I met the guy he pulled out. TRUE STORY.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on June 15, 2014, 10:50:26 AM
Happy Birthday Ken (Atlas) and thanks again for last year's great tour.

Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on June 15, 2014, 11:53:45 AM
Happy Birthday "Atlas"
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: johnd248 on June 15, 2014, 12:22:51 PM
Speaking of old timers, it was great to see good friend Matty Daly at this week's Fire Bell Club annual banquet.  Great to see Matt up and around, enjoying all the fun as the FBC celebrated its 75th anniversary.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 69 METS on June 15, 2014, 02:44:55 PM
Speaking of old timers, it was great to see good friend Matty Daly at this week's Fire Bell Club annual banquet.  Great to see Matt up and around, enjoying all the fun as the FBC celebrated its 75th anniversary.
  Matty is a great guy, I'm glad he's doing well.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on June 15, 2014, 06:04:09 PM
I never met Matty but I've been told he was a favorite around Rescue 3. And a favorite at the Fire Bell Club. Glad to hear that he's doing okay.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: CFDMarshal on June 15, 2014, 08:59:14 PM
Happy Birthday Ken!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on June 17, 2014, 09:01:36 AM
 With the News of Members, I thought it would be interesting to post some interesting facts of site members. Some of these members I know personally. Some I only know of from what I read on this site. But here's a rundown about a few. (I hope they don't mind).

  Members whose fathers were on the job as career firefighters:

  "TBendick" (site owner) - FDNY
  "Mack" - FDNY
  "69Mets" - FDNY
  "3511" - FDNY
  "68jk09" - FDNY
  "Lucky" - FDNY
  "memory master" - FDNY
  "Patrickfd" - Hartford, Ct
  "NFD2004" - Bridgeport, Ct

  Current or Retired Members of the FDNY or other career departments (from the States of New York, Mass, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Virginia, and across the World). I'm sure there's more:

  "TBendick"
  "MAC8146"
  "JBendick"
  "68jk09"
  "*******"
  "Turk132"
  "Lucky"
  "R1SmokeEater"
  "fltpara16"
  "teamgaft"
  "Patrickfd"
  "Smokeeater405"
  "Bxboro"
  "69Mets"
  "Joeyengine"
  "Irish"
  "Massfireman"
  "Rodent251"
  "DMA341"
  "Vbcapt"
  "CanadianFireman"
  "CFDMarshall"
  "Ausiefirey"
  "Lad-103(ret)"
  "In2theJob"
  "JKal"
  "NFD2004"

 Members who have sons currently on the job as career firefighters:

  "JBendick"
  "Mack"
  "69Mets"
  "Lucky"

  Current or Retired Dispatchers/Communications Unit:

  "Atlas"
  "Manhattan"
  "Patrickfd"
  "FD347"
  "JOR176"

  Current, Retired, InActive EMS (EMTs, Medics, Nurse, Other):
   
   "Memory Master"
   "STAjo"

  Current "Active Volunteer Firefighters" - (I will list your department if you wish)

    "Mack"
    "CFDMarshall"
    "Johnd248" - Stonington, Ct

  Currently "IN-ACTIVE Volunteer Firefighters" - (I will list your department if you wish)

    "fdny1075k" - Shelton, Ct
    "auxlteng225" - Spring Valley, NY
    "fdce54"
    "Guitarman314" - Putnam and Westchester County
    "svd385"
    "1261 Truckie" - Kingwood and Porter, Texas

  Current or Retired Police Officers:

   "Truck 4"
   "auxlteng225"

  Retired Military:
 
  "RayBrag"
  "Mack"
  "3511"

  Former FDNY Auxiliary Firefighters pre 1975:

  "svd385" - Eng 96
  "1261 Truckie" - Lad 132
  "auxlteng225" - Eng 225
  "johnd248" - Eng 248

  Others Careers - Active or Retired:
   
   "Johnd248" - Retired Bank Manager from Connecticut
   "Guitarman..." - Retired Postal Supervisor from the Bronx
   "fdce54" - Soon to be Retired, (11/2014), Con Ed Supervisor from Westchester County
   "anesti" - NYC School System in the Bronx

  I'm sure there's more. I think there's at least a few more FDNY members. We only post your USER NAME. If you'd like me to add your name, just send me a pm.

  And finally.....

  Best fire photo and video/audio web sites:

  "mikeindabronx" - www.fdnysbravest.com (http://www.fdnysbravest.com)
  "Patrickfd" - www.squadfirephotos.com (http://www.squadfirephotos.com)
  "R1SmokeEater" - www.youtube.com/user/R1SmokeEater (http://www.youtube.com/user/R1SmokeEater)

  Guys that need to go on a diet:
 
  "NFD2004"

 

Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on June 17, 2014, 10:13:35 AM
 I wasn't quite awake yet when I posted the above. One guy comes under three categories. Himself a retired FDNY member, his father was on the job and now his son is also on the job. I only had him listed on one of the three.

  I guess it's time to give up that glass of gin, for a cup of coffee in the morning.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on June 17, 2014, 12:40:26 PM
I wasn't quite awake yet when I posted the above. One guy comes under three categories. Himself a retired FDNY member, his father was on the job and now his son is also on the job. I only had him listed on one of the three.

  I guess it's time to give up that glass of gin, for a cup of coffee in the morning.


Bill...I'm sure GL will chastise you
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on June 17, 2014, 01:04:14 PM
I wasn't quite awake yet when I posted the above. One guy comes under three categories. Himself a retired FDNY member, his father was on the job and now his son is also on the job. I only had him listed on one of the three.

  I guess it's time to give up that glass of gin, for a cup of coffee in the morning.


Bill...I'm sure GL will chastise you

  Mike, you got that right. He already did. I took a verbal beating from him.

  And I will be adding a few more names as they get back to me. So names will be added as they come in.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on June 17, 2014, 05:44:19 PM
 First we hope that site member "69mets" is recovering well. He was a little under the weather for a few weeks. For those who don't know, "69mets" is a well respected retired member of the FDNY who has worked some of the busiest companies in the city. So Get Well there Brother.

 Thank you to those who sent a pm, and deserve to be put on the list. So within a few hours, a few more user names have been added. Some names have been past on by other members who know the individuals. Thank you.

  There has been two other categories added. They are; "Active Volunteer Firefighters" and another is "IN-Active Volunteer Firefighters". Please send me a pm if you'd like to be added to the list.

  On the EMS, I have listed - EMT, Medic, Nurse, Other. If you're involved in caring for the sick or injured I hope you'll let us know.

  We all have in common, an interest in the FDNY or the Fire Service. Some buff as a hobby or have in some way offered our assistance to strangers. Many have served our country and served it well. Some get paid, some volunteer. In some way, EVERY ONE of the names on that list has helped or made someone's life a little bit better.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on June 17, 2014, 09:24:09 PM
RE:    Current or Retired Dispatchers:

  "Atlas"
  "Manhattan" - (right ?)
  "Patrickfd"

Nice job, nfd2004 – you’ve put some good work into compiling this list.

I’m not saying “right” and I’m not saying “wrong”, but I’m curious what made you include me among those particular heralded, honored and illustrious Members!?
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on June 17, 2014, 10:48:24 PM
RE:    Current or Retired Dispatchers:

  "Atlas"
  "Manhattan" - (right ?)
  "Patrickfd"

Nice job, nfd2004 – you’ve put some good work into compiling this list.

I’m not saying “right” and I’m not saying “wrong”, but I’m curious what made you include me among those particular heralded, honored and illustrious Members!?

  I think because at some point I seem to remember you mentioning somewhere here about you being an FDNY Dispatcher. I wasn't sure though that's why I put the question mark. So we respect you as well.

  And I am so sorry that I failed to list FDNY Supervising Dispatcher "FD347". I certainly owe him. He was a big help to me one time with an issue I had. Sorry Frank.

  I think it's safe to say that we all respect you for what you do.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: JOR176 on June 18, 2014, 11:39:24 AM
I was a Communication Electrician for the FDNY, worked 2 months in the Bronx E46 old quarters, transferred to Brooklyn and worked there for 18 yrs the last 12 as a Brooklyn troublehunter.We handled the Box circuits,cables both underground and aerial,teleprinters,ERS circuits as well as Pull box circuits and of course all the maintenance that it encompasses.retired in 2004
Jack O'
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on June 18, 2014, 12:59:11 PM
 Jack, I'm sorry. We have talked in the past and I did want to add you to the list. But couldn't remember your user name. Behind the scene you kept the system working.

 But if it helps, you're not the only one who was missing off the list. Next time I'm in the Fla area, I owe you and a few other guys down there a couple of cool ones. I'm talking, "it's Miller time".
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: memory master on June 18, 2014, 04:09:02 PM
NFD, you can add my dad to the list of FDNY career members, 1/15/37 to 4/21/58.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on June 18, 2014, 08:03:04 PM
NFD, you can add my dad to the list of FDNY career members, 1/15/37 to 4/21/58.

  Thank you Memory and that's been taken care of.

  I've enjoyed listing the members of this site, what some have done during their careers and what some of their fathers or sons have done during their careers.

  I didn't list the ages. But one member who contacted me said he is 83 years old. He really enjoys this web site and he plays golf, hunts and goes fishing. Needless to say, I was pretty impressed.

  Well if that gentleman is interested in telling us who he is, I'm sure we'd all be interested. But that's entirely up to him. But here is a hint, his user name is on the list. And no, it's not Johnny D or Mikeindabronx. You're close but no prize.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: CFDMarshal on June 19, 2014, 07:47:31 AM
Bill,

Not that it matters but I was Volly, then paid, then volly then finally the last 12 paid as the boss of fire and ems. Now I just live through my son in law who is career.

EE
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on June 19, 2014, 08:31:11 AM
Bill,

Not that it matters but I was Volly, then paid, then volly then finally the last 12 paid as the boss of fire and ems. Now I just live through my son in law who is career.

EE

  Okay Rev, "CFDMarshall", we took care of that. And for those who don't know, "CFDMarshall" has a son-in-law as a career firefighter in one of the busiest Engine Cos in DeKalb County, Georgia - just outside Atlanta.

  And a few names added to the original list on page 5.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on June 19, 2014, 10:24:03 PM
  At the young age of 10, site member "auxlteng225", Walter K., walked into the quarters of Engine Co 225. That goes back to 1941. Walter spent many days there and the members of Brooklyn's Two and a Quarter seemed to take him under their wing. Then in 1950, "auxlteng225" went into the Navy coming out in 1954. He then returned to Engine Co 225 and left again to serve as a U.S. Merchant Marine on the Viet Nam sea lift supplying ammo and bombs to Thailand, Danang, Vung Tao and Saigon.

  Walter says of his days with Engine Co 225; "I will be forever grateful for the firefighting education I received from the FDNY, in particular from Engine 225 where he was nicknamed "Quiz Kid".

  Walter K, "auxlteng225", became a police officer and was promoted to Sargent in the Village of Haverstraws in Rockland County. He also became a volunteer firefighter in the Spring Valley Fire Dept in 1968 at the Spring Valley H & L Co # 1. He rose through the ranks there and served as:
    Captain 1982/1983
    B/C 1983/1985
    D/C 1985/1987
    Chief 1987/1989
  He is still an inactive member of the department.

  Today Walter is 83 years old. He may very well be the oldest member on this site (even older than "Johnd248" or "mikeindabronx"). At 83 years old, Walter still likes to golf, hunt, fish, and skeet shoot. He also enjoys this site very much.

  Walter, you've certainly done your share for society. You have certainly dedicated your life to helping others. We appreciate what you have done. Let us know when your next birthday is and a couple of us guys will head up your way with a few bags White Castle Sinkers, a big cake and maybe a few ladies to help liven up the party.   
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: auxlteng225 on June 20, 2014, 10:59:49 AM
That last paragraph did me in, particularly when you mentioned a couple of ladies to liven up the party. Laughed so hard it brought tears to my eyes.  The next B-day is a year away so lets just wait and see what time brings and plain accordingly. Thanks for a great write up. By the way, the new nickname in Spring Valley FD was "wacky wally"
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on June 22, 2014, 10:31:20 AM
 In the "News of Members" thread, I would like to add site member "1261 Truckie" to our list. Jim B., aka "1261 Truckie", was an Auxiliary Firefighter with FDNYs Ladder 132 from 1968 to 1975, some very busy years for the FDNY. Later, he became the Fire Safety Director for New York City where he held that position from 1973-1986. He then moved to Texas and put his firefighting experience to work in the volunteer departments of Kingwood and later Porter, Texas.

  Today Jim B. lives in the State of Washington. We've added Jim to our list of "Inactive Volunteer Firefighters".

  With Jim's history of being an Auxiliary Firefighter with Ladder Co 132, I will be adding a list of former FDNY Auxiliary Firefighters from the pre 1975 days. As I remember it, auxiliary firefighters rode with companies after some formal training, to assist the very busy companies during those pre 1975 days. Auxiliaries would be distinguished by their Yellow Fire Helmets. When the FDNY closed about 50 companies and many FDNY members were laid off, the FDNY Auxiliary Program ended in support of those laid off members.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on June 27, 2014, 09:56:45 AM
 Another Member who deserves special recognition is site member "Lad 103 (ret)". This member, aka Mike W., worked his career in the very busy Ladder Co 103 during the busiest years of the FDNY. At the height of the FDNY War Years from 1965 to 1981, this FDNY member was a part of one of the busiest Ladder Company's in New York City. The Brownsville area and Ladder 103 was at the top of the list year after year for runs and workers. So busy that a second section was added during those very busy War Years as Ladder 103-2. How many times did I hear on my scanner; "Brooklyn attention 290, 231, 103 and 120 take in phone alarm box ####, the address *****, reported building fire and it sounds like your going to work".

  Congratulations "103" on your very well deserved retirement. 33 years so far and we hope many more years to go. I think with your past, you've earned the respect of several members within the FDNY and this site too.

  "Lad 103 (ret)", don't forget to invite us to your next Happy Birthday Party. You got to be right up there with the Best of Us.   
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on June 27, 2014, 10:55:44 AM
Another Member who deserves special recognition is site member "Lad 103 (ret)". This member, aka Mike W., worked his career in the very busy Ladder Co 103 during the busiest years of the FDNY. At the height of the FDNY War Years from 1965 to 1981, this FDNY member was a part of one of the busiest Ladder Company's in New York City. The Brownsville area and Ladder 103 was at the top of the list year after year for runs and workers. So busy that a second section was added during those very busy War Years as Ladder 103-2. How many times did I hear on my scanner; "Brooklyn attention 290, 231, 103 and 120 take in phone alarm box ####, the address *****, reported building fire and it sounds like your going to work".

  Congratulations "103" on your very well deserved retirement. 33 years so far and we hope many more years to go. I think with your past, you've earned the respect of several members within the FDNY and this site too.

  "Lad 103 (ret)", don't forget to invite us to your next Happy Birthday Party. You got to be right up there with the Best of Us.   

Bill.... jkal  was a Capt. in TL-120
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on July 06, 2014, 03:51:35 PM
HAPPY "39th" BIRTHDAY to site member "Mack", aka Joe M.

"I know, "39" ? But that's what he told me". "I'm just passing it on, that's all" !!!!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on July 06, 2014, 03:57:32 PM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MACK...BEST WISHES FOR MANY MORE....ONCE AGAIN THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HISTORY POSTS.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on July 06, 2014, 04:51:40 PM
Happy Birthday Joe. Enjoy your day.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on July 06, 2014, 05:47:50 PM
Health, happiness and many more!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on July 06, 2014, 05:52:43 PM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOE, thanks for all the great info.you have posted
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdny1075k on July 06, 2014, 06:29:34 PM
Happy Birthday, Joe M.

Hope you have a great day and thank you for all you do for this site.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: svd385 on July 06, 2014, 07:20:23 PM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MACK
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on July 06, 2014, 08:07:05 PM
 Oh Wow !
Happy Birthday, Joe [mack] ! And Many More ... !

Thank You Sir, for your Stellar Service, and All You have done here for us ... Enjoy ! 8)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: jbendick on July 23, 2014, 04:09:11 PM
We are proud to announce that Thomas Bendick and his wife Sonia welcomed a baby son Grayson Thomas today at 12:13. This makes 13 grandchildren for us with another one on the way.  God bless them all.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on July 23, 2014, 06:22:03 PM
Congratulations to Lt and Mrs Tommy B., and Grandma and Grandpa B.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on July 23, 2014, 06:34:07 PM
Congratulations to the entire family
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: svd385 on July 23, 2014, 06:42:13 PM
Congratulations to everyone
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on July 23, 2014, 06:44:21 PM
Welcome to Grayson and best wishes to the whole family.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 69 METS on July 23, 2014, 10:24:30 PM
Congratulations to Tom and his wife as well as Grandpa John and his lovely Mrs..
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: kfd274 on July 24, 2014, 11:17:03 PM
Congratulations to all :)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdny1075k on July 24, 2014, 11:33:33 PM
Congratulations to the Bendick family with their new addition!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on August 05, 2014, 11:18:13 AM
 There is probably no other member on this site that I have known longer than my good, long time friend I call "Johnny D", actually "johnd248" on this site. Johnny D and I were volunteer firefighters back in the early 70s in Fairfield, Ct. A long time before his son was probably born and I know before his son became a career firefighter and was promoted to Lt there.

  Back in our days of riding the back step of Fairfields Engine Co 3 or in a former Bread delivery truck converted to a Rescue known as Truck 15 (now called Rescue 15), we would talk about the busy FDNY War Years as they were on going at the time. Most of my stories were from the Bronx or Harlem. Most of his stories were from a place called Brooklyn. But we both understood what tower ladders did, or rear mount ladders, and handie talkies. There weren't too many of those things around our Connecticut neighborhoods then. We also knew how many fires were burning in some New York City neighborhoods and we could see a very similar pattern of fires starting to burn in a neighboring city called Bridgeport. But that's not really my purpose for writing this.

  My purpose for writing this is to tell, what a great guy that Johnny D is. I think those that know him would agree. As it turns out, we live only a few miles away from each other now. But I hate to say this, there is another side to Johnny D that some may not know. He is quite a character. Let me explain.

  In my last post of "My Younger Buff Years", I had mentioned about how an energy crisis several years ago severally affected my buff trips to New York City. Gas for the 120 mile one way trip was tough to get. Apparently in response to my mention of this subject, Johnny D felt the need to send me this you tube video as an answer to that energy crisis. This is the real Johnny Ds idea on the subject. I hope you'll take a few minutes to watch this video. This is the real Johnny D, who rode with the busy Engine Co 248 and was the high executive banker as I know him. But I still LOVE him.

  This is what he sent me. (Sorry, I don't know what happened to the picture, but if you don't get it, you can just click on the link below the video picture).

  www.youtube.com/watch?v=27geTochXsU (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27geTochXsU#ws)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on August 11, 2014, 09:45:04 AM
 Congratulations to site member "Big Pappy E". For those who might not recognize the name, he is also known as "CFDMarshall", or Elwood E.

 Big Pappy E became the proud grandfather of the latest addition to his family. Turner Reid Cox, was born on August 6, 2014 coming in at 9 lbs, 3 oz and 21.5 inches.

  All are doing fine including mommy, daddy, Baby Turner, and Big Pappy.

  Congratulations go out to our friend, who I call, "Most Reverend CFD", on this happy occasion. I also know that the Rev., has a son in law who is a firefighter in DeKalb County, Georgia, one of the busiest areas out side the City of Atlanta . His son in law is assigned to one of the busiest companies there. The Rev may need to help me on this one, but I believe his son in law is the newly, proud daddy.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on August 11, 2014, 10:28:27 AM
Congratulations Elwood and the entire Elwood family.  Great news.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on August 11, 2014, 04:33:26 PM
Congratulations Reverend!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on August 11, 2014, 06:20:57 PM
Congratulations and every best wish to the whole family!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdny1075k on August 12, 2014, 07:55:33 PM
Congratulations, Reverend (CFDMarshall) and your entire family.

Here is a picture Bill D. asked me to post of Turner Reid Cox, the new edition to the Reverend's family. My apologies to nfd2004 for not getting this up sooner.

Congratulations, once again, CFDMarshall on the good news.

(http://s18.postimg.cc/cohmrqimd/i_Phone_Photos_122_001.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/cohmrqimd/)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on August 12, 2014, 08:50:31 PM
 Congratulations to the entire family
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on August 12, 2014, 09:04:57 PM
Congratulations & Best Wishes to all.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdny1075k on August 15, 2014, 12:59:19 PM
Another photo of Turner Reid Cox. Maybe Turner will go into the family business one day.

(http://s30.postimg.cc/rpjtrw831/i_Phone_Photos_123_013.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/rpjtrw831/)

Congrats again, Rev!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on August 21, 2014, 02:32:39 PM
 As time goes by, of course we all get older, including a guy we all know as "R1SmokeEater".

 I recently got some very reliable information that this young gentleman recently celebrated his 23rd year with the Yonkers Fire Department. Not only that, he is the senior man on the rig. Not only that, he is also the senior man in the entire firehouse, which he shares with a group of guys assigned to another rig. I assume, when you put this all through a calculation process, that makes him about the oldest of about 30 guys.

  Young Jamie, is no more a young Jamie. But if it makes him feel any better, many of us here know what you're going through. "We've been there and done that". Before you know it, you'll be like many of us here. During those long, cold winter months, you make yourself a morning cup of hot tea, look out the window and just go back to bed.

  Speaking of getting old, we have another member who is now old. So old that he is counting his days to when he will be able to go back to bed too. No more cold winters for him either. We all know him simply as "fdce54". Others may know him as Frank D. As he struggles to make that finish line, he counts every day. "107, 106, 105'....
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on October 21, 2014, 01:18:52 AM
 Congratulations to proud Grandpa Steve D., aka "svd385", on the birth on his second grandchild on October 7, 2014. Now giving the Grandpa a boy and a girl. The newest addition weighing in at 6 lbs, 4 oz. Baby, Mom, and Grandpa are all doing fine.

  Grandpa Steve D., aka "svd385", a former resident of the Bronx and former War Years Auxiliary Firefighter, now resides in New Jersey.

  Steve, Elwood E. "CFDMarshall", John B. "jbendick", and ALL the other Grandpas out there. This one's for you. www.youtube.com/watch?v=fT0mkPci06s (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fT0mkPci06s#ws)

  Also, watch for up coming news of site member, "fdhistorian", to follow soon. 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: johnd248 on October 21, 2014, 09:41:44 AM
Add me to the Grandpa list: Granddaughter Gillian is 9 1/2 and Grandson Griffin is almost 6.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on October 21, 2014, 10:17:45 AM
 Long before the internet, text messaging, online radio activity, or even pagers, for guys that were fire buffs, the only way to find out if there was a job going on was either hear it on the local scanner or a buddy calls to tell you about it. In my case, being 120 miles from NYC, I would usually hear about a big job going on for the FDNY from either my brother or a buddy of mine living in Bridgeport, Ct and close enough to hear it on the scanner. In turn, I could pick up Hartford and Providence, sometimes Boston (at that time on 33.74 MHz, same as our own fire dept second channel). So I would call them about a job there. And that's the way we did it.

  About once a month or so, I would get a few newsletters in the mail. One I used to get was from Newark, NJ that was published by a Newark FD dispatcher named Hank P. One was called "The Wagon Pipe Newsletter" on the Washington, D.C. and area departments. Another one was published by a Hartford, Ct firefighter, named Keith V., called "The Alarm Room Newsletter". Every month, "The Alarm Room Newsletter" would give a list of the jobs for the previous month in most areas of Connecticut. It listed the address, companies that responded, and where the fire was located such as first floor, fully involved etc. It would also list any new fire apparatus or fire radio frequency changes. I still have many of those Alarm Room Newsletters in my collection.

  And that's where site member "fdhistorian" comes in. "fdhistorian", back then, played a key role in helping to publish that Alarm Room Newsletter. But it goes much further than that. He teamed up with a guy by the name of Ron Mattes. Ron Mattes had interviewed several retired members of departments going back to as early as the 1920s. Through those interviews and with the work of "fdhistorian" of this site, they were able to publish a large book of almost 500 pages. It was called; "The American Fire Services Directory" in 1983. Every single career and county fire department in the U.S.A. and Canada was listed in that book. It listed every firehouse location and the companies assigned there. It also listed companies that had been closed. "I know that because I ordered that book back in 1983". I had never seen anything like it.

  I used that book to buff more than a dozen cities. I used it to get rig shots from many of these cities. I used it to locate every firehouse in Hartford, New Haven, Stamford, Ct. I used it to locate every firehouse in Yonkers, Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo, NY. For the larger cities of Massachusetts such as Boston, Chelsea, Cambridge, Brockton, Fall River, New Bedford, Worcester and Springfield. In New Jersey it was Camden, Newark, Jersey City, Elizabeth, and Paterson.

  The first year I had that book, my wife and I planned a trip to L.A. City and L.A. County Fire Departments. That book showed me where every firehouse was and which firehouse had a ladder truck, tanker, paramedic unit, or brush truck, and where I could find the fire department helicopter and bull dozers used during major brush fires.

  Other vacations showed me every single firehouse in Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh, Pa., Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio, Washington, D.C., and my first trip to Fairfax County, Va. I believe I still have pictures of rigs from every one of those departments that I took during that time.

   I considered that book the "Buffs Bible". And interesting in that after corresponding a few times through PMs here, "fdhistorian", says he remembers when I ordered that book over 30 years ago. I sure wish I still had it.

  "fdhistorian" also told me that he spent 5-6 years with Prince Georges County, Md Station 34 while going to school there. They were doing roughly 4,000 calls a year at that time.

  Today, "fdhistorian" edits the "staffing page" for Billy Goldfeders "Close Calls" web site. He also sometimes is the "Wake Up Guy" for site member "Patrickfd", to take in a job in the Hartford area as the assigned "Photo Unit" there. And you can find some of that work on Pat Ds web site at www.squadfirephotos.smugmug.com (http://www.squadfirephotos.smugmug.com)

  Finally, it is a honor to add my long time friend, I call "JohnnyD", to the Grandpa list. Both John and myself shared memories of our days as Volunteer firefighters assigned to Fairfield, Ct Fire Station 3 and FDNY buff stories of Brooklyn and the Bronx back in the early 1970s. Today "johnd248" has a son who is a career Lt in the Fairfield Fire Department.

  "Johnd248" was also a former Auxiliary firefighter with the FDNY in the Boro of Brooklyn, during their busy War Years.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: grumpy grizzly on October 21, 2014, 04:57:08 PM
I had that book also, had a ton of info.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: guitarman314 on October 21, 2014, 11:11:08 PM
  Oh yes, I have that book and find myself referring to it often.  I also have the 1984 supplement to it and the 1989 edition entitled: "Advancing Into The 90's".
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on November 11, 2014, 03:45:43 PM
 As of November 30, 2014 there will be a few Westchester County Con Ed Gas workers who will be very sad. The tears are starting to flow already as that date quickly approaches. Those Con Ed employees are about to loose a great boss. That boss, as we know him here as site member "fdce54", aka Frank D. After serving 41 years with Con Ed Gas Division, Frank is hanging up the old hard hat. Yeap, the guy that once started out in the South Bronx during some of the toughest years, is retiring. And as I understand it, those other Con Ed Guys are not too happy about it. Those Con Ed guys want him to stay, but the paper work is in. For those guys, the party is about to end shortly.

  Frankie D., born and raised in the South Bronx on Elton/155 St, then moving up to Clay/169 St, and finally to Valentine Ave/198 St, this Bronx Boy has seen it all. Yet despite all odds, somehow he made it. His latest beat has been Westchester County working in places like Yonkers, Mt Vernon and the surrounding towns. "fdce54" now resides in a small peaceful town in Orange County.

  For "fdce54", no more cold nights out there. Now during those cold winter mornings, he can look out the window and get back under the covers if he wants. Or make up his favorite hot cocoa and watch TV. He'll probably want to tune in some of his old favorites. "Car 54 where are you", Abbott and Costello, or maybe "Laurel and Hardy". Maybe he like Westerns like "The Lone Ranger", "Roy Rogers". Maybe he might want to watch cartoons like "Casper the Ghost", Felix the Cat" or "Donald Duck". Retirement will give him a chance to catch up on the ones he missed while digging up those South Bronx streets. Sounds exciting whatever it is he decides to watch.

  And here's another important fact about "fdce54". Frank is the ONLY person to take part in EVERY Get Together since they first started. In the beginning, Frank will tell you they were called "Member Meetings". To this day, his most memorable moment during those Get Togethers was the time he sat next to his good buddy, the Most Reverend CFDMarshall, and the Rev opened up his winning prize. What a special moment that was.

  Frank, the truth is, "you got a lot of friends here". We all wish you the best for many years of a happy and healthy retirement.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on November 11, 2014, 04:38:01 PM
All the best Frank....enjoy it you earned it.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: CFDMarshal on November 11, 2014, 07:45:55 PM
You have a rest stop available in TN my friend!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on November 11, 2014, 08:37:05 PM
Every best wish for a healthy and very happy retirement.  One question: does your retirement mean that my Con Ed service will get better???? ;)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on November 11, 2014, 09:03:49 PM
Every best wish for a healthy and very happy retirement.  One question: does your retirement mean that my Con Ed service will get better???? ;)
Worse!!!!! One less person that knows what he's doing.
 ;D
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on November 11, 2014, 09:07:15 PM
You have a rest stop available in TN my friend!
I might just take you up on that, Rev, provided you take down that scary photo.... ;D
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on November 11, 2014, 09:11:03 PM
And thank you to my very good friend Uncle Wilfred for the kind words. And you left out a sojourn down to University Ave s/o Fordham Rd where JB, Sr kept me up at nights with his joy riding up and down University Ave ;)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on November 11, 2014, 09:24:04 PM
All the best Frank....enjoy it you earned it.
Thank you, Jack :)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on November 16, 2014, 12:26:24 PM
 Everybody has been asking, "Where is Johnny D, aka "johnd248" ? They've checked all the streets of Flatbush and can't find him. They've checked Engine 248, and he's not there. How about at Dunks (Dunkin Donuts) or Micky D's up there in Connecticut with his ole' buddy Willy D ? No he's not there either.

 So, where is Johnny D ? We asked that question and what we found out might surprise you. Can you believe he's been up in Quincy, Mass. ? No, he's not in jail up there. He's not up there buffing either, as some would think. 

  Johnny D was up in Quincy, Mass for a Ballroom Dancing Competition. He's one of a select group up there with his wife Michele. A long way from the streets of Flatbush in Brooklyn.

  While our own Johnny D, aka "johnd248" specializes in rhythm dances, his wife Michele, specializes in smooth dances.

  This past Friday (11/14/14), Johnny danced 10 dances consisting of swing, rumba, cha cha, and merengue. It was his First Competition and he received SEVEN First Places and Three Second Place wins.

  So let's Give it up for Johnny D.

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=barWV7RWkq0 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=barWV7RWkq0#ws)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on November 16, 2014, 01:40:51 PM
Way to go Johnny D. Your next, Bill. Gotta get you out there doing the rumba and the cha-cha.....lol ;)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on November 17, 2014, 08:25:31 AM
Way to go Johnny D. Your next, Bill. Gotta get you out there doing the rumba and the cha-cha.....lol ;)

  Well Frank, I'm glad you mentioned that.

  Back in Johnny D's and your Uncle Willy D's Day, just such a thing happened. John, a skinny guy, was giving Willy, a somewhat obese guy, wearing the stripped jacket, some dancing lessons in his ole' Brooklyn apartment. We weren't able to video those dance lessons, but this video, gives you a very good idea of just how things went.

  www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vihnr5dM3PM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vihnr5dM3PM#)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on November 17, 2014, 10:23:15 AM
Way to go Johnny D. Your next, Bill. Gotta get you out there doing the rumba and the cha-cha.....lol ;)

  Well Frank, I'm glad you mentioned that.

  Back in Johnny D's and your Uncle Willy D's Day, just such a thing happened. John, a skinny guy, was giving Willy, a somewhat obese guy, wearing the stripped jacket, some dancing lessons in his ole' Brooklyn apartment. We weren't able to video those dance lessons, but this video, gives you a very good idea of just how things went.

  www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vihnr5dM3PM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vihnr5dM3PM#)
Willie, you are very svelte on your feet.....and you look good with the dark hair..... 8)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on November 17, 2014, 04:02:47 PM
Way to go Johnny D. Your next, Bill. Gotta get you out there doing the rumba and the cha-cha.....lol ;)

  Well Frank, I'm glad you mentioned that.

  Back in Johnny D's and your Uncle Willy D's Day, just such a thing happened. John, a skinny guy, was giving Willy, a somewhat obese guy, wearing the stripped jacket, some dancing lessons in his ole' Brooklyn apartment. We weren't able to video those dance lessons, but this video, gives you a very good idea of just how things went.

  www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vihnr5dM3PM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vihnr5dM3PM#)
Willie, you are very svelte on your feet.....and you look good with the dark hair..... 8)


Frank... I love you're description of Willie on his feet
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: johnd248 on November 17, 2014, 06:36:44 PM
Someone nailed it when they made me the skinny one and Willy D the fat one. LOL
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fltpara16 on November 18, 2014, 12:36:54 AM
Congratulations on your retirement Frank, I look forward to letting a glass and toasting you in the near future!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fltpara16 on November 18, 2014, 12:50:02 AM
Brothers,

As I have been fortunate to get to know many of you over the past year, I left out a small detail of a very significant event for my family.  My daughter was due to give birth to our first grandchild in January of 2015.  Coming from a long line of impatient women, our little granddaughter decided to make a sudden entrance into the world in the early morning hours of November 15.  She was born 9 weeks premature and is in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the University of Virginia Medical Center.  For a premature baby, she is doing well; but will be in the ICU for another 4 to 9 weeks.  My daughter is doing OK and has been discharged from UVA.  I ask, if you can, to please say a prayer for our little granddaughter to grow and thrive in the ICU so she can come home soon.  As expected the local Brothers and Sisters are providing support to our family, and helping where they can.   

Thank you,

Steve AKA fltpara16
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on November 18, 2014, 07:41:49 AM
 Steve, I hope everything goes okay. I will do my part for your little granddaughter. I hope you will keep us all advised. "You do have a lot of friends up here".
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: CFDMarshal on November 18, 2014, 07:48:48 AM
Steve, Congratulations! I have faith that your granddaughter will be just fine. Your friend here has experience with the premature birth thing. I came along at 26 weeks in June of 1961. I spent 66 days in the ol' easy bake oven (built by my father to the Drs specs)! Neo-Natal care has come a long way! Prayers my friend! You guys can discuss whether I turned out ok!!!!!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on November 18, 2014, 09:38:48 AM
1.  Steve:  as a GREAT grandfather of three, I understand your concern.  You and your family will be in my prayers.   Let me know if I can do anything.

2.  Frank:  Congratulations on joining the ranks of the deliberately unemployed.  I hope you find it to be as much fun as I have.

Ray
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: svd385 on November 18, 2014, 11:36:26 AM
prayers and thoughts heading your way
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on November 18, 2014, 11:52:20 AM
You and your family are in my prayers.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on November 18, 2014, 02:41:52 PM
She will be in my Prayers.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on November 18, 2014, 04:31:52 PM
Steve, all my prayers for your granddaughter and for your family.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on November 18, 2014, 04:34:42 PM
On another note, my retirement has been put on hold until July 1, 2015 due to some unforeseen circumstances. So I will be freezing my chops and other body parts off this winter. May it go fast.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fltpara16 on November 19, 2014, 11:49:01 PM
All,

Thank you all for your kind words and prayers.  I have passed these along to my daughter and she is grateful to have so many people praying for she and her daughter.  The good news is my granddaughter, Alessandra Elise, is growing stronger each day.  She may be moved to the step down Newborn ICU later this week, and hopefully home for Christmas.  CFDMarshal, I passed along your story and told her you have grown up to be a robust individual, with the uncanny ability to locate an Irish pub in NYC like a tracking bloodhound on the trail of a workcamp escapee!

Frank, I am sorry to hear your retirement has been extended until July.  Button up and get ready for your final stand against old man winter!

Steve
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: IRISH on November 20, 2014, 03:27:35 PM

1. Steve many congrats on the new addition to the family. Lets hope your Grand daughter ends up with more hair then CFDMarshal lol

2. Frank sorry to read you got to do another few months and lets hope it goes quick and the Winter is kind. (Not Looking Good Tho :( )

3. Johnny D you dark horse never knew of your dancing talent. Fingers crossed you can make GET TOGETHER 2015. ps you need to check out the NYC Firehouse Thread on here. "MACK" stuck some info up on 248 and the 41
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on November 23, 2014, 10:52:33 AM
A couple of quick announcements regarding "News of Members".

First good news regarding Steve E., "flapara16", granddaughter. There is talk that she may be moved out of ICU in a couple of days. For those of us who know Steve, you just couldn't ask for a better guy. He is a Battalion Chief in a County Department in Virginia and is the boss of an entire county for his shift. A guy really into the job. Steve, your Brothers to the north sure hope everything continues to go well for your granddaughter.

   Now, a "Big Thank You" is in order for all the guys that take the time to give us the rundowns and stories of ALL the Jobs. Both FDNY and other areas. I don't know how they do it, but I sure do appreciate it. I guess at least for me, this fire department stuff has been ingested into the blood stream and I just can't seem to get rid of it. But anyway, thank you for providing me with my needed "daily fix".

 Also the pictures that are posted here tell the actual story. Many have been taken by "OnScenePhotos" and posted on the main page. Other than being there, it shows what went on. Thank you for posting them. 

  Last week, I made a trip down to the Sunshine State to visit a few friends. I thought it would be warm in Orlando. Well, they didn't exactly get 5 feet of snow like the Buffalo area did, but the first night it went down to 38 degrees. I could have stayed in Connecticut for that kind of weather. In fact, the entire week, I never got a chance to wear my shorts and show those nice, big fat white legs on mine.

  But while I was down there, I was invited to a gathering of the Suncoast Retirees luncheon in Sarasota by site member Garrett L.,"69mets". I have met Garrett in the past through this web site. He is a retired FDNY member who worked Ladder 123, Ladder 33, Squad 41, and Rescue 3. He also might have spent time working Ladder 156 and driving the SOC Chief. His father was on the job in the FDNY and now his son is on the job in Fla.

  I also met another site member at that Retirees Luncheon. Site member Jack O'R., "JOR176", who I met for the first time. Jack was assigned to the FDNY Communications Division for several years. As I understand it, he was also a U.S. Marine during the Viet Nam War. We had been in contact in the past through this web site, but I really didn't know Jack. When I did get to meet him at this luncheon, it was like we were long lost friends. One of the guys took a picture of the three of us. I think my good friend Emmett M., "fdny1075k", might post that picture on here for us.

   The luncheon was made up of about 20 guys, mostly from the FDNY. But as I understand it, there was also two retired guys from the Camden Fire Department, myself from Connecticut, and a retired Brother of mine, named Gerry K., who I worked with on the job in Connecticut for my entire career. We also used to buff the FDNY together back in the day. I think I've seen him once since he retired 15 years ago. So it was great to see my Retired Brother Gerry K., the "Wildman", as he was known in the firehouse.

  Now, on a somewhat different note, as we all know, site member Frank D, aka "fdce54", has put off his November 30th, 2014 retirement until July, 2015. For many of us, the Big Question was "Why is that" ? Well, we investigated and what we found would probably be no surprise to anybody. It's all about money. It has been rumored, that those who work under his command are so upset that their boss is leaving, that they feel it's in their best interest to offer Frank a huge sum of money, just to put that retirement date off a few more months. I have no proof of that but from what it sounds like to me, that seems to be the results of our investigation. As we all know, only Frank knows the real story and probably would plead his Fifth Amendment right on that.

  What was also in the works was a little retirement gathering for Frank at Maggie Mays. That retirement party has now turned in to a "Frankie D Roasting Party". Yes, at some point he must face the music. I think the new "Roasting Party" will be discussed and possibly that date may be posted here for EVERYONE to tell Frank just how they feel about this sudden change in plans. 

  Just one more bit of news to report. If you received any text with a picture of a newly designed piece of equipment called "The Willy Scope Tool", it was sent to me by a member of this site. Some of the comments that have been made are:
   "Willy, I was going to buy you this for Christmas"
   "I have the same problem"
   "I needed a laugh like that today"
   "Willy, I think you got a hacker into your cell phone"
   "Willy, it kind of looks like you"
   "Those Baker Aerial Scope engineers got nothing on you"
   "Good idea, could use one myself"

  If I have your Email address, I'll try to send it to you within a few days. I know it gave me a laugh and the name fit it perfectly. To the original member who sent this to me, you made my day. Maybe you made a few others day too.


   
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on November 23, 2014, 12:38:50 PM
Bill... thanks for the update, sounds like you had a great time in Sarasota  (and in Orlando I'm sure)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on November 23, 2014, 01:03:23 PM
Bill... thanks for the update, sounds like you had a great time in Sarasota  (and in Orlando I'm sure)

  Mike, Orlando is known for Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. Everybody enjoys that. My tour package included that and some other fun stuff too.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on November 23, 2014, 05:37:06 PM
"Roasting Party"? Ugh-oh ??? ??? ???
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fltpara16 on November 23, 2014, 11:47:42 PM
As an update, my granddaughter has been moved from the acute care neonatal ICU to the intermediate care unit.  So she is making great progress! It is our hope that she will be home for Christmas.  Now all she has to do is gain some weight.  Maybe her "Great Uncle Willy D" will head south with a sack of those nutritious White Castles to help her speed up the fattening up process...

Seriously, I thank you all for your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.  This has helped us all make it through a very difficult time. Please continue to keep Alessandra in your thoughts and prayers as we head into the home stretch toward coming home.

Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on November 23, 2014, 11:59:19 PM
Great news!  Congratulations!  You all remain in my prayers.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on November 24, 2014, 09:56:29 AM
As an update, my granddaughter has been moved from the acute care neonatal ICU to the intermediate care unit.  So she is making great progress! It is our hope that she will be home for Christmas.  Now all she has to do is gain some weight.  Maybe her "Great Uncle Willy D" will head south with a sack of those nutritious White Castles to help her speed up the fattening up process...

Seriously, I thank you all for your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.  This has helped us all make it through a very difficult time. Please continue to keep Alessandra in your thoughts and prayers as we head into the home stretch toward coming home.
Don't tempt Uncle Wille! But great news Steve. Glad to hear the little lass is coming along well.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on November 24, 2014, 11:29:17 AM
Great news, Steve!  Prayers get answered.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdny1075k on November 24, 2014, 12:28:38 PM
"nfd2004", "JOR176", and "69mets".

(http://s18.postimg.cc/ebvp26bdx/i_Phone_Photos_130_012.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/ebvp26bdx/)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on December 01, 2014, 07:59:49 AM
As of November 30, 2014 there will be a few Westchester County Con Ed Gas workers who will be very sad. The tears are starting to flow already as that date quickly approaches. Those Con Ed employees are about to loose a great boss. That boss, as we know him here as site member "fdce54", aka Frank D. After serving 41 years with Con Ed Gas Division, Frank is hanging up the old hard hat. Yeap, the guy that once started out in the South Bronx during some of the toughest years, is retiring. And as I understand it, those other Con Ed Guys are not too happy about it. Those Con Ed guys want him to stay, but the paper work is in. For those guys, the party is about to end shortly.

  Frankie D., born and raised in the South Bronx on Elton/155 St, then moving up to Clay/169 St, and finally to Valentine Ave/198 St, this Bronx Boy has seen it all. Yet despite all odds, somehow he made it. His latest beat has been Westchester County working in places like Yonkers, Mt Vernon and the surrounding towns. "fdce54" now resides in a small peaceful town in Orange County.

  For "fdce54", no more cold nights out there. Now during those cold winter mornings, he can look out the window and get back under the covers if he wants. Or make up his favorite hot cocoa and watch TV. He'll probably want to tune in some of his old favorites. "Car 54 where are you", Abbott and Costello, or maybe "Laurel and Hardy". Maybe he like Westerns like "The Lone Ranger", "Roy Rogers". Maybe he might want to watch cartoons like "Casper the Ghost", Felix the Cat" or "Donald Duck". Retirement will give him a chance to catch up on the ones he missed while digging up those South Bronx streets. Sounds exciting whatever it is he decides to watch.

  And here's another important fact about "fdce54". Frank is the ONLY person to take part in EVERY Get Together since they first started. In the beginning, Frank will tell you they were called "Member Meetings". To this day, his most memorable moment during those Get Togethers was the time he sat next to his good buddy, the Most Reverend CFDMarshall, and the Rev opened up his winning prize. What a special moment that was.

  Frank, the truth is, "you got a lot of friends here". We all wish you the best for many years of a happy and healthy retirement.

  Well Frank, aka "fdce54", your First Official Day of Retirement is here. As of November 30th, you were all done. No more out in those cold winter nights. Now just sit back, pour yourself another hot cup of coffee, throw on the tube and watch the rest of those poor people drag themselves into their daily routine. Not for you though, those days are OFFICIALLY OVER. Welcome to the lucky group of NYCFIRE Retirees. It just doesn't get any better than this, RIGHT !!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on December 01, 2014, 08:17:09 AM
As of November 30, 2014 there will be a few Westchester County Con Ed Gas workers who will be very sad. The tears are starting to flow already as that date quickly approaches. Those Con Ed employees are about to loose a great boss. That boss, as we know him here as site member "fdce54", aka Frank D. After serving 41 years with Con Ed Gas Division, Frank is hanging up the old hard hat. Yeap, the guy that once started out in the South Bronx during some of the toughest years, is retiring. And as I understand it, those other Con Ed Guys are not too happy about it. Those Con Ed guys want him to stay, but the paper work is in. For those guys, the party is about to end shortly.

  Frankie D., born and raised in the South Bronx on Elton/155 St, then moving up to Clay/169 St, and finally to Valentine Ave/198 St, this Bronx Boy has seen it all. Yet despite all odds, somehow he made it. His latest beat has been Westchester County working in places like Yonkers, Mt Vernon and the surrounding towns. "fdce54" now resides in a small peaceful town in Orange County.

  For "fdce54", no more cold nights out there. Now during those cold winter mornings, he can look out the window and get back under the covers if he wants. Or make up his favorite hot cocoa and watch TV. He'll probably want to tune in some of his old favorites. "Car 54 where are you", Abbott and Costello, or maybe "Laurel and Hardy". Maybe he like Westerns like "The Lone Ranger", "Roy Rogers". Maybe he might want to watch cartoons like "Casper the Ghost", Felix the Cat" or "Donald Duck". Retirement will give him a chance to catch up on the ones he missed while digging up those South Bronx streets. Sounds exciting whatever it is he decides to watch.

  And here's another important fact about "fdce54". Frank is the ONLY person to take part in EVERY Get Together since they first started. In the beginning, Frank will tell you they were called "Member Meetings". To this day, his most memorable moment during those Get Togethers was the time he sat next to his good buddy, the Most Reverend CFDMarshall, and the Rev opened up his winning prize. What a special moment that was.

  Frank, the truth is, "you got a lot of friends here". We all wish you the best for many years of a happy and healthy retirement.

  Well Frank, aka "fdce54", your First Official Day of Retirement is here. As of November 30th, you were all done. No more out in those cold winter nights. Now just sit back, pour yourself another hot cup of coffee, throw on the tube and watch the rest of those poor people drag themselves into their daily routine. Not for you though, those days are OFFICIALLY OVER. Welcome to the lucky group of NYCFIRE Retirees. It just doesn't get any better than this, RIGHT !!

 WAIT - A - MINUTE here.

 I'm getting URGENT Messages that our good friend, Frank D., aka "fdce54", DID NOT RETIRE. This just can NOT be true. I'm sure there's been a mistake somewhere. Frankie D., Not Retiring?? After 41 years of being out there days, nights, weekends, holidays, hot summers, cold winters. From the ghetto streets of the South Bronx, to those rich snobs in the elite Westchester County.

 What happen ? I don't understand. But the OFFICIAL word now, is as it comes across the presses, is that Frank D., did NOT retire. Instead he is hanging in there through another cold winter for a couple of extra shekels. He just sent me a picture a few days ago of his street where they got 10 inches of snow.

 Frank, as your good friend, and as many of your retired friends will tell you, PLEASE reconsider. We all understand the effects the almighty dollar can have on us. I've been through it myself. But we sure like staying home looking out the window on those sub zero January mornings.

  Anyway, hope to see you soon. Regardless of what you do, "we all still love you".
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on December 01, 2014, 11:45:09 AM
As of November 30, 2014 there will be a few Westchester County Con Ed Gas workers who will be very sad. The tears are starting to flow already as that date quickly approaches. Those Con Ed employees are about to loose a great boss. That boss, as we know him here as site member "fdce54", aka Frank D. After serving 41 years with Con Ed Gas Division, Frank is hanging up the old hard hat. Yeap, the guy that once started out in the South Bronx during some of the toughest years, is retiring. And as I understand it, those other Con Ed Guys are not too happy about it. Those Con Ed guys want him to stay, but the paper work is in. For those guys, the party is about to end shortly.

  Frankie D., born and raised in the South Bronx on Elton/155 St, then moving up to Clay/169 St, and finally to Valentine Ave/198 St, this Bronx Boy has seen it all. Yet despite all odds, somehow he made it. His latest beat has been Westchester County working in places like Yonkers, Mt Vernon and the surrounding towns. "fdce54" now resides in a small peaceful town in Orange County.

  For "fdce54", no more cold nights out there. Now during those cold winter mornings, he can look out the window and get back under the covers if he wants. Or make up his favorite hot cocoa and watch TV. He'll probably want to tune in some of his old favorites. "Car 54 where are you", Abbott and Costello, or maybe "Laurel and Hardy". Maybe he like Westerns like "The Lone Ranger", "Roy Rogers". Maybe he might want to watch cartoons like "Casper the Ghost", Felix the Cat" or "Donald Duck". Retirement will give him a chance to catch up on the ones he missed while digging up those South Bronx streets. Sounds exciting whatever it is he decides to watch.

  And here's another important fact about "fdce54". Frank is the ONLY person to take part in EVERY Get Together since they first started. In the beginning, Frank will tell you they were called "Member Meetings". To this day, his most memorable moment during those Get Togethers was the time he sat next to his good buddy, the Most Reverend CFDMarshall, and the Rev opened up his winning prize. What a special moment that was.

  Frank, the truth is, "you got a lot of friends here". We all wish you the best for many years of a happy and healthy retirement.

  Well Frank, aka "fdce54", your First Official Day of Retirement is here. As of November 30th, you were all done. No more out in those cold winter nights. Now just sit back, pour yourself another hot cup of coffee, throw on the tube and watch the rest of those poor people drag themselves into their daily routine. Not for you though, those days are OFFICIALLY OVER. Welcome to the lucky group of NYCFIRE Retirees. It just doesn't get any better than this, RIGHT !!

 WAIT - A - MINUTE here.

 I'm getting URGENT Messages that our good friend, Frank D., aka "fdce54", DID NOT RETIRE. This just can NOT be true. I'm sure there's been a mistake somewhere. Frankie D., Not Retiring?? After 41 years of being out there days, nights, weekends, holidays, hot summers, cold winters. From the ghetto streets of the South Bronx, to those rich snobs in the elite Westchester County.

 What happen ? I don't understand. But the OFFICIAL word now, is as it comes across the presses, is that Frank D., did NOT retire. Instead he is hanging in there through another cold winter for a couple of extra shekels. He just sent me a picture a few days ago of his street where they got 10 inches of snow.

 Frank, as your good friend, and as many of your retired friends will tell you, PLEASE reconsider. We all understand the effects the almighty dollar can have on us. I've been through it myself. But we sure like staying home looking out the window on those sub zero January mornings.

  Anyway, hope to see you soon. Regardless of what you do, "we all still love you".
That's it, rub it in.... :( :( :(
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on December 01, 2014, 12:14:43 PM
Wax on, wax off . . . wax on,  wax off . . .   ::) 8) ;)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fltpara16 on December 07, 2014, 07:02:36 PM
All, I am happy to report my granddaughter was released from the University of Virginia Medical Center today.  For a premature birth, she had a relatively short stay of just over 3 weeks in the Neonatal ICU.  She is a whopping 5.5 lbs now and is eating like a buff at a Bronx McDonalds. I want to thank you all for the thoughts, prayers and messages you have sent over the past three weeks.  Words cannot describe what the support has meant to my family and I.  May God bless you all, and I wish everyone a joyous holiday season!

Steve E.
aka fltpara16
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: CFDMarshal on December 07, 2014, 07:04:33 PM
Great news Steve! Let the spoiling begin!

Elwood
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on December 07, 2014, 07:10:22 PM
Great news, Steve!  Just one question:

eating like a buff at a Bronx McDonalds.

Steve E.
aka fltpara16

Did you have any particular buff in mind?    ::) :o ::)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on December 07, 2014, 07:22:41 PM
Wonderful news, especially right at the beginning of the wonderful Christmas Season.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on December 07, 2014, 08:24:41 PM
An terrific early Christmas present....continued Best Wishes.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on December 07, 2014, 08:45:50 PM
Yes Steve that is great news. An early Christmas present for us all. Enjoy your Christmas Grandpa.

And here's a little more Grandpa news. The other day I was told by a NYCfire site member and a Grandpa of 13 younger members. that he is now expecting Number 14. I sure wouldn't want to pay his Micky Ds tab for all those Happy Meals.

Ray, I think we both know who that McDonalds buff is.

But certainly great news Steve. Thanks for telling us the great news.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on December 07, 2014, 09:01:08 PM
Great News
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on December 07, 2014, 09:37:14 PM
Great news Steve. Just in time to open her Christmas presents. Now just don't let her get as chubby as that buff!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on December 08, 2014, 06:41:29 PM
Great news Steve. Just in time to open her Christmas presents. Now just don't let her get as chubby as that buff!


For many of us we've heard of Laurel and Hardy. Or how about Abbott and Costello. Well, I bet you never heard of "Chubby and Dummy". They are right here on this site. They also go by the names of NFD2004, aka Chubby. And "fdce54", aka Dummy. Chubby is self explanatory. Dummy is the guy who could be sitting home right now happily retired from his Con Ed job after 41 years. Watching TV reruns of "I Love Lucy", while tipping his nice warm cup of hot cocco, or maybe something a little stronger. Instead he will be spending several very long cold winter nights in the streets of Westerchester County, with much worse yet to come. Hence we now have "Chubby and Dummy".
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on December 08, 2014, 07:01:12 PM
Great Steve!  Glad your family will be together with a beautiful baby girl for the holidays. 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fltpara16 on December 10, 2014, 11:30:09 AM
It will be a great Christmas around the house with our little bundle of joy home! CFD Marshal, the spoiling has already begun!  She is gaining weight, so we have had to cut back on her daily Big Mac supplements in her formula so she does not become a chubby little buff! ;D
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on December 10, 2014, 05:18:31 PM
It will be a great Christmas around the house with our little bundle of joy home! CFD Marshal, the spoiling has already begun!  She is gaining weight, so we have had to cut back on her daily Big Mac supplements in her formula so she does not become a chubby little buff! ;D

  Steve, that is really GREAT NEWS. The prayers were answered and she's home. This will sure be a Great Christmas for you and your family. I think everybody that knows you was very concerned. Great to hear that you are cutting back on those Big Mac supplements too. "I just wish I could cut back".

  Thank you for giving us the Great News.

   
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on December 22, 2014, 10:12:06 AM
 This morning, just as I do every morning, I go on this site to read about the jobs of the FDNY, new rigs, firehouses, our military, and sometimes the sad news of another War Years Vet passing on. Then every once in awhile, I'll look back at a few of these post and read what was written earlier. Being an old retired fart now, I guess that's considered a form of entertainment for me.

  So I just took a look back here and read some of what has been said in "NEWS OF MEMBERS" of this site. From new daddy's to new grandpas, and Happy Birthdays too. But what I also noticed was that just about every post here EXCLUDED our YOUNGER MEMBERS. 

   I do have one younger friend who is really a GREAT GUY. His user name here is "fdny1075k". I've told him in the past that "he is a credit to his generation". Emmett M., is a fulltime student at Iona College. He recently moved to New Rochelle and he hopes to maybe become a fulltime Firefighter. I met him a few years ago while he was living in Connecticut and a member of a very busy Volunteer Fire Department. I have always noticed that he is very respectful of his elders and sometimes we know that might be tough to find these days. He very often provides us with rundowns of jobs from the New York area and Connecticut. He has always offered me his help if I need it, like posting pictures here etc. Thanks Emmett.

  Emmett, "fdny1075k" isn't the only one. Although I really don't know them, I assume they too are also younger guys because it says; "Future FDNY". Guys like "Firstdue", "FDNY793727", "FDNYSTATIONISLAND", all have that in their profiles. I could be wrong, but "firephish", may also be a younger member. These members readily offer rundowns for many of the FDNY or area jobs. I would like to "THANK THEM" for taking the time to do that for us. Usually, every morning, I go on here to get my "morning fix" along with a hot coffee or two. Just let me say, not to take anything away from that Old Guy, aka "mikeindabronx", "you guys do a great job". Thanks very much for what you do and I certainly wish all of you the best of luck in becoming a career firefighter in the FDNY or anyplace else for that matter. I think as a buff, retired firefighter from a small Connecticut city, but most important an old fart like my buddy Mike D., "mikeindabronx", it's nice to know that there's young guys out there today like you.

  I know in the past, Emmett, "fdny1075k", has mentioned about organizing a FDNY Get Together for the younger guys. Maybe spring break or summer vacation. I'm sure there's a few guys on here that would be willing to help you with that. Most of our Get Together's have taken place in October while you were in school and you couldn't make it. Maybe a few of us can work on that together.

  In order for a few of us to get to know you a little better, if you get a chance, why don't you tell us about yourself. Just your first name and last initial is fine. What do you do, do you go to school, work ? Where are you from and how did you get interested in the fire department etc. ? Whatever you want to tell us, is up to you. If you're an honor student, well I normally wouldn't say this, "but here's your chance to brag".

  Thanks again for your input into this site.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: FDNYSTATENISLAND on December 22, 2014, 11:01:36 AM
Willy D,  thank you for the post.

To quickly introduce myself, my name is Nick F. As you have guessed, I am younger haha. I attend St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights. - also a full time student. I do live in SI, haha in case anyone was wondering  ;). Actually just received my grades for this past semester, as it ended last week, and honestly pretty happy with them. 4 A's and a C+ (in Math).

The one thing I wanna do in life is become an FDNY firefighter. My grandfather and father were on the job so I guess you can say the job was always apart of my life somehow. Seeing what these guys do day in and day out really made me wanna pursue it. Like most of us, I have adopted certain "favorite" companies all throughout the city, and I have a small list of houses I think it would be awesome to work in. Posting about jobs and rundowns on here just helps me learn more about it, its also a place to talk about it all with others with the same interest. I actually just missed the last test that came out in 2012 I think because I was 6 months too young to take it, so you better believe the next exam I will be taking. The more I see updates on all jobs in the city, the more it makes me want to do this. Following a few alerts accounts on FB and Twitter, I see almost, if not all the jobs that occur in the 5 boroughs - at any time. The one thing that amazes me about that is the fact that the average person wouldn't even guess how many fires alone occur in this city on a daily basis. We know though, as we post about them here - whether its only alittle info that we have or its the full rundown because we heard it on the scanner - info is info. It empowers and teaches.

I think that being on a site like this and being so into the job itself at a young age would only make the job better when I get on. I enjoy posting info that I have come across or heard. Most of the rundowns - actually all of them are guesses. I know a majority of the areas in this city so usually the rundowns would be correct. But often as well they are not - as you all know, no rundown and company coverage area is an exact science. I usually check the site many times a day since its so easy to access on my phone.

Thats really it, that's FDNYSTATENISLAND - FDNYSI. Thanks again Willy D for acknowledging and being interested into hearing more. I know I'm not the only young one on the site - Im sure we all have a lot in common.

*P.S: I enjoy posting pictures of the incidents and of rigs onto here. Most of the time every pic I post of a job, I have seen on another social network - I screenshot it and post it here first thing* Occasionally AuxWarsYearsCapt. will ask me to post pics of new KME rigs from another site he co-runs on FB and I have no problem in doing so.

Also, I do enjoy reading the stories of others on here, most of the time about the dept. back in the day. All very cool stuff to only read about. I find it interesting that different areas of the city usually are busier than others, and have been for decades - but you can't count those slower areas out. It is still the City of New York and the FDNY: any area is busier than 90% of this country. When a company that is in a usually slower area catches work, steady work @ that - i'll acknowledge it on here. Please don't confuse that as me wanting fires to occur. I just find it cool when all companies in the city catch work, whether it's SI, City Island, Breezy, BK HTS, Brownsville, Bed-Stuy, Borough Park, Harlem, the BX, Coney, Jackson HTS, Jamaica or the Financial District. Every borough sees its fair share of work. Some areas more than others.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on December 22, 2014, 02:08:36 PM
Bill... you're sure using the term's "Old Guy,Old Fart" loosely
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: NYBravest82 on December 22, 2014, 03:26:20 PM
Always good to see the 5th boro represented!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: IRISH on December 22, 2014, 05:18:02 PM

Nick (FDNYSTATENISLAND) thanks for your rundown. I will say that having done my 1st Get Together last Oct and being 30 (thats still a young age right guys?) "The Old Fart Get Togethers" are great.

Not only are they great guys but what you would learn listening to these guys is 2nd to none and something you'd never get in a txtbook. Really looking forward to next yrs already

Dec
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on December 22, 2014, 10:02:11 PM
This morning, just as I do every morning, I go on this site to read about the jobs of the FDNY, new rigs, firehouses, our military, and sometimes the sad news of another War Years Vet passing on. Then every once in awhile, I'll look back at a few of these post and read what was written earlier. Being an old retired fart now, I guess that's considered a form of entertainment for me.

  So I just took a look back here and read some of what has been said in "NEWS OF MEMBERS" of this site. From new daddy's to new grandpas, and Happy Birthdays too. But what I also noticed was that just about every post here EXCLUDED our YOUNGER MEMBERS. 

   I do have one younger friend who is really a GREAT GUY. His user name here is "fdny1075k". I've told him in the past that "he is a credit to his generation". Emmett M., is a fulltime student at Iona College. He recently moved to New Rochelle and he hopes to maybe become a fulltime Firefighter. I met him a few years ago while he was living in Connecticut and a member of a very busy Volunteer Fire Department. I have always noticed that he is very respectful of his elders and sometimes we know that might be tough to find these days. He very often provides us with rundowns of jobs from the New York area and Connecticut. He has always offered me his help if I need it, like posting pictures here etc. Thanks Emmett.

  Emmett, "fdny1075k" isn't the only one. Although I really don't know them, I assume they too are also younger guys because it says; "Future FDNY". Guys like "Firstdue", "FDNY793727", "FDNYSTATIONISLAND", all have that in their profiles. I could be wrong, but "firephish", may also be a younger member. These members readily offer rundowns for many of the FDNY or area jobs. I would like to "THANK THEM" for taking the time to do that for us. Usually, every morning, I go on here to get my "morning fix" along with a hot coffee or two. Just let me say, not to take anything away from that Old Guy, aka "mikeindabronx", "you guys do a great job". Thanks very much for what you do and I certainly wish all of you the best of luck in becoming a career firefighter in the FDNY or anyplace else for that matter. I think as a buff, retired firefighter from a small Connecticut city, but most important an old fart like my buddy Mike D., "mikeindabronx", it's nice to know that there's young guys out there today like you.

  I know in the past, Emmett, "fdny1075k", has mentioned about organizing a FDNY Get Together for the younger guys. Maybe spring break or summer vacation. I'm sure there's a few guys on here that would be willing to help you with that. Most of our Get Together's have taken place in October while you were in school and you couldn't make it. Maybe a few of us can work on that together.

  In order for a few of us to get to know you a little better, if you get a chance, why don't you tell us about yourself. Just your first name and last initial is fine. What do you do, do you go to school, work ? Where are you from and how did you get interested in the fire department etc. ? Whatever you want to tell us, is up to you. If you're an honor student, well I normally wouldn't say this, "but here's your chance to brag".

  Thanks again for your input into this site.
Uncle Wilfred, I thought I was your "YOUNGER" friend who is a great guy ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on December 22, 2014, 10:28:45 PM
Frank, you're a great guy BUT you're not really my YOUNGER friend. I guess the best way to say it is "you're an OLD friend".

And speaking of younger friends how about that guy "Irish" we know. Come all the way from Ireland just to see us. There wasn't one of us under 50 and most likely well over that. Maybe the most Reverend CFD was the youngest. And what's he up to 55 or so ?

But any guy that would ride in a plane across the big pond, just to see us, has got to be our friend. Most people wouldn't walk across the street to see any one of us. So we got to hang on to him.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on December 23, 2014, 10:29:46 AM
Willy D,  thank you for the post.

To quickly introduce myself, my name is Nick F. As you have guessed, I am younger haha. I attend St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights. - also a full time student. I do live in SI, haha in case anyone was wondering  ;). Actually just received my grades for this past semester, as it ended last week, and honestly pretty happy with them. 4 A's and a C+ (in Math).

The one thing I wanna do in life is become an FDNY firefighter. My grandfather and father were on the job so I guess you can say the job was always apart of my life somehow. Seeing what these guys do day in and day out really made me wanna pursue it. Like most of us, I have adopted certain "favorite" companies all throughout the city, and I have a small list of houses I think it would be awesome to work in. Posting about jobs and rundowns on here just helps me learn more about it, its also a place to talk about it all with others with the same interest. I actually just missed the last test that came out in 2012 I think because I was 6 months too young to take it, so you better believe the next exam I will be taking. The more I see updates on all jobs in the city, the more it makes me want to do this. Following a few alerts accounts on FB and Twitter, I see almost, if not all the jobs that occur in the 5 boroughs - at any time. The one thing that amazes me about that is the fact that the average person wouldn't even guess how many fires alone occur in this city on a daily basis. We know though, as we post about them here - whether its only alittle info that we have or its the full rundown because we heard it on the scanner - info is info. It empowers and teaches.

I think that being on a site like this and being so into the job itself at a young age would only make the job better when I get on. I enjoy posting info that I have come across or heard. Most of the rundowns - actually all of them are guesses. I know a majority of the areas in this city so usually the rundowns would be correct. But often as well they are not - as you all know, no rundown and company coverage area is an exact science. I usually check the site many times a day since its so easy to access on my phone.

Thats really it, that's FDNYSTATENISLAND - FDNYSI. Thanks again Willy D for acknowledging and being interested into hearing more. I know I'm not the only young one on the site - Im sure we all have a lot in common.

*P.S: I enjoy posting pictures of the incidents and of rigs onto here. Most of the time every pic I post of a job, I have seen on another social network - I screenshot it and post it here first thing* Occasionally AuxWarsYearsCapt. will ask me to post pics of new KME rigs from another site he co-runs on FB and I have no problem in doing so.

Also, I do enjoy reading the stories of others on here, most of the time about the dept. back in the day. All very cool stuff to only read about. I find it interesting that different areas of the city usually are busier than others, and have been for decades - but you can't count those slower areas out. It is still the City of New York and the FDNY: any area is busier than 90% of this country. When a company that is in a usually slower area catches work, steady work @ that - i'll acknowledge it on here. Please don't confuse that as me wanting fires to occur. I just find it cool when all companies in the city catch work, whether it's SI, City Island, Breezy, BK HTS, Brownsville, Bed-Stuy, Borough Park, Harlem, the BX, Coney, Jackson HTS, Jamaica or the Financial District. Every borough sees its fair share of work. Some areas more than others.

  Thanks Nick. Your story here is exactly the kind of thing I was looking for. I hope our other younger members will do the same.

  First of all, congratulations on your school accomplishments. That's pretty impressive to say the least. Nobody is perfect and you know there is always room for improvement. But you do your best and as I see it, "you will be on your way to accomplish your goals in life". Good thing you didn't ask me to post my grades. Believe me, "they were nothing like that". In comparison, I guess you could say "I got lucky". In my opinion, it's much tougher today to be able to do what some of us did. So keep at it. You sound like you have a lot going for you.

  A few of us from this site met "AuxWarYearsCapt" just the other day. He spoke very highly of you. In fact, that was before your story was posted here and most of us had no idea who you were.

  Good luck Nick. It's nice to know that we have younger guys out there like yourself and "fdny1075K", who I (along with many others here), have very high hopes for.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: FDNYSTATENISLAND on December 24, 2014, 01:19:49 AM
Thanks Willy D  :)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on December 26, 2014, 10:35:11 PM
 Three Retired FDNY Members. Three are members of this site. All three share some interesting facts together.

  Two of the Three attended the same Probie School Class together.

  Two of the Three worked together at Engine 41 (then referred to Enhanced Engine 41 for their additional duties) before it became Squad 41.

  Two of the Three worked together in the very busy former firehouse on Jerome Ave (Bronx) of Engine 75/Ladder 33.

  Two of the Three had fathers who worked the FDNY.

  Two of the Three have sons who are now firefighters.

  Two of the Three are Viet Nam War Veterans.

  Mention anyone of these individuals and you would find that each one is highly respected for the job they've done. They have paid they're dues, no doubt about that. They loved what they did. They have worked some of the busiest companies throughout the city during some of the busiest years in the history of the FDNY. They worked the very tragic and difficult days of September 11, 2001.

  I am talking about three site members that we know as "Jbendick", "68JK09", and "69Mets". All three highly respected Retired Members of the FDNY. Role Models to any future members of ANY Fire Department.

  "Jbendick", John B., is a retired FDNY Captain. He attended Probie School with site member "68JK09" in 1968, as the FDNY War Years were about to begin. Prior to that he was a member of the U.S. Army serving in Viet Nam during the Viet Nam War. After FDNY Probie School he was assigned to Engine Co 96 in the Bronx. As the fire activity picked up, he was then assigned to the very busy Squad Co 2 which operated out of Engine 73s quarters. During the night shifts they would also rotate between Engine 82 and Engine 85s quarters. To get a feeling of just how busy Squad 2 was, read the book "Report from Engine Co 82".

  When the budget crisis hit the FDNY Squad 2 was eliminated. At that point, Captain John B. was transferred to Engine Co 75. Right about that time, the workload increased dramatically for those companies in the West Bronx. Engine 75, Ladder 33 and Battalion 19 suddenly approached the highest numbers for runs and workers. The West Bronx was burning. It is there that he also worked with site member "69mets", Garrett L., who was assigned to the very busy Ladder Co 33. When promoted to Lt, "Jbendick" was assigned to Engine Co 68. Another busy West Bronx company. Later he was promoted to Captain of Engine Co 23 in Manhattan and is now enjoying a well deserved retirement with his family, currently, including 13 grandchildren.

  "68JK09", Jake K., is a FDNY Retired Battalion Chief. As mentioned earlier, he attended Probie school with "Jbendick" in 1968 as the busy FDNY War Years were beginning. Prior to that he had been a U.S. Marine serving in Viet Nam during the Viet Nam War. After Probie School he was assigned to Ladder Co 108 in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. At the time, Williamsburg was one of the busiest neighborhoods for fires in the very busy Boro of Brooklyn. After Ladder Co 108 Chief Jake K., was assigned to Rescue Co 2 in Brooklyn. Anybody who knows the FDNY from those years, knows the work that Rescue 2 did. They continue to do a heavy workload today.

  When Chief "68JK09" was promoted to Lt he was assigned to Engine 41 in the Bronx. There were many neighborhood protest as this firehouse had been scheduled to close. Yet it continued to be one of the busiest companies in the city. As I understand it, in order to keep this firehouse open, the deal was that Engine 41 would assume additional duties. It was to be operated as a Squad Company with extrication equipment and they would be assigned as a manpower company for working fires in several very busy battalion areas of the Bronx and Harlem. It would be referred to as "Enhanced Engine Co 41", and any adjustments for additional required equipment carried on the rig was done mostly by the members themselves. As I understand it, it was a difficult time to work that fire house due to the political spotlight on it. That is where I am told site member "69mets" also enjoyed working with then Lt Jack K., as part of the pre Squad 41 days.  As Captain, Jake K., was assigned to the busy Ladder Co 126 in Queens. It was a neighborhood in transition. Ladder Co 126 was now at the top of the list for runs and workers. As a buff, I asked a now retired Brooklyn Dispatcher/Buff where to hang out for the most action in Queens and he told me the area of Engine 275 or Ladder 126. Later "68JK09" was promoted to Battalion Chief and was assigned to the very busy Battalion 46. Chief Jake K., as I understand it, is one of the most decorated firefighters in the FDNY.

  "69mets", Garrett L., is now a retired member of the FDNY. Prior to becoming a Firefighter for the City of New York, he worked the New York City Health and Hospitals EMS Service before the FDNY/EMS merger. His primary area then was the very busy Bed-Sty area of Brooklyn. The area was known for drug use and violence. A very tough place to work. He left that job to follow in his fathers foot steps. That of becoming a FDNY firefighter. His first company he was assigned to was the busy Ladder Co 123. A small section of the documentary called "Brothers in Battle" focuses in the busy Engine Co 234 and Ladder Co 123. As I understand it, "69mets" has a small part in that. He later was assigned to Ladder Co 33, working the same firehouse as "Jbendick" (Eng Co 75) on Jerome Ave during a time of peak fire activity. "69mets" also spent time working Engine Co 41 with "68JK09", during the time that it was considered "Enhanced Engine 41" and now taking on the additional duties of a Squad Company. Later Garrett L., would spend time on the very busy Rescue Co 3 covering the Bronx and Harlem during some very busy years before he retired. Garrett L., now has a son who is also a firefighter.

  Those of us that know any or all of these three members, would readily tell you what good guys they are. I consider it an honor to know these three members. During my younger buff years, I probably saw them operate hundreds of times. I'm sure I learned a lot just from watching them work. I understand how tough their jobs were and I saw the conditions they worked under. They really were the Major Leagues of the Fire Service. I hope each one enjoys a long and healthy retirement. "THEY-SURE-EARNED-IT".

  I once said to one of these guys, "Did you ever see me down there in the streets watching you work" ? His answer to me in typical firehouse form was "well, if you weren't wearing a skirt..... probably not" !!!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 69 METS on December 26, 2014, 11:20:23 PM
Hey Bill .... Thank you for the kind words as well as your friendship. All I can say is, it was an honor and a privilege to work with Chief J.K. and Captain J.B.. Both are super experienced, knowledgeable men who were very willing to share their knowledge with us 'young bucks' (well, at the time I was young ... not so much anymore!). I'm so fortunate to have been a part of "the Greatest Job On Earth". All I have now are the great memories from the time I started riding with my Dad in 1968 until I retired in 2002. Thank you to all the great guys who contribute information to this site, I don't post very often but I view everyone's posts frequently and enjoy the stories and information tremendously.   
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: johnd248 on December 27, 2014, 09:46:08 AM
I also have very fond memories of 69 Mets and his father.  His father was my first Captain at E 248 back in 1964.  69 Mets would come to the firehouse with his mother and sister; at a very young age, he had a complete set of turnout gear.  As I remember, his father was a LT in Red Hook, possibly at L 101, before coming to E 248.  When promoted to BC, he was assigned to B 38.  Great family all around.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on January 01, 2015, 10:43:37 AM
 As I understand it, this Sunday N.Y. Times, (January 4th, '15), will start a series of "Human Interest Stories" about the Fire Buffs of the FDNY. I am told the first story in this series will be our very own site member "guitarman314", nicknamed "G-man", Tom E., from Staten Island.

  From what I know about Tom is that he grew up in the South Bronx near 60/17. He got a job with the Post Office where he eventually became a supervisor in that neighborhood. He has been a buff of the FDNY for a very long time and those of us who have seen the skill he has in building model fire trucks, is an amazing job to say the least. As I understand it, he is also a member of the Fire Bell Club of New York and well respected by the members of the FDNY.

  Today, G-man is retired from the Postal Service. His basement has a display of some of the model fire trucks he has built, with some pieces so small they are hard to see and tweezers are needed to work with them. He also is gifted in that as his screen name says, he plays the guitar for several of the singing groups of the Doo Wop era. Many who still perform today. 

  On a side note, those of us who remember the days of the "44 caliber killer", who called himself "The Son of Sam" may remember that he worked as a postal clerk in Yonkers. G-man worked with him at that time. 

  Thanks Tom and I think a lot of us will be looking forward to reading your story. I hope for those who won't be able to get that newspaper, a copy of your story will be printed here. How about it guys.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: memory master on January 01, 2015, 12:17:16 PM
Looking forward to reading it here with many more to come I hope.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on January 02, 2015, 11:17:07 PM
And here it is.  Congratulations, Tom, on your work, patience and attention to detail.  Outstanding!

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/04/nyregion/five-alarm-obsession-a-fire-truck-buff-custom-builds-models.html?emc=edit_tnt_20150102&nlid=35684520&tntemail0=y (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/04/nyregion/five-alarm-obsession-a-fire-truck-buff-custom-builds-models.html?emc=edit_tnt_20150102&nlid=35684520&tntemail0=y)

Five-Alarm Obsession: A Fire Truck Buff Custom Builds Models 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: CFDMarshal on January 02, 2015, 11:48:11 PM
Way to go G-Man! Proud to know you and call you friend!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on January 03, 2015, 12:56:05 AM
Congratulations Tom, your work is outstanding
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: truck4 on January 03, 2015, 01:05:37 AM
That's very cool!

I hope they meant 'NYCFire' buffs ;)

"Mr. Eve monitors fire emergencies on a scanner and is active with buff groups, including NYC Fire Buffs."
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on January 03, 2015, 02:53:35 AM
 Tom, G-man as you are referred to here, goes beyond what most of us could imagine. Those of us who have seen your collection and the tiny pieces of plastic that you use to put together to make an exact replica of a particular fire truck, have all talked of the truly amazing talent that you have. There's not too many out there like you.

  Before I ever knew of this talent you have, I was very impressed with your stories of buffing during the FDNY War Years. Growing up in the South Bronx, you were there just as it happened. You got a first hand look at just how busy things were in those days. Your many contributions and stories to this site has been greatly appreciated by many.

  Later you and I talked of some of the famous Doo Wop bands that you have worked with. You know them all. Groups like Johnny Mastro and the Brooklyn Bridge, The Drifters, or any one of the top Doo Wop groups that sometimes we talk about on another thread here. You have been a part of that music in your skills in playing your guitar, hence your name "Guitarman314".

  In addition to those skills you have been a father and good provider for your large family. As I understand it, you are now a grandfather (more than once, right). Through hard work you rose to Postal Supervisor at the busy post office you worked. I know that wasn't easy as I was a letter carrier for several years myself. It was a tough job to become a supervisor.

  It is an HONOR for those of us who know you. As I see it, you have gained the respect of the entire FDNY. You have shared your many talents with so many others. Thanks Tom. Thanks for what you do. We are all very proud to be associated with you.

 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: AuxWarYearsCapt on January 03, 2015, 03:58:25 AM
Truck 4......just to let you know this all got started back in Sept. I met a NY TIMES editor named Corey back in Sept when he did a story about a FF that was killed while responding on a run Sept 11th 1954 from E 319 and l happened to be included in the article.  Corey called me recently and was looking to do a story on some of the salty buffs from the group I am a co administrator with....NYC FIRE BUFFS......Corey was able to speak to a few us excerpt for the founder. I told Corey about Tom and his collection and I asked Tom to call him.. Well as you see he did a story on Tom so far and will do a complete story about some of us members from the group NYC FIRE BUFFS after he finishes talking to two more salty members.....Congrats to the G-Man from all the members.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on January 03, 2015, 04:15:29 AM
And congratulations to you, AuxWarYearsCapt, for getting the ball rolling.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on January 03, 2015, 07:11:20 AM
Great to see you getting the recognition you deserve, Tom!  What's next . . . the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?  ;)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: NYBravest82 on January 03, 2015, 09:11:48 AM
congrats again g-man!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: svd385 on January 03, 2015, 09:45:53 AM
congrats g-man ...
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on January 03, 2015, 11:20:06 AM
This is great. Congrats gman.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fltpara16 on January 03, 2015, 11:53:50 AM
Great article about a great guy. Congratulations Tom on all your contributions to the Fire Service!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on January 03, 2015, 11:54:50 AM
Truck 4......just to let you know this all got started back in Sept. I met a NY TIMES editor named Corey back in Sept when he did a story about a FF that was killed while responding on a run Sept 11th 1954 from E 319 and l happened to be included in the article.  Corey called me recently and was looking to do a story on some of the salty buffs from the group I am a co administrator with....NYC FIRE BUFFS......Corey was able to speak to a few us excerpt for the founder. I told Corey about Tom and his collection and I asked Tom to call him.. Well as you see he did a story on Tom so far and will do a complete story about some of us members from the group NYC FIRE BUFFS after he finishes talking to two more salty members.....Congrats to the G-Man from all the members.

  Thanks Doug, "AuxWarYearsCapt", for getting the story going.

  Fire Buffs come from all backgrounds. There are lawyers, doctors, priest, military members, firefighters, dentist, police officers, 911 dispatchers, Medics/EMTs, photographers, teachers, and students. I know that because I know fire buffs who fit into each one of those occupations. On this site alone we have a school janitor, a con ed employee, an insurance business owner, a retired postal supervisor (G-man), just to mention a few too.

  We have Fire Buffs from across the country and even from across the world. They visit here to see for themselves just what the FDNY is all about. Known as the Greatest Fire Department in the World. They come from Ireland, England, and I know of one from Japan who hopes to visit here soon.

  Thanks "G-man", you make us all proud.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: truck4 on January 03, 2015, 06:29:24 PM
Truck 4......just to let you know this all got started back in Sept. I met a NY TIMES editor named Corey back in Sept when he did a story about a FF that was killed while responding on a run Sept 11th 1954 from E 319 and l happened to be included in the article.  Corey called me recently and was looking to do a story on some of the salty buffs from the group I am a co administrator with....NYC FIRE BUFFS......Corey was able to speak to a few us excerpt for the founder. I told Corey about Tom and his collection and I asked Tom to call him.. Well as you see he did a story on Tom so far and will do a complete story about some of us members from the group NYC FIRE BUFFS after he finishes talking to two more salty members.....Congrats to the G-Man from all the members.


I know all about NYC FIRE BUFFS, thus the ;)

It's all good to see!

Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on January 03, 2015, 06:42:37 PM
A very nice article about a real gentleman....look forward to getting together again.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: jmag228 on January 04, 2015, 02:36:45 PM
Congratulations G-Man, well deserved recognition
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: IRISH on January 04, 2015, 03:37:14 PM

Agreed very good read about a real gent. Well done GMAN
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdnyrules92 on January 04, 2015, 04:14:47 PM
Nice job GMAN, you're a wealth of knowledge on this website and a great contributor! Nice article as well.  Glad to have you on the site!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on January 07, 2015, 11:13:22 PM
Congratulations

  Steve E. "fltpara16", Elwood E. "CFDMarshall", John B. "jbendick", Steve D., "svd385" and ALL the other Grandpas out there. This one's for you. www.youtube.com/watch?v=fT0mkPci06s (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fT0mkPci06s#ws)

  CONGRADULATIONS to site member Grandpa "jbendick" who became a grandfather for the 14th time. As I understand it Baby Ryan Albert is doing fine as he made his arrival this morning, January 7, 2015 about 11 am.

  A Great Family as many of us on here know.

  Congratulations to Mr and Mrs "jbendick". 

  You might want to click on the You Tube in the Quote above to remind us all of the special people we call; "Grandchildren"

 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on January 07, 2015, 11:19:22 PM
Congratulations and God Bless the entire family!  A truly great way to start 2015!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on January 07, 2015, 11:46:27 PM
BEST WISHES TO ALL.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on January 08, 2015, 07:15:13 AM
Congratulations to all
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: svd385 on January 08, 2015, 10:05:47 AM
Congratulations to all
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on January 08, 2015, 10:54:30 AM
Great news!

Congratulations to the Bendick Family!

Congratulations Grandpa John.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fltpara16 on January 08, 2015, 11:49:45 AM
Congratulations to the Bendick family! I am learning first hand the grandchildren are great!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on January 08, 2015, 12:05:07 PM
Congratulations to the Bendick family! I am learning first hand the grandchildren are great!


  And Steve, we sure hope everything is going good with your granddaughter too.

  I know one thing, "they sure are lucky to have Grandpa's like you guys". Grandpa's Steve E. ""fltpara16", John B. "jbendick", Steve D. "svd385", John D. "johnd248", Eugene D. "efd274", Kevin D. "kfd274" and Elwood E. "CFDMarshall"
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: CFDMarshal on January 09, 2015, 08:57:48 AM
Congrats JBendick, Looks like you may need to get that surplus school bus you have always wanted! As for my little buddy in Norwich, the name is Elwood ERVIN, not Erwin!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on January 09, 2015, 09:26:49 AM
Congrats JBendick, Looks like you may need to get that surplus school bus you have always wanted! As for my little buddy in Norwich, the name is Elwood ERVIN, not Erwin!

  Who says he's your buddy ???
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: johnd248 on January 09, 2015, 11:01:24 AM
Congrats; I have two and they are the best.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on January 09, 2015, 11:13:14 AM
Congratulations to the Bendick family! I am learning first hand the grandchildren are great!


  And Steve, we sure hope everything is going good with your granddaughter too.

  I know one thing, "they sure are lucky to have Grandpa's like you guys". Grandpa's Steve E. ""fltpara16", John B. "jbendick", Steve D. "svd385", John D. "johnd248", and Erwin E. "CFDMarshall"

  Yes John, sorry. I remember you telling me you were a grandfather. And I've known you for a very long time since back in the 70s. I know your a Great Grandpa too. I'll bet my last dime on that.

  Sorry for forgetting you and I added you to the Grandpa list.

  Uncle Wilfred
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: kfd274 on January 09, 2015, 02:01:36 PM
Congratulations to the Bendick family! I am learning first hand the grandchildren are great!


  And Steve, we sure hope everything is going good with your granddaughter too.

  I know one thing, "they sure are lucky to have Grandpa's like you guys". Grandpa's Steve E. ""fltpara16", John B. "jbendick", Steve D. "svd385", John D. "johnd248", and Erwin E. "CFDMarshall"


 Willy D

efd274 has two grandaughters  :) and kfd274 has three grandsons  8)

Happy New Year
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fltpara16 on January 09, 2015, 06:45:59 PM
As for CFD Marshal, the easiest way to remember his name is to call him the REVEREND! Preach on Rev! 8)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on January 10, 2015, 10:45:26 AM
Congratulations to the Bendick family! I am learning first hand the grandchildren are great!


  I know one thing, "they sure are lucky to have Grandpa's like you guys". Grandpa's Steve E. ""fltpara16", John B. "jbendick", Steve D. "svd385", John D. "johnd248", Eugene D. "efd274", Kevin D. "kfd274" and Ervin E. "CFDMarshall"

 Our LATEST Grandpa List:
  1) Grandpa Steve E., "fltpara16"
  2)Grandpa John B., "jbendick"
  3)Grandpa Steve D., "svd385"
  4)Grandpa John D., "johnd248"
  5)Grandpa Ervin E., "CFDMarshall".
  6)Grandpa Eugene D., "efd274"
  7)Grandpa Kevin D., "kfd274"
  8)Grandpa Ray B., "raybrag"
  9)Grandpa Tom E., "guitarman314"
  10)Grandpa "3511"
  11)Grandpa Dean D., "vbcapt"
  12)Grandpa "Disp51"
  13)Grandpa Jack K., "68jk09"

  If you currently are a Grandpa or become one, you should be on our list too. And if you are a GrandMA, we'll set up a list for you too. As we saw on that you tube video, grand kids are a Special Group of people. And as Good Grandparents, "so are you". 

  Here you go GrandMa and GrandPa, I found this just for you.

  www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgwUVuy1qWk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgwUVuy1qWk#ws)
   
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on January 10, 2015, 03:48:39 PM
Willie:

I'm:

1.  Grandpa of three.
2.  Great-Grandpa of one.

And I still think I'm young.   :o ::) 8)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: CFDMarshal on January 10, 2015, 03:56:01 PM
Congrats JBendick, Looks like you may need to get that surplus school bus you have always wanted! As for my little buddy in Norwich, the name is Elwood ERVIN, not Erwin!

  Who says he's your buddy ???

He did when he was doing 30 mph on the expressway trying not to pee his pants and the Rev and chinamen were having a discussion! Ask the Gasman!!!!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on January 10, 2015, 07:38:19 PM
 Grandpa Ray, we added you to our list. Thank you. But at being a "young" Great Grandpa, that may take a little more convincing. Maybe you're pretty young compared to "mikeindabronx" and "Johnny D" on here but the rest of us are all kids compared to that. It's just that like them, we collect our social security checks too.

 And how about that "G-man". I think he's mentioned about being a Grandpa too. Didn't they also mention that in the Fire Buffs story of the Sunday New York Times.

  And "AuxWarYearsCapt", Doug, is there another story about the fire buffs coming out on Sunday 1/11 ? Can somebody pass it on if they do ?

  Reverend CFD....anybody who was sitting in that car that night listening to the Rev CFDMarshall preach the word and a Gasman who thought he was from China would have a problem too with trying to drive over 30 mph on the expressway and hoping not to pee pee in their pants. I just wish that was posted on you tube so it could be on here. 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: svd385 on January 10, 2015, 08:50:09 PM
Thats not pee pee .... It's misdirected laugh tears that just happen to run don your legs...  ::)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on January 21, 2015, 11:31:40 PM
 I, "NFD2004", knew I was in trouble when "mack" started posting that thread called; "FDNY and NYC Firehouses". It is very quickly approaching that 200,000 view mark. It may even reach that by the time I finish typing this.

 I rode the top spot with over 200,000 views for a very long time with the "My Younger Buffing Days" thread. Also in the "History" Section. But that may be coming to an end soon. The Top Spot may soon go to the "FDNY and NYC Firehouses" thread.

 I can not deny the fact that the "NYC Firehouse" thread has really been great. I probably clicked on it over 1,000 times myself. It has the entire company history, rig shots, youtube videos, photos of the firehouses then and now, etc. Details of each firehouse and the company given. It really is great. And where the members added their own stories and facts, it has made it even more impressive. I don't know where anybody could find such a collection. Maybe the FDNY Mand Library that's about it.

  I don't mind taking second place to this thread. It deserves to be Number 1.

  Thanks "mack" for all the effort and work you have put into it. I consider it an irreplaceable Collectors Item.

 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on January 22, 2015, 03:00:24 AM
Willy .....both threads are great ... ... all the great contribution's by the posters in "My Younger Buff Years" as well as the posts by mack in the the "FH History" threads are preserving some FDNY History that should be kept alive & passed on. 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on January 22, 2015, 09:10:27 AM
They're two of the threads that make this site so good.  Great work on both!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on January 22, 2015, 02:37:23 PM
I, "NFD2004", knew I was in trouble when "mack" started posting that thread called; "FDNY and NYC Firehouses". It is very quickly approaching that 200,000 view mark. It may even reach that by the time I finish typing this.

 I rode the top spot with over 200,000 views for a very long time with the "My Younger Buffing Days" thread. Also in the "History" Section. But that may be coming to an end soon. The Top Spot may soon go to the "FDNY and NYC Firehouses" thread.

 I can not deny the fact that the "NYC Firehouse" thread has really been great. I probably clicked on it over 1,000 times myself. It has the entire company history, rig shots, youtube videos, photos of the firehouses then and now, etc. Details of each firehouse and the company given. It really is great. And where the members added their own stories and facts, it has made it even more impressive. I don't know where anybody could find such a collection. Maybe the FDNY Mand Library that's about it.

  I don't mind taking second place to this thread. It deserves to be Number 1.

  Thanks "mack" for all the effort and work you have put into it. I consider it an irreplaceable Collectors Item.

 

  I say that all in fun of course. Actually "mack" has many friends on here, including myself.

  A little history of our own here. Shortly after "My Younger Buff Years" had started, "mack" contacted me to say that he could relate to some of the stories being told of the FDNY War Years as a buff also. Only instead of buffing the South Bronx and Harlem, he was familiar with the Coney Island area around that same time period. I told him that I had remembered hearing all the jobs then on streets like Mermaid Ave and Neptune Ave. Plenty of work there too.

  He told me that his father was a FDNY member there. I told him that my father was also a firefighter, but in Bridgeport, Ct. We talked about how lucky we were to grow up with fathers like that.

  Then we talked about going to catholic schools as kids. We talked about how tough those nuns were and if we messed up they weren't afraid to take action against us. Then we also talked about how we got no mercy once our parents found out about it. We just seemed to have a lot in common as younger guys. Of course now we also know that there are others on here as well with very similar stories.

  On one of the recent Get Together's, it turns out that the hotel many of us was staying at was just around the corner from where "mack" actually grew up while he was in that catholic school. So we got to see the Ole' Homestead in that Brooklyn neighborhood.

  If I remember correctly, "mack" once started a contest when "My Younger Buff Years" would hit the 200,000th view. I don't remember who won that but I think the prize might have been a T-shirt or a gift from www.fire-police-ems.com (http://www.fire-police-ems.com) . But "mack" was the one that came up with that idea.

  A few years ago, "mack" gave me a personnel invitation to see many of the tourist attractions and military memorials in the DC area. He also gave me a personnel tour of the Fairfax County Fire Department where he is a member, and set up a tour for me of their very modern 911 Dispatch Center. He even let me stay at his house during that time but I've never been able to repay him back. I was supposed to get a tour of the Pentagon one time, but that didn't really work out too well as some here know. 

  At least for me, because of the "My Younger Buff Years", I was able to meet not only "mack", but guys from Florida, Tennessee, Virginia, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, as well as the Five Boros of New York City. Even from as far away as Ireland. Like "mack" and myself, they all have the same interest and we've all become buddies. They are buffs, active firefighters, retired firefighters, and dispatchers. From Chief Officers to Probies.

  Now as many of us would be considered somewhat senior citizens, many of the younger members seem to be getting more involved. Those younger members on here need to keep that "FDNY and NYC Firehouses" and "My Younger Buff Years" threads alive for future generations to follow. Those stories and photos can NEVER be replaced again. And maybe when the "FDNY and NYC Firehouses" reaches 300,000 views, we can have another contest. Maybe a worthwhile prize like $300 or a gift certificate for Willy's favorite - "300 Micky Ds BIG MACs".
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on January 30, 2015, 10:01:23 PM
 As I sit here on this very cold, windy Friday night with the temperature going down to 7 degrees in a place called "Connecticut", I follow up on the jobs the FDNY had, and what else is new on this site. I come across a thread about a fire on Bedford Park Blvd. Even though I'm from Connecticut, I know where Bedford Park Blvd in the Bronx is. But there's also a discussion about growing up there and drinking a few too many beers, and spending a lot of dimes trying to call a girlfriend. There's mention of a place called "Madden's" and another place called "Kerrigan's & Raftery's".

  So after plowing another couple of inches of snow today from my driveway, I'm a bit tired of it and looking for some excitement. Well when a guy is almost 66 years old, I guess on a Friday night in Connecticut, this is about the most excitement he can find. It's called "Growing up in the Bronx".

 But for those guys who grew up in the Bronx like "fdce54", "3511', "svd385", "G-man", "Atlas", and "mikeindabronx", THIS ONE'S FOR YOU.

   www.youtube.com/watch?v=fc-8usmmKdw (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fc-8usmmKdw#)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on January 30, 2015, 10:38:53 PM
BRAVO ZULU, BILL!  GRAND WORK!!!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 3511 on February 02, 2015, 01:22:06 PM
Nfd,

Thanks for those memories.  Everyone hit home. The only thing missing were the pubs!

And you can add me to the club....1st grandchild born Jan 19, a healthy little girl. Headin' down to D.C tomorrow,  AMTRAK permitting,  tomorrow for first visit.

(Mack take note. Quick trip this time. Catch you next time.)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on February 03, 2015, 09:09:38 AM
Congratulations to the Bendick family! I am learning first hand the grandchildren are great!


  I know one thing, "they sure are lucky to have Grandpa's like you guys". Grandpa's Steve E. ""fltpara16", John B. "jbendick", Steve D. "svd385", John D. "johnd248", Eugene D. "efd274", Kevin D. "kfd274" and Ervin E. "CFDMarshall"

 Our LATEST Grandpa List:
   Grandpa Steve E., "fltpara16"
   Grandpa John B., "jbendick"
   Grandpa Steve D., "svd385"
   Grandpa John D., "johnd248"
   Grandpa Ervin E., "CFDMarshall".
   Grandpa Eugene D., "efd274"
   Grandpa Kevin D., "kfd274"
   Grandpa Ray B., "raybrag"
   Grandpa Tom E., "guitarman314"
   Grandpa "3511"

  If you currently are a Grandpa or become one, you should be on our list too. And if you are a GrandMA, we'll set up a list for you too. As we saw on that you tube video, grand kids are a Special Group of people. And as Good Grandparents, "so are you". 

  Here you go GrandMa and GrandPa, I found this just for you.

  www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgwUVuy1qWk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgwUVuy1qWk#ws)
 

  Congratulations Grandpa "3511" on the birth of your grand daughter on January 19, 2015. We are all very happy to hear that she is healthy and that you share the joys of other members here who have also celebrated the birth of their grand children.

   It gives me GREAT PLEASURE to add you to the list of other members who share your joys as well.

  Congratulations, and hope you were able to get down to D.C. to see her for the first time. 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on February 03, 2015, 09:16:21 AM
Grandpa list is a good idea, Bill.  Any interest in a GREAT grandpa list for us really old farts?  If so, I R 1.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on February 03, 2015, 09:30:01 AM
Grandpa list is a good idea, Bill.  Any interest in a GREAT grandpa list for us really old farts?  If so, I R 1.

  You know what Ray - "YOU DESERVE IT". Congratulations.

  This list is dedicated to a very SPECIAL GROUP of individuals who have enjoyed the honor and gifts of being a Grandpa, and now have been so gifted to see the birth of their GREAT GRANDCHILDREN. So if you are a GREAT GRANDPA, please let us know and we dedicate this special honor to you.  So GREAT GRANDPA's, HERE IT IS:

   GREAT GRANDPA's LIST:

   GREAT GRANDPA "raybrag", - Ray B.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: vbcapt on February 03, 2015, 10:01:27 PM
Willy D my friend....you can add me to the grandpa list too !!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Disp51 on February 04, 2015, 11:48:07 AM
Also a grandpa, two grand daughters, ages 5 & 3
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on February 04, 2015, 01:01:02 PM
 All set guys. you are added to the Grandpa list.

 Just may have to consider making a totally separate thread here just dedicated to our Grandpas and Great Grandpas. You guys sure deserve it.

  Besides, I don't think Grandpas and Willy Ds dancing lessons, as posted here earlier, really has anything in common. I don't know how the BOSS feels about that, but if he or his associate are interested in doing such a thing, complete with the videos and pictures, I'd like to see it.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on February 04, 2015, 03:02:13 PM
Me too.....Four.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on February 04, 2015, 03:52:41 PM
 Our LATEST Grandpa List:
  1) Grandpa Steve E., "fltpara16"
  2)Grandpa John B., "jbendick"
  3)Grandpa Steve D., "svd385"
  4)Grandpa John D., "johnd248"
  5)Grandpa Elwood E., "CFDMarshall".
  6)Grandpa Eugene D., "efd274"
  7)Grandpa Kevin D., "kfd274"
  8)Grandpa Ray B., "raybrag"
  9)Grandpa Tom E., "guitarman314"
  10)Grandpa "3511"
  11)Grandpa Dean D., "vbcapt"
  12)Grandpa "Disp51"
  13)Grandpa Jack K., "68jk09"
  14)Grandpa Joe M., "mack"
  15)Grandpa "lucky"
  16)Grandpa John - "jmag228"
  17)Grandpa Doug M., - "AuxWarYearsCapt"
  18) Grandpa Pat D. - "Patrickfd"
  19) Grandpa Jack O. - "JOR176"
  20) Grandpa Andy M. - "Grumpy Grizzley"

  If you currently are a Grandpa or become one, you should be on our list too. And if you are a GrandMA, we'll set up a list for you too. As we saw on that you tube video, grand kids are a Special Group of people. And as Good Grandparents, "so are you". 

  Here you go GrandMa and GrandPa, I found this just for you.

  www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgwUVuy1qWk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgwUVuy1qWk#ws)
 
[/quote]

  Thanks Chief, I didn't realize that. So here's our latest updated Grandpa List, which includes a Great Grandpa.

  And the kids sure got some GREAT Grandpas too.

  This is my favorite one of what being a Grandpa is all about. So how about if we play it again.

   www.youtube.com/watch?v=fT0mkPci06s (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fT0mkPci06s#ws)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on February 04, 2015, 05:33:20 PM
Willy D - Please add me to the grandpa list.  Thanks.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: lucky on February 04, 2015, 07:08:33 PM
Ditto.   Thank you
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: jmag228 on February 04, 2015, 07:21:45 PM
Hi Willy D,
Four for me also.

Thanks,
John
JMag 228
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on February 04, 2015, 09:01:59 PM
 Done and it has been my honor. You certainly have "bragging rights" and a right to be proud when it comes to being a Grandpa. I remember how my grandpa treated me when I was a kid. I never got to meet one as he passed on, but I remember my other grandpa. I'm sure you have memories too of when you were a kid.

  On Saturdays he used to take me to his favorite tavern. It was in Bridgeport (Ct) on the East Side. Ironically it was named "The Bronx Tavern". I don't know why though. When he would bring me there he would always buy me a small bag of potatoe chips. And nobody knew this until now, but he would always let me have a sip of his beer from his glass. Wow, I sure liked that.

  So grandpa, this time it's on me, as I raise my glass of OJ to you. I know it's not as good as those cold frosty beers we used to have, but I haven't had a sip since 1978. I had a little too much then and sometimes I would get myself in trouble with a few of the guys. By the way, after you left I had two younger brothers and a sister too. You would have had six great grandchildren now too. You have probably met my brother John though, as he left to join you about four years ago. I'm not sure but I think John was named after you.

  So anyway "Gramps - here's to ya". Thanks for everything too.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: CFDMarshal on February 04, 2015, 11:03:43 PM
I know it is a small insignificant little transpositional error on the part of my little buddy from the yankee state, but his little redneck man of the cloth would really appreciate if he would correct his name to the proper first name and last name initial!

with much love and regards,

The Rev!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on February 04, 2015, 11:45:11 PM
I know it is a small insignificant little transpositional error on the part of my little buddy from the yankee state, but his little redneck man of the cloth would really appreciate if he would correct his name to the proper first name and last name initial!

with much love and regards,

The Rev!

  Sorry Rev. I know how you must feel. That damn "Redneck Yankee State Heathin'" still can't get it right. I hope it's right this time.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: AuxWarYearsCapt on February 05, 2015, 01:45:08 AM
Whats new WILLY D...   

You can also add me please ...I have 4 also

Thanks

Doug M.    AuxWarYearsCapt

Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on February 05, 2015, 08:19:02 AM
Hey, guys . . . I know I'm older'n dirt, but am I REALLY the only great-grandpa here?  I'm sure I saw a post from Willy somewhere that said we had an octogenarian on the site.  Or am I the only one whose offspring reproduce like rabbits?  :o
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on February 05, 2015, 09:19:12 AM
Whats new WILLY D...   

You can also add me please ...I have 4 also

Thanks

Doug M.    AuxWarYearsCapt

  All set Doug, I gladly added you to the list of Grandpas. I really didn't know we had so many Grandpas on here. In this case, "be proud and walk tall". You've all done a great job as a daddy, and now a Grandpa. I happen to know personally a lot of these Grandpas. And I know the kind of people they are. I'm sure there's plenty of other kids who wish they had a Grandpa like you. Or a Great Grandpa like Ray B.

  As it stands, for future reference, the latest and updated Grandpa list is on Page 16, Reply # 234 of this thread. Just a lot of very lucky kids out there because of you.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on April 11, 2015, 01:15:02 PM
In our News of Members, "Happy Birthday Wishes" go out to site member "Jbendick".

 In addition to being a Great Guy and Good Friend to many of us here, John is a retired FDNY War Years Captain who worked some of the busiest FDNY Companies during those years. He is also the father of this site owner "Tbendick", and still manages to find time to spend with his 14 grandchildren.

  HAPPY BIRTHDAY John.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on April 11, 2015, 02:39:21 PM
Happy Birthday John
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: IRISH on April 11, 2015, 03:22:34 PM

Happy Birthday John
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on April 11, 2015, 04:20:52 PM
Many more in great health and happiness!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on April 11, 2015, 04:49:28 PM
Happy Birthday John! If you need help blowing out the candles, I'll send Willie over. ;D
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on April 11, 2015, 05:13:48 PM

Happy Birthday, John ! Keep Up The Good Work, Grandpa ! God Bless.  jw
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: johnd248 on April 11, 2015, 05:28:48 PM
Happy birthday,Capt. John.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fltpara16 on April 11, 2015, 09:35:20 PM
Happy Birthday John!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on April 11, 2015, 11:12:37 PM
Happy birthday to a great guy.  Happy birthday, John.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: AuxWarYearsCapt on April 11, 2015, 11:51:13 PM
Happy Birthday John
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Parkave32 on April 12, 2015, 08:56:49 AM
Happy Birthday John
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: svd385 on April 12, 2015, 10:52:03 AM
Happy Birthday John
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: memory master on April 12, 2015, 10:59:26 AM
 the best to you and a BIG thank you!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 1261Truckie on April 12, 2015, 11:25:19 AM
Happy birthday, Cap, and best wishes for many more.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on April 18, 2015, 08:03:04 AM
 The Hartford Fire Department in Connecticut has a select few who are allowed to go beyond the fire lines to photograph the fires and various incidents involving the department. We have two of these Fire Department Photographers who are on this site with us. They are well respected by the members of the Hartford Fire Department, as well as the surrounding departments. In fact, I think it is safe to say that "they are well respected individuals beyond those towns".

  The two members are Pat D, "Patrickfd" and Sean F, "FlashoverImages". Both also have their own web sites with their photos posted.

  Pat's site is - www.squadfirephotos.smugmug.com (http://www.squadfirephotos.smugmug.com)

  Sean's site is - www.flashoverImages.com (http://www.flashoverImages.com)

 Take my word for it, "they are good people". (Ain't that right guys !!! )
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: catry on April 18, 2015, 04:43:08 PM
Hello folks, it's been a while (if anyone still remembers me!   ;D)

Just thought I'd drop in and explain where I've been the last few years - I've moved away from New York and sadly life took over quite a bit. Every now and then I've tried to to mount a "comeback" but there just doesn't seem to be enough time in the day anymore.

Still, I might try to get a few IAs up now and then if I get the chance to tune in again. Although, I've started another slightly time-consuming "hobby" of sorts lately, I think a certain someone from London might understand?  ;)

Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on April 18, 2015, 04:53:06 PM
Welcome back, catry!  Always good to see you on here.  Don't be such a stranger!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on April 18, 2015, 06:10:54 PM
Great to see you back, Catry!  Your rundowns were always the best.  And I have posted "I miss Catry" more than once.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: IRISH on April 18, 2015, 06:53:59 PM
Good to see you back catry your rundowns are missed although we have some guys that are knocking out some good ones....Are You a Special in London?
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: NYBravest82 on April 18, 2015, 08:27:59 PM
welcome back man!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdny1075k on April 18, 2015, 09:34:38 PM
Welcome back, catry.

Special Constable?
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on April 18, 2015, 10:03:11 PM
 I remember you too "Catry". Welcome back.

 Some of the characters you remember are still here, only they are a little older now. Some like myself, even got a little "fatter".

 I hope you'll read through the News of Members. You may remember some of the guys too.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: catry on April 19, 2015, 02:41:40 AM
I remember you too "Catry". Welcome back.

 Some of the characters you remember are still here, only they are a little older now. Some like myself, even got a little "fatter".

 I hope you'll read through the News of Members. You may remember some of the guys too.

"Fatter" is just another way of saying "well fed and looked after"  ;)

Thanks for the warm welcome back to everyone - I miss writing rundowns as well! If I do get the chance I'll try to get some up again though it does look like some decent folks have stepped in.

And IRISH/fdny1075k -a Special yes, not London though - I'm out in the sticks as they'd say!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: FlashoverImages on April 19, 2015, 11:36:35 AM
The Hartford Fire Department in Connecticut has a select few who are allowed to go beyond the fire lines to photograph the fires and various incidents involving the department. We have two of these Fire Department Photographers who are on this site with us. They are well respected by the members of the Hartford Fire Department, as well as the surrounding departments. In fact, I think it is safe to say that "they are well respected individuals beyond those towns".

  The two members are Pat D, "Patrickfd" and Sean F, "FlashoverImages". Both also have their own web sites with their photos posted.

  Pat's site is - www.squadfirephotos.smugmug.com (http://www.squadfirephotos.smugmug.com)

  Sean's site is - www.flashoverImages.com (http://www.flashoverImages.com)

 Take my word for it, "they are good people". (Ain't that right guys !!! )
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: FlashoverImages on April 19, 2015, 11:38:30 AM
Thanks for the shoutout Willy D!  I know "Big Mike" L. will be back in the state sometime in the next few days, so we should try to meet up at the Piano Bar for a bite and some catching up.  Give me a call to let me know!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on April 19, 2015, 12:27:32 PM
Thanks for the shoutout Willy D!  I know "Big Mike" L. will be back in the state sometime in the next few days, so we should try to meet up at the Piano Bar for a bite and some catching up.  Give me a call to let me know!

  I will do that Sean. And like most dedicated fire buff/photographers, Sean, Pat and all the others can testify that this had to be one of the toughest and coldest winters we've had here in the Tri State area (NY, NJ, CT) in a very long time. Boston had recorded 96 inches of snow piled high on those narrow city streets. One morning (7 am) at the Ole' Homestead, about 120 miles northeast of NYC, it was MINUS 12 degrees. Yes, 12 degrees below zero and with the wind blowing. I took a picture of it from my computer as proof. I'm sure it felt like 40 below. Firefighters, police officers, EMS, and buffs alike were all out there doing what they do best.

  But this also leads me to another group of individuals who were out there. They were out there 24 hours a day also. Those were the Con Ed and Utility workers throughout our cities and towns. They were out in that bitter cold weather too. One such individual who some of us know from this site goes by the name of "fdce54". For those who don't know, it's Frank D who is a supervisor for Con Eds Gas Division in Westchester County. He formerly worked the streets of the South Bronx.

  As many of us know, Frank D was scheduled to retired on November 1st, 2014, just as the weather was starting to get cold. We were all very happy to hear about that and that he would join the ranks of many retired individuals on this site. We told him how he would be able to look out the window and watch those people go to work on those cold mornings. He could have his nice hot cup of hot chocolate with marsh mellows and go back to bed if he wanted to.

  Suddenly, a turn for the worst. Just as Frank was about to retire, some co worker(s) in their hopes of not loosing their favorite boss, waved a little extra cash in front of him. They told him if he stayed longer he could have that. Well, it was like giving candy to a baby. Frank told them "Yes, I'll stay". They all loved it and rejoiced at their joyous occasion. Meantime, some of us here tried to convince him otherwise. But we had no candy to offer him. As a result, he changed his retirement date from November 1, 2014 to July 1, 2015.

  Well, the winter weather came upon us and our good friend took one hell of a ba hine whoopen.  He was out there in the middle of the worst of it. He himself has admitted that this was the worst winter he ever had. Why didn't he listen to his REAL Friends ? I can assure everyone here as I write this, that "he will NEVER do that again". I believe he has learned himself a very good lesson. For "fdce54" the worst is behind him now. He is counting every day to July 1st. When that retirement does finally come, we will again try to help him celebrate what he should have done months ago.

  I think most of us here are all very happy that this winter is finally over. But nobody is more happier than the guy we know simply as "fdce54".
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on April 19, 2015, 01:25:53 PM
Thanks for the shoutout Willy D!  I know "Big Mike" L. will be back in the state sometime in the next few days, so we should try to meet up at the Piano Bar for a bite and some catching up.  Give me a call to let me know!

  I will do that Sean. And like most dedicated fire buff/photographers, Sean, Pat and all the others can testify that this had to be one of the toughest and coldest winters we've had here in the Tri State area (NY, NJ, CT) in a very long time. Boston had recorded 96 inches of snow piled high on those narrow city streets. One morning (7 am) at the Ole' Homestead, about 120 miles northeast of NYC, it was MINUS 12 degrees. Yes, 12 degrees below zero and with the wind blowing. I took a picture of it from my computer as proof. I'm sure it felt like 40 below. Firefighters, police officers, EMS, and buffs alike were all out there doing what they do best.

  But this also leads me to another group of individuals who were out there. They were out there 24 hours a day also. Those were the Con Ed and Utility workers throughout our cities and towns. They were out in that bitter cold weather too. One such individual who some of us know from this site goes by the name of "fdce54". For those who don't know, it's Frank D who is a supervisor for Con Eds Gas Division in Westchester County. He formerly worked the streets of the South Bronx.

  As many of us know, Frank D was scheduled to retired on November 1st, 2014, just as the weather was starting to get cold. We were all very happy to hear about that and that he would join the ranks of many retired individuals on this site. We told him how he would be able to look out the window and watch those people go to work on those cold mornings. He could have his nice hot cup of hot chocolate with marsh mellows and go back to bed if he wanted to.

  Suddenly, a turn for the worst. Just as Frank was about to retire, some co worker(s) in their hopes of not loosing their favorite boss, waved a little extra cash in front of him. They told him if he stayed longer he could have that. Well, it was like giving candy to a baby. Frank told them "Yes, I'll stay". They all loved it and rejoiced at their joyous occasion. Meantime, some of us here tried to convince him otherwise. But we had no candy to offer him. As a result, he changed his retirement date from November 1, 2014 to July 1, 2015.

  Well, the winter weather came upon us and our good friend took one hell of a ba hine whoopen.  He was out there in the middle of the worst of it. He himself has admitted that this was the worst winter he ever had. Why didn't he listen to his REAL Friends ? I can assure everyone here as I write this, that "he will NEVER do that again". I believe he has learned himself a very good lesson. For "fdce54" the worst is behind him now. He is counting every day to July 1st. When that retirement does finally come, we will again try to help him celebrate what he should have done months ago.

  I think most of us here are all very happy that this winter is finally over. But nobody is more happier than the guy we know simply as "fdce54".
What cold winter? It's beautiful out! And I'm heading down to Yonkers to watch the YFD do their thing. 8)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fltpara16 on April 19, 2015, 06:33:43 PM
But I bet you won't work one more winter will you fdce54! ;D
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on April 19, 2015, 08:11:34 PM
But I bet you won't work one more winter will you fdce54! ;D
No I won't, Steve. In 72 days I go on welfare like Willie.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on May 27, 2015, 09:22:54 PM
Guess who this is for....  http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Dennis-Mass-Fire-Dept-Photo-Unit-cloth-patch-/191585728037?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c9b663625 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Dennis-Mass-Fire-Dept-Photo-Unit-cloth-patch-/191585728037?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c9b663625) 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on May 27, 2015, 10:02:03 PM
I don't know, Chief .  .  .  there's only one guy I can think of .  .  .  but there's no Big Mac on the patch.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on May 28, 2015, 11:27:16 AM
I don't know, Chief .  .  .  there's only one guy I can think of .  .  .  but there's no Big Mac on the patch.
You never know what's under that hat.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on May 28, 2015, 06:47:18 PM
Guess who this is for....  http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Dennis-Mass-Fire-Dept-Photo-Unit-cloth-patch-/191585728037?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c9b663625 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Dennis-Mass-Fire-Dept-Photo-Unit-cloth-patch-/191585728037?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c9b663625)

  As a special offer to members in good standings of this site, you can receive an autographed patch if you just ship it to "NFD2004" c/o Willy D. Make your Dennis Patch a special addition to your collection and show all your friends just how lucky you really are.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on May 28, 2015, 10:58:51 PM
Patch worn by Dennis FD members:

(http://s16.postimg.cc/j4pn30pbl/Patch_13_Dennis.jpg) (http://postimage.org/)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on May 29, 2015, 08:40:03 PM
Let's all welcome back Connecticut's Brother "jciscone", formerly of Brooklyn, NY. (see his post in Apparatus Section - New Heavy Rescues reply # 51).

"jciscone" himself a firefighter, covers the New Haven, Ct area for fires and major incidents and his photos can be found on his web site, which is;  www.cisconefirephotos.smugmug.com (http://www.cisconefirephotos.smugmug.com) .

 He is also the IAFF Union President for the City of East Haven, Ct Firefighters.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on June 07, 2015, 01:43:24 PM
Well, how about that guy that calls himself "fltpara16". What do we know about him ?

 To begin with for those who don't know him, his name is Steve E. He is a father and recently became a grandfather. He lives in a far away place called Virginia.

  Steve was once a Flight Paramedic. That's where individuals in very serious condition depended on him to keep them alive while flying in a helicopter to a major hospital. In order to ride in a helicopter then with Steve, you had to be in some pretty serious shape. My guess is that once up in the air, the medic that is trying to keep you alive, has got to know his stuff. This is not the place to play games or hope you have some idea of what you are doing.

  I'm not exactly sure how many years Steve did this job. But I have to wonder what it must have been like just to do one shift on that medical helicopter. How many lives did this guy really save during his job ? Countless, I'm sure. You just gotta respect anybody who can do that job.

  Of course there is more. Steve has been a firefighter in a growing county fire department in Virginia. I guess he has about 21 years on the job now and he has risen to the rank of Battalion Chief. As a Battalion Chief in this department, you are the boss within the entire county. It's all yours. Whatever goes down, "you got it". In some cases, he has a response time of 20-25 minutes of getting on the scene. Providing a "10-12" is more of the norm than not. Steve gave some of us a tour of his department a year or two ago. I think we were all pretty impressed.

  Steve is also a volunteer firefighter in his home town. It was at that firehouse were those guys treated us to some great chow and gave us a tour also. Also interesting was the fact that a retired FDNY Lt and a retired member of the NYPD joined us. The FDNY member had worked Rescue 2 and Ladder 124 during their busy War Years. Those of us around for that know how busy those two companies were. The member of the NYPD had worked the famous Fort Apache in the Bronx. They made a movie about that police pct simply called; "Fort Apache the Bronx". It was quite a place. Sharing stories and hearing the stories from other firefighters was certainly enjoyable. But if it hadn't been for Steve E., aka "fltpara16", it wouldn't have happened.

  Every one of us here who know Steve would attest to the fact of what a gentleman he really is. With 21 years on the job, maybe retirement is in a couple more years. But unlike his buddy "fdce54", when Steve is ready to retire he should make that decision and go.

  By the way, as of this date (6/7/2015), the guy (fdce54) that was supposed to retire last November, 2014 has only "23" more days to go, so he says. We'll see if he keeps his word this time.   
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: IRISH on June 08, 2015, 03:53:25 PM
Proud Day for myself last Saturday. Myself and 3 friends joined 230 others to take part in a Charity Cycle across Ireland from County Kildare on Irelands East Coast to Galway City on Irelands West Coast.

212 Kilometres (132 Miles) in 13 Hrs of High Wind and Heavy Rain at times all in aid of our national suicide charity

Very tough day but very worthwhile in the end


(http://s1.postimg.cc/qs1ekdxt7/1609860_1114197408597360_6115087067701880145_n.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/qs1ekdxt7/)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on June 08, 2015, 04:20:51 PM
Congratulations to you & the others who participated
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Post by: mack on June 08, 2015, 04:31:18 PM
Good for you,Irish.  Quite an accomplishment.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on June 08, 2015, 05:33:51 PM
Great job there me Irish lad.

"Irish" as he is called, actually Declean, comes all the way from Ireland to visit a few site members here and check out the FDNY. Not exactly a senior citizen yet, but the guys are willing to wait for him to catch up.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: svd385 on June 08, 2015, 05:46:45 PM
Congratulations
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Post by: raybrag on June 08, 2015, 06:20:44 PM
Good on ya, Dec!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on June 08, 2015, 06:28:20 PM
Great job Dec....glad to have met you in person.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fltpara16 on June 08, 2015, 06:34:37 PM
Way to go Dec! Looking forward to hearing the stories and raise a glass to your accomplishment in the near future!

Willy D, thanks for the kind words.  I spent just shy of 12 years on the helicopter.  A great experience and hopefully a few people are better off for it.  As for retirement, the date is set for October 1, 2019!  8)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on June 08, 2015, 07:39:16 PM
Proud Day for myself last Saturday. Myself and 3 friends joined 230 others to take part in a Charity Cycle across Ireland from County Kildare on Irelands East Coast to Galway City on Irelands West Coast.

212 Kilometres (132 Miles) in 13 Hrs of High Wind and Heavy Rain at times all in aid of our national suicide charity

Very tough day but very worthwhile in the end


(http://s1.postimg.cc/qs1ekdxt7/1609860_1114197408597360_6115087067701880145_n.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/qs1ekdxt7/)
I can see it was very worthwhile in the end. Well done to you and your three lads, Dec.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: CFDMarshal on June 08, 2015, 08:09:47 PM
Way to go Dec! See you in Dublin in September! Queens in October!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on June 12, 2015, 12:15:10 PM
 HAPPY BIRTHDAY "Atlas", (6/12) and many more.

 We consider you as a part of "The Greatest Generation" as you were there too. Plus, we appreciate all you have done for many of us on here.

 P.S. - How about that Frankie D., (fdce54) ? Is that the way you wanted me to say it ? ?

  ANYWAY, "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" !!!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on June 12, 2015, 04:36:21 PM
"HAPPY BIRTHDAY"
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Post by: STAjo on June 12, 2015, 05:51:02 PM

 Happy Birthday ! Many More ...   :)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on June 12, 2015, 06:30:51 PM
Happy 39th birthday, Ken! 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on June 13, 2015, 06:32:42 PM
Grand work for a good cause, Declan!

And a happy belated birthday to you, Atlas!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Parkave32 on June 13, 2015, 10:27:11 PM
Happy birthday Ken.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on June 15, 2015, 09:36:10 AM
  At the young age of 10, site member "auxlteng225", Walter K., walked into the quarters of Engine Co 225. That goes back to 1941. Walter spent many days there and the members of Brooklyn's Two and a Quarter seemed to take him under their wing. Then in 1950, "auxlteng225" went into the Navy coming out in 1954. He then returned to Engine Co 225 and left again to serve as a U.S. Merchant Marine on the Viet Nam sea lift supplying ammo and bombs to Thailand, Danang, Vung Tao and Saigon.

  Walter says of his days with Engine Co 225; "I will be forever grateful for the firefighting education I received from the FDNY, in particular from Engine 225 where he was nicknamed "Quiz Kid".

  Walter K, "auxlteng225", became a police officer and was promoted to Sargent in the Village of Haverstraws in Rockland County. He also became a volunteer firefighter in the Spring Valley Fire Dept in 1968 at the Spring Valley H & L Co # 1. He rose through the ranks there and served as:
    Captain 1982/1983
    B/C 1983/1985
    D/C 1985/1987
    Chief 1987/1989
  He is still an inactive member of the department.

  Today Walter is 83 years old. He may very well be the oldest member on this site (even older than "Johnd248" or "mikeindabronx"). At 83 years old, Walter still likes to golf, hunt, fish, and skeet shoot. He also enjoys this site very much.

  Walter, you've certainly done your share for society. You have certainly dedicated your life to helping others. We appreciate what you have done. Let us know when your next birthday is and a couple of us guys will head up your way with a few bags White Castle Sinkers, a big cake and maybe a few ladies to help liven up the party.

  A VERY HAPPY Belated BIRTHDAY to Walter K., aka "auxlteng225", who was born on FLAG DAY, June 14th, a long time ago.

  If that quote above is correct, that puts "auxlteng225" at 84 years old. I think that also makes him the SENIOR MAN here. Even guys like "mikeindabronx" and "johnd248" have to respect that.

  Anybody whose been around a firehouse knows that the Senior Man carries a lot of weight when it comes to calling the shots. So if there's anything you want, let us know and we'll get it done. You want a visit by a few of the guys here, "we can do that". You want a Belated Birthday cake, we can do that too. You want a few dancing girls for entertainment, maybe "mikeindabronx" or "johnd248" can round up a couple of their old sweethearts from their high school days to liven it up a bit.

  So Walter, Happy Birthday. We hope you are in good health and thank you for your contributions here and your years of service to society as well.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Atlas on June 15, 2015, 04:21:31 PM
THANKS GUYS.... 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on June 23, 2015, 11:05:22 AM
Let us all give "Thanks and Praise" for this very special day, June 23rd, as we celebrate together, The Birthday of the Most Reverend "CFDMarshall", aka Elwood E.

From a far away place we call Tennessee, a young man who has taught us so much, was born on this day many years ago. How many years ago ? Better if we don't ask or tell.

  Those of us that have had the honor of meeting the Most Reverend CF know very well, his beliefs and thoughts on life, only as the kind of man of the cloth, he represents. We have welcomed him into "Our Fold", just as he has welcomed each of us into his.

  HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes go out today, (6/23), to member "CFDMarshall", aka Elwood E. 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on June 23, 2015, 03:03:15 PM
HAPPY & HEALTHY BIRTHDAY ELLWOOD.......Best Wishes for many more.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: memory master on June 23, 2015, 05:55:13 PM
Happy and healthy birthday Sir!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on June 23, 2015, 07:18:33 PM
Happy Birthday
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Post by: fdce54 on June 23, 2015, 09:48:22 PM
Happy Birthday Rev. You'll never catch up to Willie!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on June 23, 2015, 10:08:17 PM
Have a grand Birthday and many more!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: CFDMarshal on June 28, 2015, 09:02:01 AM
Thank you very much! I have to report that I was trapped on a cruise ship for 5 days but now I am free!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on June 28, 2015, 11:38:27 AM
Thank you very much! I have to report that I was trapped on a cruise ship for 5 days but now I am free!
And I guess you are going to say you were being held captive by a female! 8)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on June 28, 2015, 12:51:10 PM
As of November 30, 2014 there will be a few Westchester County Con Ed Gas workers who will be very sad. The tears are starting to flow already as that date quickly approaches. Those Con Ed employees are about to loose a great boss. That boss, as we know him here as site member "fdce54", aka Frank D. After serving 41 years with Con Ed Gas Division, Frank is hanging up the old hard hat. Yeap, the guy that once started out in the South Bronx during some of the toughest years, is retiring. And as I understand it, those other Con Ed Guys are not too happy about it. Those Con Ed guys want him to stay, but the paper work is in. For those guys, the party is about to end shortly.

  Frankie D., born and raised in the South Bronx on Elton/155 St, then moving up to Clay/169 St, and finally to Valentine Ave/198 St, this Bronx Boy has seen it all. Yet despite all odds, somehow he made it. His latest beat has been Westchester County working in places like Yonkers, Mt Vernon and the surrounding towns. "fdce54" now resides in a small peaceful town in Orange County.

  For "fdce54", no more cold nights out there. Now during those cold winter mornings, he can look out the window and get back under the covers if he wants. Or make up his favorite hot cocoa and watch TV. He'll probably want to tune in some of his old favorites. "Car 54 where are you", Abbott and Costello, or maybe "Laurel and Hardy". Maybe he like Westerns like "The Lone Ranger", "Roy Rogers". Maybe he might want to watch cartoons like "Casper the Ghost", Felix the Cat" or "Donald Duck". Retirement will give him a chance to catch up on the ones he missed while digging up those South Bronx streets. Sounds exciting whatever it is he decides to watch.

  And here's another important fact about "fdce54". Frank is the ONLY person to take part in EVERY Get Together since they first started. In the beginning, Frank will tell you they were called "Member Meetings". To this day, his most memorable moment during those Get Togethers was the time he sat next to his good buddy, the Most Reverend CFDMarshall, and the Rev opened up his winning prize. What a special moment that was.

  Frank, the truth is, "you got a lot of friends here". We all wish you the best for many years of a happy and healthy retirement.

  Well Frank, aka "fdce54", your First Official Day of Retirement is here. As of November 30th, you were all done. No more out in those cold winter nights. Now just sit back, pour yourself another hot cup of coffee, throw on the tube and watch the rest of those poor people drag themselves into their daily routine. Not for you though, those days are OFFICIALLY OVER. Welcome to the lucky group of NYCFIRE Retirees. It just doesn't get any better than this, RIGHT !!

 WAIT - A - MINUTE here.

 I'm getting URGENT Messages that our good friend, Frank D., aka "fdce54", DID NOT RETIRE. This just can NOT be true. I'm sure there's been a mistake somewhere. Frankie D., Not Retiring?? After 41 years of being out there days, nights, weekends, holidays, hot summers, cold winters. From the ghetto streets of the South Bronx, to those rich snobs in the elite Westchester County.

 What happen ? I don't understand. But the OFFICIAL word now, is as it comes across the presses, is that Frank D., did NOT retire. Instead he is hanging in there through another cold winter for a couple of extra shekels. He just sent me a picture a few days ago of his street where they got 10 inches of snow.

 Frank, as your good friend, and as many of your retired friends will tell you, PLEASE reconsider. We all understand the effects the almighty dollar can have on us. I've been through it myself. But we sure like staying home looking out the window on those sub zero January mornings.

  Anyway, hope to see you soon. Regardless of what you do, "we all still love you".


  Well Rev, "CFDMarshall",  "Happy Belated Birthday". I hope you enjoyed yourself on that trip. But while you were enjoying yourself on that cruise, your buddy, who calls himself "fdce54", was out there in the streets of Westchester County, N.Y., still working. But you CF, as well as many of us know the story of the "Con Ed Comeback Guy". He could have been retired way back last November, 2014. But instead he was out there in the streets during one of the longest, coldest winters we've had in a very long time.

  Now the latest talk as we understand it is, he, Frank D., aka "fdce54", claims he is retiring effective July 1st in just a few days from now. Rev., you know how those Red Necks from the deep southern state of Tennessee feel about people who go back on their word. Even up here in the north, like NY, NJ, and Ct,  we got a saying. It goes like this: "Fool me once shame on you - Fool me twice shame on me". Some of us here are not about to buy another "Con-Job" from this Con Ed supervisor.

  So as the entire world watches, we all await to see what will actually happen on July 1st, 2015. I understand that both Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun Casinos in Connecticut have considered this as one of their major events of the year. Big money is crossing the tables as the high rollers put their money on -  "Will" he or "Won't" he.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on June 30, 2015, 12:05:07 PM
As of November 30, 2014 there will be a few Westchester County Con Ed Gas workers who will be very sad. The tears are starting to flow already as that date quickly approaches. Those Con Ed employees are about to loose a great boss. That boss, as we know him here as site member "fdce54", aka Frank D. After serving 41 years with Con Ed Gas Division, Frank is hanging up the old hard hat. Yeap, the guy that once started out in the South Bronx during some of the toughest years, is retiring. And as I understand it, those other Con Ed Guys are not too happy about it. Those Con Ed guys want him to stay, but the paper work is in. For those guys, the party is about to end shortly.

  Frankie D., born and raised in the South Bronx on Elton/155 St, then moving up to Clay/169 St, and finally to Valentine Ave/198 St, this Bronx Boy has seen it all. Yet despite all odds, somehow he made it. His latest beat has been Westchester County working in places like Yonkers, Mt Vernon and the surrounding towns. "fdce54" now resides in a small peaceful town in Orange County.

  For "fdce54", no more cold nights out there. Now during those cold winter mornings, he can look out the window and get back under the covers if he wants. Or make up his favorite hot cocoa and watch TV. He'll probably want to tune in some of his old favorites. "Car 54 where are you", Abbott and Costello, or maybe "Laurel and Hardy". Maybe he like Westerns like "The Lone Ranger", "Roy Rogers". Maybe he might want to watch cartoons like "Casper the Ghost", Felix the Cat" or "Donald Duck". Retirement will give him a chance to catch up on the ones he missed while digging up those South Bronx streets. Sounds exciting whatever it is he decides to watch.

  And here's another important fact about "fdce54". Frank is the ONLY person to take part in EVERY Get Together since they first started. In the beginning, Frank will tell you they were called "Member Meetings". To this day, his most memorable moment during those Get Togethers was the time he sat next to his good buddy, the Most Reverend CFDMarshall, and the Rev opened up his winning prize. What a special moment that was.

  Frank, the truth is, "you got a lot of friends here". We all wish you the best for many years of a happy and healthy retirement.

  Well Frank, aka "fdce54", your First Official Day of Retirement is here. As of November 30th, you were all done. No more out in those cold winter nights. Now just sit back, pour yourself another hot cup of coffee, throw on the tube and watch the rest of those poor people drag themselves into their daily routine. Not for you though, those days are OFFICIALLY OVER. Welcome to the lucky group of NYCFIRE Retirees. It just doesn't get any better than this, RIGHT !!

 WAIT - A - MINUTE here.

 I'm getting URGENT Messages that our good friend, Frank D., aka "fdce54", DID NOT RETIRE. This just can NOT be true. I'm sure there's been a mistake somewhere. Frankie D., Not Retiring?? After 41 years of being out there days, nights, weekends, holidays, hot summers, cold winters. From the ghetto streets of the South Bronx, to those rich snobs in the elite Westchester County.

 What happen ? I don't understand. But the OFFICIAL word now, is as it comes across the presses, is that Frank D., did NOT retire. Instead he is hanging in there through another cold winter for a couple of extra shekels. He just sent me a picture a few days ago of his street where they got 10 inches of snow.

 Frank, as your good friend, and as many of your retired friends will tell you, PLEASE reconsider. We all understand the effects the almighty dollar can have on us. I've been through it myself. But we sure like staying home looking out the window on those sub zero January mornings.

  Anyway, hope to see you soon. Regardless of what you do, "we all still love you".


  Well Rev, "CFDMarshall",  "Happy Belated Birthday". I hope you enjoyed yourself on that trip. But while you were enjoying yourself on that cruise, your buddy, who calls himself "fdce54", was out there in the streets of Westchester County, N.Y., still working. But you CF, as well as many of us know the story of the "Con Ed Comeback Guy". He could have been retired way back last November, 2014. But instead he was out there in the streets during one of the longest, coldest winters we've had in a very long time.

  Now the latest talk as we understand it is, he, Frank D., aka "fdce54", claims he is retiring effective July 1st in just a few days from now. Rev., you know how those Red Necks from the deep southern state of Tennessee feel about people who go back on their word. Even up here in the north, like NY, NJ, and Ct,  we got a saying. It goes like this: "Fool me once shame on you - Fool me twice shame on me". Some of us here are not about to buy another "Con-Job" from this Con Ed supervisor.

  So as the entire world watches, we all await to see what will actually happen on July 1st, 2015. I understand that both Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun Casinos in Connecticut have considered this as one of their major events of the year. Big money is crossing the tables as the high rollers put their money on -  "Will" he or "Won't" he.
Mr. Dennis, which way is the money going, "Will" or "Won't"? Oh never mind. It's official. I too am now on welfare like Mr. Dennis. ;D
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on June 30, 2015, 01:22:02 PM
The two Connecticut Casinos will NOT comment at this time on the bets of "will" he or "won't he". I can tell you if the lines of traffic nearby are any indication of how this has attracted today's visitors to these casinos, it is a packed house.

But apparently we all now have the answer. Stop the bets. Finally the decision has been made and is final. Today, June 30, 2015 "fdce54", aka Frank D did NOT have to go to work like he has done over the last 42 years or so. Yes, today he is sporting his fancy flowered sports shirt and shorts as OFFICIALLY a Free Man from the duties of a Con Ed Supervisor. "fdce54" is now officially retired.

From the ghettos of the South Bronx of the 70s and 80s, to today's high society homes of the rich and famous in the most affluent areas of Westchester County, this now Retired Con Ed worker turned supervisor has seen it all.

Those of us that are lucky enough to know Frank will all tell you what a great guy he is. I think we can all safely bet that he will be greatly missed by those he worked with and those who called him "The Boss".

Congratulations Frank for a long and healthy one. You certainly earned it. Just try not to make any more promises to us that you really don't intend to keep. I think you know exactly what we are talking about. Like the one you told us way back in November.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on June 30, 2015, 01:43:25 PM
Frank...congratulations on your well deserved RETIREMENT
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on June 30, 2015, 01:47:41 PM
Congratulations, Frank, and welcome to the ranks of the gainfullly UNemployed.  Just remember, that doesn't mean you can stop at every McDonald's, White Castle, and Smashburger you pass (unlike some people do).   8) ::) 8)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Parkave32 on June 30, 2015, 04:25:49 PM
Congratulations Frank, on your well deserved retirement.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: CFDMarshal on June 30, 2015, 09:56:32 PM
Congrats old buddy, just make sure you give me a couple of days notice before you show up! Also I thought all ConEd employees were supervisors?  :o
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fltpara16 on June 30, 2015, 11:19:57 PM
Congratulations Frank on your retirement!  Glad you don't have to go through another long winter.

Also, Happy belated birthday to Elwood E. AKA "The Rev"!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on July 30, 2015, 08:56:08 AM
 HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES go out to RETIRED FDNY Captain John Bendick Sr, aka "jbendick". Captain Bendick is the father of this site owner Lt Tommy Bendick, aka "tbendick".

  Those of us who know Captain Bendick, aka "John", will attest to the fact that he has been a good friend to all of us. He is always there for us.

  Also, those of us who know him have the highest respect for him. Not only has he been a good family man, but his past track record within the FDNY is somewhat impressive. John, also a Viet Nam Veteran who served his Country before becoming a FDNY Firefighter.

  As a Probie Firefighter he started out at Engine Co 96 in 1968, just as the very busy FDNY War Years were beginning. Shortly after he was then assigned to the very busy Squad 2 in the South Bronx. Part of Squad 2s duties was to spend time with some of the busiest companies in the world. Squad 2 in the quarters of Engine 73 on Prospect Ave during the day tours. Night tours would be rotated between Engine 73, Engine 82, and Engine 85. All of those FDNY companies have been written about in various FDNY War Years Books.

  Later when Squad 2 was disbanded, then Firefighter John Bendick was assigned to Engine Co 75. Around the same time, the West Bronx was starting to burn and Engine 75 was right in the middle of it. The West Bronx Fire Activity had taken off. FF Bendick also spent time in the same firehouse, on Jerome Ave at the time, as Battalion 19s Aide.

  Through promotion he became a Lt in Engine 68. The fire activity continued as well as my personnel buff trips to chase them did. I couldn't begin to tell you how many fires I saw that both Engine 68 and/or Engine 75 were at. Hundreds I am sure. I once said to John, "did you ever notice me down there with a camera and scanner in my hand" ? And like most members of the FDNY with their quick wit he said to me, "Well Willy, if you weren't wearing a skirt, I probably didn't" !!!

  Next, now Lt John Bendick was promoted within the FDNY again. Promoted to Captain of Engine Co 23 and making this his new second home in the "Center of the World". The place where huge ships, rail lines, subways, traffic and millions of visitors from all over the world make this their destination. Where every one of them depends on the FDNY to be there for them. It is an area surrounded by water with huge bridges and tunnels. There are blocks and blocks of high rise apartment buildings, office buildings and hotels. There is probably no other place in the world that can offer a firefighter such a huge challenge. It was then Captain John Bendick, who was the Commanding Officer of such a company.

  For those of us who know Captain John Bendick he has opened the door to his home for all of us. We are all honored to have such a good friend. And his wife "Maddy", as John calls her, has ALWAYS been so good to all of us. Sitting down listening to a bunch of OLD GUYS talking about the Fire Department, certainly takes a Special kind of woman. It's NOT every wife that can do what she does. 

  I think it has been mentioned somewhere here, Retired Captain John Bendick and his wife, are grandparents to 14. Yes that's FOURTEEN, grandchildren. So with today being Grandpa Bendicks Birthday, you can bet it takes a pretty big birthday cake to feed everybody at the Birthday Party. And I bet it takes a lot of Birthday candles too. One for each year, right ? Well I gotta tell ya, "that's a lot of birthday candles to put on that cake". It better be a BIG ONE !!!

  HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOHN.

 

 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: svd385 on July 30, 2015, 09:02:55 AM
happy birthday
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on July 30, 2015, 09:42:19 AM
Happy Birthday John
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on July 30, 2015, 10:33:33 AM
Happy Birthday John! Have a great day. :D
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Parkave32 on July 30, 2015, 11:42:32 AM
Happy birthday John Have a great day
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 1261Truckie on July 30, 2015, 12:13:32 PM
Happy birthday, Cap, and many more
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on July 30, 2015, 12:27:36 PM
 Here's a few more that wanted to say a few words to their friend Captain John on his Birthday.

 ! No longer available (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yqwz9OYjkc4#)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: jmag228 on July 30, 2015, 01:46:22 PM
Happy Birthday Cap
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdny1075k on July 30, 2015, 02:18:18 PM
Happy Birthday, Capt.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on July 30, 2015, 03:23:15 PM
Happy Birthday John ....... Best Wishes for many more.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: johnd248 on July 30, 2015, 05:41:42 PM
Happy Birthday, John.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on July 30, 2015, 05:55:50 PM

Happy Birthday Grandpa !

Thanks Capt., for Your Service, Here, & Abroad.  8)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: CFDMarshal on July 30, 2015, 09:52:31 PM
Happy Birthday to a great soldier and firefighter and friend!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on July 30, 2015, 09:54:07 PM
Happy Birthday, John, and many more in Happiness and Good Health.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on August 09, 2015, 02:33:20 PM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES go out to RETIRED FDNY Captain John Bendick Sr, aka "jbendick". Captain Bendick is the father of this site owner Lt Tommy Bendick, aka "tbendick".

 

 Gentlemen, I have a couple of important announcements regarding the "News of Members".

 First - If you look at the above quote or go back to read the entire story of Reply # 314 you will see how I wished retired FDNY Captain John Bendick, aka "jbendick", a Very Happy Birthday. Many of you also followed in wishing our friend birthday wishes as well.

  Now for the First Important Announcement. It was "NOT" his birthday. No it wasn't. Mr NFD2004 made a foul out of himself again. I recently was talking to Capt Bendick and he very polity explained to me that it was NOT his Birthday. I think it boils down to the fact that "I should really know the difference between "A" and "B" but in this case, "I didn't".

  For those of you who know him personally, "I'm sure you'll understand". You'll probably just say to yourself; "What a pity". He tries so hard but he just doesn't get it right.

  The question is will anybody ever believe me again. Because I am about to tell you the Second Important Announcement today involving "News of Members".

  Today, August 9th, is Lt Tommy Bendicks Birthday, aka "tbendick". I'm pretty sure I got this one right. I hope so. So let me say HAPPY BIRTHDAY FDNY Lt Tommy B.

  Special thanks to you for all you have done for us on this web site. Many of us have become very good friends. We all have the same interest. If it wasn't for you, most of those friendships would not exist.

  As many know, Lt Bendick is the owner and operator of this site. He also provides us with the online radio of the FDNY and FDNY/EMS through a very complex, expensive system that he has designed and paid for himself.

  Tommy of course is the son of Retired FDNY Captain John Bendick. Tommy has two young children himself adding to Grandpa Bendicks large family.

  I believe before Tommy was a member of the FDNY he worked as an EMT for the FDNY/EMS. I think he was working the very tragic day of 9/11 when America was attacked.

  As a firefighter Tommy was assigned to Engine Co 65 right in the middle of Manhattan. There he had the East River on one side and the Hudson River on the other. The home of huge ships several stories high docked along the waterfront. Under the ground there is the meeting place for every subway within the city, along with huge cable vaults and major gas mains. All there to supply the huge amount of high rise office and commercial buildings as well as thousands of residential apartments. It is a place where the FDNY is responsible to protect the safety of not only it's own citizens, but the millions of people who commute there or visit there daily. The numbers of people are staggering. Usually there are cars on the road for as far as you can see.

  Once promoted to Lt he has spent time in upper Manhattan Washington Heights and Bronx Firehouses. In addition he has spent time at the FDNY Fire Academy aka "The Rock" as an instructor.

  So with that said; "HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOM". 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on August 09, 2015, 03:27:21 PM
 HAPPY BIRTHDAY Lt.Tom
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdny1075k on August 09, 2015, 04:00:19 PM
Happy Birthday, Lt.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on August 09, 2015, 04:55:21 PM
Happy Birthday BROTHER....Best Wishes For Many More.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on August 09, 2015, 05:53:16 PM

 If Indeed, It Is Your Birthday Lt. [  ::) ], Then, In Fact, I Wish You All The Best, and Many, Many More Happy Birthdays to come.

I cannot begin to describe to you My Gratitude for All You Have Done, and continue To Do, for All of Us Here.

( As you know; it seems it's frequently I, who interrupts your Busy Life w/Notification of the
Annoying News that something has gone Down. To Your Credit, and our Service, you have Always been Swift & Polite
in Your Response).

Let me please add, Sir, My Profound Respect and Gratitude for your Service to the Citizens of NYC. Thanks, and God Bless. Staj.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: JOR176 on August 09, 2015, 08:45:20 PM
Happy Birthday Tom and many more.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on August 09, 2015, 08:49:43 PM
Happy Birthday and Many More in great health and happiness.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fltpara16 on August 10, 2015, 05:36:56 PM
Happy birthday Tom.  Thank you for this website and all you have done to bring us all together.  I have many great friendships through this site for which I will always be grateful!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on August 19, 2015, 06:57:10 AM
 Today, August 19th is my brother George 60th birthday. He was a firefighter in some of the busiest companies during Bridgeport's (CT) own set of War Years. He retired from the job as a Battalion Chief. Back in his younger days, he was considered to be one of the "Toughest Kids" growing up in Bridgeport's East End neighborhood. At 7 years old I remember him taking on kids twice his age and size.

 He also chased the fires of the FDNY War Years with me too. And his first introduction to the world of FDNY was with Rescue 2 after being invited there by then Lt Richard Hamilton (RIP) back in 1968.

  He doesn't write on here too much but he goes by the user name of "georged4997". He is one of those "lurker kind of guys". But some of the guys on here do know him. Today, I consider him a "Closet Buff", as some would put it. Still very much into it, but would never admit it like his older brother, Willy D (NFD2004).

  Well Happy 60th Birthday George. Back in the day, when he was known as one of the Toughest Kids in the neighborhood, this was his favorite singer. I'd like to dedicate this to him.

 "Take it away Tiny".

 ! No longer available (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfQvIDTguNE#)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on August 19, 2015, 08:53:20 AM
Happy Birthday George
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: IRISH on August 19, 2015, 11:35:58 AM
Happy Birthday George
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: CFDMarshal on August 19, 2015, 08:51:12 PM
Happy Birthday George!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: patrickfd on August 21, 2015, 11:09:22 AM
Brother George and I have the same birthday. I'm just a tad younger
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on August 21, 2015, 11:19:47 PM
Brother George and I have the same birthday. I'm just a tad younger

  Happy Birthday too Pat. But didn't you both ride the back steps on fire trucks with those old roll down boots they wore.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: patrickfd on August 22, 2015, 03:11:33 PM
Brother George and I have the same birthday. I'm just a tad younger

  Happy Birthday too Pat. But didn't you both ride the back steps on fire trucks with those old roll down boots they wore.

Luckily yes. And had tons of fun doing it.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on August 29, 2015, 03:22:09 PM
We have an upcoming event involving our "News of Members".

But right now the only hint for you are these THREE Videos. Look each one over and see if you can guess what kind of event is about to take place. Take a guess and see if you know what it might be. Sorry, but members involved in this event are excluded from participating.

 The First video and clue:  ! No longer available (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWS6fXU79wc#)

 The Second Video and clue: ! No longer available (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3V7yjs3Mias#)

 The Third Video and clue: ! No longer available (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKmgXcs-bqg#)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on August 30, 2015, 11:05:26 AM
 I hope that all three song videos in the above post (#343) came out okay and everybody was able to view them.

 For your next clue of this upcoming special event involving "News of Members", here is what we have.

 1) TOP VIDEO - This represents the National Anthem from the Blue Grass Hills of Tennessee

 2) MIDDLE PHOTO - This represents the National Anthem from the Country of Ireland

 3) BOTTOM PHOTO - This represents the National Anthem from the Streets of the Bronx

  Any ideas yet of what this is all about ?

 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: IRISH on August 30, 2015, 04:22:39 PM
I hope that all three song videos in the above post (#343) came out okay and everybody was able to view them.

 For your next clue of this upcoming special event involving "News of Members", here is what we have.

 1) TOP VIDEO - This represents the National Anthem from the Blue Grass Hills of Tennessee

 2) MIDDLE PHOTO - This represents the National Anthem from the Country of Ireland

 3) BOTTOM PHOTO - This represents the National Anthem from the Streets of the Bronx

  Any ideas yet of what this is all about ?

 

I know I know  :D ;D :D ;D
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on August 31, 2015, 06:49:40 PM
I think that "Blue Grass Thing" has to do with Kentucky and NOT Tennessee. That shows how much some Northern Yankee from the sticks of Connecticut knows. But how did us all like that foot stompin' video anyway ? Was ya all tappen' your feet too ?

Well anyway, in our next clue here, "Irish" is right. I bet he knows just what's going on. And I bet Rev "CFDMarshall", from Tennessee, and recently retired "fdce54" from the Bronx, NY knows what's going on too.

Maybe we been waiting long enough and if one of those guys wants to tell us about it, I think we're ready to find out.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: IRISH on September 01, 2015, 05:23:41 PM
I think that "Blue Grass Thing" has to do with Kentucky and NOT Tennessee. That shows how much some Northern Yankee from the sticks of Connecticut knows. But how did us all like that foot stompin' video anyway ? Was ya all tappen' your feet too ?

Well anyway, in our next clue here, "Irish" is right. I bet he knows just what's going on. And I bet Rev "CFDMarshall", from Tennessee, and recently retired "fdce54" from the Bronx, NY knows what's going on too.

Maybe we been waiting long enough and if one of those guys wants to tell us about it, I think we're ready to find out.

Ill take it Willy D.

Video 2 is the Irish National Anthem "Amhrán na bhFiann" or "The Soldier’s Song" in English and its all to do with The Rev "CFDMarshall" and Frank D "fdce54" visiting Ireland over the next 2 wks. In fact The Rev "CFDMarshall" is probably about 38,000ft somewhere above the US North East as i type

Myself, The Rev and Frank plan to meet up in Dublin on Sept 11th and i hope to be able to sort out a trip into Dublin Fire Brigade HQ so Rev Elwood can meet some Irish FF's and work on his Irish Accent for Oct lol

Hopefully after that we can stop off in a pub or 2 and toast you all lol

Pics to follow next week  :D

Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on September 01, 2015, 05:45:10 PM
 Thanks very much "Irish", because that is exactly what I heard too.

 What we actually have here is three individuals from completely different backgrounds. Yet all with the same interest and meeting up in a another country across a big, big pond.

  These three individuals probably never knew each other until some web site came along. No, it wasn't a dating service web site that brought them together. It was actually this one. A guy from Ireland, a guy from Tennessee, and a guy from the Bronx, NY.

 Several of us on here personally know all three. "Irish", "CFDMarshall" and "fdce54". All great guys and all that several members on here would agree with me on also.

 Enjoy yourselves my friends. Don't forget to keep us updated okay.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on September 01, 2015, 06:18:54 PM
Nicely done on the riddle, Willie.

And to the World Travelers and Irish - safe and happy travels.  Don't do what you shouldn't do and don't get caught if you do.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on September 05, 2015, 05:46:27 PM
 Today, September 5, 2015, Retired East Hartford, Ct Firefighter and site member Pat D., aka "Patrickfd" became Grandpa "Patrickfd". A new grandson who I am sure will be chasing fire trucks just like his grandfather does. I do know this, he is one lucky guy to have a grandpa like him.

 So as is our custom here in celebrating this joyous event, we dedicate this one to you too Pat. As you join some other special grandpas who are just like you. www.youtube.com/watch?v=fT0mkPci06s 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on September 05, 2015, 05:54:13 PM
Congratulations!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on September 05, 2015, 09:48:02 PM
Our LATEST Grandpa List:
  1) Grandpa Steve E., "fltpara16"
  2)Grandpa John B., "jbendick"
  3)Grandpa Steve D., "svd385"
  4)Grandpa John D., "johnd248"
  5)Grandpa Elwood E., "CFDMarshall".
  6)Grandpa Eugene D., "efd274"
  7)Grandpa Kevin D., "kfd274"
  8)Grandpa Ray B., "raybrag"
  9)Grandpa Tom E., "guitarman314"
  10)Grandpa "3511"
  11)Grandpa Dean D., "vbcapt"
  12)Grandpa "Disp51"
  13)Grandpa Jack K., "68jk09"
  14)Grandpa Joe M., "mack"
  15)Grandpa "lucky"
  16)Grandpa John - "jmag228"
  17)Grandpa Doug M., - "AuxWarYearsCapt"
  18) Grandpa Pat D. - "Patrickfd"

  If you currently are a Grandpa or become one, you should be on our list too. And if you are a GrandMA, we'll set up a list for you too. As we saw on that you tube video, grand kids are a Special Group of people. And as Good Grandparents, "so are you". 

  Here you go GrandMa and GrandPa, I found this just for you.

  www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgwUVuy1qWk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgwUVuy1qWk#ws)
 

  There you go Pat, "Patrickfd". Your name is OFFICALLY added to Our Grandpa List.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: patrickfd on September 05, 2015, 10:01:33 PM
Thanks guys. My wife and I are very excited to have our first grandchild. Exciting also to see our other kids excited about their sister and her husband having a child.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: JOR176 on September 05, 2015, 11:01:01 PM
I have 4 grandchildren, 2 Boys & 2 Girls

Jack O'     JOR176
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on September 06, 2015, 01:56:24 PM
Our LATEST Grandpa List:
  1) Grandpa Steve E., "fltpara16"
  2)Grandpa John B., "jbendick"
  3)Grandpa Steve D., "svd385"
  4)Grandpa John D., "johnd248"
  5)Grandpa Elwood E., "CFDMarshall".
  6)Grandpa Eugene D., "efd274"
  7)Grandpa Kevin D., "kfd274"
  8)Grandpa Ray B., "raybrag"
  9)Grandpa Tom E., "guitarman314"
  10)Grandpa "3511"
  11)Grandpa Dean D., "vbcapt"
  12)Grandpa "Disp51"
  13)Grandpa Jack K., "68jk09"
  14)Grandpa Joe M., "mack"
  15)Grandpa "lucky"
  16)Grandpa John - "jmag228"
  17)Grandpa Doug M., - "AuxWarYearsCapt"
  18) Grandpa Pat D. - "Patrickfd"
  19) Grandpa Jack O. - "JOR176"

  If you currently are a Grandpa or become one, you should be on our list too. As we saw on that you tube video, grand kids are a Special Group of people. And as Good Grandparents, "so are you". 

  Sorry Grandpa Jack O., "JOR176", "we got you now".
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: grumpy grizzly on September 06, 2015, 04:54:52 PM
Grandpa Andy M...Grumpy Grizzly
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: IRISH on September 09, 2015, 06:42:20 PM

Quick Irish Visit Update.....of sorts

Rev Elwood "CFDMarshall" from his facebook posts seems to be having a grand aul time in Ireland having visited Dingle in County Kerry and is now in Kilkenny. I plan on meeting him on Friday 11th to visit Dublin Fire Brigade HQ then maybe a few quiet drinks

Our plan was to meet up with Frank "fdce54" but sadly Frank informed us before he left the states that he couldn't meet us on the 11th as he was leaving for County Leitrim Thursday 10th. Thats all ive heard from Frank. Ive txted him but not sure if hes getting my messages and said he wouldn't be on Facebook while hear so lets hope hes enjoying Ireland
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on September 09, 2015, 08:41:58 PM

Quick Irish Visit Update.....of sorts

Rev Elwood "CFDMarshall" from his facebook posts seems to be having a grand aul time in Ireland having visited Dingle in County Kerry and is now in Kilkenny. I plan on meeting him on Friday 11th to visit Dublin Fire Brigade HQ then maybe a few quiet drinks

Our plan was to meet up with Frank "fdce54" but sadly Frank informed us before he left the states that he couldn't meet us on the 11th as he was leaving for County Leitrim Thursday 10th. Thats all ive heard from Frank. Ive txted him but not sure if hes getting my messages and said he wouldn't be on Facebook while hear so lets hope hes enjoying Ireland

 "Irish" and "Rev CF", drink up and enjoy yourselves.

 That "fdce54" guy promised all of us he would retire November, 2014 too. But he didn't do that either. He finally retired July 1st. He thinks we all forgot that stuff.

  Got you added to the Grandpa List too "Grump". Page 16.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: kfd274 on September 09, 2015, 10:34:03 PM
Our daughter gave birth last month - a beautiful baby girl.  Our first granddaughter.   Truly blessed
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on September 09, 2015, 10:42:39 PM
Great news - congratulations to all!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on September 10, 2015, 05:37:43 PM
Very nice....Congratulations to all.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on September 10, 2015, 06:59:50 PM
Our daughter gave birth last month - a beautiful baby girl.  Our first granddaughter.   Truly blessed

 Kevin, "kfd274", Congratulations.

 But with so many new Grandpas I just think it is time to update a new list. We will keep the Grandpa videos on page 26 for your viewing pleasure.

 So here is the most updated Grandpa List:

  1) Grandpa Steve E., - "fltpara16"
  2) Grandpa John B., - "jbendick"
  3) Grandpa Steve D., - "svd385"
  4) Grandpa John D., - "johnd248"
  5) Grandpa Elwood E., - "CFDMarshall"
  6) Grandpa Eugene D., - ""efd274"
  7) Grandpa Ray B., - "raybrag"
  8) Grandpa Tom E., - "guitarman314"
  9) Grandpa - "3511"
  10) Grandpa Dean D., - "vbcapt"
  11) Grandpa Jack K., - "68jk09"
  12) Grandpa "Disp51"
  13) Grandpa Joe M., - "mack"
  14) Grandpa "Lucky"
  15) Grandpa John - "jmag228"
  16) Grandpa Doug M. - AuxWarYearsCapt"
  17) Grandpa Pat D., - "Patrickfd"
  18) Grandpa Jack O., - "JOR176"
  19) Grandpa Andy M., - "Grumpy Grizzley"
  20) Grandpa Kevin D. - "kfd274"
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: IRISH on September 11, 2015, 04:43:57 PM
Well the Good News i've touched base with the Rev Elwood "CFDMarshall" earlier today. Dublin was a washout. No rain for 2 weeks, the Rev turns up and the heavens opened ALL DAY

We went down to Tara St Fire Station (Dublin fire Brigade HQ) and waited for 20mins for someone to show us around. Sadly it didn't happen we were told there was no one available and to come back later (which annoyed me)

We took the decision to jump a taxi and head to the 2nd city Station (Phibsboro) home to 2 Engines, 1 Rescue, 1 Ambulance & 1 BC

After waiting 10mins at the door someone eventually answered. FF Keith showed us around gave us local Dublin info and gave the Rev a rundown of All the rigs. Sadly 1 Engine & the Rescue where Spare rigs as the Rescue was involved in an MVA on Thursday the 10th and there 2nd pump was in the garage

He showed us all the T-Shirts (which included T-Shirts from Iraq & Afghanistan) and the New Memorial Garden the lads have built

we then left and headed for O'Donoghue's Pub Home of The Dubliners Irish Folk Band for "a few drinks".

Sadly i counldn't stay too long but we did meet a Great River FD FF (NYC State) who noticed my 3 Truck top and chatted for a bit until we left

Was Great to See The Rev Elwood who ate well and drank alot whilst here. Looking forward to seeing him in Oct. Was gutted DFB HQ didnt work out for us and neither did the weather but what can ya do??


(http://s1.postimg.cc/4qgxt6iaj/11986610_1173749132641103_6729437919504222496_n.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/4qgxt6iaj/)


Safe Travels Home Rev Great to see you. As for Frank "fdce54" the best we could do was raise a Glass to you and say "Slainte"
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on September 11, 2015, 07:00:31 PM
Thanks "Irish" for the update.

I will say this, "a couple of handsome guys in that photo".

 When you guys meet up in October, a couple of those fine looking, NYC girls, wanted to meet you. My phone hasn't stopped ringing since a few of my lady friends saw that picture.

 I told them that you wouldn't have any time for them. So they got mad at me and hung up.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: IRISH on September 13, 2015, 11:31:46 AM
Thanks "Irish" for the update.

I will say this, "a couple of handsome guys in that photo".

 When you guys meet up in October, a couple of those fine looking, NYC girls, wanted to meet you. My phone hasn't stopped ringing since a few of my lady friends saw that picture.

 I told them that you wouldn't have any time for them. So they got mad at me and hung up.

No Problem Willy D

I now have a NEW Update

The Rev left Ireland this am at 11am and will be on the site when he gets home.

This morning i took part with 3,000 others in an 100km (62 Mile) Cycle around North County Dublin. When i crossed the Finish Line i stood waiting for my friend to Finish. My Phone rang and the number was an Irish one i didn't recognise. I answered and i heard "Dec is this you?" in a Bronx accent

YES it was Frank "fdce54". I told him it was great to hear from him as we all thought he was dead. Hes had a real busy wk staying with family. Saw where his Grand Parents where born (the house still exists) although now empty and has been all over Ireland

He said to let you all know hes ok eating and drinking very well. We spent 25mins chatting (he said he kissed the Blarney Store this wk) so i couldn't get him to shut up although i dont think that was ever a problem for Frank

He has 1 week left here and is off to Kerry this week. He'll also update when hes home

He also said that when he was with his family this week in County Leitrim (Leitrim is a very quiet county where nothing ever happens) He witnessed an armed robbery on a Bank  :o

I suppose you can take the man out of the Bronx but not the Bronx out of the man lol
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: CFDMarshal on September 14, 2015, 08:04:40 AM
Back in Tennessee! Thanks for the hospitality Dec! The bike ride Dec mentioned cost me a slight delay in my taxi ride to the Airport. If anyone has ever pondered a trip to Ireland, do yourself a favor and go! My third trip to the emrald Isle and each one is the best ever.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on September 27, 2015, 01:51:19 PM
On a tragic day in April, 2013, two bombs went off in the streets of Boston as the Marathon was taking place. For one woman named Rose Ann Sdoia she would pay a very steep price for being an innocent bystander. She would loose her leg and have to go through months of therapy learning to walk again.

 On that day, as the first bomb went off, some Boston Firefighters were in the area. Of course they immediately headed in the direction of those injured. Then a Second Bomb went off much closer. One firefighter named Mike Materia ran to the aid of this woman who was still conscious but bleeding from her injury. Her leg had been severed. A belt was used as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding. That firefighter attempted to wave down passing ambulances responding to the first bombing with no success. He stayed with her not knowing if a third or fourth bomb would go off. He was finally able to get a police van where she was put into and transported to the hospital. Firefighter Materia rode in that van with her as she struggled to remain conscious from her life threatening injury. Firefighter Materia was able to keep her alive as he talked to her and held her hand.

  Today, Rose Ann Sdoia, the woman who lost her leg, is demonstrating to the world how she is moving forward with an upbeat positive attitude despite what she has had to endure. She now travels telling her story. She is a role model for each and every one of us.

  And Firefighter Mike Materia, the firefighter that rode with her in that police van holding her hand and keeping her alive, is the son of our site member "mack". A frequent contributor to this site.

  "macks" son Mike, also served three tours in Iraq with the Special Forces before going on the Boston Fire Dept. He now travels often with the woman who is so grateful to him for saving her life. They have become a couple together.

  Today there is some talk of making a movie. But the story of Rose Ann Sodia and Boston Firefighter Mike Materia is not a movie but a TRUE story of a role model and a hero.

  For those of us that know "mack", we know what a really a great guy he is. He has given me a personnel tour of some firehouses, a military base, and places of interest in the Va/DC area. He himself a West Point graduate with two masters degrees. A retired high ranking Army Officer. He has a very high respect for firefighters, and I'm pretty sure, all of us that know him, have a pretty high amount of respect for him also.

  Thanks for all your contributions to this site and THANK YOU for all you've done for me and all the others. For me, I consider it an honor to be your friend. And I hope some day I will be able to meet your son Mike and Rose Ann.

 

 

 In the above quote is a very brief story of "mack" and his son, a Boston Firefighter.

 "mack" is the originator of the most popular thread on this web site. It is in the "History Section" called; "FDNY and NYC Firehouses". As of today, 9/27/2015, it has reached over 302,000 views. Pretty tough for any of us to beat that one.

 BUT .... "Where is Mack today" ? Many of us know "mack" personally from this site. He has done so much for so many of us here. Not only that, but about two years ago when there were two LODDs of Boston Firefighters, "mack" took $10,000 of his own money to have Memorial T-shirts made up and he started a fund raiser for the families of those two firefighters. Last I heard, over $50,000 has been donated to those families of those two Boston Firefighters (Lt Eddie Walsh and FF Mike Kennedy - RIP). Macks son worked the same firehouse with those two firefighters and worked that fire with them as well.

  Of course for those of us that know "mack", we know that there is much more to add to the kind of character that our friend "mack" really is.

  But where is "mack" now ? Well first let me bring the good news to you. That "mack" is doing fine. In fact, just recently he spent a tour riding with site member B/C Steve E., aka "fltpara16", in Virginia. He is still working his fulltime job at the Pentagon and he is still "into the fire dept". Including being a volunteer firefighter in a very busy firehouse in Fairfax County, Va.

 Mack spent a lot of time working on that "FDNY and NYC Firehouse" thread for all of us. In addition to that, his dedication to the fire service as a volunteer firefighter and training involved, the T-shirt sales, helping U.S. Military Veterans, including a few personnel friends of mine, helping many of us with our own interest, and never saying "NO" takes a lot of time. Plus working that fulltime job. It can't all be done in only 24 hours a day.

 I guess when all priorities where looked over, the best place for mack to gain a few hours was by cutting back on this site a little. So that's what he had to do.

 But I just wanted to pass on that site member "mack" is doing just fine these days. He's still into it, just like when he was a young guy and his father was a member of the FDNY.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fltpara16 on September 29, 2015, 05:51:47 PM
I would like everyone to know what a fine Chief's Aide Mack is!  Although we didn't have any workers, we did catch some runs.  It was a Yo-Yo shift.  That is where you respond out and almost get to the call, then are placed in service and are pulled back to quarters.  We did this numerous times, thus yo-yoing for most of the tour.  It was a great time and good to have company as I traversed the county.  Looking forward to having Mack again come ride sometime in the future.

And I am also looking forward to getting our one and only "Willy D" to come and ride as "guest aide" for a tour! There is a Mickey D's within 3 minutes of the firehouse where the Battalion is quartered...
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on September 29, 2015, 07:14:05 PM
I would like everyone to know what a fine Chief's Aide Mack is!  Although we didn't have any workers, we did catch some runs.  It was a Yo-Yo shift.  That is where you respond out and almost get to the call, then are placed in service and are pulled back to quarters.  We did this numerous times, thus yo-yoing for most of the tour.  It was a great time and good to have company as I traversed the county.  Looking forward to having Mack again come ride sometime in the future.

And I am also looking forward to getting our one and only "Willy D" to come and ride as "guest aide" for a tour! There is a Mickey D's within 3 minutes of the firehouse where the Battalion is quartered...

 I might have to take you up on that one Chief.

 But if we are at that Mickey D's enjoying those all beef patties and a run comes in, "don't worry Chief, you go ahead and go". "I'll catch ya on the next one". 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: IRISH on September 30, 2015, 05:44:30 PM
Back in Tennessee! Thanks for the hospitality Dec! The bike ride Dec mentioned cost me a slight delay in my taxi ride to the Airport. If anyone has ever pondered a trip to Ireland, do yourself a favor and go! My third trip to the emrald Isle and each one is the best ever.

No problem Elwood a pleasure to have you in Dublin. Next Time bring some Tennessee Sun with you

As for "Mack" another small add on to "nfd2004" great write up. The Lt Eddie Walsh and FF Mike Kennedy - RIP T-Shirts Mack brought down to our get together last year he gave out to Firefighters in the FDNY Houses we visited. When i Returned to E316 a few days after our get together ended 2 FF's where wearing the Lt Eddie Walsh and FF Mike Kennedy T-Shirts.  A great show of respect for the 2 fallen Boston Jakes
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on October 19, 2015, 06:14:50 PM
Took a photo of this rig in Dublin. I understand the foam part but environmental. It was traveling behind two horse drawn sight seeing buggies. Maybe that explains the environmental aspect. Dec, can you help out?
(http://s29.postimg.cc/5oex04ocz/IMG_4498.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/5oex04ocz/)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: IRISH on October 21, 2015, 07:39:02 PM
Took a photo of this rig in Dublin. I understand the foam part but environmental. It was traveling behind two horse drawn sight seeing buggies. Maybe that explains the environmental aspect. Dec, can you help out?
(http://s29.postimg.cc/5oex04ocz/IMG_4498.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/5oex04ocz/)


Frank. The Foam & Environmental or FoE Unit is used for fighting large scale fires & chemical incidents. It has a deck gun loaded on the back of the rig

It was placed in service long overdue in 2013/2014 5 years behind schedule as its registered in 2009 for a number of reasons. There are a few environmental units in place in Ireland but nothing that looks like this

On the downside its being called out alot lately as its seen as an appliance to "surround and drown" persay meaning FFs are not getting called out :(
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on October 31, 2015, 08:43:49 AM
 Congratulations and Best Wishes goes out to site member "Truck 4" on his recent promotion to Lt in the Yonkers Police Department.

 A few years back he took the time to come in and show some of us the many units and operations of the Yonkers Police Dept Emergency Service unit. A good friend to many here and we wish him all the best.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on October 31, 2015, 09:53:11 AM
Congratulations!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on October 31, 2015, 01:34:18 PM
Congratulations LT.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on October 31, 2015, 01:58:35 PM
 Congratulations
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: memory master on October 31, 2015, 03:56:26 PM
Congrats Loo. Always have a safe tour.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdny1075k on October 31, 2015, 04:03:48 PM
Congratulations, Lt.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on October 31, 2015, 07:16:53 PM
Congratulations on the promotion, Mike.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fltpara16 on October 31, 2015, 10:31:51 PM
Congratulations LT!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: CFDMarshal on November 01, 2015, 05:06:04 PM
Way to go Mike, I think I remember the Sgt promotion! Congratulations Sir!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 1261Truckie on November 02, 2015, 11:36:54 AM
Congratulations, Loo
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: truck4 on November 03, 2015, 10:24:21 PM
Thanks guys, I appreciate it!

Only one more promotional exam to go!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on November 10, 2015, 09:25:14 PM
 He was once nominated for this sites Most Valuable Player. Today, with over 15,000 post on this site, he continues to hold that title.

 I can only be referring to Nycfire.net site member "mikeindabronx", aka Mike D. Many of us are also aware of his own web site featuring his excellent photos of the FDNY in action during the busy 1980s (www.fdnysbravest.com ). Mike is a good personnel friend to many of us on here, as well as to many members of the FDNY.

 But Mike might be a little bit under the weather for a day or two. So if you don't see him posting, you'll understand why.

 Mike will soon be fine again, but for now, "I just want to wish him well".
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on November 10, 2015, 09:45:54 PM
Absolutely!  Best wishes and a quick return, Mike
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: jmag228 on November 11, 2015, 08:10:36 PM
Get well Mike
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on November 11, 2015, 08:38:14 PM
Hope you are doing well.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on November 11, 2015, 10:14:31 PM
Feel better Mike.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: JOR176 on November 12, 2015, 10:59:31 AM
Mike all the best and get Well Soon.    JOR
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 1261Truckie on November 12, 2015, 11:09:02 AM
All the best, Mike, hope your feel better
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on November 12, 2015, 12:52:19 PM
Thanks to all for your good wishes.  I am slowly on the mend and find that posting is a good distraction.  A couple of days ago I had emergency dental surgery to remove three teeth from a badly abscessed gum.  My wife is taking good care of me and thanks to antibiotics, pain killers & the best home made applesauce I expect a full recovery in about a week.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: turk132 on November 12, 2015, 01:53:20 PM
Feel Better Mike!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdny1075k on November 13, 2015, 03:56:20 PM
Hope you're feeling better soon, Mike.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Parkave32 on November 13, 2015, 05:14:46 PM
Glad you're on the mend. Get well soon
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on December 09, 2015, 10:37:21 AM
 Today is a very SPECIAL DAY in New York City as the crowds are already starting to line up along the expected travel route of a few special Nycfire.net members. Also traveling in their motorcade are a few other very special dignitaries.

 It appears that "The Big Apple" is rolling out the carpet for their arrival time expected to be in a few short hours. As we see here the cheering crowds are already lining the streets and they are being led by one of their biggest fans to officially welcome Members; "Mack", CFDMarshall", "fltpara16", all part of this arriving motorcade.

 So here is what it is beginning to look like along the route, as the crowd cheers being led by their BIGGEST FAN, in welcoming them to the Great City of New York.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7lJpFwAcCs   
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdny1075k on December 20, 2015, 12:31:21 PM
"The Dream Team" visits the Bronx.

(http://s22.postimg.cc/ru9q9664t/i_Phone_Photos_150_159.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/ru9q9664t/)

Left to right: "fdce54", "CFDMarshall", "nfd2004", friend Kenny S., "mack".

Photo taken by "fltpara16", another member of "The Dream Team".
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on December 20, 2015, 01:28:55 PM
"The Dream Team" visits the Bronx.

(http://s22.postimg.cc/ru9q9664t/i_Phone_Photos_150_159.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/ru9q9664t/)

Left to right: "fdce54", "CFDMarshall", "nfd2004", friend Kenny S., "mack".

Photo taken by "fltpara16", another member of "The Dream Team".



The "Dirty Little Secret" is that prior to this they were chowing down at that infamous place at Fordham Rd. & Southern Blvd.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on December 20, 2015, 02:07:21 PM
FDNY1075:

You owe me a new computer.  I brought that picture up in a new tab, and as soon as I switched to it, my screen shattered!  :o
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on December 21, 2015, 07:24:31 PM
Ray, blame Willie.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on December 24, 2015, 12:01:50 AM
 Over the past several years many of us have had the pleasure of a member coming all the way from across the Big Pond to visit us. From a far away place called Ireland.

  I think it is safe to say that every one of us that know him, would testify that you just couldn't ask for a better guy. He is also a friend to many members of the FDNY.

 Some probably already know who I am referring to without mentioning his name. Last year two of our members made the trip to Ireland to see him (CFDMarshall and fdce54). I believe that story is posted earlier on here.

  We know him simply as "Irish" on here. But his real name is Declan B. He usually comes over once a year to visit us in New York City. "Dec", as we call him, has his own fire department web site also.

  Well, we would like to wish our friend "Dec" across that Big Pond a Merry Christmas. I don't know if Santa Clause will visit his house first or ours. But "Dec", here is a little Christmas gift from us to you. I hope you like it. It's called "Fairytale of New York" and it might have a few Irish singers that you just might recognize.

  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from your friends of Nycfire.net here in the U.S.A.

  www.youtube.com/watch?v=riN4M_x0pj4
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: IRISH on December 24, 2015, 12:34:19 PM

(http://s7.postimg.cc/e0pvs8i07/detailed_illustration_of_a_mugshot_background_wi.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/e0pvs8i07/)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: IRISH on December 24, 2015, 12:44:47 PM

Thanks for the Kind Words Willy D. I want to wish ALL the Group members A Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year. I really do enjoy the Get Together's

For Me tho ill go with the original version of "Fairytale of New York"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9jbdgZidu8

Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: JOR176 on December 24, 2015, 10:45:39 PM
Irish, (Dec)   thanks for that it was very nice. Merry Christmas to you and yours,

Jack O'Reilly  (JOR176)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on December 29, 2015, 08:34:28 AM
I have received some "inside information" that I can only share with members of this site right now.

We are all familiar with "Our Most Valuable Player", "mikeindabronx", aka Mike D. And of course we are all familiar with his GREAT WEB SITE of Photos, mostly of the FDNY 1980s ( www.fdnybravests.com ). We know that the pictures he has posted on there are really some of the Best showing the FDNY as it was then. Perfect color photos taken from outside, as well as inside of the fire building. There are hundreds of them and these photos were taken when it took a special skill using special film and equipment.

I would now like to pass onto you the "inside information" that I have. Maybe Mike doesn't even know I have this. But he will now. The web site www.fdnysbravest.com has added another page of GREAT Photos. As a member or viewer of this site, you are some of the first to view them.

  Thanks Mike for the work you've done. And to your wife Marie, who does all the behind the scene work involved in posting these photos for all of us to view. Two great people who have taken the time to preserve a large part of the history of the FDNY. Thanks to Mike and Marie.

  www.fdnysbravest.com/page22.htm
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on December 29, 2015, 01:13:52 PM
http://gothamist.com/2015/12/28/good_news_so_sharey.php (http://gothamist.com/2015/12/28/good_news_so_sharey.php)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on December 29, 2015, 01:43:17 PM
 Congratulations to FDNY Lt David Royael and NYC Kindergarten Teacher Natalie Moy on their recent engagement. I wish them many Happy and Healthy Years together. 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: turk132 on December 30, 2015, 08:48:42 AM
I have received some "inside information" that I can only share with members of this site right now.

We are all familiar with "Our Most Valuable Player", "mikeindabronx", aka Mike D. And of course we are all familiar with his GREAT WEB SITE of Photos, mostly of the FDNY 1980s ( www.fdnybravests.com ). We know that the pictures he has posted on there are really some of the Best showing the FDNY as it was then. Perfect color photos taken from outside, as well as inside of the fire building. There are hundreds of them and these photos were taken when it took a special skill using special film and equipment.

I would now like to pass onto you the "inside information" that I have. Maybe Mike doesn't even know I have this. But he will now. The web site www.fdnysbravest.com has added another page of GREAT Photos. As a member or viewer of this site, you are some of the first to view them.

  Thanks Mike for the work you've done. And to your wife Marie, who does all the behind the scene work involved in posting these photos for all of us to view. Two great people who have taken the time to preserve a large part of the history of the FDNY. Thanks to Mike and Marie.

  www.fdnysbravest.com/page22.htm

Always great to see a new set of photos, Thanks Mike!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on December 31, 2015, 04:17:06 PM
 Congratulations goes out to Steve D., aka "svd385", on the recent promotion of his son-in-law to U.S. Army Captain. As I understand it, he has 5 years active duty, including time served in Afghanistan. Former helicopter pilot now training for "fixed wing aircraft".

  Steve is also the proud grandfather of their two children, ages 2 and 4. 

 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on February 24, 2016, 10:21:16 AM
 A Big Thank You goes out to site member "fdny747", aka Frank R., for his latest publication on the Unit Response Activity of all the FDNY units. That list can be found on his website; www.FDNewYork.com along with several stories he has posted on the FDNY.

 I would also like to add that Frank is also a FDNY Supervising Dispatcher. A few years ago, he was able to help me in a special project that I was doing and I was very grateful for the help that he gave me.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on March 05, 2016, 09:35:54 PM
 Word is that "AuxWarYearsCapt", Doug M., has been a little under the weather lately. A couple of days in the hospital last week and maybe an upcoming surgery to be done soon. Doug is a friend to many of the guys on this site.

 We wish Doug well soon so he can be back here, and also entertaining those four grand kids of his.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on March 05, 2016, 09:40:52 PM
Doug, hope you are feeling better soon
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on March 05, 2016, 10:30:10 PM
Speedy recovery.  Your insights here are missed.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: memory master on March 06, 2016, 06:56:33 AM
Feel better my friend and please do it soon!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on March 06, 2016, 04:30:06 PM
Get well soon Doug.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on March 07, 2016, 09:20:46 AM
 Congratulations goes out to Grandpa "CFDMarshall", aka Rev Elwood E, on becoming a Grandpa for the Second Time (see; Replies #108 and #111 here). Yes, the good news is that on March 4, 2016 Baby Declan Allen Cox came into the world weighing in at 8 lbs, 6 oz. A healthy baby as I understand.

 Mommy Jess and Daddy, son-in-law Robby, are the very proud parents and doing well. A few of us have met son-in-law Robby who is a firefighter with the DeKalb County, Georgia Fire Department.

  Once again, CONGRATALATIONS goes out to "Grandpa CFDMarshall", mommy Jess, and daddy Robby, from your friends of Nycfire.net . As our Irish friend, "IRISH", aka Declan B., would say; "CHEERS".
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on March 07, 2016, 09:35:39 AM
Congratulations to all
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on March 07, 2016, 09:49:03 AM
Congratulations Rev to you, Robby and his Bride.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on March 07, 2016, 11:56:11 AM
Congratulations and best wishes to all.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on March 07, 2016, 12:12:26 PM
Congratulations, Rev!   Grandchildren are great (they go home), but great-grandchildren are even better . . . then there are THREE sets of parents and/or grandparents to pass them off to when they wear you out!  ;D
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on March 07, 2016, 03:46:41 PM
Congratulations to all !
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on March 15, 2016, 11:10:26 PM
For those who are not aware, soon "Our Most Valuable Player", "mikeindabronx", aka Mike D., will reach his 16,000th post on this site.

Whether it be a news item regarding the FDNY or a fire department across the country, "mikeindabronx" is always there to keep us informed. He often contributes rundowns and information on various jobs throughout the FDNY. He gives us news from all over the world regarding the fire service.

  Who needs those high priced reporters from places like CNN, FOX, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS etc. Not when we got site member "mikeindabronx", who I guess spends a lot of his own time to keep us all informed. For that we say "Thank You".

  In addition, Mike has one of the finest web sites full of photos from the FDNY of the 1980s. An entire collection of this very busy time. Those photos can be found on his web site www.fdnysbravest.com. Those who have viewed it have nothing but favorable reports about it.

  For those of us who personally know Mike, "we all consider him to be a Great Guy". And most of us will tell you that he has a striking resemblance to another well liked guy. His name; "Santa Clause". 

  "THANK YOU Mike for All YOU Do".

  Now as we mention Our Most Valuable Player, let us not forget "Our Most Popular Thread".

 It was started back in February, 2012 by a member calling himself "Mack". For those of us who know "mack", his real name is Joe M., and he is a true friend to the FDNY and many of us here. His father was a FDNY Battalion Chief and he also has a son who is a Boston Firefighter.

 That "Most Popular Thread" is now around the 368,000 view mark. It has been visited that many times by viewers like us. It should be no surprise, that thread is called; "FDNY and NYC Firehouses" in the History Section.

  Another GREAT JOB done and a lot of effort put into each and every company or firehouse posted.

  Let us take a moment to commend these two fine individuals on the work they have done for all of us. Their efforts are greatly appreciated. So lets all "Give it up for "mikeindabronx" and "mack".

  www.youtube.com/watch?v=barWV7RWkq0
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: NYBravest82 on March 16, 2016, 12:47:02 AM
here hereeee!!!!!!!!!!!!  8)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on March 16, 2016, 02:07:24 AM

  Bravo ! Congratulations, Well Done !  8)

P.S. Willy; ya' ain't too Shabby yerself.

Many Thanks, Sir, for All Your Work, and Support !   ;)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on March 16, 2016, 02:26:53 AM
Bill,

Thanks for this and all the work you do on here.  You're never too busy to recognize and applaud the work of those deserving and that's the proof that you're a grand gentleman.

Be well!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on March 16, 2016, 10:19:49 AM
Bill,

Thanks for this and all the work you do on here.  You're never too busy to recognize and applaud the work of those deserving and that's the proof that you're a grand gentleman.

Be well!



I agree 100%, Bill certainly is "Top Shelf"
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 1261Truckie on March 16, 2016, 12:08:05 PM
3 great guys, Mike, Mack and Willy D.....thanks for all you do.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: memory master on March 16, 2016, 03:24:27 PM
Ditto on the accolades. Thank you gentlemen!!!!!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdny1075k on March 16, 2016, 04:21:01 PM
A thank you to Bill, Mike, Mack and all the other members that truly make nycfire.net such a great site. Keep up the great work gentlemen!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on March 16, 2016, 05:31:23 PM
^^^^^^^^ Heartily agree !
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on March 16, 2016, 07:49:47 PM
Me too!  ;)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Parkave32 on March 16, 2016, 07:57:49 PM
I totally agree
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: JOR176 on March 16, 2016, 08:15:17 PM
Kudos to all three. :)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on April 02, 2016, 09:12:10 PM
Could a piece of Willy D's memorabilia be on e bay ?.....    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Brass-Fireman-Bill-Charter-Member-Club-1957-Badge/301840889977?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D35955%26meid%3De30a895c9240493e818f74cfcaf232e2%26pid%3D100033%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D301840889977
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on April 02, 2016, 10:34:53 PM
Could a piece of Willy D's memorabilia be on e bay ?.....    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Brass-Fireman-Bill-Charter-Member-Club-1957-Badge/301840889977?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D35955%26meid%3De30a895c9240493e818f74cfcaf232e2%26pid%3D100033%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D301840889977

  Chief when I used to ride my bicycle down the street chasing the fire trucks, that was my first probie badge. I had a siren on that bike with a basket where I carried my big boots. When they saw me going down the street everybody said; "there goes fireman Bill".

  Many years later, things really hadn't change too much. Except instead of riding my bicycle to chase fires, I rode in a real fire truck. I still had a siren and those big boots. And everybody still said; "there goes fireman Bill".
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: johnd248 on April 05, 2016, 09:29:35 AM
Happy Birthday to our good friend Willy D.  Perhaps I should say old friend! LOL
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 1261Truckie on April 05, 2016, 10:18:11 AM
Happy Birthday, Willy. Have a great day and many more
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on April 05, 2016, 11:58:32 AM
Happy Birthday to our "MATURE" friend Mr.Bill
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mercurygrandmarquis1 on April 05, 2016, 03:46:18 PM
Happy birthday Willy
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: jmag228 on April 05, 2016, 03:53:58 PM
Happy Birthday Willy D
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on April 05, 2016, 04:43:08 PM
Happy Birthday Uncle Wilfred!
(http://s17.postimg.cc/54kitouvf/10410833_1195292700499745_753851639715915432_n.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/54kitouvf/)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on April 05, 2016, 04:55:14 PM
Happy Birthday Bill ...Best Wishes for many more.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on April 05, 2016, 06:19:14 PM

 Happy Birthday, Mr. Mc Bill !   :D
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on April 05, 2016, 06:33:03 PM
Happy Birthday, Bill . . . and many, many more.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fltpara16 on April 05, 2016, 06:44:20 PM
Happy Birthday Uncle Willy D!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on April 06, 2016, 08:01:46 AM
Thank you for all the Happy Birthday wishes from you great guys.

I told a few guys that I thought my grandmother was old when she turned 55. Now I wish I was that young.

Other members celebrating their Happy Birthdays this month that I know of are "68jk09" and "jbendick", who also attended the same FDNY Probie Class together as the busy War Years were just beginning .
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on April 06, 2016, 08:14:15 AM
Thank you for all the Happy Birthday wishes from you great guys.

I told a few guys that I thought my grandmother was old when she turned 55. Now I wish I was that young.

Other members celebrating their Happy Birthdays this month that I know of are "68jk09" and "jbendick", who also attended the same FDNY Probie Class together as the busy War Years were just beginning .


Happy Birthday to Chief "68jk09" & Capt."jbendick"
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: IRISH on April 06, 2016, 09:36:33 AM
Happy Belated Birthday Willy D Hope it was a good one

Also Best Wishes and Happy Birthday to come Chief "68jk09" & Capt."jbendick"
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: svd385 on April 06, 2016, 09:37:44 AM
Happy Birthday Willy D
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 1261Truckie on April 06, 2016, 10:54:17 AM
Happy Birthday Chief JK and Cap JB. Have yourselves a great day and many more. Thanks for all youse guys do for us.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on April 06, 2016, 07:10:06 PM
And may I add Happy Birthdays To Chief JK and to Captain JB. Sorry, no burgers for you guys. Only Willie D.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Parkave32 on April 06, 2016, 09:50:56 PM
I would like to add my happy birthday wishes to Willie, Chief JK, and Capt JB.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdny1075k on April 06, 2016, 11:14:27 PM
Happy Birthday to both Chief Kleehaas and Capt. Bendick. Best wishes for many more.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on April 07, 2016, 01:54:52 AM
Happy Birthday to both Chief Kleehaas and Capt. Bendick. Best wishes for many more.

 Hear, Hear ! God Bless, All The Best, Men.  :)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: CFDMarshal on April 08, 2016, 09:51:19 AM
Happy Birthday! As long as my friends keep getting older, then I'm good with it!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: svd385 on April 08, 2016, 10:18:01 AM
Happy Birthday to both Chief Kleehaas and Capt. Bendick.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: jbendick on April 08, 2016, 03:15:34 PM
Thank you to all those who wished me a Happy Birthday. :
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on April 08, 2016, 06:47:34 PM
Thank you to all for your wishes....& Happy Birthday to the other Birthday guys.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: jmag228 on April 08, 2016, 09:34:44 PM
Happy Birthday Gents, God Bless.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on April 18, 2016, 07:53:25 AM
For many of us here, we have a good friend who comes all the way up from Tennessee to visit us once in awhile. That member, Rev CFDMarshall, travels all that way to chit chat and have a little chow with us. Ask any of us who know him and we will all tell you what a great guy and funny character he can be. Besides that, he is a real gentleman and us northerners love his southern accent too.

 But we've been checking the Rev CFD out a little and we have been coming up with one surprising fact that he never told us about. That is about his cousin Billy, from Del Rio, Texas. What we are starting to find out is that Cousin Billy was really quite famous here in the NYC area. He could be heard frequently on NYC's "66 NBC Radio Station" several years ago. Perhaps some of you remember Cousin Billy from that radio station back then. Known as "the right Rev Dr Billy Sol Hargis".

 Here is Rev CFDMarshall's Cousin Billy, as we knew him back in the day. In fact many of us would start our day off listening to the Rev Hargis on our car radios in the morning while driving to work.

  www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uSJc-AkHu8
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on April 18, 2016, 08:40:50 AM
For many of us here, we have a good friend who comes all the way up from Tennessee to visit us once in awhile. That member, Rev CFDMarshall, travels all that way to chit chat and have a little chow with us. Ask any of us who know him and we will all tell you what a great guy and funny character he can be. Besides that, he is a real gentleman and us northerners love his southern accent too.

 But we've been checking the Rev CFD out a little and we have been coming up with one surprising fact that he never told us about. That is about his cousin Billy, from Del Rio, Texas. What we are starting to find out is that Cousin Billy was really quite famous here in the NYC area. He could be heard frequently on NYC's "66 NBC Radio Station" several years ago. Perhaps some of you remember Cousin Billy from that radio station back then. Known as "the right Rev Dr Billy Sol Hargis".

 Here is Rev CFDMarshall's Cousin Billy, as we knew him back in the day. In fact many of us would start our day off listening to the Rev Hargis on our car radios in the morning while driving to work.

  www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uSJc-AkHu8
Looks like Cousin Billy got all the hair.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on May 04, 2016, 01:04:50 AM
 Gentlemen, among our organization here we have many members from all walks of life.

  Of course we have firefighters and buffs. But also photographers, teachers, insurance reps, business owners, con ed gas and electric employees, military members, one or two minor league baseball players, postal supervisors, hospital administrators, teachers and education employees, police officers, emt's and paramedics, some college students, security guards, wrecker operators and it goes on and on.

  But did you know that we also have a movie star among us. He stared with Robert DeNiro in a movie called: "A Bronx Tale" which was released in 1993. This member also spent many years as a War Years Firefighter and Officer within the FDNY before retiring. Some of those companies were the busiest and they still are today throughout the city.

  As a firefighter he worked:
    Engine 96, then Squad 2 before that very busy company was disbanded. Next he was assigned to the very busy Engine 75 and also the Chiefs Aide of Batt 19.
    Promoted to the rank of Lt he was then assigned to Engine 68. Promoted to Captain he moved from the Bronx to Manhattan where he became the Commanding Officer of Engine Co 23.

  That Retired FDNY member/Movie star is also the father of this web sites owner. Besides being grandfather to 14 (?) grandchildren. I am talking about site member "Jbendick". A personnel friend to many members of this site.

  It took Actor/Captain "Jbendick" a total of three days to do his part in this movie which appears as a store is fire bombed and a car catches fire. In this scene, very briefly a group of firefighters are standing and it is Actor/Captain "Jbendick" that turns briefly facing the camera.

  The star of the movie, Robert DeNiro, prefers to use actual firefighters or police officers when he films such scenes. The movie is based on the Belmont area of the Bronx during the 1960s.
 
  It has always been one of my favorites. I also bought this DVD (from Amazon - ?)

 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on May 04, 2016, 02:25:44 PM
Maybe we should make a Screen Actors Guild of site members ....i was in 2 movies myself...the 1st was "Shafts Big Score" filmed around 1970 or 1971 & released awhile later..there were 12 of us from the Job 10 FFs & 2 LTs & we had a new RM & a new Mack Pumper from the shops...here is a link to a poor trailer but i am the OV seen at about 08:52 getting a hook out of the rear tube then climbing the Aerial & venting & entering the 2nd fl window..the LT of the LAD was from LAD*2 so the movie people gave all the Truck guys fake # 2 fronts to wear on our Helmets & lettered the RM also....after the shoot was over at about 0300 one of the LTs said lets have some fun on the way back to the shops w/the Rigs we drove to Siegel St & since myself & two other FFs were from 108 we hid outside while the LT & the other 2 FFs (all wearing LAD*2 fronts) ran inside yelling to the HW "WTF are you guys still in qtrs for ..we are relocated here from Manhattan there is a Fourth alarm at your 1st Due box w/multiple 10-45s were you asleep?" the poor FF started running to the Rig yelling "turn out we are missing a Job" after everybody else slid the poles me & the other FFs walked in & we all started laughing........the other movie was "The Hot Rock" which was filmed around the same era ...in it the same compliment of the 2 Rigs & 12 Members respond on Eastern Pkwy to the front of the BKLYN Museum where a Mustang blows up this was much more non descript & less closeups then the 1st one.....here is the trailer link to Shafts Big Score...  http://www.veoh.com/watch/v19465362dDwh8CCG
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on May 04, 2016, 02:59:09 PM
I'm gonna have to start collecting autographs from all you movie stars.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: NYBravest82 on May 04, 2016, 10:06:55 PM
I was an extra in "The Dark Knight Rises" during the riot scene
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: CFDMarshal on May 04, 2016, 10:12:50 PM
I worked on the set of Starman, My dog made the movie. I was also in two country music videos.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on May 04, 2016, 11:51:14 PM
 I think it is amazing to hear what some of the guys on here have done.

 One guy was in charge of the entire Army operations here during 9/11. "mack"

 Another guy played guitar with many of the famous doo wop groups. He also worked with the famous serial killer nicknamed "The Son of Sam" during the late 70s. "Guitarman314"

 Another guy had his picture on a US Postage stamp. "NFD2004"

 One of the most highly decorated members of the FDNY. "68jk09"

 One member who was the Captain of the Engine 82 when the famous book "Report from Engine 82" came out. Later to become one of the highest ranking officers in the FDNY. "*******"

  There are many other stories out there. Each one an individual and interesting story to hear. So if you have an interesting story to tell, I'm guessing that most of us would want to hear it.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on May 19, 2016, 10:51:02 PM
 Congratulations goes out to site member "fdny1075k", Emmett M., on his upcoming graduation from Iona College in New Rochelle. Not only graduating, but he will also be inducted into "The National Honor Society". He worked very hard to get there.

 "fdny1075k" is known by many members of this site as well as members of the FDNY. I think it is safe to say that he has a very good reputation with those who know him.

 A former volunteer firefighter from a department in Ct., with a strong interest in the fire service. Particularly the FDNY. We see that here as he often post info of fires and incidents throughout much of the northeast cities.

  So now that "fdny1075k" is graduating from college, what does he do next ?

  Actually it didn't take him too long to figure that out. Because a National Insurance Company saw this young mans potential and they came to him with a great job offer he couldn't resist. "I mean a WELL PAYING job offer". So he will be starting there very soon.

  Just one more thing. For all those lady viewers out there, "this young man is single and available".

  Good luck for a bright future for this young man.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on June 02, 2016, 07:26:13 AM
 Today, June 2nd we have a very special guy to give a BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY wish to.

 As a very young man, he grew up in some of the meanest, toughest streets out there. Yes, born in the South Bronx around Elton Ave, moving to Clay Ave, then up around Sedgewick/Fordham area, we can only be referring to the "Kid from Da Bronx himself", our good friend, Mr Frank D., aka "fdce54".

  He began his young career with the Co Edison Company, where he spent his early years going into buildings in the South Bronx worst area during the worst of times. One time as he came out of one very nasty place on Hunts Point Ave, all by himself, he was approached by three NYPD Anti Crime Officers. They apparently had that building under surveillance due to heavy criminal activity.

  When approached by these officers, they asked "what are you doing in there" ? He then told them, "I work for Con Ed and I had to go in there to make some repairs". Those police officers then responded to him, "you went in there by yourself" ? They then told him, "When we go in there we carry guns and there's THREE of us". "The fire department goes in there with 20 guys and they carry heavy tools". They then said to him; "You know what":
   "The NYPD is the Finest"
   "The FDNY is the Bravest"
   "But Con Ed is the F###### Craziest"

  Fortunately later Mr "fdce54" moved on to the Westchester County area, where he covered as a Con Ed Boss in tough cities like Yonkers, Mt Vernon, BUT also to some of the wealthiest towns in America. From the Bronx ghettos of the 70/80/90s to some of the richest mansions in the world. You might say that this man has seen it all.

  Later on we followed Mr "fdce54" on his proposed retirement journey, earlier in this thread. We all were intrigued by his "yes he will" or "no he won't" retirement decision. Maybe some of you remember that. Hard to believe but the official retirement has been over one year already.

  And now that you know the story of this senior member of the group, we would all like to wish Frankie D., aka "fdce54" a very Happy Birthday. And what better way than to hear it from his favorite TV characters. So Frank, "Happy Birthday and this one's for you. Each one giving you their own Happy Birthday Wishes.

  www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-_xhn_PhSY
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: svd385 on June 02, 2016, 10:02:07 AM
happy birthday  Frank
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on June 02, 2016, 11:24:05 AM
Happy Birthday, Frank.  Does that mean you're older than I am now?
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on June 02, 2016, 11:31:25 AM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY FRANK
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: memory master on June 02, 2016, 12:28:19 PM
All the best to you and many more to come!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdny1075k on June 02, 2016, 01:16:00 PM
Happy Birthday, Frank and many more!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on June 02, 2016, 02:41:04 PM
Happy Birthday Frank ....Best Wishes for many more Happy & healthy ones.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on June 02, 2016, 09:03:59 PM
Thank you to all for the birthday wishes and a special thank you to Willy D for the very entertaining video.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on June 05, 2016, 02:36:57 PM
 So where has "fltpara16", aka Steve E. from Virginia been ? Some of you have been asking that question because he was a pretty regular poster on here. Some thought he might be in jail serving time. No folks, I just got word and I'm happy to report "that is NOT the case". As most of us know, "fltpara16", is really a great guy. Any of us that know him will gladly confirm that.

 Well friends, here's the story.

 Many of us already know that Steve is a fulltime B/C in a fire department in Virginia. His Battalion response area covers 726 square miles. That would be like Five Battalion Chiefs covering the entire State of Connecticut. Well besides his fulltime B/C job, he also spends some time working as a paramedic during special events at the University of Virginia. Then throw in a few spare hours doing some landscaping work. Add to that the fulltime job of being a fulltime father and grandfather. We were wondering what he's been up to. And there's more to tell.

  You may remember earlier on in this thread where the announcement was made of Steve becoming a grandfather. At that time there was some serious concerns about his granddaughters health. well today we are happy to report that his now 19 moth old granddaughter is Happy, Healthy and Full of Energy.

  Steve's oldest daughter just graduated from George Mason University and just got a good job with the Marriott Corporation.

  Steve's second oldest daughter has just been accepted into Nursing School.

  And then there is his youngest. his son who just finished 9th grade and wants us all to know that his baseball team went 17-1.

  So there you have it. Just a quick couple of notes on the status of Nycfire.net member "fltpara16", aka Steve E.

  When you do get a chance Steve, stop by to say hello and drop us a note here.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on June 05, 2016, 05:14:49 PM
Glad to hear all is going well.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fltpara16 on June 07, 2016, 08:43:12 PM
Uncle Wilfred D:  Thanks thanks for providing the update on my absence in the past few months.  All is going well here in the south.  Myself and the other two shift commanders are still trying to provide coverage to a very large area as a single chief.  Newsflash: It can't be done! We are working on trying to get a second battalion, but this thing called politics keeps getting in the way...who is surprised at that! No real work as far as fires for me recently.  One Captain that rides as acting BC for me when I am off catches at least one working fire every shift he covers.  Now when I get back to work, the guys don't ask how my time off was, just when is Captain M. riding as ABC again!  Had a mess on the interstate the other night when I was working.  We had 8 wrecks happen on a 1 1/2 mile stretch of interstate at the near same time.  The wrecks were not the biggest issue, it was the tractor-trailer pulling an open topped trailer (tarped) of chicken entrails from a processing plant to a waste recycling plant.  He was not in the wrecks, but when he hit his brakes to avoid the wrecks, hundreds of pounds of chicken entrails (down here we call them "innards") sloshed out of the top of the trailer onto the interstate.  This was my first major chicken innards spill! After going through all the regulatory channels about how to get it out of the roadway to open the interstate, it was decided we should wash it into the grass median strip, and then the carrier would get a contractor to clean up the median.  The chicken parts were washed to the center of the interstate, and my guess is the buzzards took care of the clean up before the contractor arrived. 

So that is my story, my battalion looks forward to the next time I take leave; and I now have experience in chicken innards removal. Life is Good!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on June 08, 2016, 07:41:03 AM
Was that on 64, Steve?
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fltpara16 on June 08, 2016, 09:27:23 PM
Yes, I64 east and west bound lanes between the 120 and 122 milemarkers in Albemarle.  Wrecks in both directions, the chicken innards were blocking the west bound lanes. 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on June 09, 2016, 01:14:05 AM
Yes, I64 east and west bound lanes between the 120 and 122 milemarkers in Albemarle.  Wrecks in both directions, the chicken innards were blocking the west bound lanes.

Now we Know what happens when the Chicken ('inards') Cross the Road !   :-X

Thanks,Chief. Good to see ya' again!

 And Thanks, (as always), Uncle Willy for keeping us all Current.   8)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: johnd248 on July 04, 2016, 12:18:57 PM
Our own Willy D, the King of the Big Mac and retired Captain from the Norwich (CT) FD was recently quoted in the New London Day newspaper.  The Norwich FD is a full-time, paid dept. and is surrounded by 5 volunteer companies.  Apparently, when there is a fire in one of the volunteer areas and mutual aid is requested other volunteer depts responded instead of the closer city paid dept.  Willy D is spearheading an examination of how Norwich can better arrange its fire responses.  Not sure how many Mickey D's there are in Norwich to keep Willy D happy but he is doing the right thing by forcing this issue to be addressed.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on July 04, 2016, 03:15:25 PM
 Thanks John.

 This is a situation that is hard for any firefighter: career, volunteer, active or retired to try and understand.

 Here is the link to that newspaper article and hopefully it works:

 http://www.theday.com/local/20160702/norwichs-fire-service-more-fractured-than-ever-officials-say
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fltpara16 on July 06, 2016, 05:40:10 PM
Willy D,

I applaud you for taking on such a difficult issue.  This is occurring in many places.  The Fire Service must change so resources are brought together to provide the best service possible at a reasonable cost.  Local governments can no longer afford to fund inefficient systems. 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on July 06, 2016, 11:03:12 PM
Willy D,

I applaud you for taking on such a difficult issue.  This is occurring in many places.  The Fire Service must change so resources are brought together to provide the best service possible at a reasonable cost.  Local governments can no longer afford to fund inefficient systems.

  Steve, "fltpara16", what's sad is exactly two days after that newspaper article came out, another fire in a mutifamily occupied frame. Same facts, same results.

 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fltpara16 on July 07, 2016, 09:51:38 AM
Just continue to pursue the change Bill.  It will be an uphill grind but worth the effort.  I hope that the leaders of the individual Fire Departments will come together to solve the issue.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on July 13, 2016, 01:24:59 PM
 Recently site member "Atlas", aka Kenny F., drove from NYC to Lincoln, Neb in just under 23 hours. Pretty amazing to do at his age.

 The day he left he was 70 years old. When he came back to Brooklyn, he had turned 71 years old. So we wish our good friend "Atlas" a very Happy Belated 71st birthday. Interesting, the only tolls he hit during his trip was in the NYC area. (the VZ Bridge and I believe the Gowanus Bridge).

  But there is more. His son is a member of the NYPD and was recently promoted to Detective being involved in a special NYPD citywide unit. Something I'm sure he is very proud of.

  Folks there's even more to tell and we saved the Best for Last.

  "Atlas" just became a GREAT Grandfather for the FIFTH Time. How great is that. Congratulations goes out to Great Grandpa "Atlas". This brings the count to SIX Grandchildren and Five Great Grandchildren.

  As I understand it, today he is also very heavily involved with the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

  Congratulations Kenny, aka "Atlas".

  Kenny has been very good to many of us here over the years. I guess I have known him for about 6-7 years now.

  What I would also like to say is something else about him. What I recently learned is just how strong this man is. He has suffered TWO very tragic losses. With those events I learned the amount of inner strength this man actually has. I see that as nothing short of Unbelievable.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on July 13, 2016, 02:04:23 PM
Happy Birthday and congratulations on the new arrival. And may you have many more.......birthdays that is.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: svd385 on July 13, 2016, 02:34:25 PM
Belated Happy Birthday ... tell'em, 71 is just 36 with 35 years experience !!!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on July 13, 2016, 03:17:27 PM
Happy Birthday and congratulations on the new arrival. And may you have many more.......birthdays that is.

Great grandchildren, too . . . they keep you young (I only have one).   ;)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on July 22, 2016, 09:49:22 AM
 Yesterday, July 21st, a few guys got together for a friendly "fire dept chit chat" as we sometimes do. As we usually do we met at our favorite Command Post in the Bayside Queens area. What started out as just two or three guys ended up being a great time with probably about a dozen guys. It consisted of Active as well as Retired members of the FDNY, buffs and a few volunteer firefighters, including a few members of this site. 

  This event grew through the efforts of Retired Chief Jake K, aka "68jk09". Himself, one of the MOST respected members of the FDNY. We base that on what every member who has ever worked with him has told us. We were once told by an FDNY Deputy Fire Commissioner who was invited to join us; "When Chief JK invites you to a party - you go". That was from the Deputy Fire Commissioner himself. That is exactly how he put it.

  Among the invited guest this time, included firefighters and officers:
   Retired members of Engine Cos 82, 96, and Rescue 2
   Active members from Engines 46, 60, Ladders 113 and 117.
   
 Friends of this site included:
    Mike D, aka "mikeindabronx". A lifetime Bronx resident, as many of us know here as "Our Most Valuable Player". As well as having one of the Greatest Web sites of photos from the FDNY fire activity of the busy 70s/80s.
    Frank D, aka "fdce54". Also a Bronx resident for many years. Today a Retired Con Ed Supervisor who as a younger guy worked in some of the toughest areas of the Bronx. Later to become a boss covering the entire Westchester County area. One of my favorite stories I try to tell a thousand times over is when he came out of a ghetto building on Hunts Point Ave he had been working in. He was approached by three undercover police officers. They said; "You went in there by yourself" ? Of course the answer was "Yes". The rest of the story I believe is mentioned somewhere else in this thread about Member "fdce54". About one group being called "The Finest, one called "The Bravest" and the third group, including Frank, "The F##### Craziest".
     Emmett M, aka "fdny1075k" was also there. He is the junior member of the group. Recently graduating from Iona College with honors, he was offered a very well paying job where a company actually came to him because of his proven record. He is well respected among many of us as a "Credit to his generation". His goal is to someday become a career firefighter. I myself, can certainly relate to that. The only difference being I never graduated from college with honors. But I was somehow able to struggle and make it through high school. I guess at the time, that was good enough.

  One of the Members of this site that also stopped by was FDNY Retired Chief Bob M, aka *******, Many of us here have read some of his stories and we know that he was once the Captain of Engine Co 82 when a famous best seller book came out called: "Report from Engine Co 82" by Dennis Smith.

  Chief Bob M was once a Four Star Chief. It just doesn't get too much higher than that within the FDNY. He started out as a FDNY Probie in Ladder Co 19 in the Bronx. I believe he said it was in 1962. In those days there was NO PROBIE SCHOOL. Hard to believe today but true. He reported his first day to the firehouse with no fire department training at all. He told me a story of a firefighter named Tracy, I think. That was the guy that then Probationary Firefighter Bob M wanted to be like. The guy he had heard so many great stories about. I hope if Chief M. gets a chance, he will tell us that story. I don't think I ever read it here.

  Chief M later became the Lt on Engine Co 50. After that he became the Captain of Engine Co 82, when it held the title as; "the busiest engine company in the world". Of course later he moved up the ladder as well. He said that the busiest time for Engine Co 82 was the month of July, 1975 when Eng 82 responded to a total of 210 all hands or greater fires that month. An average of seven each and every day. A staggering number by any standards.

  I also learned that Chief Bob M now has a son on the FDNY assigned to a very busy Manhattan company. He also has a son, I believe he said is now retired from the NYPD who was the Commanding Officer of a New York City Police Pct. He also has one daughter, who has a very well respected job as well. Along with that he is grandfather to five grandchildren.

  It was GREAT to see Chief M join us. It was the first time I had ever met him.

 There are major cities in the U.S. that could only wish to take that firefighting experience of all those members who joined us, put it all together and share it with the members of their entire departments. There really is NO price that could ever be put on a gathering like that.

  As the sun went down, it was getting past this ole' mans bed time. Here in Connecticut, it's not really like that of NYC. As I rode in with my adopted son, Frank D, aka "fdce54", who was still B/S'n, I said; "Come on son, it's time for you to bring me home now". With that, we said good bye, and left the party.

  Then I read of a Fifth Alarm in Queens not far from where we had just left. Well, we missed that all because it was past my bedtime. Then I also read that my good friend and Brother Firefighter Joe C, aka "jciscone" on here, from the East Haven, Ct FD is buffing on the scene. Missed him too.

  I do have some good news though. As posted here on July 4th, by "johnd248", I was contacted yesterday by the Fire Chief of that department involved in the newspaper article. That chief told me that perhaps things are finally working out. I guess there has been some positive discussions going on and according to him "it looks good". It's all about doing what is right for the people who depend on their firefighters to be there.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on July 22, 2016, 02:55:50 PM
Yes good to see many guys throughout the afternoon & evening...Willy D. add guys from ENG*94 & SQ*288 ....Also later (after bedtime) Ret BKLYN Disp (& Fire Photographer) Warren F. & a Ret Philly Lt & their Wives joined us.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: CFDMarshal on July 22, 2016, 09:12:57 PM
I missed the memo! I would have made a trip for that!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on July 22, 2016, 09:13:32 PM
Thanks again Chief. You put together a great group of guys for us as usual.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on July 22, 2016, 10:23:41 PM
Thanks Chief
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on July 31, 2016, 01:41:55 PM
 Members and friends of NYCFire.net, without a doubt, he continues to be "Our Most Valuable Player". Today his number of post on this site has surpassed 17,000.

 Officially joining this site in August, 2009, there is rarely a day that goes by when Mike D., aka here as "mikeindabronx", does NOT post something of value or interesting to the membership of this web site. He is both a very good friend to many, many members of the FDNY, both active and retired, as well as a GREAT friend to many of us that read or follow his stories.

  He spent his younger years as a firefighter in the U.S. Air Force. Later he worked as a stock broker, who was an FDNY buff and fan of the FDNY. He had special permission to ride in a Harlem Ladder Co during the very active fire years of the 1980s. There he put his excellent fire photography skills to work producing a book called "New York's Bravest", and later designing a web site filled with color photos. Capturing and preserving the history that only those PRICELESS photos can tell.

  Mike has been a lifelong resident in the same area of the Bronx for..... "well, lets just say a whole lot of years". Decades, actually more like it. As a young man, he married his wife Marie who was also from New York City and they have celebrated many years of marriage together.

  Those of us who know Mike personally consider him a good friend. If you happen to ask him about those busy years, he always has a few stories to tell you.

  As many of us know, the history of the FDNY during the busy 1980s is preserved very well in his web site. www.fdnysbravest.com 

  Thanks Mike for all you do for us.

 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: kfd274 on August 02, 2016, 11:32:34 AM
Members and friends of NYCFire.net, without a doubt, he continues to be "Our Most Valuable Player". Today his number of post on this site has surpassed 17,000.

 Officially joining this site in August, 2009, there is rarely a day that goes by when Mike D., aka here as "mikeindabronx", does NOT post something of value or interesting to the membership of this web site. He is both a very good friend to many, many members of the FDNY, both active and retired, as well as a GREAT friend to many of us that read or follow his stories.

  He spent his younger years as a firefighter in the U.S. Air Force. Later he worked as a stock broker, who was an FDNY buff and fan of the FDNY. He had special permission to ride in a Harlem Ladder Co during the very active fire years of the 1980s. There he put his excellent fire photography skills to work producing a book called "New York's Bravest", and later designing a web site filled with color photos. Capturing and preserving the history that only those PRICELESS photos can tell.

  Mike has been a lifelong resident in the same area of the Bronx for..... "well, lets just say a whole lot of years". Decades, actually more like it. As a young man, he married his wife Marie who was also from New York City and they have celebrated many years of marriage together.

  Those of us who know Mike personally consider him a good friend. If you happen to ask him about those busy years, he always has a few stories to tell you.

  As many of us know, the history of the FDNY during the busy 1980s is preserved very well in his web site. www.fdnysbravest.com 

  Thanks Mike for all you do for us.

 Congratulations Mike!! Willy D should have a little party at the White Castle

Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on August 09, 2016, 01:24:29 PM
 Today, August 9th, is a very Special Day for ALL of us on here. That is because it is the Birthday of this site owner, "Tbendick", aka Lt Tommy Bendick of the FDNY. For each and every one of us, without Lt Bendick, none of this would be possible. All those great long term friendships might not have happened. For most of us we wouldn't really have a good idea of what's the latest news and events involving the Greatest Fire Dept in the World. We might not be able to hear the FDNY as it happens from our homes far away. Some of us would not have had the chance to tell our stories as it relates to the FDNY.

  A husband, and a father to both a son (Greyson), and a daughter (Bella), we all are indebted to you for what you have done for us. You brought together both retired and active members of the FDNY. You brought together guys who have a special interest in the FDNY from across the country. In fact across the world. You have also offered many of us your personnel assistance when we asked.

 Tom, I think it is safe to say; "We all Wish you a very Happy Birthday". Thank you for all you do for every one of us.

 So we'd like to leave you with this little Birthday Song. Have a Great Day and THANKS AGAIN.

  www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUfxIx_19xg
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on August 09, 2016, 02:29:44 PM

 Dear Lt. Tom, I bother you persistently whenever there are Comm'.s Issues. You are completely graceful, responsive and friendly You have told me more then Once, that you would rather Know if there are Issues, than not know. Still, knowing how busy you are w/ Work, Family, and we knuckleheads here on the Site, I don't like to 'bother' you.

You Sir, are a complete  Officer & Gentleman, and I, and the others here, are Honored by your acquaintance. As a Long-Time Buff, and Friend of the World's Greatest Fire Dept., I cannot Thank You enough for all you do here, and your Distinguished Service to the City of New York. Thanks Tom, for everything. Happy, Happy Birthday and Many More for You & Family.

[Thanks Willy - for the Post.]
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on August 09, 2016, 04:42:01 PM
Best Wishes for a Happy & Healthy Birthday Tom.....also i echo the well said posts above by NFD & Staj.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on August 09, 2016, 05:19:07 PM
Happy Birthday Tom! Have a great day and thanks for all you do.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: jmag228 on August 09, 2016, 06:05:06 PM
Happy Birthday Tom,
Best wishes to you and your family
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on August 09, 2016, 06:20:38 PM
Thanks for all you do, Tom.  And remember . . . you're not getting better, you're just getting older.   Hmmmm . . . did I get that right?  Or is it the sort of thing you can look forward to when you get to be a crotchety old coot like me?   :o ??? ::)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on August 09, 2016, 08:14:05 PM
Happy Birthday Tom
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: svd385 on August 09, 2016, 08:50:49 PM
happy birthday Tom
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fltpara16 on August 09, 2016, 09:01:57 PM
Happy Birthday Tom!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: CFDMarshal on August 09, 2016, 09:06:13 PM
Happy Birthday Lt TB!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: memory master on August 10, 2016, 06:03:16 PM
A day late and a dollar short as usual for me, however, a sincere belated birthday wish that you be healthy, happy, safe and Blessed. Thank you for all you do for us Sir!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: NYBravest82 on August 10, 2016, 09:07:08 PM
happy birthday fella.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 1261Truckie on August 11, 2016, 11:38:23 AM
Happy birthday, Tom
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Parkave32 on August 11, 2016, 12:26:19 PM
Happy Birthday Tom.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: JOR176 on August 11, 2016, 09:38:38 PM
Belated Happy Birthday Tom and many more.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on August 30, 2016, 07:23:42 PM
 A BIG Thank You goes out to NYCFIRE.net member, "manhattan", aka Frank M. He is playing a huge part in the organization of the upcoming; "Father Mychal Judge Walk of Remembrance", scheduled to take place Sunday, September 4, 2016.

 This is NOT the first time "manhattan" has played this kind of role. No folks, ever since this event was first started, "manhattan" had a major part in organizing this Walk of Remembrance for the first victim of 9/11, the FDNY Chaplain, Father Mychal Judge.

  "manhattan" has organized other events within the city as well. Events to honor our military as well as the NYPD and FDNY. All of who he has the highest respect for.

  If I'm not mistaken, I believe "manhattan" has been a Chief Administrator over the years for a major hospital or Health Care Physicality in the heart of New York City.

  Our sincere thanks goes out to site member "manhattan", aka Frank M., for all of the unselfish work he has done to HONOR OUR True American Heros. And reminding us that they should NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.

  Thanks very much Frank for what you do and it is truly an honor for all of us to be associated with you.   
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on August 31, 2016, 03:09:10 AM
A BIG Thank You to "manhattan" for all you do for remembering the Vet's & remembrance of other deserving people !
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on August 31, 2016, 08:09:25 AM
Thank You "manhattan"
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on September 09, 2016, 07:30:29 PM
Everybody has been asking, "Where is Johnny D, aka "johnd248" ? They've checked all the streets of Flatbush and can't find him. They've checked Engine 248, and he's not there. How about at Dunks (Dunkin Donuts) or Micky D's up there in Connecticut with his ole' buddy Willy D ? No he's not there either.

 So, where is Johnny D ? We asked that question and what we found out might surprise you. Can you believe he's been up in Quincy, Mass. ? No, he's not in jail up there. He's not up there buffing either, as some would think. 

  Johnny D was up in Quincy, Mass for a Ballroom Dancing Competition. He's one of a select group up there with his wife Michele. A long way from the streets of Flatbush in Brooklyn.

  While our own Johnny D, aka "johnd248" specializes in rhythm dances, his wife Michele, specializes in smooth dances.

  This past Friday (11/14/14), Johnny danced 10 dances consisting of swing, rumba, cha cha, and merengue. It was his First Competition and he received SEVEN First Places and Three Second Place wins.

  So let's Give it up for Johnny D.

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=barWV7RWkq0 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=barWV7RWkq0#ws)


 With the recent book about to be released by Ira Hoffman of www.fire-police-ems.com called; "FDNY Tales", once again we put the spotlight on our own "johnd248", aka Johnny D. In the book is a story as reported by Johnny D called "The Bus". Johnny D talks about a woman waiting for a bus, but apparently pulls the fire alarm box because she seems to be tired of waiting for it.

  There are other stories in that book that some of the members here may also recognize the names as well.

  If your at all into it like I am, you probably can't wait to read all the stories as reported by these individuals, including our own "johnd248". All telling their own stories about the Greatest Fire Department in the World.

  So make sure you put it at the top of your list when you send your letter to Santa Clause this year. 

  Thanks to Chief "68jk09" for passing the news and info onto us in a recent thread called; "FDNY Tales". 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on September 30, 2016, 09:31:01 AM
 I write this latest post in the "News of Members", with much sadness.

 For many of our friends of the FDNY who frequently visit or post here, it has been a very tough couple of weeks for them.

 They lost a good friend, Retired Lt Pudgie Walsh, Ladder Co 108, who many of us outside the FDNY got to meet personally last year. One of our members remembered him from back in his younger days of playing football, and after not seeing him for many years, Retired Lt Walsh remembered this kid from the Bronx. That young kid was member "fdce54".

  We also learn of the passing of another great FDNY War Years Firefighter, Retired Lt John McKean, who served in some of the busiest companies in the FDNY such as Ladders 175 and 120, along with other members of this site. A sad loss of another well respected FDNY retired member. There is much more about Lt McKean in the "Another War Years Vet Passes" thread.

  Then is the latest news of the LODD of Battalion Chief Michael Fahy, Batt 19. A well respected member and dedicated family man as well.

  These are very difficult times for many of our friends here. But what we all can take from these difficult times is that we have read who the REAL HEROS and Role Models of America are. They will go down in the history books of the FDNY for their contributions that made a difference.

  My condolences to the members here who have suffered the loss of their friends and Brother Firefighters. All within a few short days or weeks.     
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: JOR176 on September 30, 2016, 09:58:46 PM
Well said Willie.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on October 08, 2016, 09:38:17 PM
Another photo of Turner Reid Cox. Maybe Turner will go into the family business one day.

(http://s30.postimg.cc/rpjtrw831/i_Phone_Photos_123_013.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/rpjtrw831/)

Congrats again, Rev!

  Many of us may remember this when "CFDMarshall", aka Rev Elwood E., became a grandfather. Just like any other grandfather, he is very proud of his grandchildren. In this case he is also very proud of his son in law as well. The reason being is that not only is he the father of his grandchild, BUT he is also a fulltime career firefighter with the DeKalb County, Georgia Fire Dept.

  His name is Robbie C., but we may soon know him as "Thecox66". That's because he just recently became a member of this site. Even though he is from way down Dixie in Georgia, some of the guys here already know him. He has made it a special point to come up here to meet some of the guys in person. And after meeting him, I think the Rev CFDMarshall has ever right to be proud of him.

  So with that, lets all welcome, Rev CFDMarshall's Son-in-law, Robby C., aka "Thecox66". Lets hear it.......
  www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9NIZOvfKpc
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on November 11, 2016, 10:48:11 PM
Today, Veterans Day, 2016, I attended the Veterans Day Ceremony at 9th Ave and 27th St in Manhattan. At that location is a small city park, and in that park there is a Memorial Statue honoring our veterans. Site member Frank M., aka "manhattan", had mention that there would be a short Veterans Day Ceremony held there at 10 am. I was one of a several dozen who attended this program.

 But what I really want to say is the "GREAT JOB" that Frank did in organizing this event. As I understand it, this is the THIRD year he has done this. There were civilians, veterans, police officers and firefighters that attended as well. There was an 88 year old lady in the crowd. She started talking to me about how she respects and appreciates the members of our military. There was guy who was 75 years old and had served in Viet Nam. 

 Frank gave a Great Speech about our Veterans. He talked about the wars that America has been involved in and those who gave so much. He thank them and gave them the credit that they rightfully deserve. He also praised our police officers and firefighters. He said, "these are Americas Hero's".

  I believe that Frank is a Veteran as well.

  It was just a Great Event and to be surrounded by such good people was reassuring that America is STILL A GREAT COUNTRY, WITH GREAT PEOPLE.

  Frank, thank you for what you have done. And it was an HONOR to meet you for the first time today.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on November 25, 2016, 09:57:43 PM
  I would like to THANK site member "XPFD3", aka Matt M., for his help in answering a few questions I had about Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Fire Dept. He was a GREAT help to me.

 Anyway, I appreciate all the info that "XPFD3" offered me. But there is more to tell. With Philadelphia being the Fifth largest city in the USA, having a population of over one and a half million people, it has many of the same issues concerning it's fire department as the FDNY. Many high rise buildings, row frames, private dwellings, a major airport, major shipping ports, subways, and major interstate highways.

 I also learned that site member "XPFD3", spent 34 years on the Philadelphia FD and retired in 2007 at the rank of Deputy Chief. He also has two sons on the Philadelphia Fire Dept. One is a Captain on an Engine Co in the city and the other a firefighter on a Ladder Co in that city.

 I can only imagine the conversations at that dinner table when they all get together. The question might begin something like this:
  "So who works harder, A Deputy Fire Chief, a Captain of an Engine Co., or a Firefighter of a Ladder Co." ?  I guess for now, we'll just leave that question to be answered by "XPFD3", and his two sons. We know how this can get pretty involved into a deep discussion.

 Thanks again Matt for your help. You have a lot to be proud of and hopefully you and your sons will get up to the NYC area to meet up with a couple of the guys from this site.

 I appreciate it Chief, and this one's for you. (originally posted by site member "R1Smokeeater")

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=loDi9eoPaEU 

 

 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: CFDMarshal on November 27, 2016, 06:07:22 PM
I smell a road trip Willy! What about it XPFD3? You need a little southern invasion?
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on December 09, 2016, 11:46:45 AM
 In another article posted on this site, we learn that site member "Memory Master", aka Charlie T., served within the FDNY/EMS for 30 years. My guess is he was at it before the NYC Health and Hospitals EMS merger into the FDNY/EMS.

 Throughout all those years, we have to wonder how many people did Charlie help. Perhaps how many people are alive today because of the skills he used.

 I think it is long overdue that we "Pat you on the Back" for the job you have done. For the countless number of lives you had such a huge effect on during your 30 years of service. To the people of the City of New York and to the millions of visitors during those years as well.

 We are glad we can take this opportunity to say "Thank you". So with that, we found this video that we would like to dedicate to you. So Charlie enjoy a healthy and well deserved retirement. Thank you for your services to the City of New York.

  www.youtube.com/watch?v=uR70bnE-3Gw
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: memory master on December 09, 2016, 06:44:59 PM
Thank you so very much. I'm a bit embarrassed by the attention but again I thank you. One anecdote I'd like to share is from the days of EMS being under the Health & Hospitals Corp. At that time we wore a uniform consisting of hunter green pants and jackets. We responded to a report of an unconscious, one morning, in a supermarket. Upon arrival we entered the store and were met with a large group of people blocking the aisle. Attempting to get through the crowd a gentleman in a shirt and tie turned to us and said, "you can't come this way because someone's seriously ill. Go around the other way." I said "We're EMS." He, being the manager says, "Oh I'm sorry, I thought you were 7-Up delivery guys." Just another case of you can't make this stuff up.
Again, I sincerely thank you for your thoughts NFD.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on December 09, 2016, 10:27:26 PM

 God Bless Those Who Serve. Thank You, M.M., for Your Years of Dedicated Service.  8)

( yeh, those old HHC Uni.'s were rather tacky )
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on December 27, 2016, 10:30:45 PM
Members and friends of NYCFire.net, without a doubt, he continues to be "Our Most Valuable Player". Today his number of post on this site has surpassed 17,000.

 Officially joining this site in August, 2009, there is rarely a day that goes by when Mike D., aka here as "mikeindabronx", does NOT post something of value or interesting to the membership of this web site. He is both a very good friend to many, many members of the FDNY, both active and retired, as well as a GREAT friend to many of us that read or follow his stories.

  He spent his younger years as a firefighter in the U.S. Air Force. Later he worked as a stock broker, who was an FDNY buff and fan of the FDNY. He had special permission to ride in a Harlem Ladder Co during the very active fire years of the 1980s. There he put his excellent fire photography skills to work producing a book called "New York's Bravest", and later designing a web site filled with color photos. Capturing and preserving the history that only those PRICELESS photos can tell.

  Mike has been a lifelong resident in the same area of the Bronx for..... "well, lets just say a whole lot of years". Decades, actually more like it. As a young man, he married his wife Marie who was also from New York City and they have celebrated many years of marriage together.

  Those of us who know Mike personally consider him a good friend. If you happen to ask him about those busy years, he always has a few stories to tell you.

  As many of us know, the history of the FDNY during the busy 1980s is preserved very well in his web site. www.fdnysbravest.com 

  Thanks Mike for all you do for us.

 

 As the year 2016 comes to an end and we welcome in the year 2017, we look back over the many threads, stories, reports, etc on this site. Throughout all of that we once again ask the question:

 "Who has been our Most Valuable Player"

 Who is it that posted more stories and reports than anyone else on this site ? He kept us informed of the goings on in New York City, the country and at times, the world. That award is once again given to a friend to many of us on this site. A guy that has lived his entire life in the Bronx. And that sure is a long time. His web site; www.fdnysbravest.com , has some of the best FDNY action photos out there of the 1980s in Harlem and the Bronx. 

 Maybe you guessed it but once again, it is our own "mikeindabronx". He comes up with roughly 18,000 post since joining this site. Congratulations Mike and Thank you for what you do for all of us here. Those that know Mike personally will also tell you what a great guy he is. Mikes work is greatly appreciated not only by us, but by the members of the FDNY as well. Mike will very often donate his pictures to firehouses to be displayed on their walls of the guys and jobs they were at. GREAT JOB THERE Mike.

 Now we look at the thread that has had the most views since it's beginning.
 
 That thread is over one half million views standing at almost 505,000 views. It is an amazing piece of work in which a huge amount of research had to be done for each post listed. I can only be talking about the most popular and visited topic here called; "FDNY and NYC Firehouses", started by member "mack" or as many of us know him, Joe M. For those of us who know him, he grew up in Brooklyn where he was first introduced into the FDNY by his father, a retired FDNY Battalion Chief. Later he graduated from West Point and has since retired as a very high ranking officer in the U.S. Army. His personal story is one of "A GREAT AMERICAN". Thank you very much Joe for your contribution to both here and our country.

 Mike and Joe, thank you for what you do. Also a Special Thank you to FDNY Lt Tommy B., owner of this site. Without him, none of this would be possible.

 THANKS GUYS. 

 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on December 27, 2016, 11:03:21 PM
Willy D, you're also to be congratulated and thanked for keeping us aware of the great accomplishments of our members.  Keep up the grand work!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on December 28, 2016, 03:05:19 AM
Willy... Thanks to those listed by you as well as yourself.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on December 28, 2016, 08:12:19 AM
Bill.... Thank you for all the great work you do, also thanks to all the other members who help make this an informative and interesting site.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: kfd274 on December 28, 2016, 02:45:33 PM
Reporting from the White Castle on Northern Blvd and Bell Blvd!!!! :-

Great job Willy D for the great work that you do.  Up in Boston for the holidays, then to Florida.

Happy and healthy New Year to all, and to all a good afternoon!!   ;)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: CFDMarshal on December 28, 2016, 06:33:30 PM
Lets gather and celebrate! They have the Oscars and the Grammys, why can't we have the Willy's!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on December 28, 2016, 09:31:19 PM
Lets gather and celebrate! They have the Oscars and the Grammys, why can't we have the Willy's!
We do. Here are the Willys.......hand them out!
(https://s23.postimg.cc/n57x5ai3r/10410833_1195292700499745_753851639715915432_n.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/n57x5ai3r/)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on December 28, 2016, 09:42:54 PM
Lets gather and celebrate! They have the Oscars and the Grammys, why can't we have the Willy's!
We do. Here are the Willys.......
(https://s23.postimg.cc/n57x5ai3r/10410833_1195292700499745_753851639715915432_n.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/n57x5ai3r/)


That looks like an Entrée to me
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on December 29, 2016, 09:40:39 AM
Lets gather and celebrate! They have the Oscars and the Grammys, why can't we have the Willy's!
We do. Here are the Willys.......
(https://s23.postimg.cc/n57x5ai3r/10410833_1195292700499745_753851639715915432_n.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/n57x5ai3r/)


That looks like an Entrée to me
Mike, as far as Willy is concerned, they are appetizers, entree, main course, dessert and after dinner mints.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on January 05, 2017, 11:43:07 AM
Our own Willy D, the King of the Big Mac and retired Captain from the Norwich (CT) FD was recently quoted in the New London Day newspaper.  The Norwich FD is a full-time, paid dept. and is surrounded by 5 volunteer companies.  Apparently, when there is a fire in one of the volunteer areas and mutual aid is requested other volunteer depts responded instead of the closer city paid dept.  Willy D is spearheading an examination of how Norwich can better arrange its fire responses.  Not sure how many Mickey D's there are in Norwich to keep Willy D happy but he is doing the right thing by forcing this issue to be addressed.

 Perhaps there is some progress being made. With a new volunteer fire chief in one of the volunteer fire districts, the Norwich Firefighters were the "first" department requested, as an additional company to respond in a recent fire. (See; "Norwich, Ct mixed use building fire 12/31/16" posted by "mikeindabronx" in the National section). This has NOT happened in a long time.

 In addition, I was recently invited to meet and discuss this serious issue with the city manager. (Note - the previous acting city manager I met with two years ago is currently under a Code of Ethics Violation within the city, as well as an investigation being done by the FBI. All unrelated to the fire service issue - as reported in several articles of that same newspaper).

 I found this most recent meeting with the current city manager to be much more encouraging in creating an effort to improve the fire service here. We were joined by the current Chief of the Norwich Fire Dept as well. We all agree that this is NOT a plan to eliminate any volunteer services, but about IMPROVING the fire service for ALL the people of this city.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on January 05, 2017, 02:18:31 PM
Our own Willy D, the King of the Big Mac and retired Captain from the Norwich (CT) FD was recently quoted in the New London Day newspaper.  The Norwich FD is a full-time, paid dept. and is surrounded by 5 volunteer companies.  Apparently, when there is a fire in one of the volunteer areas and mutual aid is requested other volunteer depts responded instead of the closer city paid dept.  Willy D is spearheading an examination of how Norwich can better arrange its fire responses.  Not sure how many Mickey D's there are in Norwich to keep Willy D happy but he is doing the right thing by forcing this issue to be addressed.

 Perhaps there is some progress being made. With a new volunteer fire chief in one of the volunteer fire districts, the Norwich Firefighters were the "first" department requested, as an additional company to respond in a recent fire. (See; "Norwich, Ct mixed use building fire 12/31/16" posted by "mikeindabronx" in the National section). This has NOT happened in a long time.

 In addition, I was recently invited to meet and discuss this serious issue with the city manager. (Note - the previous acting city manager I met with two years ago is currently under a Code of Ethics Violation within the city, as well as an investigation being done by the FBI. All unrelated to the fire service issue - as reported in several articles of that same newspaper).

 I found this most recent meeting with the current city manager to be much more encouraging in creating an effort to improve the fire service here. We were joined by the current Chief of the Norwich Fire Dept as well. We all agree that this is NOT a plan to eliminate any volunteer services, but about IMPROVING the fire service for ALL the people of this city.

Way to go Bill, keep up the great work
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on January 05, 2017, 05:49:32 PM

 Good Work, Bill !  8)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on January 17, 2017, 08:58:19 AM
 He is considered "Our Most Valuable Player".

 He has a web site with some of the GREATEST FDNY Photos taken during the very busy 1980s.

 Of course I can only be talking about Mr "mikeindabronx", aka Mike D. A good personnel friend to many of us here, and a guy who has preserved the history of a very busy time for the FDNY.
 
 A time when it took a very special skill to take some of the photos that he has shared with us through his famous web site.

 A time that not only was it costly to buy the film and special equipment needed, but also expensive to get those photos developed. Then 'hope" this once in a life time photo came out okay.

 And when he finally decides to take his wife Marie out for a long overdue dinner, this is what she does for him. She takes some of those GREATEST Photos that he took and puts them onto another page of that great website called "fdnysbravest.com". Not only does Mike appreciate it, but many of us here appreciate that as well.

 So friends, here is a gift for all of us from Mike and Marie. A photo history of a very busy time for the members of the FDNY.

 So now both Mike and Marie would like to introduce you to their latest page on that website. This is "PAGE 24", THANKS to Mike and Marie.

 http://www.fdnysbravest.com/page24.htm 

 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: memory master on January 17, 2017, 05:55:58 PM
Thank you Marie and Mike. Great work!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on January 17, 2017, 06:30:52 PM
Thank you Marie and Mike. Great work!
Yes Excellent as always.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on January 19, 2017, 07:54:04 PM
 Two of our members, who are known by several of us here, have had some recent surgery done.

 Member "fltpara16", aka Steve E., had surgery done about one week ago. Word is he's okay and back responding as the B/C in his county in Virginia. Glad everything went well.

 Also, Member "fdce54", aka Frank D., recovering at home from his recent surgery he had as well. A couple of days of "breakfast in bed" and he'll be fine.

 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on January 19, 2017, 08:02:55 PM
fltpara16 and fdce54 - my, and many others', best wishes and prayers for a full and quick recovery. 

And Willy, thanks for keeping us up to date.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on January 19, 2017, 08:08:49 PM
Best wishes for a quick recovery.

Bill, thanks for keeping us updated
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on January 19, 2017, 08:13:32 PM
Frank and Steve . . . thinking of you.  Get back to your old selves quickly.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on January 19, 2017, 09:42:52 PM
Get Well Wishes to both.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on January 28, 2017, 06:03:18 PM
 Over the last seven years or so, the members of this site have had the opportunity to view many videos of the FDNY. As well as videos of places like Newark, Jersey City, Baltimore, Boston etc. during some of their busiest years of fire duty.

 For the FDNY we have many members who were all a part of those very busy 1980s, and into the 1990s. As an FDNY Buff, I was able to see this for myself. I can try to tell my stories of how it was, but seeing and hearing it on a video does a much better job of that.

 We as a group have been very fortunate to have a few individuals that have taken the time to preserve those fire videos for us. I know of no other web site which offers such a collection. One particular member who has contributed so much when it comes to sharing those "collector videos" with us is "R1SmokeEater", aka Jamie M. He himself a firefighter with the Yonkers Fire Dept.

 Jamie has also shared with us many "FDNY War Years Audios" as well. The very popular thread here "Vintage FDNY Videos" was created by "R1SmokeEater"  back in January, 2010, and Jamie has been the "star contributor" of that thread throughout.

 Jamie, I'm sure I'm not the only one who appreciates what you do for us. These are not some Hollywood movies, but actual incidents as they were recorded.

 "Thanks Jamie for taking the time to put these videos here for us". They remind us all of what it was like then, maybe 25-30 years ago".

 By putting these videos together with the photos included from "mikeindabronx's, web site of the fdnysbravest.com - You get the Total Package.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fltpara16 on January 28, 2017, 11:23:50 PM
Thanks for the well wishes. Had a little set-back, but that is resolving. My mind still thinks it is 25, but my body reminds me I am not...
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Parkave32 on January 29, 2017, 12:25:49 AM
Frank and Steve glad you are feeling better.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on February 01, 2017, 07:20:24 AM
On a tragic day in April, 2013, two bombs went off in the streets of Boston as the Marathon was taking place. For one woman named Rose Ann Sdoia she would pay a very steep price for being an innocent bystander. She would loose her leg and have to go through months of therapy learning to walk again.

 On that day, as the first bomb went off, some Boston Firefighters were in the area. Of course they immediately headed in the direction of those injured. Then a Second Bomb went off much closer. One firefighter named Mike Materia ran to the aid of this woman who was still conscious but bleeding from her injury. Her leg had been severed. A belt was used as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding. That firefighter attempted to wave down passing ambulances responding to the first bombing with no success. He stayed with her not knowing if a third or fourth bomb would go off. He was finally able to get a police van where she was put into and transported to the hospital. Firefighter Materia rode in that van with her as she struggled to remain conscious from her life threatening injury. Firefighter Materia was able to keep her alive as he talked to her and held her hand.

  Today, Rose Ann Sdoia, the woman who lost her leg, is demonstrating to the world how she is moving forward with an upbeat positive attitude despite what she has had to endure. She now travels telling her story. She is a role model for each and every one of us.

  And Firefighter Mike Materia, the firefighter that rode with her in that police van holding her hand and keeping her alive, is the son of our site member "mack". A frequent contributor to this site.

  "macks" son Mike, also served three tours in Iraq with the Special Forces before going on the Boston Fire Dept. He now travels often with the woman who is so grateful to him for saving her life. They have become a couple together.

  Today there is some talk of making a movie. But the story of Rose Ann Sodia and Boston Firefighter Mike Materia is not a movie but a TRUE story of a role model and a hero.

  For those of us that know "mack", we know what a really a great guy he is. He has given me a personnel tour of some firehouses, a military base, and places of interest in the Va/DC area. He himself a West Point graduate with two masters degrees. A retired high ranking Army Officer. He has a very high respect for firefighters, and I'm pretty sure, all of us that know him, have a pretty high amount of respect for him also.

  Thanks for all your contributions to this site and THANK YOU for all you've done for me and all the others. For me, I consider it an honor to be your friend. And I hope some day I will be able to meet your son Mike and Rose Ann.

 

 

 In a follow up to this story, we have more Great News.

 http://nypost.com/2017/01/31/boston-marathon-bombing-survivor-to-wed-fireman-who-saved-her/amp/
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on February 01, 2017, 09:02:41 PM
I stopped by R-3 the other day and ran into one of our members, Matt Daly (mmattyphoto). Matty is well known by many members of the FDNY and is also an honorary DC. Prior to his stroke several years ago you could always find him at fires taking photos.  I first met him at a job in the Bronx over 35 years ago but lost contact with him after he became ill.  He looks good and it was wonderful to see him again.   
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on February 01, 2017, 09:44:24 PM
I stopped by R-3 the other day and ran into one of our members, Matt Daly (mmattyphoto). Matty is well known by many members of the FDNY and is also an honorary DC. Prior to his stroke several years ago you could always find him at fires taking photos.  I first met him at a job in the Bronx over 35 years ago but lost contact with him after he became ill.  He looks good and it was wonderful to see him again.   

 Thanks Mike, that is GREAT News.

 I remember hearing when he wasn't doing too well after that stroke. He was pretty active on this site before that. I think he went by the name "mattyphotos".
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on February 02, 2017, 02:26:42 AM
Matty a great old school guy  documenting FDNY History through his photos & also I believe  a Member of the Con Ed Pipe Band ?
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: turk132 on February 02, 2017, 06:17:09 AM
I stopped by R-3 the other day and ran into one of our members, Matt Daly (mmattyphoto). Matty is well known by many members of the FDNY and is also an honorary DC. Prior to his stroke several years ago you could always find him at fires taking photos.  I first met him at a job in the Bronx over 35 years ago but lost contact with him after he became ill.  He looks good and it was wonderful to see him again.   

Auxiliary fireman in E48 too...long time ago
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: scoobyd on February 02, 2017, 06:55:30 PM
https://mattdaly.smugmug.com/
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on February 04, 2017, 09:04:37 PM
 Many of us here have become good friends and that started because of this web site. We are just a group of guys with pretty much the same interest in the fire service, particularly that of the FDNY. That friendship has spread throughout New York City, into New York State, New Jersey, Connecticut, Penn., Virginia, Tennessee, Florida, even to a friend from Ireland.

 But the other day I found out how small this world really is.

 I worked as a firefighter in a small Connecticut city. One of the guys I worked with (Tracy M) contacted me and said that he had talked to a guy who knew me, but he wanted to tell me about it when I see him. So I had no idea who it was.

 Shortly after, I get a phone call from "mack". He says to me that he talked to a guy who worked with me. He said the guy is now a battalion chief with 29 years on the job and that we had worked together. So then I knew who it was. I had worked with Tracy from the first shift he walked into the firehouse as a "Probie". I was pretty impressed that these two buddies of mine, although miles apart, had somehow made contact.

  So of course then I said to "mack", "did he tell you about all the fires we fought together". "mack" said "NO, he didn't". But what he DID tell him was how I ate his very hot jalapeno pepper thinking it was a small cucumber, and how I NEVER DID THAT AGAIN.

 

 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on February 13, 2017, 12:39:33 PM
 Friends of Nycfire.net.

 Let me introduce you to one of the latest members to join this site. It's a pretty long story so pour yourself a nice cup of hot coco before you start to read it. 

 He is member, "BFD151", aka Willy B. Not to be confused with Willy D. Although we do have a lot in common. I believe a couple members of this site have met him in the past.

 The story begins about 60 years ago. Willy B and myself grew up in Bridgeport, Ct. Both of our fathers were Bridgeport Firefighters and belonged to a group often referred to as "The Greatest Generation". As young kids, they grew up during the Great Depression, they fought in World War II and came home to build America. Bridgeport, like so many other cities, was a great place to be and start a family. So back in the late 40s and early 50s, that's just what they did. Along comes a young Willy D, aka "NFD2004" and a young Willy B, aka "BFD151".

 The firefighters didn't make very much money then, and as I recall, those firefighters were working seven day shifts followed by two days off. Then followed by seven night shifts with two more days off. I think it might have been a 72 or 96 hour work week. At that time it was a secure job with no lay offs or closing of companies ever mentioned.

  So as young kids, Willy B and I grew up together. We both loved the fire dept from the time we started playing with our toy fire trucks on the living room floor together. Our fathers would take us down to the firehouse to pick up their pay checks during our summer vacation from school. When we heard the fire trucks we would both chase the fire trucks on our bicycles.

 A few years later, we would get a crystal controlled radio to listen to the fire calls. Shortly after came a car and our drivers license. We were now seeing each other at some of the fires throughout the city as buffs. My younger brother George was also starting to join us.

 While working as a clerk in a drug store, I get to meet a member of the FDNY. He works at Engine 210 in Brooklyn and at that time Rescue 2 is also in quarters with them. He invites me down for the day and WHAT A DAY IT WAS. Then the Lt invites me back for a night shift. AND WHAT A NIGHT THAT IS !!!! The FDNY War Years with working fires are starting to become the routine of every shift. I tell Willy B and my brother George about this and they too get permission to spend a night there.

 All THREE OF US GET HOOKED. We are guest of the Major Leagues, the FDNY. Shortly after scanners come out and we find out that we could listen to the FDNY right at our homes in Bridgeport. The book "Report from Engine Co 82" is also just about to come out. So we start hanging out in the area as we are joined by other buffs just like us. For all three of us, there is no time for the ladies, who just didn't understand our sickness.

  We also become volunteer firefighters in nearby Fairfield, Ct. It is there that we get to meet a young Johnny D, aka "johnd248". So now we have starting from YOUNGEST to OLDEST:
  1) Georgie D
  2) Willy B
  3) Willy D
  4) Johnny D - the OLDEST of our group.

 Johnny D is from Brooklyn and he tells us how he is an Auxiliary Member of Eng 248. Willy B, aka "BFD151" becomes an Aux with Engine 83 in the South Bronx. My brother Georgie D gets hooked up with Engine 91 in Harlem. For all of us, our favorite place to be - is watching those FDNY guys perform. No doubt we watched many of the Retired FDNY members right here on this site. We also chased the fires in Bridgeport where we had some good friends on the job there. The smell of smoke was always on our clothes, in our hair, and even in our cars.

 BFD151 gets offered a job working with the NYC Fire Patrol. He enjoys that as he is going to some of the same calls as the FDNY. BFD151 then takes the firefighters exam for Stamford, Ct and gets the job leaving the Patrol. He does very well, but he had also taking the test for Fairfield FD. After only a few short weeks in Stamford, Fairfield calls him and he decides to take the job in Fairfield.

 During all this time he is still chasing fires in NYC and Bridgeport. He had also taken the test for Bridgeport but it is tied up in court over some affirmative action issues. But after a while, the Bridgeport FD calls him and that is where he really wanted to be.

 For BFD151, as well as my brother, the Bridgeport War Years were about to begin. What was going on in many parts of NYC is now spreading to places like Bridgeport. The working fires began to skyrocket. All the tricks of the trade that both "BFD151" and my brother George had learned from chasing the FDNY was beginning to pay off. Because of that, they were ready for what they were about to face for most of their entire careers as firefighters.

  Both BFD151 and my brother George have retired now. For Willy B, aka "BFD151", he has moved to Virginia where he is a volunteer firefighter. My brother George also moved to a small town in Ct where he served about three or four years as a volunteer firefighter as well.

  We all still talk about what a great time it was to be a buff. The timing was perfect as everything just kind of fit into place.

  I'm glad to see our newest member, Willy B, aka "BFD151", joining us. I'm sure he has a lot to contribute once he gets going.

 

 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: memory master on February 13, 2017, 02:14:24 PM
Nice to have you amongst us sir! Welcome.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on February 13, 2017, 03:07:13 PM
Welcome to the group, Willy B!  Where in Virginia do you live? I'm in Newport News, and we've got a bunch of others who live in the Old Dominion [Fltpara16 (a BC in Albemarle County), Mac (NOVA), VBCapt (Capt in the Va Beach FD, and originally from Joisey), and others].

 Ray, I think "BFD151" is just outside of Farmville, Va.

"Maxim" is from Va too. You guys keep going and you'll have all of us outnumbered.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: johnd248 on February 13, 2017, 04:33:50 PM
I reluctantly admit that I am the " senior man" in this group.  For a while, all four of us were assigned to Rescue 15 in Fairfield, CT ( Stratfield VFD) and I was the chauffeur for the tours.  The three young ones were at times SCARY!!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on February 13, 2017, 07:00:57 PM
Welcome Willy B
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on February 13, 2017, 07:12:30 PM
Welcome Aboard!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on February 13, 2017, 07:16:04 PM
Welcome to the site Willy B.....lots of good stuff in some of the posts to look at going back awhile .
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: JOR176 on February 13, 2017, 08:14:21 PM
Welcome Willie B.    A wealth of great stuff here.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on March 06, 2017, 07:37:25 AM
 One of the main contributors to this site is member "THEMAJESTIRIUM1". He certainly does a GREAT JOB posting many of his videos that he follows involving the FDNY.

 The night of March 5, 2017 was probably one of the coldest nights of the entire winter. With strong winds blowing the temperature felt much worse. The FDNY gets a Seven Alarm fire in Queens and "THEMAJESTIRIUM1", is out there around midnight filming it for those of us who can't make it. Posting over a one hour video of this fire.

 He doesn't even ask any of us for a thank you. He is just happy to be out there following the GREAT WORK done by the members of the FDNY and then posting it for all of us to see.

 I look back on my GREAT DAYS of buffing the FDNY of about 30 plus years, and I can certainly understand what drives you to stand out there in the freezing cold temperatures in the middle of the night.

 Well Sir, whoever you are, "THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR WHAT YOU DO".

 "THEMAJESTIRIUM1", most of us don't even know your name, but we sure appreciate what you do.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on March 06, 2017, 11:46:02 AM
Today is site member "guitarman314" aka gman of the "gman theory's"  birthday. So lets all wish Tom a very Happy (66th) Birthday.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on March 06, 2017, 11:50:32 AM
Happy Birthday, Tom.  Best wishes for the year ahead and may it be the greatest that you've ever had.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on March 06, 2017, 12:02:24 PM
Happy Birthday Tom, you're catching up with me
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on March 06, 2017, 12:49:30 PM

Happy Birthday, G-Man ! Thanks Tom, for all the great help you provide here.  8)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on March 06, 2017, 01:19:34 PM
Happy birthday to a very talented and gifted member who contributes significantly for all of us.  Happy birthday, Tom.   
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: JOR176 on March 06, 2017, 02:24:10 PM
Happy Birthday Tom and many more.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Parkave32 on March 06, 2017, 02:59:01 PM
Happy Birthday Tom
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: jmag228 on March 06, 2017, 03:33:54 PM
Happy Birthday Tom, Enjoy!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: johnd248 on March 06, 2017, 03:45:36 PM
Happy Birthday, Tom.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on March 06, 2017, 04:59:29 PM
Just for you, Tom:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpVlHlsjAtc

or maybe you'd prefer this (guitar guy got the day off):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYi5hJR7O7Y
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: XPFD3 on March 06, 2017, 05:26:57 PM
Happy Birthday G Man.  Thank you for all of the fascinating information and history you bring to the site.  How much space do all of those box cards take up?  Always wondered!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: IRISH on March 06, 2017, 05:41:20 PM
Happy Birthday GMan
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: memory master on March 06, 2017, 06:29:44 PM
Happy Birthday Sir! Enjoy and be safe.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on March 06, 2017, 06:32:19 PM
Happy Birthday Tom......Best Wishes for many more Happy & Healthy ones.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on March 06, 2017, 09:37:17 PM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Tom, aka "G-man". The ORGINATOR of the original "G-man Theory".

From the archives of this site, we found a few notes written about G-man. Those of us that know him personally know what a great guy he is with a vast amount of knowledge on the FDNY.

 We also know that G-man has played with many of the TOP Doo Wop Entertainers over the last several years.

 You can read a little more about Tom E., aka G-man, on this thread in the Collectors Section as well (hope it works).

 http://nycfire.net/forums/index.php/topic,25738.0.html 

 And THANKS Ray, aka raybrag, for those videos.

 And below is just a little more from this "News of Members" thread (page 13).

 
As I understand it, this Sunday N.Y. Times, (January 4th, '15), will start a series of "Human Interest Stories" about the Fire Buffs of the FDNY. I am told the first story in this series will be our very own site member "guitarman314", nicknamed "G-man", Tom E., from Staten Island.

  From what I know about Tom is that he grew up in the South Bronx near 60/17. He got a job with the Post Office where he eventually became a supervisor in that neighborhood. He has been a buff of the FDNY for a very long time and those of us who have seen the skill he has in building model fire trucks, is an amazing job to say the least. As I understand it, he is also a member of the Fire Bell Club of New York and well respected by the members of the FDNY.

  Today, G-man is retired from the Postal Service. His basement has a display of some of the model fire trucks he has built, with some pieces so small they are hard to see and tweezers are needed to work with them. He also is gifted in that as his screen name says, he plays the guitar for several of the singing groups of the Doo Wop era. Many who still perform today. 

  On a side note, those of us who remember the days of the "44 caliber killer", who called himself "The Son of Sam" may remember that he worked as a postal clerk in Yonkers. G-man worked with him at that time. 

  Thanks Tom and I think a lot of us will be looking forward to reading your story. I hope for those who won't be able to get that newspaper, a copy of your story will be printed here. How about it guys.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on March 06, 2017, 09:59:35 PM

 And THANKS Ray, aka raybrag, for those videos.


Tom (and Willy):

Maybe those of us of a certain age might prefer this one, from the Kac-Ties of Brooklyn (am I the only one who remembers them?):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuVX2ZSPxtY
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on March 06, 2017, 10:36:29 PM
One of the main contributors to this site is member "THEMAJESTIRIUM1". He certainly does a GREAT JOB posting many of his videos that he follows involving the FDNY.

 The night of March 5, 2017 was probably one of the coldest nights of the entire winter. With strong winds blowing the temperature felt much worse. The FDNY gets a Seven Alarm fire in Queens and "THEMAJESTIRIUM1", is out there around midnight filming it for those of us who can't make it. Posting over a one hour video of this fire.

 He doesn't even ask any of us for a thank you. He is just happy to be out there following the GREAT WORK done by the members of the FDNY and then posting it for all of us to see.

 I look back on my GREAT DAYS of buffing the FDNY of about 30 plus years, and I can certainly understand what drives you to stand out there in the freezing cold temperatures in the middle of the night.

 Well Sir, whoever you are, "THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR WHAT YOU DO".

 "THEMAJESTIRIUM1", most of us don't even know your name, but we sure appreciate what you do.

Go to YouTube.com and enter themajestirium1 in the "Search" box to see some of this man's work.  Quite impressive.

Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on March 07, 2017, 01:32:11 AM
THANK YOU Majestirium1 for your work.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: kfd274 on March 16, 2017, 12:15:14 AM
Happy Birthday to my brother EFD274   8)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on March 16, 2017, 04:51:37 AM
Best Wishes to you EFD274 for a Happy & Healthy Birthday & Best Wishes for many more.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on March 16, 2017, 06:38:54 AM
Happy Birthday EFD274
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on March 16, 2017, 06:53:56 AM
Happy Birthday to Eugene D., aka "EFD274".

Here is a little story about your brother Kevin, aka KFD274.

Several years ago, a few of the guys from here got together for a little chow at Donavan's (?) on Roosevelt Ave in Queens. Maybe around 2008/2009. Well, this "hick" from Ct finds a parking place right in front of the place. I thought "how great is that". What I DIDN'T read on that sign posted was the days that "No Parking is allowed" for cleaning etc.

 We all had a great time and the chow was great too. BUT, when I came out, "Where's the Buff Mobile" ? It was gone. In my moment of panic, I didn't know what to do. Kevin had flagged down a passing police car and they gave us a phone number to call to find out if it was towed to the "boneyard". Sure enough it was and Kevin drove me there. I had no idea how to get there but Kevin did.

 When we did get there, it was almost closing time and those gates were about to be locked up with my rig parked in there for the night. I don't remember how much they charged me to get the Buff Mobile back, but it was a lot and if I remember correctly, Brother Kevin, aka "KFD274", might have even loaned me some cash too.

 The entire event was certainly a new and exciting experience for me. But I sure did appreciate what he did for me. I would have been rooming the streets or else maybe walked until I found a group of FDNY members that might have believed my story and let me spend the night at their firehouse.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: memory master on March 16, 2017, 08:23:44 AM
Happy Birthday Eugene! All the best and may it be a warm day for you.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on March 16, 2017, 09:31:32 AM
Happy Birthday, Gene!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on March 16, 2017, 10:04:18 AM
Happy Birthday Gene!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: JOR176 on March 16, 2017, 10:19:45 AM
Happy Birthday Gene.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 1261Truckie on March 16, 2017, 12:51:21 PM
Happy birthday EFD274
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on March 16, 2017, 03:03:22 PM
Happy birthday, Kevin, and thanks for helping Bill.  It is not surprising to any of us who know Bill to hear a tale of his vehicle being towed.  It is good that he is such a good friend so he has good friends like you to take care of him. 

There are stories (which may or may not be true) and then there are Willy D stories (which are all true). 

Happy birthday.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: kfd274 on March 16, 2017, 06:28:25 PM
Thanks Mack,,but is EFD274s birthday   8)

WillieD is another story..... a real true blue ;)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: jmag228 on March 16, 2017, 07:29:17 PM
Happy Birthday EFD 274, Enjoy
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on March 16, 2017, 07:46:36 PM
Happy Birthday EFD274, and many more in great health and happiness.  And thanks for being Willy D's adult supervision.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: JOR176 on March 16, 2017, 09:27:51 PM
Happy Birthday Gene.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on March 16, 2017, 09:49:49 PM

Happy Birthday Gene !

  ( 'Willy' s Stories Never Cease to Amaze & Amuse ! )  ;)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on March 17, 2017, 08:00:06 AM
 We have some Very Special Announcements to make regarding several members of this site.

 First,
 We are very happy to report from an earlier post here that both Frank D, aka "fdce54" and Steve E, aka "fltpara16" are doing very well after being a little under the weather for a couple of weeks. In fact, "fltpara16" is back to work at his job as Battalion Chief in Albemarle County, Va., sporting his early retirement gift he recently got. A brand new Leather Helmet.

 We also recently learned of Retired FDNY Fire Captain John B, Engine Co 23, aka "jbendick", about to become Grandpa for the 15th time. Yes folks, Number 15. It may be necessary for him to sign up again and be one of FDNYs newest Probies, just to cover the 15 Birthday Party expenses.

 This also makes the owner of this site, FDNY Lt Tommy Bendick, aka "tbendick", an Uncle for the 13th time.

 Very Special Announcement comes from our good friend Elwood E., aka "CFDMarshall". From the State of Tennessee we learn of Wedding Bells for our own Most Reverend Elwood E., aka "CFDMarshall". Yes friends "The Rev" is planning on a June Wedding. Congratulations to the Most Reverend CFDMarshall and his soon to be bride.

  Word is that site member Joe M., aka "mack", spending some time riding with the busy Alexandria, Va Fire Department these days and they have decided to put him to work as well.

  Finally, we learn from another thread of 15 year old "ThomasBurke17", being FDNYs Ladder Co 3s newest buff. Just like so many of us we began our interest in the FDNY in our younger days and that has continued on for so many of us. We certainly welcome him as I'm sure the members of FDNYs Ladder Co 3 do as well. We also wish him well in his efforts to become a career firefighter. It doesn't come easy these days and it requires a whole lot of work. "ThomasBurke17", I think there might be some tips on this site if you go into the Exams / Job section. Also, I am sure there are many members here on this site that would be willing to help you with that, myself included.

  ThomasBurke, I was a career firefighter in a small city in Connecticut. I am not at all ashamed to tell you that it took me SIX test to do it. It wasn't really the place I wanted to be either, but I had to accept my SECOND Choice if I wanted to be a career firefighter. Now I'm here to tell you that everything worked out GREAT, despite my early disappointments.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on March 17, 2017, 09:59:08 AM
So the Right Reverend is getting married. Uncle Wilfred, I feel a road trip coming on. I hope the Rev likes rice pudding.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: auxlteng225 on March 17, 2017, 11:13:17 AM
A bit late but I wanted to be sure that I was still here. Back ion October 30/16 I had a heart attack. My 85 plus year old plumbing became badly clogged. Any how four stents later, the last two on December first 2016 and I am up and running. Not sure why but the good Lord is keeping me around for reasons unknown to me. My congratulations to the Bendick clan on the up coming newest addition; to the soon to be newly wed this June. That is my 86 year birthday. month. Sure a lot of water under the bridge so to speak. God bless you all.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on March 17, 2017, 12:16:57 PM
Sure a lot of water under the bridge so to speak.

Didn't you mean a lot of water through the hose (pun intended)?  I'm not that far behind you (9 years).   ::)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on March 17, 2017, 06:09:20 PM
"auxlteng225", Walter, we are very glad to hear that you are doing okay now. We haven't forgotten about you and we were hoping that "you" didn't forget about us. If I remember correctly, you have quite a story to tell about those 86 years.
  A Retired Police Officer from upstate NY
  A member of the U.S. Navy for Four Years
  A Merchant Marine bringing supplies into our troops who were fighting in the Viet Nam War. A pretty dangerous place to be.
  An Auxiliary Member of the FDNYs Eng 225.
  I think a Volunteer Firefighter as well

 Don't feel too bad about being kind of old on here. Yes Walter, you may be the senior man here, but you have plenty of company when it comes to senior citizens here. Not only our friend "raybrag", but a lot more.

  I know a lot of these senior members and I know a lot of their stories. Like you, they too have some pretty impressive stories to tell. 

 As I see it, there's a lot of senior guys here that have paved the way for the people of America. Whether it was in the military, doing their jobs, or raising a family. So many have benefited today because of the work and effort that these senior citizens have done for us.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: auxlteng225 on March 17, 2017, 09:24:44 PM
nfd2004 et al: thanks for the kind words and come backs. Regarding the volley duty. Yes, that too with the Spring Valley NY FD from 1968 to present although now inactive living up here in the mountains. I finished up as Chief 1987 - 1989 with combined EM and fire calls of 1042 87-88 & 1053 88-89. Those were our war years. Had two years as battalion chief and two years as deputy chief prior to the chief and was still working with the Haverstraw PD as a Sergeant as the same time. Kind of kept me busy By the way, a little advice to the new fellow now buffing L3. Just remember that what happens there and is said there stays there.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on April 19, 2017, 11:25:47 AM
 The book titled: "Perfect Strangers: Friendship, Strength, and Recovery After Boston's Worst Day" by Roseann Sdoia, has been released. It is the story of how an innocent bystander lost her leg due to a terrorist who set off a home made bomb and a Boston Firefighter who saved her life. Now a wedding is planned for October.

 That Boston Firefighter who saved Roseann's life is the son of site member "mack", aka Joe M. The author of this sites most viewed thread called: "FDNY and NYC Firehouses" in the History Section. Currently weighing in at well "OVER A HALF MILLION" Views.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on May 05, 2017, 07:27:58 PM
 We have a Very Special Announcement to make. But first you are asked to click on this youtube link below.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpm2VjT05fo


 Dearly Beloved and friends of Nycfire.net.

 We are gathered here as we have recently learned of the upcoming wedding later this month (May 28th) of our good friend "CFDMarshall", aka "The Reverend", aka Elwood E., from the far away place called Tennessee. The Reverend will marry a very lucky lady he once knew from way back in his good ole' college days. That goes back, well actually, quite a long time ago.

 Elwood is known to many of us on this site and has made a few visits all the way up here to the NYC area to say hello to many of his friends. The only problem when that happens is sometimes between his Tennessee accent and a few Brooklyn accents, "nobody really knows what anybody is really talking about". But we all still just have a great time together anyway.

 Actually Elwood, we really just wish you and the Mrs many, many, Happy and Healthy Years together on your upcoming wedding. BEST WISHES MY FRIEND.

 Uncle Wilfred
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on May 05, 2017, 11:43:49 PM
God Bless, Elwood!  Many years of happiness, good health and deep love for you and your bride-to-be!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on May 06, 2017, 05:23:28 AM
Elwood, Best wishes to you and the Mrs.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: memory master on May 06, 2017, 07:18:42 AM
A toast to the newly weds!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 1261Truckie on May 06, 2017, 08:01:56 AM
Congratulations, Elwood. All my best to you and your wife. Many blessings to you both.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on May 06, 2017, 08:18:16 AM
Congratulations, Elwood.  May you have as many happy years as my wife Kay and i have had (we'll celebrate our 50th anniversary in September).
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: johnd248 on May 06, 2017, 11:01:13 AM
Congrats, Elwood.  Many years of happiness ahead of you.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on May 06, 2017, 11:24:43 AM
Gentlemen, Elwood is not married yet. We may just kidnap him, intoxicate him and put him on a plane headed to Bango Bango or Timbuktu or some other God forsaken place before the 28th. We just won't send him on United Airlines.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on May 06, 2017, 02:40:22 PM
Best of luck...i will toast you in person in October.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: CFDMarshal on May 07, 2017, 03:40:23 PM
Thank you so much for the well wishes ! I am not too sure the young lady knows what she is getting herself into! She does however support my love of the fire service.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: IRISH on May 07, 2017, 05:15:24 PM

Many Many Congrats Rev. Great News. Im told Ireland is a great place to honeymoon  ;)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: CFDMarshal on May 07, 2017, 09:08:32 PM

Many Many Congrats Rev. Great News. Im told Ireland is a great place to honeymoon  ;)

You are correct my Irish friend but this one will be in Sweden and the Baltic states! Probably next year for your homeland!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fltpara16 on May 09, 2017, 11:11:06 AM
Congratulations Brother Elwood! One question: how DID you trick her into agreeing to marry you?  Must have been your middle Tennessee charm... ;D
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on May 20, 2017, 09:20:15 PM
 Recently, a few of the members made a trip to Boston and Providence to visit a couple of guys on the job up there, as well as check out a couple of fire dept interest.

 Taking part in this two and a half day trip - listed in order of SENIORITY (Senior man first):
  "NFD2004", aka Willy D
  "mack", aka Joe M.
  "fdce54", Frank D.
  "CFDMarshall", aka Elwood E.
 We all had a GREAT TIME, and those guys - "TREATED US GREAT".

 Starting with Boston.
 Boston has many of the same types of buildings you would see in NYC. Those firefighters in Boston face the same kind of conditions that members of the FDNY face.

 We stopped at two firehouses that had an engine and a truck. In one case, the truck was returning back from a fifth alarm relocation in another part of the city. It was a fire involving four three story fames called "three deckers". Boston has many streets with these types of buildings closely packed together. There are also brownstones, high rises, subways, shipping docks, warehouses, even subways.

 We were also able to stop into their Fire Alarm Dispatch Office where we could see the operation. The Chief in Charge spent a long time talking to us. He was EXCELLENT and one of the things that he mentioned was how Boston still has all the street corner pull boxes. They were the first in the country to design such a system and today, Boston's street corner pull boxes are very well maintained, with NO PLANS to get rid of them. He presented some EXCELLENT facts to explain why these boxes are still an important part of the city's fire and emergency system notification. Another supervising dispatcher explained to us how the City of Boston is part of a 36 city mutual aid system as well.

 We saw the Fire boats of Boston assigned to provide fire protection to Boston Harbor. Those boats are very similar to the kind that the FDNY uses as well. They assisted a disabled boat as we watched. Just prior to that they had been assigned to respond to a person in the water. That proved to be a fatality. After that we could see the smoke from a fire in nearby Chelsea from a three decker. I think that went to a third alarm. 

  We spent the two evenings at the Boston Sparks Association. They provide rehab services to firefighters/police officers throughout the City of Boston and the other mutual aid cities. On the first night they had responded to a three decker in the Dorchester area of the city. The next day they had also responded to that third alarm in Chelsea.

  An interesting note is that on the first visit, we had learned that the President of the Boston Sparks Association is a frequent visitor to this site. He had become familiar with our names by reading a few stories on here. Not only that, he had rode Rescue 2 several years ago when Chief JK, aka "68jk09", who was assigned there at the time. His name is Paul Boudreau. We were also invited to join them for a dinner where we were joined by group of about two dozen members. They do a wonderful job and it is a very well run organization. We were very grateful for EVERYTHING they did for us. The entire operation is run solely on donations.

  We all had a great time in Boston and everybody treated us great there.

  Our trip to Providence followed the next day, where a Providence Firefighter gave us a great tour of the city and explained the fire department operations. That story will be posted soon.
 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: kfd274 on May 22, 2017, 02:52:33 PM
WOW, would love to have joined you guys on the Boston trip.  Heading back to Plymouth on Wednesday.

Willy D are you organizing any other trips in the next few months?  KFD
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on May 22, 2017, 08:23:53 PM
Some photos with our tour guides.
(https://s16.postimg.cc/jig3sifa9/DSC_5169.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/jig3sifa9/)

(https://s12.postimg.cc/gsl5im55l/DSC_5228.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/gsl5im55l/)

(https://s4.postimg.cc/io2mhn0bt/DSC_5236.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/io2mhn0bt/)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on May 23, 2017, 10:13:49 AM
Some photos with our tour guides.
(https://s16.postimg.cc/jig3sifa9/DSC_5169.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/jig3sifa9/)

(https://s12.postimg.cc/gsl5im55l/DSC_5228.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/gsl5im55l/)

(https://s4.postimg.cc/io2mhn0bt/DSC_5236.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/io2mhn0bt/)

 Thanks Frank (fdce54) for posting those pictures. Missing in these photos of course is Frank D, our photo unit photographer.

 Our tour guides, starting from the top photo:
  Top photo - Chief of Boston Fire Communications, wearing grey shirt
  Middle photo - President of Boston Sparks Asso. Paul Boudreau, far right
  Bottom photo - Providence Firefighter Dan R., of Providence Special Hazards 1 (Rescue Co)

In addition - we were given an excellent tour of Boston FDs Marine Co 1 by the on duty Lt. We spent time talking with the members of Bostons Eng 33/Lad 15, Eng 8/Lad 1, along with Providence Fire Hqs Eng 3/Lad 1, Special Hazards 1, Division 1, (Rescue Ambulance 4 was out on a run during that time).

 Special thanks goes to site member Joe M., (mack) for making the arrangements for our Boston visit. And Special thanks goes to Providence Firefighter Dan R for our Providence visit. 

 Thank you very much to these individuals for the GREAT JOB they did.

 After some heavy traffic delays leaving Boston, due to College graduations, we arrived at Providence Fire Headquarters where we met up with Providence FF Dan R. He had just finished working 48 hours straight at 8 am that morning. He was scheduled to work a detail that night as well, from 9 pm - 2 am, then go back to work at the firehouse again for another 48 hours. This is all due to the situation going on as reported here in the thread "Providence in Chaos".

 I have no idea how those guys are doing it. A new probie class is about to begin on June 5th with 80 guys. It takes several weeks of training before they can join the ranks of these firefighters. So it will be ANOTHER SUMMER of no relief for those Providence FFs. Still - even after that, they will be short at least 30 guys out of a 400 member dept. Dan had also caught a third alarm involving two 3 1/2 story frames, plus another all hands (called Code Red) the day before. It is certainly taking it's toll.

 As we toured Fire Hqs, Engine 3 got a run. They normally do about 5,000 runs per year, but most believe they will reach 6,000 runs this year with the closing of two other engine cos (Engs 4 and 5). Providence Fire Hqs is generally one of the top ten fire stations for total number of runs in the nation.

 Ladder 1 is usually a Tower unit, but they were using a reserve rear mount ladder truck. Rescue 4 is a newer rescue ambulance but that was out on a run at the time. Special Hazards 1, the rig Dan is assigned to, is a large rescue truck very similar to that of the FDNY. They also have a small trailer in that firehouse which the guys built shelves and outfitted for hazardous materials responses. As well as a enclosed pick up truck similar to some of the FDNY Battalion and EMS supervisor units. The on duty Deputy Chief is there as well.

 We learned that a few firehouses have smaller boats on trailers towed by a engine co near some of the lakes or ponds. I believe there is also a larger boat that is kept near the dock area and manned by a near by engine or truck co. They also have an air supply unit. I believe it is manned during the day and manned by an engine co at night and weekends.

 We saw where the third alarm fire was and how that fire had spread to the exposure as well. I was very surprised to see an entire area of wood frame buildings that was recently all rehabbed, now completely vacant, with boarded windows again.

 We visited the Providence Fire Alarm office which is housed in the Public Safety Building along with the city's police dispatching services. On the fire side there is One Firefighter with two civilian dispatchers who dispatch all the calls for the Providence FD. I think the total number of calls is usually about 40,000 for the year.

 We enjoyed a great dinner at a restaurant in the famous Italian area of Providence called "Federal Hill" (Atwells Ave). As we ate, we saw the rigs of nearby Engine 14 and Ladder 6 ride by, along with a few of those Rescue Ambulances manned by the members of the dept. 

 The meal was GREAT and when we got the bill, everybody was shocked. Apparently, the waitress ONLY charged us for one desert. It was $8.61 (?). What I didn't tell these guys was that the waitress and I had worked out a deal. "If I gave her my (Willy) phone number she would only charge us for one desert and not the rest of all the meals". Sure enough, when they got the bill, that is what was - $8.61. "AM I RIGHT GUYS" ?

 I think our waitress name was Chris. What a Great Ending to a GREAT TRIP.
 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on May 24, 2017, 02:58:28 PM
Recently, a few of the members made a trip to Boston and Providence to visit a couple of guys on the job up there, as well as check out a couple of fire dept interest.

 Taking part in this two and a half day trip - listed in order of SENIORITY (Senior man first):
  "NFD2004", aka Willy D
  "mack", aka Joe M.
  "fdce54", Frank D.
  "CFDMarshall", aka Elwood E.
 We all had a GREAT TIME, and those guys - "TREATED US GREAT".

 Starting with Boston.
 Boston has many of the same types of buildings you would see in NYC. Those firefighters in Boston face the same kind of conditions that members of the FDNY face.

 We stopped at two firehouses that had an engine and a truck. In one case, the truck was returning back from a fifth alarm relocation in another part of the city. It was a fire involving four three story fames called "three deckers". Boston has many streets with these types of buildings closely packed together. There are also brownstones, high rises, subways, shipping docks, warehouses, even subways.

 We were also able to stop into their Fire Alarm Dispatch Office where we could see the operation. The Chief in Charge spent a long time talking to us. He was EXCELLENT and one of the things that he mentioned was how Boston still has all the street corner pull boxes. They were the first in the country to design such a system and today, Boston's street corner pull boxes are very well maintained, with NO PLANS to get rid of them. He presented some EXCELLENT facts to explain why these boxes are still an important part of the city's fire and emergency system notification. Another supervising dispatcher explained to us how the City of Boston is part of a 36 city mutual aid system as well.

 We saw the Fire boats of Boston assigned to provide fire protection to Boston Harbor. Those boats are very similar to the kind that the FDNY uses as well. They assisted a disabled boat as we watched. Just prior to that they had been assigned to respond to a person in the water. That proved to be a fatality. After that we could see the smoke from a fire in nearby Chelsea from a three decker. I think that went to a third alarm. 

  We spent the two evenings at the Boston Sparks Association. They provide rehab services to firefighters/police officers throughout the City of Boston and the other mutual aid cities. On the first night they had responded to a three decker in the Dorchester area of the city. The next day they had also responded to that third alarm in Chelsea.

  An interesting note is that on the first visit, we had learned that the President of the Boston Sparks Association is a frequent visitor to this site. He had become familiar with our names by reading a few stories on here. Not only that, he had rode Rescue 2 several years ago when Chief JK, aka "68jk09", who was assigned there at the time. His name is Paul Boudreau. We were also invited to join them for a dinner where we were joined by group of about two dozen members. They do a wonderful job and it is a very well run organization. We were very grateful for EVERYTHING they did for us. The entire operation is run solely on donations.

  We all had a great time in Boston and everybody treated us great there.

  Our trip to Providence followed the next day, where a Providence Firefighter gave us a great tour of the city and explained the fire department operations. That story will be posted soon.

Some additional notes:

- In Boston, all firefighters wore red uniform shirts to demonstrate support for our troops.  This is a BFD tradition strongly supported by BFD and Local 718.  Everyone wears red on Fridays.

- BFD companies visited:  E33/L15 Back Bay; E3 (at Boylston Street) busy firehouse; E8/L1 North End good firehouse; Marine Unit North End good unit.  L15 had medical run (BFD rotates Engines and Trucks monthly on medical runs to share workload and maintain EMT proficiency).  E33 left for EMS training at BFD HQ during visit.  Marine Unit fireboat had "civilian in water" run in Charles River - recovery made by E33.

- Visited Hotel Vendome Fire Memorial, Back Bay, (http://www.celebrateboston.com/disasters/vendome-hotel-fire.htm) on Commonwealth Ave - collapse killed 9 BFD firefighters.

- Visited 298 Beacon Street, Back Bay, former fire building (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Boston_Brownstone_fire) - 2014 fire which claimed lives of two firefighters E33/L15.

- Visited BFD Marine Unit, Burroughs Wharf, North End, has three boats (http://www.capecodfd.com/PAGES%20Special/Fireboats_MA_Boston_1.htm) staffed 24/7.

- Visited Boston Fire Museum - 344 Congress Street ( http://www.bostonfiremuseum.com/index.html) Former quarters of BFD E38/E39/L18.  Maintained by Boston Sparks Association.  Free admission.  Several old apparatus and firefighting items.  Active location of Boston Sparks Association apparatus which responds to all working fires in Boston Metro area (http://www.massmetrofire.org/depts.html) for rehab and personal decon.

- Visited Boston Sparks Association - 344 Congress Street (http://bostonsparks.com/) - a terrific organization of volunteers. The Boston Sparks Association has operated the Boston Fire Museum since 1983. The museum is located in a former firehouse dating to 1891 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The firehouse originally stood on land sold to the city by the Boston Wharf Company, specifically in order to provide protection to the wool warehouse district. Once home to Engine Companies 38 & 39, and later Engine 39 and Ladder 18, the firehouse at 344 Congress Street was designed by city architect Harrison H. Atwood, and operated until 1977. In its history as a station, seven firefighters died in the line of duty, including five who died fighting the Merrimac Street Fire on February 5, 1898. The museum, dedicated as the Arthur Fielder Fire Museum (in honor of the so-called "fire buff" whose collection makes up part of the exhibits) features antique fire apparatus, fire alarms, firefighting equipment, and historic photographs
 
- Visited Boston Fire Alarm - Fenway (http://www.bfdradio.net/) - Boston fire communications/dispatch center.  Fire Alarm has historical artifacts.  First fire alarm dispatch. Staffed by 7 dispatchers.

- Numerous working fires and multiples transmitted in Boston and Boston Metro area during visit.  Hot weather.

- 3rd Alarm in Chelsea (https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/05/19/three-alarm-fire-chelsea-displaces-people/tXQVwtA9AoXHoBBsTw6TvK/story.html)  (CFD http://www.massmetrofire.org/chelsea.html)

- Witnessed BFD working fire in Dorchester.  Triple decker.  OMD. 3rd Floor.  Balcony/roof.  "Striking box" equivalent to FDNY "All-Hands".  4 engines/2 ladders/tower ladder/rescue/1 RIT engine/1 RIT ladder/District Chief/RIT Chief.  Boston Sparks Association responded - rehab/decon.  L 17, first due truck, new E One 100 ft rearmount (https://www.boston.gov/news/city-dedicates-five-new-ladder-trucks-fire-department).

- BFD and Local 718 has major initiative to reduce occurrence of cancer for members.  BFD purchasing a lot of new apparatus.  BFD to construct new firehouses (http://www.dotnews.com/columns/2016/new-firehouse-meetinghouse-hill) and renovate several older firehouses.     

- Visited Providence (http://providencefirefighters.org/) E3/L1/Special Hazards 1 (heavy rescue)/Div 1 (Washington St firehouse https://www.providenceri.com/fire/washington-street) Engine 3 EMS run during visit.  Rescue 4 (medic unit) EMS run during visit.  Busy firehouse.

- Visited PFD communications building.  4 dispatchers on duty.

- Several working fires in Providence during visit.

- Toured Providence with Dan (PFD member).  Several burned out buildings.  Tough neighborhoods with many boarded-up buildings.  Many colleges.  State capitol buildings. High rise downtown area.  PFD has new class in fire school but does not have a PFD Fire Academy.  Non-supportive mayor. Excellent fire department and great members with severe budget constraints. 

All places and personnel we visited were professional, motivated, welcoming.  BFD and PFD members were first-rate.  Sparks Association members were highly dedicated and well-trained.



Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on May 29, 2017, 03:27:58 PM
Congratulations to site member and Tennessee fire chief Elwood who married yesterday.  Best wishes to the Reverend and Mrs Elwood.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on May 29, 2017, 03:35:30 PM
Congratulations & Best Wishes to Mr & Mrs E.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on May 29, 2017, 03:59:34 PM
Many years of happiness!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on May 30, 2017, 10:16:34 AM
Congratulations to my good friend Elwood and his new bride.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: jmag228 on May 30, 2017, 08:44:38 PM
Congratulations and many years of happiness
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on June 03, 2017, 08:44:49 PM
 Special Thanks goes out to site member "mack" for the EXCELLENT JOB he has done with this sites most viewed thread, "FDNY and NYC Firehouses". That thread is quickly approaching the 600,000 views mark.

 I don't know of anywhere else that anybody would find so much information, not only on the history of each FDNY Firehouse, but also so much info on it's members that have served there over the years, the apparatus assigned, and even the company patches.

 He works a fulltime job yet still finds time to post this huge amount of history of the largest fire dept in the country - "The FDNY".

 Recently he has started to expand that coverage into the City of Boston. A place that I would consider very similar to that of the FDNY.

 Of course many of us know that he has a son on the Boston FD. His son Mike saved the life of a woman who had suffered very serious, life threatening injuries at the Boston Marathon Bombing a few years ago. Earlier in this thread, it has also been reported they now plan to get married.

 A few months ago the couple took part in a fund raiser for the disabled, climbing 100 flights of stairs in the Empire State Building. "mack's" son climbing those stairs in full turnout gear and his future bride showing the world what can be done, despite her handicap.

 I found this video from CBS News to be truly an amazing story.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDkHcLdP0Vk
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on June 03, 2017, 09:00:16 PM
^^^^WELL SAID BILL^^^^ Thank You Mack.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: CFDMarshal on June 04, 2017, 11:46:09 AM
I think Willy D needs a book deal! Mike is a special young man but I know he came from good stock! I'm honored to be associated with this group.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on June 04, 2017, 01:48:54 PM
I think Willy D needs a book deal! Mike is a special young man but I know he came from good stock! I'm honored to be associated with this group.

 Elwood, I think there's a lot of us here from good stock, and that is a fact.

 Thanks Rev, but as far as any book deal goes, what we all really need to do is sell our stories to some big Hollywood producer. Let's put some big $$$$ in our pockets for the special talents that we each have to offer. And let's not be too humble about it either. "They want our stories - they pay".
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on June 04, 2017, 03:30:06 PM
"And let's not be too humble about it either. 'They want our stories - they pay'." 

Wow, Willy - for a guy from Connecticut you have a real New York attitude!  Congratulations!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on June 22, 2017, 07:42:07 AM
 "THEMAJESTIRIUM1", I just finished watching one of the many videos you have posted on this site (as I'm sure others have).

 Thank you for all the effort you put into the GREAT JOB you do.

 For so many of us, we can't be there as it happens. But with your efforts, we get to see the activity from our own homes.

 Thanks for the job you do.

 * * * Note - I am also a subscriber to your you tube video group.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on June 23, 2017, 09:55:29 AM
Gentlemen, today is the Reverend CFDMarshall's birthday so let's all wish our newly wed brother a Happy Birthday.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 1261Truckie on June 23, 2017, 10:45:41 AM
Happy Birthday, Reverend and many more
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on June 23, 2017, 03:35:18 PM
Happy & Healthy Birthday Rev....Best wishes for many more.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on June 23, 2017, 04:54:49 PM
Happy Birthday, Rev.  A great guy and a good friend.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on June 23, 2017, 04:55:49 PM
Another Happy Birthday - 1261 Truckie!  Thanks for being you.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: auxlteng225 on June 23, 2017, 05:46:17 PM
Hey Mack, looks like I fell through a crack and got lost. For all hands, I just celebrated my EIGHTY SIXTH  ( 86 th ) birthday on Flag Day, June 14, 2017. With all my health issues not sure if I will make 87 but sure giving it a go. God bless you all.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on June 23, 2017, 08:01:28 PM
Hey Mack, looks like I fell through a crack and got lost. For all hands, I just celebrated my EIGHTY SIXTH  ( 86 th ) birthday on Flag Day, June 14, 2017. With all my health issues not sure if I will make 87 but sure giving it a go. God bless you all.


Happy belated birthday and I'm sure you will have many more
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on June 23, 2017, 08:10:05 PM
Happy Belated Birthday....looking forward to wishing again on your  87th.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on June 23, 2017, 09:22:15 PM
 Happy Birthday to newly wed, Rev CFDMarshall, aka Elwood E.

 And Happy Belated Birthday to "auxlteng225", aka Walter, "The Senior Man of this Outfit".
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on June 24, 2017, 03:22:36 PM
Happy birthday, Gentlemen, and many more in good health, happiness and prosperity.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: johnd248 on June 24, 2017, 03:53:01 PM
Happy Birthday to one and all.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: jmag228 on June 24, 2017, 08:05:01 PM
Happy Birthday gentlemen, Good health and happiness
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on June 25, 2017, 01:15:57 AM
Hey Mack, looks like I fell through a crack and got lost. For all hands, I just celebrated my EIGHTY SIXTH  ( 86 th ) birthday on Flag Day, June 14, 2017. With all my health issues not sure if I will make 87 but sure giving it a go. God bless you all.
.
Wow.  86 birthdays.  Good for you.  Happy Birthday.  God bless you and thank you for being you. 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 1261Truckie on June 25, 2017, 10:52:39 AM
AuxLt,
Belated Happy Birthday. Best wishes for many more.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fltpara16 on June 25, 2017, 09:49:11 PM
Happy belated birthday all!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: CFDMarshal on June 30, 2017, 09:46:59 PM
Thanks for all the birthday wishes, I really appreciate it. Just returned home tonight from a 16 day trip with the bride to Northern Europe. Very happy to be back in Tennessee!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on July 02, 2017, 08:31:48 AM
 An INTERESTING QUOTE comes from site member "68jk09".

 The quote can be found in the "Manhattan Section" under - "Manhattan All Hands Under Control Box 0932 (6/29/2017)". It is a brief discussion between "68jk09", aka Jack K., and "johnd248", aka John D.

 That quote is;
  "When I was 15 I wished I was 10 years older so I could be On The Job (OTJ) as the War Years were starting to take off". "But now I wish I was 10 years younger so I could still be OTJ".

 I suspect there might be a few others who may feel the same way.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: johnd248 on July 12, 2017, 05:24:38 PM
Congrats to Lieutenant Tom Bendick on getting a spot at Engine 66 in Co-op City.  Well deserved.  As you know, Tom is the administrator/owner of this fantastic site.  Notification was on today's department order.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on July 12, 2017, 05:51:56 PM
Congratulations and Best Wishes for many safe, productive and happy tours!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Parkave32 on July 12, 2017, 06:07:44 PM
Congratulations Lt glad to have you in the neighborhood. Hopefully  I'll see you around.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on July 12, 2017, 06:33:41 PM
CONGRATULATIONS BROTHER....BEST OF LUCK.... http://www.nyc.gov/html/fdny/insider/resources/do/2017/061_sup_39_2017.pdf
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on July 12, 2017, 09:47:06 PM

 Congratulations, Lt. ! All The Best.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on July 12, 2017, 10:51:41 PM
Congratulations Tom. Now when you get promoted to Captain, will it be in Engine 67?
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on July 13, 2017, 08:17:52 AM
Congratulations Lt.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: jmag228 on July 13, 2017, 07:23:52 PM
Congratulations LT.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on July 13, 2017, 08:11:32 PM
 Congratulations Lt and thanks for all you've done for us.

 That's GREAT NEWS to hear that you have an assigned fire company. Have a safe one.

 As a firefighter, then FF Bendick spent his time at Engine 65 in midtown

 As covering Lt has was assigned to Engine 93/Ladder 45 for awhile, and also to the Fire Academy, where he served in various positions at The Rock. 

 Prior to joining the FDNY, Lt Bendick worked as an EMT with the NYC EMS before the merger into the FDNY.   
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 1261Truckie on July 14, 2017, 10:29:26 AM
Congratulations, Lt. All the best in your new assignment.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on July 16, 2017, 08:02:07 AM
 I guess at times, some of us view the members of this web site as part of a special family. Over the years we get to know each other. It might be through emails, private messages, phone calls, and in some cases, guys have traveled long distances to meet up. We have become good friends and in some cases we even know their own family members.

 It is a great family outside of our own family members. I guess you might compare it to the type of family you might find among a group of firefighters in a tightly knit firehouse. We talk a lot, we laugh a lot and we worry about each other or try to help them when the time comes.

 We come from all backgrounds and each of us have our own stories to tell. That family all started with this web site. Just a bunch of guys that had a common interest.

 Like all families, when a member is a little under the weather, we tend to be a little concerned. Such has been the case of site member "manhattan", aka Frank M.

 I recently learned that Frank M., had surgery and later developed pneumonia. But the good news is Frank is home now recovering. But I'm sure it will take some time.

 Let me tell you just a little bit of what I know about our friend who calls himself "manhattan". As his name states, he DOES live in Manhattan. Frank is a veteran of the U.S. Military (I think Marines). He is retired now where I believe he was once a Chief Administrator for a major hospital in NYC. I can tell you based on what I've seen, he is very well respected by both the members of the FDNY and the NYPD.

 My first brief meeting with Frank was on Veterans Day last year. There he organizes a tribute to Honor the Veterans at a Memorial in his neighborhood in lower Manhattan. During that service he has guest speakers invited to talk. A wreath is placed at that Memorial. It is attended by citizens as well as members of the FDNY and NYPD within that local area. Last year when I was there, one citizen spoke to me who was a Viet Nam Veteran. He spoke of how THANKFUL he was for what Frank does in Honoring the U.S. Military Veterans in this neighborhood.

 Every year since 9/11, Frank also organizes the Father Mychal Judge Walk. In prior years the late NYPD Officer Steven McDonald, a paraplegic from being shot while on duty, would help him and travel along the walk in his wheelchair.

 Frank has certainly contributed his share to society today. Like all the members of our Nycfire Family, we wish him well and a full recovery. Frank is already beginning to organize the Veterans Day Event and Father Michal Judge Walk. He ask that any of our members who might be able to attend join him in these events.

 Dates are set with more details to follow. All taking place in Manhattan:
  Sunday September 10th - Father Michal Judge Walk
  Saturday November 11th - Veterans Day

 Thanks Frank for what you do. I know that there are many active and retired members of the NYPD, FDNY, and Military, on this site who certainly appreciate what you do as well.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 69 METS on July 18, 2017, 07:55:39 PM
I wonder if anyone I know was on duty when this photo was taken? http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/snYAAOxyBvZTRX2B/s-l1600.jpg (http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/snYAAOxyBvZTRX2B/s-l1600.jpg)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on July 18, 2017, 08:53:48 PM
I wonder if anyone I know was on duty when this photo was taken? http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/snYAAOxyBvZTRX2B/s-l1600.jpg (http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/snYAAOxyBvZTRX2B/s-l1600.jpg)
If you get out the magnifying glass and look closely, you will find Uncle Wilfred there.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 69 METS on July 18, 2017, 09:10:44 PM
I wonder if anyone I know was on duty when this photo was taken? http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/snYAAOxyBvZTRX2B/s-l1600.jpg (http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/snYAAOxyBvZTRX2B/s-l1600.jpg)
If you get out the magnifying glass and look closely, you will find Uncle Wilfred there.

Hahaha .... I thought so!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on July 18, 2017, 09:33:54 PM
I wonder if anyone I know was on duty when this photo was taken? http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/snYAAOxyBvZTRX2B/s-l1600.jpg (http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/snYAAOxyBvZTRX2B/s-l1600.jpg)
If you get out the magnifying glass and look closely, you will find Uncle Wilfred there.

Hahaha .... I thought so!


Great find GL
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 69 METS on July 18, 2017, 09:44:28 PM
I wonder if anyone I know was on duty when this photo was taken? http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/snYAAOxyBvZTRX2B/s-l1600.jpg (http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/snYAAOxyBvZTRX2B/s-l1600.jpg)
If you get out the magnifying glass and look closely, you will find Uncle Wilfred there.

Hahaha .... I thought so!


Great find GL

I was looking at Ebay and did a double take when I spotted Willie D.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: CFDMarshal on July 19, 2017, 08:23:02 AM
Willy D's rookie year! Also the last year they had adequate manning!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on July 19, 2017, 09:13:44 AM
I wonder if anyone I know was on duty when this photo was taken? http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/snYAAOxyBvZTRX2B/s-l1600.jpg (http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/snYAAOxyBvZTRX2B/s-l1600.jpg)

 That goes way back to my young Probie Days.

 That firehouse, located at 24 Chestnut St, was referred to as "The Big House". I think it was built in 1896 and still had the hayloft in place up until the mid 1980s. When that area was then converted to a regional fire dispatch center, dispatching 15 separate fire departments.

 In 1992, a new firehouse was built leaving only one engine in that firehouse. The 12 junior members of the dept and 4 bosses were assigned to that firehouse covering each shift with One Boss and Two Firefighters. Another firefighter would be assigned to the fire dispatching on a rotating basis. The 12 junior members became known as "The Dirty Dozen". With the paint chips falling off the wall, it really didn't matter too much if a little dust wasn't picked up during the morning cleaning duties. Unlike being assigned to that brand new, spotless firehouse.

 The engine that was assigned there was referred to as Squad "A". On a much smaller scale, it operated similar to the FDNY Squad Companies. They covered their own first due response area, as well as being assigned to all the working fires in the Norwich FD district. All the extrication equipment was carried on it as well.

 Squad A was located in the busiest part of the city. For a young firefighter, it was the "perfect place" to be. The moral among the guys was very high. They learned quickly and worked closely together.

 I don't have the exact date but about one year after that new firehouse opened, as we began the night tour and 1800 hours came, we were told to shut the lights off, lock the doors, and move to our new home. Joining another Engine Co and Ladder Co.

 The days of "The Dirty Dozen" had come to an end. The Chief of Department had given me the key earlier with the instructions to lock up and move to the new firehouse. At that time a new 911 Dispatch center at the Police Dept would take over all fire dept dispatching for those 15 departments. The city would replace those firefighters with civilian dispatchers. But throughout it all, no firefighters got laid off. 

 All of us assigned there really didn't want to leave. I think it is safe to say that EVERYONE of us assigned there, would do it all over again if we could. All of the officers assigned there have since retired. I believe there's only one guy left of the Dirty Dozen who hasn't retired yet, nicknamed "Espo". But retirement is in the near future for him.

  That picture sure brought back some great memories for me. I still keep in touch with some of those Dirty Dozen guys and I'll be sure to pass this onto them.

  Thanks Garrett, aka "69Mets", for posting it.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 69 METS on July 20, 2017, 10:35:17 PM
Glad it brought back good memories Bill.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on July 21, 2017, 07:56:12 AM
Glad it brought back good memories Bill.

 It sure did Garrett. THANK YOU - "I sure loved working in that firehouse'. I'm sure you've heard that saying; "If you love your job, you never work a day in your life". That was me. I'm sure you and some other guys here can relate to that too.

 And from your original post with that picture, comes News of ANOTHER MEMBER who plays a Big part on this web site.

 That member being "fdhistorian", aka Ignatius K., nick named just "Iggy" for short.

 I had met "Iggy" at a fire dept function a few years ago here in Connecticut. But "Iggy" was no stranger to me many years before that.

 Iggy actually wrote the book on firehouses. That book titled "American Fire Services" was first published in 1983. I believe there were also two updates later published.

 That huge book listed the addresses of thousands of firehouses throughout America. It also listed firehouses that had been closed over the years. Any of us that have been following the most popular thread on this site, "NYC Firehouses..." would know that "fdhistorian", aka "Iggy", has played a role in part of that. But I'm sure most of us did NOT know about his book.

 That book became a big part of my life as my wife and I would take our yearly vacations. Our vacations would be two-fold. We would visit various points of interest on some days, while some days I would visit various firehouse and she would go to the beach or sit by the pool at the hotel. We had GREAT times together and I was sure a lucky guy to be married to a wife like that for 35 very happy years, before she passed away.

 We visited many cities together such as Philadelphia and Pittsburg, Pa., Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio., Washington, DC and a few of the surrounding County FDs., Orlando and Orange Co FDs, Buffalo and Syracuse, NY, even Los Angeles City and L.A County Fire Depts.

 I also used that book to find some of the firehouses a little closer to my home such as Newark and Jersey City FDs, Yonkers FD, Boston FD, and as close as Hartford.

 I considered "Iggy's" book "The Bible of Firehouses". I used it so many times and without that it would have been much more difficult for me to find those hundreds of firehouses I visited. I enjoyed talking to the guys and I would always try to get a couple of rig shots.

 I sure owe a Big Thanks to "fdhistorian", aka Iggy, for that book which I still have today some 34 years later.

 (I hope you're not tired of reading yet because there's more)..............................................

 I need to correct two reply's here which I posted earlier;

 **** First, "Iggy" sent me a message regarding my comment in Reply # 668. The firehouse at 24 Chestnut St was actually built in 1904, NOT 1896, as I had reported. I think I got that confused with another firehouse built in that city (Eng 2s qtrs.). In fact, there was a poem written about Eng 2s firehouse. Part of that poem went:

"The big old red building - built in 1896, it's location North Main St, number 446".

 *** Number 2 - correction.
  In reply # 660, referring to site member "manhattan", aka Frank M., I need to correct a few things that I had mentioned.

  Frank was a UNIT Administrator within a NYC hospital, but he wanted us to know that he was NOT the "Chief" Administrator of that hospital. Also that he served in the United States Coast Guard, not in the U.S. Marines as I had reported.

 In addition and he wanted to make this very clear -  that he is NOT the Main Organizer of the Father Judge Walk. That belonged to the late NYPD Officer Steven McDonald who was the major source behind that Walk. Franks words are: "Steve did NOT help me, quite the opposite".

 During that walk, "manhattan" plays a part in the NYPD presence at 7th Ave and 19th St, at the quarters of Eng 3/Lad 12/Batt 7.

 I THANK both "fdhistorian", aka "Iggy" and "manhattan", aka Frank M., for correcting my earlier statements. Both great contributors to this site, as well as greatly respected individuals off this site.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on July 22, 2017, 01:02:05 AM
Shouldn't this Front have Golden Arches in the middle ?........   http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Dennis-MA-Cape-Cod-Fire-Dept-Helmet-Cairns-Sanitary-W-Liner/391841721699
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on July 22, 2017, 01:28:24 PM
Shouldn't this Front have Golden Arches in the middle ?........   http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Dennis-MA-Cape-Cod-Fire-Dept-Helmet-Cairns-Sanitary-W-Liner/391841721699

 Chief, I don't know for sure, but I think "The Golden Arches" is a feature that greatly increases the value of this helmet.

 I heard a similar case happened recently on ebay. A woman bought what was supposed to be "Moon Dust" taken from Man's First Step on the Moon. I think she paid about $9,000 for it. In order to find out if it was real or not, she sent it to NASA where they confirmed it ACTUALLY WAS "Moon Dust" collected from the First Moon walk.

 NASA told her it can't be returned. She took her case to court and won. She is now offering That REAL MOON DUST on ebay for $3 to $4 MILLION DOLLARS. (TRUE STORY). I heard that on CBS News Radio 88, just the other day. But then again - "Maybe it is FAKE NEWS" ??????

 But if that helmet was ever to come with "The Golden Arches", I wonder what it's value would be on ebay. Maybe even MORE than that Moon Dust.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on August 05, 2017, 01:33:18 PM
 A very Happy Birthday goes out to site member Steve E., aka "fltpara16".

 Steve is a GREAT GUY and a very Good Friend to many of us here.

 Steve is currently a Battalion Chief with the Albemarle County Fire Dept in Virginia. Last I heard he has about 2-3 more years to go to be eligible for retirement from that job.

 To understand the job that B/C Steve E. does is really quite impressive. While on duty, Steve is the commanding officer of the entire on duty shift. The area he covers is roughly the same size area as Westchester County, NY. I've been told that sometimes his responses take 25 minutes to show up on the scene from the time of the original call. I guess as most of us would know, "a 10-12 is surely needed be given by the first arriving company".

 I guess another example of that would be the response of FDNYs Squad 1 heading down the BQE to the far end of Staten Island. Generally about 25 minutes as well.

 Besides being the entire shift commander, his serves as a paramedic when needed.

 Steve has also been a Flight Paramedic on a Medi Vac Helicopter over the years. I think it's a pretty safe statement to say "there's a lot of people alive today because of Steve E", on here known simply as "fltpara16".

 Thanks Steve for what you do and I hope you have a very Happy Birthday.

 Uncle Wilfred
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on August 05, 2017, 01:45:35 PM
Happy Birthday Steve
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: memory master on August 05, 2017, 01:53:05 PM
Wishing you a happy birthday and many more. Be safe and well!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on August 05, 2017, 03:38:31 PM
Happy Birthday, Steve, and many more in good health and prosperity.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on August 05, 2017, 04:11:53 PM
Happy Birthday, Grandpa!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on August 05, 2017, 05:47:30 PM
Best Wishes for a Happy & Healthy Birthday & many more.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on August 05, 2017, 10:05:12 PM
Happy Birthday Steve and may you have many more.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fltpara16 on August 06, 2017, 03:29:50 PM
Thanks to all for the Birthday wishes! Glad I made it to the "Double Nickel"!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 1261Truckie on August 07, 2017, 03:14:17 AM
A belated Happy Birthday, Steve and best wishes for many more
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on August 09, 2017, 08:38:04 AM
 We have a very Special Birthday Announcement to make today.

 Happy Birthday to OUR GOOD FRIEND who got this whole thing started, FDNY LT Tommy Bendick. Without him none of us would be here enjoying this GREAT Website.

 Happy Birthday Tom, from your Uncle Wilfred. THANKS VERY MUCH for putting this whole thing together. As you know, in my own case, I have gotten to meet a GREAT GROUP OF GUYS. Active and Retired Firefighters. As well as BUFFS like myself, from all walks of life. Some very highly respectable walks of life and contributors to our society. 

 Tom has a GREAT FAMILY. He's a good daddy. I know his whole family - THEY REALLY ARE THE BEST.

 ANYWAY WAY - Simply put - HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sZmPHJPvZE

 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: memory master on August 09, 2017, 09:50:16 AM
Happy birthday Sir! May you have a joyous day. Be safe, be well and thank you for all you do, both here and on the job. God Bless you!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 1261Truckie on August 09, 2017, 10:32:56 AM
Happy Birthday, Lt. Best wishes for many more and thanks for all you do for us here.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on August 09, 2017, 11:44:58 AM
Happy Birthday Tom. Have a great day.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on August 09, 2017, 12:11:02 PM
Happy Birthday Tom, hope you're enjoying CO-OP City
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on August 09, 2017, 03:12:26 PM
Best Wishes for many more Happy & Healthy Birthdays Tom.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: johnd248 on August 09, 2017, 04:42:02 PM
Happy Birthday, Tom; have a great day.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on August 09, 2017, 10:27:33 PM
Happy Birthday and many more in great health>  Stay safe.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on September 16, 2017, 09:03:55 PM
 We have a few very Special Announcements that have occurred recently.

 FIRST - ONCE AGAIN, Congratulations to FDNY Retired Captain John B., aka "jbendick", and his wife Madeline on the birth of their "FIFTEENTH" Grandchild. Yes folks - that is Number 15. A healthy baby girl born on September 9th, named - Emily.

 So a Very Special Congratulations to Grandpa and Grandma "jbendick'. How many other Grandpa's and Grandma's do you know with 15 grandchildren.

 Of course that also must mean that the administrator of this site, Lt Tommy B, also becomes "UNCLE" Tommy B for about the Thirteenth (13th) time.

 But wait, there's more news:

 On September 14th, 1968, Grandpa "jbendick" began the FDNY Probie School together with FDNY Probie Jack K., aka "68jk09", now Retired B/C. Then on that same September 14th, back 14 years ago, then FDNY Probie Tommy B, aka "tbendick", began his FDNY career now known as, Lt Tommy B.

 There's more to add to the story. But that part of it will be continued another day. So we'll see ya all later - K.   
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on September 16, 2017, 09:17:14 PM
Great news; congratulations all around!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on September 17, 2017, 10:33:49 AM
Congratulations to all, thanks Bill for the info.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on September 17, 2017, 10:36:20 AM
Yes, congratulations to all in the Bendick family.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on September 17, 2017, 03:21:03 PM
Congratulations to the Bendick Family...Health & Happiness  .......49 years ago John Sr. , myself & 248 other probys were sweating out our first week of the six week proby School on Welfare Island ......i would turn the clock back in a minute if i could.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: jmag228 on September 17, 2017, 06:25:10 PM
Congratulations and best wishes to all.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on October 09, 2017, 04:46:47 PM
 A few very special events coming up involving some of our members of this site.

 1) As I understand it, FDNY Retired Capt John B., aka "jbendick", is about to become a grandfather for the "SIXTEENTH" Time - sometime in December. I don't know of anybody else who can claim that fame.

 2) Regarding the above, that would also mean that FDNY Lt Tommy B., aka "tbendick", would become an uncle for the "FOURTEENTH" Time.

 3) Our Most Valuable Player, Mike D., aka "mikeindabronx", is about to reach his 20,000 post soon. He is now less than 200 away from that historic number.

 4) The most viewed thread on this site, "FDNY and NYC Firehouses", originally started by and continually updated by Member Joe M., aka "mack", is right now about 100 views away from reaching the historic number of 700,000 views.

 I personally know each one of these individuals. They all are what I consider to be; "Top Shelf Guys". 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on October 20, 2017, 09:23:29 AM
 Saturday, October 21, 2017 will be a very special day for this site member "mack", aka Joe M. On that day, his son Mike, a Boston Firefighter, will be getting married to the woman he met on a very tragic day at the Boston Marathon, I think about three years ago.

 But as a result of that very tragic event, Mike will be marrying the woman, Roseann S., that he kept alive while being transported to the hospital in a police van. The wedding will be taking place in Massachusetts.

 We wish the couple, Mike and Roseann, many happy and healthy years together. Brought together by that very tragic event.

 And of course congratulations goes out to our friend "mack" as well, who just happens to claim fame to this sites MOST VIEWED THREAD - "NYC Firehouses...." (I think over 700,000 views now). 

 Here is a brief story done by one of the news channels, as both Mike and Roseann, climbed the stairs to the top floor of the Empire State Building for a disability charity.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDkHcLdP0Vk 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on November 01, 2017, 06:32:16 PM
 After just posting the Fire Activity for October, 2017, I am greatly THANKFUL to Three Members of this site who's names regularly show up. They are the most active members on here for taking the time to post the rundowns of many of the jobs that the FDNY handles throughout the year.

 They are:
 "mikeindabronx"
 "Signal 73"
 "firephish"

 Special Thank you to you guys on a job well done. If not for you, there would be "NO Monthly Fire Activity Reports" posted. Of course there are other members who have also done their share as well. Thanks to you guys too.

 I guess as we look at it, just like a part of a firehouse family, we all have our gifted talents. Some guys are good doing Ladder company work. Other guys do better on the Engine company. Whether it's stretching that line or opening up that roof, we all kind of depend on each other to make it all work out.

 Just like here. Some guys like to list the job rundowns. Some guys are better posting stories about the history of the FDNY. Some guys write about our military and some write about the songs some of us remember. It wouldn't at all be possible if so many guys didn't take the time to do what they do best.

 Many of us have gotten to be good friends over the years and it all started here. Just last month, one of those guys, "Irish", aka Declan B., made a trip to the U.S.A. coming all the way from his homeland of Dublin, Ireland. He visited not only some of his friends in the NYC area, but along the entire East Coast as well. And it all started because of this and his interest in the fire dept., particularly the FDNY, just like so many others here.

 We are young and old, fire buffs and firefighters, volunteer or city paid, active or retired. We are Chiefs and Military Officers. We are Security guards and 911 dispatchers, EMTs and Medics. We work in Hospitals and police stations. We drive a taxi or a wrecker. But when it's all put together, our own life experiences, our backgrounds, and our own talents come together to make this all fit into place.
 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Signal73 on November 01, 2017, 06:47:16 PM
Thank You for the shout out Uncle Willy....just trying to continue on from what the "Old Timers" started

Like I tell my friends co workers & others buff who are not on this site. Some people do word searches others do cross word puzzles. I Write FDNY unit run downs in a note book & post them on this site.

Keep up the good work everyone
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on November 01, 2017, 08:21:21 PM
Thanks to everyone who helps make this a great site
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on November 01, 2017, 08:49:03 PM
Bill, you have a habit of always saying the right thing.  I couldn't agree with you more.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on November 12, 2017, 04:56:00 PM
 Welcome one of our newest members, "NYCFireAudio". Recently provided us with audio of a few jobs already.

 I don't know about anybody else, "but I'm getting more hooked on this stuff everyday". The latest cold weather isn't helping either.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on January 26, 2018, 09:55:47 PM
Special Thanks goes out to site member "mack" for the EXCELLENT JOB he has done with this sites most viewed thread, "FDNY and NYC Firehouses". That thread is quickly approaching the 600,000 views mark.

 I don't know of anywhere else that anybody would find so much information, not only on the history of each FDNY Firehouse, but also so much info on it's members that have served there over the years, the apparatus assigned, and even the company patches.

 He works a fulltime job yet still finds time to post this huge amount of history of the largest fire dept in the country - "The FDNY".

 The Most Viewed thread on this site has been "FDNY and NYC Firehouses", when on December 5, 2017 that thread became "locked" for some reason. "mack" or anybody else was unable to post any additional information or facts to it. Our "Most Popular Thread" was now in a locked position as it was listed at well over 700,000 views.

  In addition, as I understood it, "mack" had much more FDNY Firehouse Histories he wanted to add. But at this point, that was an impossible task to do.

  Then on New Years Eve, December 31, 2017 "mack" did the next best thing. He started an entire new thread called: FDNY and NYC Firehouses and Fire Companies - 2nd Section". Adding the term "2nd Section" brought back memories of the history of FDNY Fire Companies in itself. From the very busy FDNY War Years of the late 60s and into the 1970s, when sometimes those fire companies were so busy that there were two fully manned engine companies or two ladder companies running as totally separate units from the same firehouse.

 The idea was to continue with the same kind of quality work listing more of those FDNY Fire Companies and Firehouses in this newer version of "FDNY and NYC Firehouses - 2nd Section". Once again this newer version has become a very popular thread. I think most of us who have viewed it would agree it's easy to understand why.

 The most recent Firehouse and Fire Company listed has been FDNYs Squad 41. The amount of work and research that went into that one story alone would overwhelm many of us. The photos, the stories, the videos all put together from scratch. To me, I'm sure many others as well, this is truly amazing. What A GREAT JOB and THANK YOU "mack", aka Joe M.

 Also in that Squad 41 story is a couple of photos of another very good friend of so many here. That is Retired FDNY B/C Jake K., aka "68jk09". Chief K served as Lt in Squad 41. A busy place for fires during a very difficult time for the FDNY and trying to keep this firehouse open.
 I also believe that Retired Member Garrett L., aka "69METS", spent many years there as well.
 Both GREAT GUYS and certainly respected within the FDNY.

 Some of us from this site also visited that firehouse last Fall as well. As we walked up to that firehouse, they were just coming back from another run. Then they made two more runs. One was a reported pin job from a car accident and the other was a reported man under a train. We spent a lot of time with the Lt and he explained the operation of the company and answered many questions we had.

 As I look back to the older-original Fire Company and Firehouses thread it is approaching 800,000 views. The man responsible for ALL of that is Joe M., known here as "mack". A good personnel friend to many of us.

 THANKS "mack". An Excellent piece of work that you've done for us.   
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on February 25, 2018, 11:12:39 AM
 While going through a couple of jobs posted here I came across the job posted of Brooklyn Box 3294 at 2437 East 27th St on 2/20/18.

 I noticed a few pictures posted on a link by "jciscone". He is listed as a newbie with about 19 post. I also know that he has a web site, www.cisconefirephotos.smugmug.com where he post pictures of many of the jobs he takes in and around the New Haven County area of Connecticut. About 60 miles outside of NYC.

 Joe, aka "jciscone", is certainly NO newbie to this hobby as well as the fire service. Joe is a great guy who also has about 30 years, maybe more, as a firefighter in East Haven, Ct.

 I also understand that he grew up in Brooklyn, NY for you guys out there who might know where that place is.

 Good to see you here Joe. I didn't forget that you still owe me that Dunks coffee you promised me awhile ago.

 Uncle Wilfred
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on February 28, 2018, 10:53:38 PM
 Latest news of Our Most Valuable Player Mike D., aka "mikeindabronx".

 As many of you know Mike has been taking pictures of members of the FDNY and the many jobs he's been to over the last few decades. He's published a book about it called; "New York's Bravest - Their Lives on the Line". And he also has his own great web site of pictures from the busiest years of the FDNY to our most recent years.

 Very often at his own expense he makes up photos for members that have been at the hundreds of fires he's covered. Also he'll make up photos for the fire company operating as a group to be displayed in the firehouse.

 Recently in appreciation for the work that Mike has done, the members of Engine Co 62 and Ladder Co 32 presented him with a plaque they made up for him. As I understand it, this plaque has a helmet front piece on it, with the 62/32 company symbol.

 Congratulations Mike on your many years of dedicated work within the FDNY, putting your special photography skills together for so many of us to appreciate. Your photos have recorded some of the most historic years in the history of the FDNY.

 I think it's safe to say that the members of Engine 62 and Ladder 32 speak for ALL of us in appreciation for the work that you do. A man who is very well respected by the members of the FDNY, buffs and many of us who know him personally.

 We Thank you Mike for what you do and I hope that you proudly display that plaque for everyone to see. We are also very grateful for what the members of 62/32 have done as well. 

 Once again, here is the web site that Mike has put together for all of us to enjoy.

 www.fdnysbravest.com

 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Signal73 on March 01, 2018, 01:47:56 AM
While going through a couple of jobs posted here I came across the job posted of Brooklyn Box 3294 at 2437 East 27th St on 2/20/18.

 I noticed a few pictures posted on a link by "jciscone". He is listed as a newbie with about 19 post. I also know that he has a web site, www.cisconefirephotos.smugmug.com where he post pictures of many of the jobs he takes in and around the New Haven County area of Connecticut. About 60 miles outside of NYC.

 Joe, aka "jciscone", is certainly NO newbie to this hobby as well as the fire service. Joe is a great guy who also has about 30 years, maybe more, as a firefighter in East Haven, Ct.

 I also understand that he grew up in Brooklyn, NY for you guys out there who might know where that place is.

 Good to see you here Joe. I didn't forget that you still owe me that Dunks coffee you promised me awhile ago.

 Uncle Wilfred

It is also Joe’s Birthday today.  Happy 30th birthday Joe.  (I’ll short ya a couple years ;) )
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on March 11, 2018, 09:31:09 PM
Latest news of Our Most Valuable Player Mike D., aka "mikeindabronx".

 As many of you know Mike has been taking pictures of members of the FDNY and the many jobs he's been to over the last few decades. He's published a book about it called; "New York's Bravest - Their Lives on the Line". And he also has his own great web site of pictures from the busiest years of the FDNY to our most recent years.

 Very often at his own expense he makes up photos for members that have been at the hundreds of fires he's covered. Also he'll make up photos for the fire company operating as a group to be displayed in the firehouse.

 Recently in appreciation for the work that Mike has done, the members of Engine Co 62 and Ladder Co 32 presented him with a plaque they made up for him. As I understand it, this plaque has a helmet front piece on it, with the 62/32 company symbol.

 Congratulations Mike on your many years of dedicated work within the FDNY, putting your special photography skills together for so many of us to appreciate. Your photos have recorded some of the most historic years in the history of the FDNY.

 I think it's safe to say that the members of Engine 62 and Ladder 32 speak for ALL of us in appreciation for the work that you do. A man who is very well respected by the members of the FDNY, buffs and many of us who know him personally.

 We Thank you Mike for what you do and I hope that you proudly display that plaque for everyone to see. We are also very grateful for what the members of 62/32 have done as well. 

 Once again, here is the web site that Mike has put together for all of us to enjoy.

 www.fdnysbravest.com

 

 The words on that plaque are as follows:

 Quote:
  Presented to Mike Dick
  For your many years of Generosity and Friendship
  With much Appreciation and Gratitude
  E62 "The Gunhill Gang" L32
 End of Quote.

 I have a photo of that plaque he received. I'm going to pass it on to some of the members and maybe somebody can post it on here for everybody to see.


 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Signal73 on March 12, 2018, 06:42:30 AM

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Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: memory master on March 12, 2018, 07:10:59 AM
Very Nice. Congratulations Mike.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on March 12, 2018, 10:56:57 PM
Congratulations Mike!  Thanks for all you do.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on March 17, 2018, 08:11:20 AM
 St Patricks Day, 2018 we honor our members of the Irish culture. There are a few here. I think I have a bit of the Irish blood in me self too.

 A we bit of a chill in the air for this St Patty's Day Parade. But the sun is shining.

 Of our members here, there is nobody more Irish than our good friend, Declan B., aka "Irish". Living in the Dublin, Ireland area. He has made those long trips here to visit us and members of the FDNY. In fact one of those trips he surprised ALL of us when he presented a special gift to retired FDNY Chief Hayden.

 Declan, "Irish" is well respected by all who know him. He also has many friends throughout other fire depts. here on the east coast.

 So to Declan and our other Irish friends on here, "these favorites are for you".

 HAPPY ST PATRICK's DAY.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=cf0E_PJtJWg

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbEi5_w8Vzs
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: scoobyd on March 17, 2018, 11:38:44 AM
A little buff/Irish treat-   the very popular NYC area Irish music band- "Shilelagh Law"   www.halfthebottle.com

Two of the band members are active FDNY firemen. 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIb6OikMb24

Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on March 17, 2018, 12:17:30 PM
A little buff/Irish treat-   the very popular NYC area Irish music band- "Shilelagh Law"   www.halfthebottle.com

Two of the band members are active FDNY firemen. 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIb6OikMb24

THANKS scoobyd, GREAT. Wish I was there.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on March 30, 2018, 05:21:35 PM
 I guess a Progress Report is due.

 Only in this Progress Report we will discuss FOUR Members of this site. I think anybody who visits this site frequently would agree that these individual members such be singled out for their contributions. Here is that list and let's list those names starting with the SENIOR (oldest) MAN FIRST.

 1) First we have Mike D, aka "mikeindabronx". Mike has been designated as "OUR MOST VALUABLE PLAYER" for having the most number of post on this site. NOBODY post more than "mikeindabronx". Whether it's his contribution about a fire in the Bronx or across the World. Last November 11th, Mike reached his 20,000th post. Today, a little more than four months later that number is now OVER 21,000 post. Roughly an average of about 250 post per month.

 We know that Mike is very respected by the Members of the FDNY and earlier posted here is a plaque he received from the members of Engine 62/Ladder 32 in appreciation for what he has done for them.

 Of course Mike also has his own GREAT web site - www.fdnysbravest.com featuring his own personnel photos.

  2) Our SECOND (oldest) SENIOR Member who needs to recognized here for his works and contributions to this site is "mack", aka Joe M.
 
  On February 12, 2012 Joe began a tread called "FDNY and NYC Firehouses". It became very popular with the members of this site. The entire history of each company was presented with facts from its very beginning including not only the address for each firehouse address but the entire history including details such as LODDs, photos, citations, videos, newspaper related stories etc. Without a doubt "THE" most information covering each and every NYC Firehouse listed. I can only guess the hours and hours of work involved to do such a project.

 But for some reason that thread became locked. It was impossible for any of us to post anything else to it. A thread that today has seen over 833,000 views. More than any others to this day.

 Then on December 31, 2017, with much more to cover in the FDNY and NYC Firehouses", but impossible to do, Joe decided to do the next best thing. He started a second thread called: "FDNY and NYC Firehouses - 2nd section", in order to continue with the amount of information he still wished to contribute about these firehouses. The name chosen using the term "2nd section" was perfect for the history of NYC Firehouses. It represented what many of our more senior members remember used during the very busy FDNY War Years of the 1960s/70s.

 Today with the "FDNY and NYC Firehouses - 2nd section" being born almost THREE Months to the day, that thread has already reached OVER 12,000 views as members here continue to follow what was originally started back in February, 2012. As of now, if both threads were added together "FDNY and NYC Firehouses" would have a total of OVER 845,000 views.

 With that HUGE Number, it shows to "mack", aka Joe M., how much we ALL appreciate the hundreds of hours in research he has put into that effort.

 3) The Third Member who should be recognized for the amount of work and effort he puts into this site for us is, a much younger individual, although he clearly demonstrates to all of us his interest in the FDNY and Fire Service in general. A guy that contributes to so many of the working fires or serious incidents within the FDNY. He provides us with size ups and rundowns almost on a 24 hour basis.

 That individual I am referring to is this site member "Signal 73", aka Brad Y. I don't know where he finds the time to do it but he sure does his share to contribute to this site.

 I believe Brad lives in the New Haven, Ct area and has the respect of many members of the fire departments in that area. Thanks to Brad, aka "Signal 73", for all of his efforts in contributing to this site.

 4) I would also like to mention the member known as "THEMAJESTIRIUM1". Giving him Special Thanks for ALL of the videos that he provides to so many of us who can't be there. He travels throughout the city with camera in hand. Sometimes he even post incidents that occur outside of the city.
 
 "THEMAJESTIRIUM1" - I'm sorry I don't know your name but you sure do a GREAT JOB and although I can't speak for everybody here, I'm sure there are many members on this site that feel the same way I do. And by the way, "I'm one of your subscribers on your "youtube channel" as well.

  Of course there are so many other members who contribute regularly here as well. THANK YOU TO ALL FOR WHAT YOU DO.

  My only wish; "I wish this site was around years earlier".
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: grumpy grizzly on March 30, 2018, 05:51:45 PM
Can you imagine with today's technology if this site was around during "The War Years"? Constant monitoring of the airwaves, informative posts, great videos, and a whole lot of knowledge. What could have been!!!!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on March 30, 2018, 06:57:24 PM
Thank you Bill. I would like to thank all the members who contribute to this site. Not a week goes by that I don't learn some great piece of information about the good old days. This is especially true of Brooklyn & Queens which I hardly ever ventured into.(I didn't keep my passport up to date). I would especially like to thank Chief Jack K. "68JK09" for all the great info he has provided from his 40+ years with the FDNY.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on March 30, 2018, 09:10:07 PM
Mike... Thanks go to you for all fine photos chronicling FDNY History.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on March 30, 2018, 09:46:41 PM
Thank you Bill. I would like to thank all the members who contribute to this site. Not a week goes by that I don't learn some great piece of information about the good old days. This is especially true of Brooklyn & Queens which I hardly ever ventured into.(I didn't keep my passport up to date). I would especially like to thank Chief Jack K. "68JK09" for all the great info he has provided from his 40+ years with the FDNY.

 I totally agree with you as well Mike. Chief Jack K "68jk09" has been there to answer the many questions of members on this site. He has also gotten to become good friends with many of us here. He gives honor to the FDNY War Years Firefighters and those who have passed on from 9/11 sickness. 

 Everywhere that anybody ever mentions his name it's always the same. I can tell you that throughout the FDNY his reputation is second to none. That's not always easy to do in ANY fire dept. Let alone the largest fire dept in the United States of America.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: johnd248 on March 31, 2018, 10:45:51 AM
Willy D: You certainly picked the top five, including Chief JK.  Off course you might be the "sixth man" although most of your posts involve Mickey D's.  Well done, brother.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on March 31, 2018, 11:18:44 AM
Willy D: You certainly picked the top five, including Chief JK.  Off course you might be the "sixth man" although most of your posts involve Mickey D's.  Well done, brother.
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Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 1261Truckie on March 31, 2018, 12:27:25 PM
To the 6 guys mentioned, thank you for all you do for the rest of us. Your stories, photos, histories and memories keep the job alive.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: kfd274 on April 02, 2018, 12:18:06 PM
I vote Willy D into the Hall of Fame

Bill you owe me a White Castle ;)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on April 02, 2018, 12:36:04 PM
Amen, Kevin.

Me too, Willie  ;)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on April 02, 2018, 02:39:33 PM
 I guess a THANK YOU is due for all the unexpected press given. It's all about putting a few smiles on some faces and you guys did it for me.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on April 11, 2018, 09:32:01 AM
We have a few very Special Announcements that have occurred recently.

 FIRST - ONCE AGAIN, Congratulations to FDNY Retired Captain John B., aka "jbendick", and his wife Madeline on the birth of their "FIFTEENTH" Grandchild. Yes folks - that is Number 15. A healthy baby girl born on September 9th, named - Emily.

 So a Very Special Congratulations to Grandpa and Grandma "jbendick'. How many other Grandpa's and Grandma's do you know with 15 grandchildren.

 Of course that also must mean that the administrator of this site, Lt Tommy B, also becomes "UNCLE" Tommy B for about the Thirteenth (13th) time.

 But wait, there's more news:

 On September 14th, 1968, Grandpa "jbendick" began the FDNY Probie School together with FDNY Probie Jack K., aka "68jk09", now Retired B/C. Then on that same September 14th, back 14 years ago, then FDNY Probie Tommy B, aka "tbendick", began his FDNY career now known as, Lt Tommy B.

 There's more to add to the story. But that part of it will be continued another day. So we'll see ya all later - K.

 I would like to wish a very Special Friend a HAPPY BIRTHDAY today.

 Yes, today April 11th, is Retired FDNY Captain John B's birthday. Now I can't tell you if he is 34 x 2 + 1, or +2, or +3, or -1, or -2. But I sure can tell you this about him.

 He is one GREAT GUY. John was the first guy I met on this web site. When I found out where John had worked during his years with the FDNY, I remember telling my wife, who has since passed away: "Do you know where this guy worked" ? I told her, these are some of the busiest companies in NYC.

 Not only that, he is a U.S. Army Veteran who served in the Viet Nam War.

 As time went on, we continued to be friends and he is now friends with many of us on this site. John loved the firefighters job. When any of us get together, somehow the fire department subject always seems to come up.

 Capt B is a great family man. He has dedicated his life to his family. I don't know of ANYBODY else that has such a large family. He has been a good husband to his wife Madeline, being married for many, many years. They raised six children, including Tommy, this site owner and a Lt in the FDNY. They have "15" Grandchildren and "3" Great Grandchildren.

 But guess what ? Very soon their FOURTH Great Grandchild will arrive. Yes, that is Number Four (4) folks. I believe before the end of this month.

 Happy Birthday John. You are a very special friend to many of us here and we'd like to share this with you.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SA-yZzG6fA 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on April 11, 2018, 12:39:40 PM
Happy Birthday John! See if you can get Willie to deliver........
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Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on April 11, 2018, 01:04:57 PM
Happy Birthday John! See if you can get Willie to deliver........
(https://s9.postimg.cc/z2bnuwgrf/pizza-with-lots-of-meat.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/z2bnuwgrf/)

 For those of you who don't know, that is the famous Pepe Pie Special with plenty of goodies. I can tell everyone here, it's a favorite of many members on this site.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on April 11, 2018, 01:05:22 PM
Happy Birthday and many more to come!  Thanks for founding this site!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on April 11, 2018, 01:31:50 PM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Captain John   
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 1261Truckie on April 12, 2018, 03:06:45 PM
Happy birthday, Cap, and many more
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: JOR176 on April 12, 2018, 08:22:00 PM
Happy Birthday John and many more.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: jbendick on April 12, 2018, 09:19:57 PM
I want to thank everybody for the birthday wish's.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on April 12, 2018, 09:21:25 PM
Happy & Healthy Birthday & Best Wishes for many more.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: FDNY Response Videos on April 12, 2018, 09:24:27 PM
Happy birthday!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fltpara16 on April 13, 2018, 11:07:01 PM
Happy Birthday John!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on April 14, 2018, 10:36:31 PM
 Recently, a few of the members got together for a couple of days to visit a few fire depts. in Connecticut.

 Those members included (by seniority):
   John D, aka"johnd248"
   Willy D, aka "NFD2004"
   Frank D, aka "fdce54"
   Elwood E, aka "CFDMarshall"
   Brad Y, aka "Signal73"

 The visits included:

   Milford FD - Squad 1/ Medic 1/ Medic 2

   New Haven FD - Engine 11/ Truck 2/ Emergency Unit 2
                           Engine 6/ Truck 4
                           Engine 4/ Truck 1/ Squad 1
                           Engine 9/ Squad 2
                           Engine 15

   Bridgeport FD - Engine 1/ Ladder 5/ Rescue 5
                          Engine 6/ Ladder 6
                          Engine 12

   Norwich FD - Squad A/ Engine 3/ Truck 1
                      Engine 2

   New London FD - Engine 11/ Ambulance 100
                            Engine 21/ Truck 25/ Ambulance 200

   Special Thanks to:

    New Haven Lt Bill Wargo
                     FF Matt Walsh

    Bridgeport Battalion Chief John McNichol
                    Captain Rich Skoog
                    Lt Kevin Higgins
                    FF Glen Duda

    Norwich Battalion Chief Scott Merchant
                 Capt Al Fitch
                 Lt Chris Zaugg
                 Lt Tim Teper

   New London Lt Jeff Rheaume
                     Lt Mark Waters
                     Lt Mike Leonard

  Thank you to ALL the members of these companies who took the time to answer the questions we had and for the great hospitality we received.

  A donation will be made to the Firefighters Cancer Fund www.ffcancer.org in appreciation for inviting us to join you at the firehouse.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Signal73 on April 14, 2018, 10:55:53 PM
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LT Wargo
FF Walsh
My Self
Frank
Elwood

At NHFD E6 T4 & Temporary E8 & Prime Mover w/ Foam Trailer
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: guitarman314 on April 14, 2018, 11:01:37 PM
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LT Wargo
FF Walsh
My Self
Frank
Elwood

At NHFD E6 T4 & Temporary E8 & Prime Mover w/ Foam Trailer
Is Frank awake in this photo? :D
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on April 14, 2018, 11:05:43 PM
Brad,

Do you know if Lt. Bill Wargo might be related to John Wargo who was associated with the MV Dayliner at West Point in 1972?
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on April 14, 2018, 11:30:57 PM
 G-man, I don't know if this has anything to do with it, but one time I asked Frank D, aka "fdce54", "when is it the best time to take a nap" ? Frank told me, "the best time to take a nap is right after you wake up in the morning".

 Frank M. aka "manhattan", in reference to Lt Bill Wargo being associated with the MV Dayliner at West Point, I don't think that is the case.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: johnd248 on April 15, 2018, 01:22:20 PM
I was only able to attend the Satruday visits to Norwich and New London.  Willy D did a super job organizing these visits and the brothers of both departments were fantastic to greet us and show us around their stations.  Nice to meet Elwood and Frank, also.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on April 15, 2018, 03:21:15 PM
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LT Wargo
FF Walsh
My Self
Frank
Elwood

At NHFD E6 T4 & Temporary E8 & Prime Mover w/ Foam Trailer
Is Frank awake in this photo? :D
Yes he is Tom. I was reviewing the photos on my camera. Willy D doesn't know how to say cheese.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: IRISH on April 15, 2018, 05:11:59 PM
Happy Birthday Capt Bendick
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: IRISH on April 15, 2018, 05:16:43 PM
G-man, I don't know if this has anything to do with it, but one time I asked Frank D, aka "fdce54", "when is it the best time to take a nap" ? Frank told me, "the best time to take a nap is right after you wake up in the morning".

 Frank M. aka "manhattan", in reference to Lt Bill Wargo being associated with the MV Dayliner at West Point, I don't think that is the case.

Willy D this will be the last time Frank breaks my balls for falling asleep in a bar thats for sure :D :D
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on April 15, 2018, 07:09:31 PM
G-man, I don't know if this has anything to do with it, but one time I asked Frank D, aka "fdce54", "when is it the best time to take a nap" ? Frank told me, "the best time to take a nap is right after you wake up in the morning".

 Frank M. aka "manhattan", in reference to Lt Bill Wargo being associated with the MV Dayliner at West Point, I don't think that is the case.

Willy D this will be the last time Frank breaks my balls for falling asleep in a bar thats for sure :D :D
Oh no it won't!!!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on April 15, 2018, 07:18:19 PM
This is the last rig Captain Willie D rode in before he retired. You can even see his Captain's helmet still up on the dashboard, left there in honor of Willie.
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Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on April 15, 2018, 09:48:10 PM
In this photo we have the two "D" brothers. On the left is Willie D and in the middle is John D (johnd248). It was great listening to John D and Willie D trading barbs. The third gentlemen is retired Norwich firefighter Tom Lafreniere who was one of two firefighters who survived a truck fire and explosion that killed four other firefighters.
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Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on April 15, 2018, 10:02:08 PM
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LT Wargo
FF Walsh
My Self
Frank

 Nice array of Healthy Snacks set-up on the table.    ;)
Elwood

At NHFD E6 T4 & Temporary E8 & Prime Mover w/ Foam Trailer
Is Frank awake in this photo? :D
Yes he is Tom. I was reviewing the photos on my camera. Willy D doesn't know how to say cheese.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: johnd248 on April 16, 2018, 08:20:45 AM
Extremely hard to get a picture of Willy D with his mouth closed.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on April 16, 2018, 08:51:38 AM
In this photo we have the two "D" brothers. On the left is Willie D and in the middle is John D (johnd248). It was great listening to John D and Willie D trading barbs. The third gentlemen is retired Norwich firefighter Tom Lafreniere who was one of two firefighters who survived a truck fire and explosion that killed four other firefighters.
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 Thanks Frank for all the photos you posted for us.

 I would like to add a few thoughts as well.

 Retired Norwich Firefighter Tom Lafreniere (above photo on right) will be 90 years old in June. He survived the WORST Firefighter LODDs incident in Connecticut which took the lives of four of the six firefighters who responded to what was reported as a truck on fire. When the chemicals inside of that truck heated up, there was a massive explosion which blew out windows in the high school about a mile away.

 It had rained the night before and what kept Tom and the other firefighter, (Tom Demauro - now deceased), alive was that they were in a puddle of water and as they were burning they splashed water on top of themselves. They were also able to get the door of that truck on top of them to cover themselves giving them some protection from the heat of the truck burning. Both those firefighters also lost a large part of their hearing because of the explosion.

 As a result of this very tragic event, Placarding came out in an effort to warn firefighters of a possible dangerous cargo being carried.

 Tom Lafreniere was also awarded the Bronze Star for his actions during the Korean War. I think he also told us he just celebrated his 64th wedding anniversary.

 EVERY Fire Dept that we visited (Bridgeport, New Haven, Norwich, and New London) has suffered LODDS over the past several years. It's a dangerous job no matter where you go. Certainly the FDNY has seen it's share recently.

 During our visits to various firehouses, we saw that "The Brotherhood is Alive and Well". Most of the guys had no idea who we were. Just a couple of guys with an interest in the fire service.

 This is NOT the first time a group of us have visited various cities and firehouses. Special thanks to "68jk09" who has gone above and beyond to help us. We've also had "jbendick", "mack", "Danr", "tbendick", "atlas", and "truck4", set things up for us as well. And that has all been possible because of a web site called "Nycfire.net".

 Finally, I would like to mention one more thing. In reply #736, I had said that we would make a donation to the Firefighter Cancer Fund in appreciation for what these firefighters did for us. Shortly after posting that, I received an email from a member of this site, who wasn't even with us, saying that he would like to contribute as well. I COULD NOT BELIEVE THAT.

 THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HAVE BEEN THERE FOR US.

 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: IRISH on April 16, 2018, 04:09:19 PM
Thanks for the additional info Willy D. I've never heard of that incident involving FF Tom Lafreniere. Himself and FF Tom Demauro RIP were very lucky indeed. Incredible story to hear how they managed to survive

All the photos look great of what looked like a great trip. John D hasn't aged one bit since i first met him in Flatbush on a cold January day all those years ago. FF Lafreniere also looks in great shape for a man 90yrs young
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on April 22, 2018, 09:33:05 AM
 HAPPY 44th Wedding Anniversary to this site co-administrator, Retired FDNY Captain John Bendick, aka "jbendick", and his wife Madaline, who celebrated their 44th on Friday April 20th.

 And there is more. Within the next few days, OR maybe few hours, they will become GREAT GRANDPARENTS for the first time.

 John and Maddy, we wish you all the best for many more happy and healthy years to come. THANK YOU for what you do for ALL of us here.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on April 22, 2018, 01:03:44 PM
Happy Anniversary John and Maddy and congratulations on becoming great grandparents.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on April 22, 2018, 01:12:49 PM
All best on your anniversary and coming great-grandchild and thank you for this site and all your efforts.  God bless.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on April 22, 2018, 01:44:14 PM
Congratulations John and Maddy, may you have many more of both
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on April 23, 2018, 03:52:40 AM
^^^^^Best Wishes.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on April 24, 2018, 09:29:11 PM
Congratulations to site administrator, Retired FDNY Captain John Bendick “jbendick” and his wife Matty on the birth of their first great grandchild, a baby boy on Monday April 23,2018
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on May 03, 2018, 09:54:27 PM
 As most of the members can see in the "General Discussion Section", there was a recent "Lunch Get Together" by a couple of members of this site. Taking part in that "Pepe's Pizza Party" were the following:
 
 Mike D, aka "mikeindabronx"
 John B, aka "jbendick"
 Frank D, aka "fdce54"
 Willy D, aka "NFD2004"

 We were also joined by a retired member of the FDNY, whose wife wrote a book titled: "By the Grace of God", about their amazing story of survival on 9/11. His name Dan Potter. He worked in Ladder 38, Ladder 5, Ladder 112, and Ladder 31. I'm sure some of our members recognized him in the photo posted by Frank D. in that General Section thread (Lunch Get Together).

 I first met Dan about 20 years ago at the Rock when he was the chaffer of Ladder 5. They had just gotten a new rig and I sure wanted to get a few rig shots of it. Of course I asked him if he could position it for me, and like most guys, as long as it was possible, he did that for me.

 Several years pass by and a captain from another dept shows him that picture of Ladder 5 and some how we get in touch. He remembered when that picture was taken. I later find out about the book and somehow I get word of a video on their survival which I will post here.

 So we set up a meeting place and throw down three large Pepe Pizzas. A few guys that Dan has mentioned to me from this site are; "69METS", "memory master", and "68jk09". I'm sure there's many more. He has also applied to become a member of this elite site.

 But here is that video. Maybe you've seen it.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdeWr11n5IY
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on May 03, 2018, 10:02:14 PM
Thanks for posting this, Bill.  And best to 69METS for a speedy recovery and welcome aboard to Dan.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on May 15, 2018, 08:54:45 AM
 Everyday, sometimes three or four times a day, I go on this web site to catch up with what's going on within the activity of the FDNY, EMS, FDNY Dispatch, and very often activity and happenings of many other fire departments as well. I tell friends that it's like I need to get my "daily fix" (as in shooting up). The more I go on, the more interesting it gets.

 Of course I'm very lucky to have my good health and that I've been able to meet SO MANY GREAT PEOPLE because of it. ALL having the same interest.

 I've also had the chance to "tell my story" here of the days of chasing the fires and watching what I consider to be the GREATEST FIRE DEPT IN THE WORLD in "My Younger Buff Years" (History section). That also helped me to get to know so many GREAT GUYS who were a part of that time. I didn't plan it like that -  it just happened. It was such a different time then and things just "had" to change. It couldn't keep going like that. Although at the time, a lot of such activity spread to other cities as well. ("The Other War Years" - history section)

 One of the members who I recently met for the first time was "Signal 73", aka Brad Y. Most of us here are quite familiar with the amount of contributions that he gives to this site. He joins the ranks of a special group of others here as well.

 I would like to Thank Brad for all of those contributions. Most recently his list of EMS Car Assignments and (FDNY) Car Numbers update. I can relate to the many questions outsiders have when it comes to those car numbers as they listen to the FDNY or FDNY/EMS. A long time ago, I had those same questions. 

 When I met Brad for the first time it was recently in New Haven, Ct where a couple of us guys got together from this site. Of course we made the rounds to visit a few firehouses as well. I learned that Brad lives in the New Haven, Ct area and that he has a good reputation within the New Haven area fire depts.

 I also learned that Brad is a family man, I believe with three (?) children at home. (maybe he can correct me if wrong). Brad also works as a Dispatcher for an Ambulance Company in Connecticut. I know they are the primary responder to some area cities and towns in the New Haven area.

 So whether it's the rundown on a FDNY job, a monthly report of first due companies to all the multiple alarm fires within the city, or a list of the many car numbers we all hear at major incidents - I think we ALL appreciate what you (BRAD) do for us here.

 And here is just another thought. We have many new members here who only know each of us by some user name. I'm going to talk it over with a couple of very good friends and see if we can set up just a one day/evening dinner to meet up. We did that several years ago and because of that many of us became very good friends and kept in touch. So maybe on some Saturday night this summer, we can do that. Just a thought.

 Thanks again Brad, aka "signal 73". (By the way for those who might not know - within the New Haven FD, the term signal 73 means the same as the FDNYs 10-75).
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Signal73 on May 15, 2018, 10:08:23 AM
Oh Willy D. You always say the right thing and know how to give a good pat on the back lol

I appreciate the kind words about my self.

If it wasn’t for you senior guys this site wouldn’t be what it is today, i am just happy to add my part the best way I can. And you my friend are right about “getting my fix” on this site. While at work I have this site up and am usually listening to the boroughs 24/7. Ask my wife she like when fire goes into the cockloft (not sure why might be the NY accent) lol. And yes i May add i have stopped by ALL FDNY fire houses to snap a rig pic.

I guess you can say I am a family man. I have 2 step kids who i am happy to call mine with 1 on the way June 28 (or sooner) lol.  Little by little i get the 2 steps kids 8&6 into the “Buff World”. The youngest had his own Facebook page “FireTrucksForChristian” (We still save that story for another day but the Facebook page should explain it) He made it to his first FDNY fire House visit to E92 TL44 (Thank you Uncle Wes 4Truck). He also made it on the riding list for 4Truck & Rescue 1 at the age of 6 (caught a 10-77 with 4Truck)

It’s always nice to get user names with faces. Brad Young if anyone has Facebook lol

Thank you again for the kind words.  And everyone new & old keep up the good work
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 69 METS on May 15, 2018, 07:03:53 PM
Thanks for posting this, Bill.  And best to 69METS for a speedy recovery and welcome aboard to Dan.


Thank you Manhattan, under the weather for 6 weeks, I think I'm finally well again.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on May 15, 2018, 07:21:11 PM
Thanks for posting this, Bill.  And best to 69METS for a speedy recovery and welcome aboard to Dan.


Thank you Manhattan, under the weather for 6 weeks, I think I'm finally well again.

Garrett, glad to hear your feeling better
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on May 15, 2018, 08:44:45 PM
Thanks for posting this, Bill.  And best to 69METS for a speedy recovery and welcome aboard to Dan.


Thank you Manhattan, under the weather for 6 weeks, I think I'm finally well again.

Glad to hear it!  And just in time to enjoy the summer!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on May 15, 2018, 09:20:29 PM
I’m happy to hear that as well Garrett.

Sorry about the mix up I caused on the Firehouse second section thread when I confused your father  with mack’s Father.

I wish I knew them both during their very busy years with the FDNY. They were certainly the Greatest.

I would also like to add that a few years ago I was in Fla where Garrett, “69METs” now lives. He invited me as his guest to a retired firefighters monthly dinner gathering. I believe the group is called “The Suncoast Retired Firefighters org”. It was a great time and there were other retired FDNY members and a few guys from this site that I got to meet.

I didn’t forget it Garrett and I took a few pictures and shared them with a few of the guys here who know and worked with you.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 69 METS on May 15, 2018, 11:17:41 PM
Thanks for posting this, Bill.  And best to 69METS for a speedy recovery and welcome aboard to Dan.


Thank you Manhattan, under the weather for 6 weeks, I think I'm finally well again.

Garrett, glad to hear your feeling better

Thank you Mike!!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 69 METS on May 15, 2018, 11:26:02 PM
I’m happy to hear that as well Garrett.

Sorry about the mix up I caused on the Firehouse second section thread when I confused your father  with mack’s Father.

I wish I knew them both during their very busy years with the FDNY. They were certainly the Greatest.

I would also like to add that a few years ago I was in Fla where Garrett, “69METs” now lives. He invited me as his guest to a retired firefighters monthly dinner gathering. It was a great time and there were other retired FDNY members and a few guys from this site that I got to meet. I didn’t forget it Garrett and I took a few pictures and shared them with a few of the guys here who know and worked with you.

Bill, I already considered it an honor to know you and call you my friend, BUT ... I just noticed that in addition to being a retired fire captain, you also hold the rank of 'Global Moderator'. I realize that you are far too humble a man to ever mention this to me, but now that I've become aware of this fact, CONGRATULATIONS upon your earning this great honor!!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on May 15, 2018, 11:58:34 PM
Garret my Friend glad to hear you are feeling better.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on May 16, 2018, 06:45:02 PM
 Just to add a bit here, site member "69 METS", as I understand it, began his FDNY career at Engine 234.

 Later he moved to Ladder 33 where he joined another member of this site. His name John B., aka 'jbendick", this sites administrator and at the time assigned to Engine 75 at that busy Jerome Ave firehouse.

 Then with the former Engine 41 becoming Squad 41, Garrett joined that company where his commanding officer at the time was another member of this site, then Lt Jack K., aka "68jk09".

 Garrett L., aka "69 METS", then moved on to Rescue 3 before retiring from the FDNY. 

 https://postimg.cc/image/onn859c7f/  (thanks to photo posted in FDNY and NYC Firehouse 2nd Section thread by mack)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 69 METS on May 16, 2018, 09:55:34 PM
Garret my Friend glad to hear you are feeling better.

Thank you Chief!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: johnd248 on May 17, 2018, 09:54:26 AM
Happy you are feeling better, Garrett.  Great picture of your Dad.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 69 METS on May 17, 2018, 01:16:34 PM
Hi John, Thanks for the well wishes.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: kfd274 on May 17, 2018, 02:11:59 PM
I’m happy to hear that as well Garrett.

Sorry about the mix up I caused on the Firehouse second section thread when I confused your father  with mack’s Father.

I wish I knew them both during their very busy years with the FDNY. They were certainly the Greatest.

I would also like to add that a few years ago I was in Fla where Garrett, “69METs” now lives. He invited me as his guest to a retired firefighters monthly dinner gathering. It was a great time and there were other retired FDNY members and a few guys from this site that I got to meet. I didn’t forget it Garrett and I took a few pictures and shared them with a few of the guys here who know and worked with you.

Bill, I already considered it an honor to know you and call you my friend, BUT ... I just noticed that in addition to being a retired fire captain, you also hold the rank of 'Global Moderator'. I realize that you are far too humble a man to ever mention this to me, but now that I've become aware of this fact, CONGRATULATIONS upon your earning this great honor!!

I am unfamiliar with this distinction "Global Moderator"   Are you travelling the world buffing now?    No White Castles out there - but you will probably find a Mickey D's.  Congratulations Willy D.   If you are planning anything in Boston this summer let me know. Maybe we can hook up
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: CFDMarshal on May 18, 2018, 09:09:05 AM
They are named Global Moderators in order to handle the post from Dec aka "Irish" and Myself since we are both from a foreign lands, Ireland and Tennessee! They are in charge of making sure we do not cause any incidents!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on May 18, 2018, 10:28:04 AM
And here I thought it was because Willy was from a foreign land (Connecticut).  ::)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Signal73 on May 18, 2018, 10:33:27 AM
And here I thought it was because Willy was from a foreign land (Connecticut).  ::)

Norwich isn't that Foreign of a land only New Haven lol
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on May 18, 2018, 05:32:34 PM


I am unfamiliar with this distinction "Global Moderator"   Are you travelling the world buffing now?    No White Castles out there - but you will probably find a Mickey D's.  Congratulations Willy D.   If you are planning anything in Boston this summer let me know. Maybe we can hook up

 Kevin, aka "kfd274", putting the Global Moderator and the World wide buff aside for now, I do know one thing for sure.

 I was sure lucky to be with you and a couple of other guys from this site several years ago. As sometimes happens, several years ago, a few of us got together for a little chow over on Roosevelt Ave in Queens. I thought I was doing so great when I found a parking place right in front of the place. But when we all came out, my car was gone. It was towed away for being in a No Parking Zone. I never noticed the sign.

 I remember you Kevin (kfd274) happened to stop a NYPD car on patrol and they checked and found that it was towed to the pound. Then Kevin, I had no idea where the place was. We had called and they told us they would be locking up shortly and wouldn't be able to get the car after that. You gave me a ride there and we made it there by just a few minutes. I sure do appreciate what you did for me and I didn't forget it. I would have been in some BIG TROUBLE if it wasn't for you.

 Thank you my friend and I hope to get up to Beantown sometime this summer. Maybe make a quick stop at that Boston Sparks club too. Some great guys there including Paul B., who is the president of that group and a frequent visitor to here as well.

 Just to add, as mentioned earlier here, we got guys not only from Ireland and Tennessee but also from:
  New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Ohio, Illinois, Virginia, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, parts of New York State, even the U.K.

 Some may speak a little different but we all speak the same language.   
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on May 18, 2018, 11:32:09 PM
"my car was gone. It was towed away for being in a No Parking Zone. I never noticed the sign."  Thanks, Bill; it's out-of-towners like you who keep the city rollin' in dough!!  Come back any time - it's always great to have your wallet you in town!!

And remember - if there'as an empty parking spot in this city, it's like an empty seat on a crowded subway - - it's empty for a very good reason.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on May 19, 2018, 07:49:11 AM
"my car was gone. It was towed away for being in a No Parking Zone. I never noticed the sign."  Thanks, Bill; it's out-of-towners like you who keep the city rollin' in dough!!  Come back any time - it's always great to have your wallet you in town!!

And remember - if there'as an empty parking spot in this city, it's like an empty seat on a crowded subway - - it's empty for a very good reason.

 Yes Frank, aka "manhattan", how right you are. And I will always remember about those empty parking spots right in front of the place I want to go. I know that "somebody" made some money on me that night. I think about $280.00 altogether. And if my friend Kevin, aka "KFD274" hadn't gotten me there about 20 minutes before those gates close, it would have cost me a lot more than that. Plus I would have had to find the nearest homeless shelter to settle down for the night.

 I will also remember what you say about those empty seats on a crowded subway. But a few times I was riding on a crowed subway and nobody sat next to me. I just don't know why.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: kfd274 on May 26, 2018, 12:08:08 PM


I am unfamiliar with this distinction "Global Moderator"   Are you travelling the world buffing now?    No White Castles out there - but you will probably find a Mickey D's.  Congratulations Willy D.   If you are planning anything in Boston this summer let me know. Maybe we can hook up

 Kevin, aka "kfd274", putting the Global Moderator and the World wide buff aside for now, I do know one thing for sure.

 I was sure lucky to be with you and a couple of other guys from this site several years ago. As sometimes happens, several years ago, a few of us got together for a little chow over on Roosevelt Ave in Queens. I thought I was doing so great when I found a parking place right in front of the place. But when we all came out, my car was gone. It was towed away for being in a No Parking Zone. I never noticed the sign.

 I remember you Kevin (kfd274) happened to stop a NYPD car on patrol and they checked and found that it was towed to the pound. Then Kevin, I had no idea where the place was. We had called and they told us they would be locking up shortly and wouldn't be able to get the car after that. You gave me a ride there and we made it there by just a few minutes. I sure do appreciate what you did for me and I didn't forget it. I would have been in some BIG TROUBLE if it wasn't for you.

 Thank you my friend and I hope to get up to Beantown sometime this summer. Maybe make a quick stop at that Boston Sparks club too. Some great guys there including Paul B., who is the president of that group and a frequent visitor to here as well.

 Just to add, as mentioned earlier here, we got guys not only from Ireland and Tennessee but also from:
  New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Ohio, Illinois, Virginia, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, parts of New York State, even the U.K.

 Some may speak a little different but we all speak the same language.

Bill

Let me know about  the Boston trip.  If I am around, I would love to join you

Kev
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on June 02, 2018, 09:20:26 AM
 Let us ALL wish our good friend, Mr Frank D, aka "fdce54" a very Happy Birthday on this June 2nd.

 Yes folks, many, many years ago a young guy named Frank D came into the world. Growing up in some of the toughest streets of the South Bronx and battling his way to survival.

 In his later years, he continued to carry on his duties in some of those toughest streets. Often working alone as a Con Ed employee going into those tough places facing not only the people, but the meanest ghetto dogs around. He did this without carrying a gun or even a halligan bar or an axe.

 One story that Our Birthday Boy, Mr "fdce54", tells is how he was going into one of those buildings in the very dangerous Hunts Point Ave area. At that time the area was known for very high crime activity and dangerous conditions. But as a Con Ed employee, he had no choice but to work those streets and go into those very dangerous buildings.

 One time when he came out of a building on Hunts Point Ave after doing his job, he was approached by Three Undercover, Anti Crime Police Officers who had been watching that building. They approached Frank and asked him what he was doing in there (apparently a well known crime spot or drug den etc). He then innocently told those police officers, "I was in there working". "I work for Con Ed" and he pointed to his Con Ed truck parked down the street.

 Those police officers were AMAZED. They then said to him, "you went in there by yourself" ? Frank told them "Yes, I did".

 Then one of those Anti Crime cops told him:

   "When we go in there, there are THREE of us and we carry guns"
   "When the Firemen go in there, there's 12 of them and they carry axes and heavy tools"

 Then one of the cops said to him:

  "You know what": "The NYPD is the Finest, the FDNY is the Bravest, But those Con Ed workers are the F##### Craziest".

 Of course as time went on, Frank D, became a supervisor for Con Ed covering the entire Westchester County. Retiring just a few years ago.

 Frank, aka "fdce54", Happy Birthday and many more Happy and Healthy Birthdays to come.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on June 02, 2018, 09:52:26 AM
Happy Birthday, Frank; and many more.  ;)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on June 02, 2018, 10:37:20 AM
Happy Birthday Frank
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: johnd248 on June 02, 2018, 10:39:56 AM
Happy Birthday, Frank.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 1261Truckie on June 02, 2018, 11:16:00 AM
Happy birthday Frank. Best wishes for many more.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: JOR176 on June 02, 2018, 12:30:39 PM
Happy Birthday Frank.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: memory master on June 02, 2018, 12:36:33 PM
Best wishes today and everyday. Happy Birthday!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on June 02, 2018, 02:57:41 PM
Happy birthday, Frank.  Let Willy D take you out to McDonalds.  Have a great day. 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on June 02, 2018, 05:36:32 PM
Frank have a Happy & Healthy Birthday....Best Wishes for many more....looking forward to our next hangout for some cold ones & some interesting conversation. 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on June 02, 2018, 06:41:02 PM
Happy Birthday, Frank, and many more in great health and happiness.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: jbendick on June 02, 2018, 07:56:53 PM
Happy Birthday Frank.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: gjb114 on June 02, 2018, 08:17:48 PM
Happy birthday and thanks to you and the other "experts" on this site. I don't have much to contribute but am very grateful as to being a member of this site. I very much appreciate and look forward to the information that you all have to share. You are the BEST!!!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on June 02, 2018, 10:02:02 PM
 We Welcome one of our newest members to the site, Jay W., aka "hosewagon".

 Jay is a Lt on the FDNY and I believe works a Harlem Engine Co. Prior to that he worked the very busy Engine 75 in the Bronx.

 Jay's father is a retired Hartford (CT) Fire Captain who later became the Chief of the Willimantic FD in Connecticut. His father, who is now in his 80s, still loves talking about the job and as a Hartford Firefighter he fought the many fires in Hartford during their own set of so called "War Years" of the busy 70s and 80s.

 Jay also has a brother who is a Deputy Chief in New Britain, Ct. His brother Paul, is known for his GREAT Fire Dept Paintings which have captured firefighters in action, including the FDNY. His work is OUTSTANDING.
  https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/paul-walsh.html

 There is another member of the family, Matt (Jay's nephew), who a few of us met recently, is a firefighter in New Haven, Ct currently assigned to one of their very busy Squad Cos. 

 Welcome Jay, aka "hosewagon".

 Willy D
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on June 02, 2018, 10:03:04 PM
Thank you to all for the birthday greetings. I do appreciate them. The scary part is that I'm catching up to Willy D……….. :-[
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: jmag228 on June 02, 2018, 10:07:43 PM
Best wishes for a great day and many more
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fltpara16 on June 02, 2018, 11:36:44 PM
Happy Birthday Frank!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: AuxWarYearsCapt on June 03, 2018, 02:11:42 AM
Happy Birthday  Frank
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on June 03, 2018, 03:56:51 AM
Welcome aboard Hosewagon.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: enginecap on June 03, 2018, 09:37:47 AM
And a great guy too
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: CFDMarshal on June 03, 2018, 10:25:34 PM
Welcome aboard Hosewagon, You have a great family legacy! FDCE, I pray you never catch Willy D, I hope you chase him for many years to come.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on June 04, 2018, 02:16:46 PM
Welcome "hosewagon"
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on June 04, 2018, 04:57:42 PM
Welcome to the group, Hosewagon.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on June 04, 2018, 06:25:42 PM
We Welcome one of our newest members to the site, Jay W., aka "hosewagon".

 Jay is a Lt on the FDNY and I believe works a Harlem Engine Co. Prior to that he worked the very busy Engine 75 in the Bronx.

 Jay's father is a retired Hartford (CT) Fire Captain who later became the Chief of the Willimantic FD in Connecticut. His father, who is now in his 80s, still loves talking about the job and as a Hartford Firefighter he fought the many fires in Hartford during their own set of so called "War Years" of the busy 70s and 80s.

 Jay also has a brother who is a Deputy Chief in New Britain, Ct. His brother Paul, is known for his GREAT Fire Dept Paintings which have captured firefighters in action, including the FDNY. His work is OUTSTANDING.
  https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/paul-walsh.html

 There is another member of the family, Matt (Jay's nephew), who a few of us met recently, is a firefighter in New Haven, Ct currently assigned to one of their very busy Squad Cos. 

 Welcome Jay, aka "hosewagon".

 Willy D

Welcome "Hosewagon" - Willy D owes you a nice meal at his favorite restaurant - McDonalds.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on June 07, 2018, 09:09:09 AM
 Special THANKS goes out to site member "Ala117" for his efforts in posting many of the stories of the FDNY June, 2018 Medal Day awards.

 Some here may NOT fully understand the amount of risk involved in earning these medals or unit citations. But thanks to "Ala117", we all can get some idea of the kind of job these members have done to accomplish such recognition. As well as the amount of risk they have pushed themselves to go beyond what it takes.

 Special Thanks to ALL those who have gone beyond to save others. And Special Thanks to this site member, "Ala117", for putting the effort and taking the time to tell some of their stories in "FDNY Medal Day", (2018) in the News and Events section on this site.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Ala117 on June 07, 2018, 11:56:59 AM
Special THANKS goes out to site member "Ala117" for his efforts in posting many of the stories of the FDNY June, 2018 Medal Day awards.

 Some here may NOT fully understand the amount of risk involved in earning these medals or unit citations. But thanks to "Ala117", we all can get some idea of the kind of job these members have done to accomplish such recognition. As well as the amount of risk they have pushed themselves to go beyond what it takes.

 Special Thanks to ALL those who have gone beyond to save others. And Special Thanks to this site member, "Ala117", for putting the effort and taking the time to tell some of their stories in "FDNY Medal Day", (2018) in the News and Events section on this site.

NFD2004: Thanks for your kind comments. Glad to share the stories posted by the FDNY of the members that received the awards. Sharing those stories here was my small contribution to this site and all its great folks. Agree with your comment on the risks the members take, but they would humbly say that they were just doing their job.

Also wanted to say thanks for the stories you and other folks shared in the 'My younger Buff years' thread in the History section. They brought back many memories of the War Years when I lived and buffed in the NYC area and listened to the FDNY on a multi-band radio.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on June 11, 2018, 08:40:16 AM
 Could this be who we THINK it is ?

 Word is that the perp had just finished eating at a local McDonalds prior to this incident happening.

 Thanks to one of the members of this site whose keen eye spotted this article and felt the need to alert the membership of this event.

 Let's hope it's NOT the same guy. A key factor here is that the guy we're thinking of hasn't seen age 26 in decades. Or could that be just a simple misprint which sometimes happen.

 Here's the article and "you" decide for yourself.

 https://www.firerescue1.com/arrests/articles/384094018-Conn-man-arrested-for-impersonating-fire-captain-having-FBI-badge/ 

 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on June 11, 2018, 10:08:53 AM
Could this be who we THINK it is ?

 Word is that the perp had just finished eating at a local McDonalds prior to this incident happening.

 Thanks to one of the members of this site whose keen eye spotted this article and felt the need to alert the membership of this event.

 Let's hope it's NOT the same guy. A key factor here is that the guy we're thinking of hasn't seen age 26 in decades. Or could that be just a simple misprint which sometimes happen.

 Here's the article and "you" decide for yourself.

 https://www.firerescue1.com/arrests/articles/384094018-Conn-man-arrested-for-impersonating-fire-captain-having-FBI-badge/ 

 
This guy is the love child of Willie D and Birdie the Early Bird....
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Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on June 11, 2018, 10:28:47 AM
The details point towards one person:

Conn man
Norwich
Fire Captain
Says he's heading to a fire
VW Jetta
Driving erratically
Wrong side of road
Portable FD radio
EMS kit
Coming from a McDonalds
Claims to be 26 but is many years older

Does Willy D have a twin?
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on June 11, 2018, 02:24:30 PM
You're right Joe. Guilty as charged!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on June 11, 2018, 05:19:02 PM
"Does Willy D have a twin?" - - That would be quite a trick of nature.  And, if it's true, it's time to yell out "Martha, grab the kids while I hitch up the horses.  We're gettin' outta town!!"
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: kfd274 on June 14, 2018, 12:30:54 PM
 :) ;) ;D :)
Title: Re: News of Members 6/20/18
Post by: STAjo on June 20, 2018, 10:33:06 PM
 
My Good Friends:
I’ve written, and had to produce a Novel. This project has taken approx. 2 Yrs., working on & off. One of the Main ‘Characters’ of the story is FDNY. You here, have been a primary and consistent source of information. Today, I’ve been on facebook and amazon most of the day in Production & Marketing of the book, and unfortunately, you who have been most helpful wind-up being last stop of the day. Mostly because I know you are the more patient and understanding of all the people & stuff I’ve had to do.
Before I present my Novel to you, I’d like to Post the Dedication, which, because of Operator Error and Ignorance of Technology,
I was unable add the book itself [!].

I owe so much to so many, I struggle here to be as brief as needed. This Novel is dedicated to many:
The Brave and Dedicated men and women of the FBI, CIA, and all National Security Professionals, and all Members of the U.S. Armed Forces committed in Service, to our safety. To All the Brave and Dedicated Members of the FDNY and FDNY-EMS, NYPD, and all who labor to support their Mission. (A portion of the proceeds from this work will be donated to the FDNY Foundation). God Bless All Who Serve.   

All my many friends at Nycfire.net (Too Many to List.) Admin.: Lt. Tom Bendick FDNY Eng.65,   Capt. J. Bendick FDNY (Ret.) E.23.
   Chief Jack Kleehaas FDNY SOC (Ret.), an invaluable source of FDNY History and Operations. Jack O., Mack, 'Willy', and all the rest... Unbeknownst to them, they have been an unending and priceless source of information about Fire/Emergency Service in general and FDNY in particular. Thank You.
 
  Saving the MVP for last: Lisa Tintori - I wrote a Story; Lisa worked with me providing outstanding direction, editing, inspiration and care, to produce a Novel. To Lisa and Momma Joan, my unending Thanks.


https://www.amazon.com/11-Retribution-Jos-R-Walsh-ebook/dp/B07DRXXJV6/ref=pd_ybh_a_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=GYWF5GD5GJRMJ18WTPVK



https://www.amazon.com/dp/1983209848/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1529548656&sr=1-2&keywords=11%2F11+-+Retribution++Jos.+R.+Walsh

Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on June 21, 2018, 07:25:37 AM
 Joe that is GREAT NEWS, that you would take the time to write a book from the prospective of our Emergency Responders of a terrorist attack.

 None of us could have imagined what happened on Sept 11, 2001 in NYC, Wash., D.C., or Shanksville, Pa. That day changed our whole country and has required ALL of us to be much more alert for such activity.

 Our Emergency Responders have taken on even more risk than they had before.

 Joe, aka "STAjo", I look forward to reading this book and I've already added it to my shopping cart at Amazon. I will do my best to spread the word of this book as well. 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on June 21, 2018, 08:00:22 AM

 'Willy" Thank You ! Thanks Sir. for the kind words, your Purchase, and your endorsement and promotion of
this Novel. I Loved & Despaired working on it... But, I do believe it is an important Work, overall, I enjoyed the research and writing it.
Again, my continued and profound Thanks, to All Here, who made this book possible.   - jw   :)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: CFDMarshal on June 21, 2018, 09:56:04 PM
Congrats Joe! It is in my cart as well. Willy , you are next! I know you have a book or three in you!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on June 21, 2018, 10:32:13 PM
Congrats Joe! It is in my cart as well. Willy , you are next! I know you have a book or three in you!

 Many Thanks, 'Rev.', Enjoy !
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on June 22, 2018, 08:18:25 AM
Congrats Joe! It is in my cart as well. Willy , you are next! I know you have a book or three in you!

 Thanks Rev, "CFDMarshall".

 I think that book has already been written. But I wasn't the only author of it. That book is on this site as "My Younger Buff Years" in the "History" section. As guys added their own stories etc., it created more stories to grow from. It just went on from there.

 Some guys know this, and Elwood you can certainly relate. For me it was a form of therapy as my wife was going through cancer. I remember reading how "your" (Elwood) wife had passed away as you told us then. Although my wife was being treated for cancer, I considered myself lucky that I still had her with me and she was able to get out at least some of the time.

 My wife did pass away after 35 years of a very HAPPY Marriage. I sure was a lucky guy and at 56 years old, living with cancer, she could still pass for a 30 year old model. I used to come home from buffing the FDNY, smelling like smoke as she was getting up to go to work. She understood I enjoyed doing that and she could tell it wasn't ladies perfume she smelled when I got home. 

 I remember one of those times she was able to go out was when I met John Bendick, a retired FDNY Captain and the father of Lt Tommy Bendick. We hit it off great and today we are the Best of Friends.

 That friendship started from here "just like ours (CFDMarshall) did" and it just grew from that. Without being able to tell my story of buffing the FDNY on this site, none of that might have happened.

 The input by so many guys, including those who were there on a daily basis, both FDNY members and buffs, made "My Younger Buff Years" turn out to be what it is. It is a kind of book in itself, with photos and videos, showing the busiest time for fire activity in the history of the FDNY. But I can't take credit as the author of it.

 If I ever did write a book, take a look at that thread and see for yourself how many guys I'd have to share royalties with. "It might end up actually costing ME money".

 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 1261Truckie on June 22, 2018, 09:33:47 AM
STAjo,
Congratulations on the book, hope it does real well
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on June 22, 2018, 03:24:14 PM
STAjo,
Congratulations on the book, hope it does real well

  Thanks, 'Truckie' !    8)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on June 22, 2018, 03:39:23 PM
Joe.  Great news.  Congratulations.  It had to be very challenging to spend two years on a project but very rewarding.  You have a great plot and a terrific perspective.  Good luck.  But please, if your book becomes a movie, do not offer a role to Willy D. no matter what he offers you.  Do not let him go to book signings.  He still smells like smoke.  Again, good luck.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on June 22, 2018, 03:51:35 PM
Sorry, Joe . . . Willy already accepted a role for two Big Macs and a Quarter Pounder to be named later.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: JOR176 on June 22, 2018, 08:09:27 PM
STAjo,
Congratulations on the book, hope it does real well

STAjo I hope it does well also and thanks for the kind words in your message.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on June 23, 2018, 12:09:43 AM
Joe.  Great news.  Congratulations.  It had to be very challenging to spend two years on a project but very rewarding.  You have a great plot and a terrific perspective.  Good luck.  But please, if your book becomes a movie, do not offer a role to Willy D. no matter what he offers you.  Do not let him go to book signings.  He still smells like smoke.  Again, good luck.

  Many Thanks, 'Mac' ! Thanks also, for all you do for us Here.
Got it - No Willy on da' Set.  ;)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on June 23, 2018, 12:11:26 AM
STAjo,
Congratulations on the book, hope it does real well

STAjo I hope it does well also and thanks for the kind words in your message.

 Thanks, Jack O. - You da' Man !   8)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on June 23, 2018, 10:55:07 AM
Congrats on the book
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on June 24, 2018, 01:59:23 AM
Outta sight, Joe!  We're honored to have a future Pulitzer Prize winner here!!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on June 24, 2018, 09:54:36 AM
 Recently, many of us joined together wishing our friend/member "CFDMarshall", aka Rev Elwood E., a Happy Birthday wish. Well, if the "Rev" doesn't mind, I'd like to tell you a little bit about him from what I know. Of course he is from that far away land we call; "Tennessee". Home to the late, very famous singer, some of us remember nicknamed; "the King", Mr Elvis Presley. So I guess that's something to consider. Unlike the place I come from, Connecticut, and the Most famous person we are known for is "Benedict Arnold". In fact, I live in the same city he lived in.

 Okay, so that put aside, first question: Is "CFDMarshall" really a Reverend ?

 No folks he is NOT. But that nickname came about when myself and our other good friend, "fdce54", aka Frank D., were riding with him just outside of the D.C./Virginia area. We were visiting a couple of other members who invited us down there, "mack", aka Joe M., "raybrag", aka Ray B., and "fltpara16", aka Steve E. I don't remember how it happened or what led up to it, but suddenly "The Rev" broke out with some serious, good 'ole southern preaching. So that is how it all started. Frank and I decided to make him a Reverend. As we see now, it has stuck with him.

 Elwood of course can add or change anything that needs to be added or changed here, but as I understand it, Elwood has served as the Chief of Department in his Tennessee town. I believe he is/was also a Fire Marshall and is still an "on call" member of that department. Elwood is certainly into it like most of us here.

 I understand that Elwood is the owner/operator of a large Insurance Company down there in his home town area. I've been told that as you travel along the interstate there are billboards with Elwoods picture and the insurance company name on it.

 Over the last several years Elwood has made several trips up here to the northeast to visit his friends from this site. He has visited many firehouses within the FDNY. Plus Boston, Massachusetts, Providence, Rhode Island, and Bridgeport, New Haven, New London, and Norwich, Connecticut. Everywhere he goes, those guys enjoy talking to him. On a few times, he was invited to take in a run with the guys.

 When he was in Boston, along with a couple of other guys from here, we stopped at the Boston Sparks Club and when the President of that outfit, Paul B., aka "RadioCW98" - here, got to meet Elwood for the first time, it was like they were long lost friends. He said; "Oh you're the Reverend Elwood". He knew of him like so many others from the site.

 Elwood also has a son-in-law on a busy fire company in the DeKalb County, Georgia Fire Dept., named Robbie C., who a few of us have also met. Robbie is a great guy and into the job as well. He is the father of Elwood's grandchild.

 So I've tried to present to the members here a very brief description about our friend and member Elwood E., "CFDMarshall", aka "The Rev". He's a Great Guy and a lot of fun to be with. With his strong southern accent, we tell everybody he's really from Brooklyn, "don't let him fool you".

 Once again, a belated Happy Birthday wish for many Happy and Healthy years to come. Thanks for joining us and your GREAT Friendship.

 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: CFDMarshal on June 24, 2018, 02:21:01 PM
Willy D, you are way too kind! The story is accurate and if I were to change anything it would weaken the flavor. I will say this, I thoroughly enjoy this site and I look forward to every opportunity to get together with all who share this passion. I do my best to pay it forward to the next generation. I have been consumed with this thing called the Fire Service since 5/3/1977 when I was appointed by my hometown of Lynchburg, TN. As Bill stated, My son in law, Robby is OTJ in Dekalb Fire Rescue in Ga. That has opened up a whole new resource to me. He is on the Captains list, currently #11. One thing Willy and the others may not know is that I have another cousin who is a Captain for Madison Fire Rescue in Madison, Al. Chad Menard is an upcoming member of the fire service who is on the teaching circuit with Firehouse Expo  and runs an online group called First In Firefighter. Keepyour eye out for Chad.   
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on June 24, 2018, 07:24:37 PM
While just looking over NYCFireWire, I see that site member mac8146 worked his final shift for the FDNY on 6/22/18 and has joined the ranks of retired members. Congratulations Mac, enjoy your retirement and keep cashing those retirement checks.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on June 24, 2018, 08:28:30 PM
 BEST WISHES "mac8146" for a Happy and Healthy, Well Deserved Retirement.

 As I understand it, retiring from the fire department can be a bitter/sweet thing.

 It's like you lost your best friend - but won the lottery at the same time.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on June 24, 2018, 08:54:48 PM
Congratulations on your retirement


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Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on June 24, 2018, 09:44:29 PM
Congratulations, Mac.  Wishing you many years retirement in great health and enjoyment.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on June 24, 2018, 09:56:31 PM
Best Wishes & enjoy a long & healthy well earned Retirement.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Signal73 on June 24, 2018, 11:06:29 PM
Congrats Mac. All the best
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fltpara16 on June 24, 2018, 11:51:11 PM
STAjo, congratulations on the book!  Ordered and looking forward to reading.  As for our Uncle Wilfred D,  may I suggest the role of "Technical Advisor".  McDonalds will have to do the on set catering. 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on June 24, 2018, 11:59:34 PM
Good luck Mac.. Enjoy you well deserved retirement.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fltpara16 on June 25, 2018, 12:06:43 AM
Congratulations on your retirement Mac!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on June 25, 2018, 01:57:28 AM
STAjo, congratulations on the book!  Ordered and looking forward to reading.  As for our Uncle Wilfred D,  may I suggest the role of "Technical Advisor".  McDonalds will have to do the on set catering.

  Many Thanks, '16' ! Enjoy.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: CFDMarshal on June 25, 2018, 08:25:04 AM
Congratulations on the Retirement Lt. Enjoy it to the max!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: johnd248 on June 25, 2018, 09:10:26 AM
Enjoy Mac.  Being retired doesn't mean you won't be busy.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mac8146 on June 25, 2018, 11:48:38 AM
Thanks for the mention of my retirement, after 35 years it’s time to sit back and enjoy the pension. I will continue to post information and may even have more time to do so, again thanks to all👍🚒
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 1261Truckie on June 25, 2018, 11:53:54 AM
Best wishes on your retirement Lt. Mac
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: JOR176 on June 25, 2018, 08:48:36 PM
Best wishes for a long and healthy retirement.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on June 25, 2018, 11:01:01 PM

  All The Best, Loo. ! Enjoy.   8)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on July 04, 2018, 08:51:53 AM
 As I understand it, Our Administrator of this site, retired FDNY Captain John Bendick, (jbendick), was recently inducted as the First Member of his 19th Army Battalion Combat Engineers group - HALL of FAME. His wife Madeline and John recently traveled to various states as far away as Kentucky and Ohio. One of their stops was at his Army Reunion where John was surprised to be inducted into this "Hall of Fame" and presented with this award as their very first member

 Captain John B., was a Combat Engineer during the height of the Viet Nam War. After his military duty he became a member of the FDNY in 1968, being a part of the same FDNY Probie Class as "68jk09", aka Jack K. It was right at the very beginning of the busiest years of fire activity now referred to as "the FDNY War Years".  Captain John B served with the FDNY for 37 years before retiring.

 Of course Captain John B., is the father of this sites owner and operator, FDNY Lt Tommy Bendick, aka "tbendick".

 John is also the grandpa to 15 grandchildren (I think) and 1 (?) Great grandchild. I recently received a GREAT Photo of two of those grandchildren ages 3 or 4 (?) all dressed in the FDNY Gear, including gloves, hoods, and handie talkie. Yes, it's already in the blood for the next generation of FDNY members. I'd sure love to post that picture here but unfortunately, my computer technology skills haven't reached that level yet.

 Congratulations to U.S. Army Veteran and Retired FDNY Captain John Bendick. We Honor You today, on this July 4th, 2018, celebrating the 242nd Birthday of Our Country. We THANK YOU for your service to our country and the City of New York.

 Thanks John and Congratulations. 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on July 04, 2018, 09:16:28 AM
As I understand it, Our Administrator of this site, retired FDNY Captain John Bendick, (jbendick), was recently inducted as the First Member of his 19th Army Battalion Combat Engineers group - HALL of FAME. His wife Madeline and John recently traveled to various states as far away as Kentucky and Ohio. One of their stops was at his Army Reunion where John was surprised to be inducted into this "Hall of Fame" and presented with this award as their very first member

 Captain John B., was a Combat Engineer during the height of the Viet Nam War. After his military duty he became a member of the FDNY in 1968, being a part of the same FDNY Probie Class as "68jk09", aka Jack K. It was right at the very beginning of the busiest years of fire activity now referred to as "the FDNY War Years".  Captain John B served with the FDNY for 37 years before retiring.

 Of course Captain John B., is the father of this sites owner and operator, FDNY Lt Tommy Bendick, aka "tbendick".

 John is also the grandpa to 15 grandchildren (I think) and 1 (?) Great grandchild. I recently received a GREAT Photo of two of those grandchildren ages 3 or 4 (?) all dressed in the FDNY Gear, including gloves, hoods, and handie talkie. Yes, it's already in the blood for the next generation of FDNY members. I'd sure love to post that picture here but unfortunately, my computer technology skills haven't reached that level yet.

 Congratulations to U.S. Army Veteran and Retired FDNY Captain John Bendick. We Honor You today, on this July 4th, 2018, celebrating the 242nd Birthday of Our Country. We THANK YOU for your service to our country and the City of New York.

 Thanks John and Congratulations.


Congratulations Captain John Bendick.  A well-deserved honor.  Thank you for your service to our country and to NYC. 

Soldier, firefighter, leader, husband, father, grandfather, friend.


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Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on July 04, 2018, 10:24:06 AM
Congratulations, Captain.  Well done and a very well deserved honor.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on July 04, 2018, 10:42:36 AM
Congratulations John for a well deserved honor.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on July 04, 2018, 10:58:56 AM
Congratulations Captain John , thanks for your service to our country & the city
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 1261Truckie on July 04, 2018, 11:51:19 AM
Congratulations Captain !
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: IRISH on July 04, 2018, 01:50:29 PM
Many Congrats Capt Bendick well deserved

Best wishes

ps great photos Mack
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on July 04, 2018, 01:51:20 PM
Congratulations John.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: den114 on July 04, 2018, 05:50:42 PM
Congratulations John & thanks for your Military service & FDNY service. 🇺🇸
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: jbendick on July 04, 2018, 05:57:11 PM
Thank you Willy for your kind words.
I just need to clarify something.This was not part of my reunion which will be in Sept.  Madeline and I were invited to the present day  19th Engineer Battalion's Ball. It was attended by about 400 people including active soldiers and veterans. I was there with 4 other members of the 19th Vietnam Veterans Assoc. and their spouses. The respect we were given was beyond words.

I had no idea about this award.  It was presented by LT Col. Estee Pinchasin commander of the !9th Engineer Batt (C).. I was the first inductee into their Hall Of Fame.  .
The greatest honor was being told that we will always be considered part of the 19th.

 Essayons    Bridles and Reins     Essayons

Thank you to everyone who sent their kind words.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: AuxWarYearsCapt on July 04, 2018, 08:43:58 PM
Congrats Boss.....THANK U FOR YOUR SERVICE
Title: Re: News of Members 6/20/18
Post by: nfd2004 on July 05, 2018, 09:10:53 PM

My Good Friends:
I’ve written, and had to produce a Novel. This project has taken approx. 2 Yrs., working on & off. One of the Main ‘Characters’ of the story is FDNY. You here, have been a primary and consistent source of information. Today, I’ve been on facebook and amazon most of the day in Production & Marketing of the book, and unfortunately, you who have been most helpful wind-up being last stop of the day. Mostly because I know you are the more patient and understanding of all the people & stuff I’ve had to do.
Before I present my Novel to you, I’d like to Post the Dedication, which, because of Operator Error and Ignorance of Technology,
I was unable add the book itself [!].

I owe so much to so many, I struggle here to be as brief as needed. This Novel is dedicated to many:
The Brave and Dedicated men and women of the FBI, CIA, and all National Security Professionals, and all Members of the U.S. Armed Forces committed in Service, to our safety. To All the Brave and Dedicated Members of the FDNY and FDNY-EMS, NYPD, and all who labor to support their Mission. (A portion of the proceeds from this work will be donated to the FDNY Foundation). God Bless All Who Serve.   

All my many friends at Nycfire.net (Too Many to List.) Admin.: Lt. Tom Bendick FDNY Eng.65,   Capt. J. Bendick FDNY (Ret.) E.23.
   Chief Jack Kleehaas FDNY SOC (Ret.), an invaluable source of FDNY History and Operations. Jack O., Mack, 'Willy', and all the rest... Unbeknownst to them, they have been an unending and priceless source of information about Fire/Emergency Service in general and FDNY in particular. Thank You.
 
  Saving the MVP for last: Lisa Tintori - I wrote a Story; Lisa worked with me providing outstanding direction, editing, inspiration and care, to produce a Novel. To Lisa and Momma Joan, my unending Thanks.


https://www.amazon.com/11-Retribution-Jos-R-Walsh-ebook/dp/B07DRXXJV6/ref=pd_ybh_a_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=GYWF5GD5GJRMJ18WTPVK



https://www.amazon.com/dp/1983209848/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1529548656&sr=1-2&keywords=11%2F11+-+Retribution++Jos.+R.+Walsh

 Joe, the book arrived the other day and I just started reading it.

 The book is easy reading and it's almost as if I was right there.

 Your description of events and characters is EXCELLENT.

 I think you did a Great Job in writing it.

 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: jmag228 on July 05, 2018, 11:01:35 PM
Congratulations Captain B. Thank you for your life of service and bravery.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: jmag228 on July 05, 2018, 11:03:31 PM
Congratulations and best wishes for a healthy and enjoyable retirement to Lieutenant MAC
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on July 07, 2018, 02:13:04 PM


 As the year 2016 comes to an end and we welcome in the year 2017, we look back over the many threads, stories, reports, etc on this site. Throughout all of that we once again ask the question:

 "Who has been our Most Valuable Player"

 Who is it that posted more stories and reports than anyone else on this site ? He kept us informed of the goings on in New York City, the country and at times, the world. That award is once again given to a friend to many of us on this site. A guy that has lived his entire life in the Bronx. And that sure is a long time. His web site; www.fdnysbravest.com , has some of the best FDNY action photos out there of the 1980s in Harlem and the Bronx. 

 Maybe you guessed it but once again, it is our own "mikeindabronx". He comes up with roughly 18,000 post since joining this site. Congratulations Mike and Thank you for what you do for all of us here. Those that know Mike personally will also tell you what a great guy he is. Mikes work is greatly appreciated not only by us, but by the members of the FDNY as well. Mike will very often donate his pictures to firehouses to be displayed on their walls of the guys and jobs they were at. GREAT JOB THERE Mike.

 Now we look at the thread that has had the most views since it's beginning.
 
 That thread is over one half million views standing at almost 505,000 views. It is an amazing piece of work in which a huge amount of research had to be done for each post listed. I can only be talking about the most popular and visited topic here called; "FDNY and NYC Firehouses", started by member "mack" or as many of us know him, Joe M. For those of us who know him, he grew up in Brooklyn where he was first introduced into the FDNY by his father, a retired FDNY Battalion Chief. Later he graduated from West Point and has since retired as a very high ranking officer in the U.S. Army. His personal story is one of "A GREAT AMERICAN". Thank you very much Joe for your contribution to both here and our country.

 Mike and Joe, thank you for what you do. Also a Special Thank you to FDNY Lt Tommy B., owner of this site. Without him, none of this would be possible.

 THANKS GUYS.

 Every once in awhile, I like to look over this site. Today (7/7/2018) I found some very IMPRESSIVE Facts that I'd like to pass along. These facts point to the TWO Members I had mentioned in the above quote and how they both have played a HUGE part in making this web site what it is today.

 I am referring to Mike D., aka "mikeindabronx", and Joe M., aka "mack". Both of these members are well known and are good friends to many members of this site.

 Mike D., has been referred to here as "Our Most Valuable Player" because of the number of post he adds daily on so many various topics here (average 6.7/day). From fires in NYC to across the world, and everything else in between. Today Mike has reached about 21,700 post. A lot of time and effort goes into each and every one of those posted. No doubt, he has played a HUGE part in making this web site the success it is today.

 We Thank You Mike.

 Along with Our Most Valuable Player comes the other important fact of the most popular and most viewed thread throughout this sites existence. When the Most popular thread called; "FDNY and NYC Firehouses and Fire Companies" came to an end on December 31, 2017, this site member Joe M., aka "mack", felt there was much more to tell.

 So in a follow up to that original Firehouse/Fire Companies thread, Joe began another thread based on that same topic. He called it: "FDNY and NYC Firehouses and Fire Companies - 2nd Section". With the beginning of that thread on New Years Day, 2018, that very popular thread has now reached about 26,700 views.

 The former Firehouse/Fire Companies thread still remains popular as well, currently with about 911,000 views.

 Any of us following each new post may not understand the huge effort that must go into the research, the posting of photos, awards, apparatus, the members, the videos, etc for each firehouse/company listed.

 Today, if we were to combine both Firehouse/Fire Company threads, the total number of views would be about 937,000 views. Making it certainly the most viewed and followed thread on this site. Just shy of ONE MILLION VIEWS.

  I think if you were to ask the guys on this site who know these TWO individuals, what they think about these guys, my guess is that you might get a response like this. "They are GREAT GUYS and we'd all be a lot better off if there were more like them".

 Thanks Guys for all you have done for us.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on July 07, 2018, 05:03:36 PM
^^^^^^    To add to Willys post above... i would also say that aside from Mikes work on here his excellent FDNY pictorial book is a great chronicle of some of the best years of this Job.... & mack's continuing posts of long ago (some nearly forgotten ) info & photos is priceless....Thank You to both.....& for those that have never had the pleasure of sitting down with them ....they both have a wealth of FDNY history to share.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on July 08, 2018, 11:35:37 AM
Willy D nightmares - fires in McDonalds restaurants - McFires:


     (https://s33.postimg.cc/7wikt0p6j/Willy_D.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/7wikt0p6j/)

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7lDrJjzmv4

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMxttyrxUiA
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on July 13, 2018, 06:44:21 PM
 The creator and author of our most popular thread, "FDNY Firehouses and Fire Companies", as well as "FDNY Firehouses and Fire Companies - Second Section" is currently recovering from a recent knee surgery that was done at Ft Belvoir in Virginia.

 We understand at this time, Joe M., aka "mack", is on the road to recovery, but for now he may be out of service for a little while.

 Also what I'd like to pass onto the membership is how "mack" described his ordeal the morning of the surgery. Apparently doing his best to give a detailed report in a language that we all might be able to understand a little better.

  I QUOTE from "mack":

 "Progress report number one. All hands working on arrival. We have a hospital room at Fort Belvoir. One line in operation for meds. Doctors opening up"
 End of Quote.

 We wish our friend "mack" a speedy recovery and look forward to his next reply in his famous "FDNY Firehouse and Fire Companies" thread.

 So we anxiously await "mack's" return, along with the historic celebration to take place when the combined Firehouse and Fire Companies threads reach that One Million Views mark.

 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on July 13, 2018, 07:04:19 PM
If Joe's knee surgery was anything like mine (I hope it was), the next transmission was "all units not 10-84 can go 10-8.  Handled it with the can, under control at this time".  They cut out most of the meniscus in my right knee, and I walked out of the hospital four hours later (after the meds wore off).  Biggest issue was healing the two little holes they put in my knee.  Of course, if Joe's was a knee replacement, that's a whole nother ball game. Best wishes to him for a fast, uncomplicated recovery.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: jbendick on July 13, 2018, 08:12:10 PM
Wishing Mack a speedy recovery.  Looking forward to an update.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: JOR176 on July 13, 2018, 08:41:09 PM
Get well Mack.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on July 13, 2018, 09:00:49 PM
Mack, best wishes for a speedy recovery
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on July 13, 2018, 10:34:00 PM
Best wishes for a fast and uneventful procedure and recovery, Mack.  Keep us advised.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on July 13, 2018, 10:49:03 PM
Get Well Soon Joe....looking forward to seeing you walking around with us in October.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: johnd248 on July 14, 2018, 07:32:32 AM
Get well soon Joe.  My wife had both knees done five years apart.  Second one was much easier.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on July 14, 2018, 08:07:34 AM
Under control.  All units in the process.  Going 10-8.

Thanks for sentiments.  Not a big deal. 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: grumpy grizzly on July 14, 2018, 08:29:15 AM
I am also a candidate for replacement. Doctor says they scrape from the bottom of the top bone and the top of the bottom bone and stick a wafer in between. He told me that he will not tell me when it is time, but in fact I will tell him. October sounds pretty good, watching the Red Sox in the World Series! Heal quick Mack, we need the unit histories!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: XPFD3 on July 14, 2018, 09:34:09 AM
Glad things went well Mack. Hope you get back to your regular routine in short order.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on July 14, 2018, 09:47:30 AM
Glad you're feeling good Joe. We'll send the RAC unit over to assist in your recuperation.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: kfd274 on July 14, 2018, 10:58:33 AM
Best wishes Mack
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Signal73 on July 14, 2018, 11:02:42 AM
Well wishes Mack
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 1261Truckie on July 14, 2018, 01:27:42 PM
Best wishes, Mack...speedy recovery
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fltpara16 on July 14, 2018, 04:17:09 PM
Get well Mack.  Hope you are out of the shop and back on the front line soon!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on July 17, 2018, 06:50:00 PM
Found some old pictures of Willy D NFD2004 - "Back in the day":

     (https://s33.postimg.cc/8buv5xs23/NFD2004_2.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/8buv5xs23/)

     (https://s33.postimg.cc/g75ekoh3f/NFD2004.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/g75ekoh3f/)


Thank you - Willy D. - NFD.

https://books.google.com/books?id=W4fyAtdX0QsC&pg=PA107&lpg=PA107&dq=william+dennis+norwich+fire+department&source=bl&ots=WDUffkaVMf&sig=-DRHdPLO_r6pJpkc4IHrZaipev8&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwie1fCipKfcAhWlVt8KHcG0CTYQ6AEIYDAM#v=onepage&q=william%20dennis%20norwich%20fire%20department&f=false

Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on July 18, 2018, 12:14:12 AM
Willy D is reaching into his left pocket.  Is he going for a Big Mac with fries and a chocolate shake? 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: CFDMarshal on July 18, 2018, 10:24:54 PM
Willy D, my friend and my idol!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fltpara16 on July 20, 2018, 08:00:59 PM
Uncle Wilfred doing work!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on July 20, 2018, 10:41:25 PM

 Good Work, Wilfred !

 Seems a 'Chilly Willie' in that First Shot ! GB.   8)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on July 20, 2018, 10:47:29 PM
Uncle Wilfred doing work!

Now let's not go overboard! 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: IRISH on July 21, 2018, 06:16:30 PM
Get well soon Joe...Best Wishes

Great Pics of Willie D
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on August 10, 2018, 12:46:31 PM
Get well soon Joe...Best Wishes

Great Pics of Willie D

 Well Mr Irish, aka Declan B., we have some news to pass onto the members about "YOU" as well.

 Word here across the Big Pond is that you are currently in training for "The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run" taking place on Sunday September 30th, from Brooklyn through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the WTC site.

 But wait folks, there's more. Recently while out there running/training for this event in his homeland of Ireland he saw a warehouse fire near his home with fire through the roof and out the windows. Of course he phoned it in using his cell phone but that's not all. He actually Live streamed it from that phone to the dispatch office so they could get a perfect picture of what was going on.

 Could that be a "FIRST" ? Could that be a trend that will catch on whenever citizens are reporting an emergency ? If so, it all started with our member "Irish" while training for this years up coming Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run.

 Yes folks, those of us who known "Me Laddie Declan, know that he is Quite a Guy". His only problem seems to be trying to stay awake when a pretty young NYC lady wants to get to know him a little more.

 Well as the saying goes: "Where there is a Will - there is a Way". This year Mr Irish plans to hit the nearest drug store and get himself a box of those "NO-Doze" tablets so he can be awake for her, or any other lady trying to have a conversation with him. 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on August 10, 2018, 07:29:41 PM

Well Done, Dec !  8)

 With All You have going on, it's no wonder you need a nap every now & again...
but really, when a NYC Cutie is chatting you up ?!?
C'mon Lad, Priorities !
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: johnd248 on August 11, 2018, 05:11:51 PM
Ladies first, fires second. LOL
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on August 16, 2018, 11:11:04 PM

 I'd like to take this opportunity to invite my friends here to follow
 My Amazon Author Page. My Novel '11/11 - Retribution' is available for
purchase there, and you can read some hopefully interesting information
about The Author, (Yours Truly).
https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B07DT487RK

The Novel portrays a fictional Terrorist Attack against New York City.
 I'm enthusiastically certain that those involved and concerned with such
matters will appreciate the display of courage and devotion by the Responders/
Rescuers portrayed in this book.

Though the plot itself sounds rather ominous, the Story is a compelling,
methodical and informative description of not only Planning and Execution of a
Multi-Target Terror Attack, but a detailed account of NYPD, FDNY/EMS, Transit,
Counter-Terror Operations at a horrendous Terrorist Mega-Event. I've gotten
a lot of great feedback, from Law Enforcement Officials, NYPD/FDNY/EMS Responders, Combat Veterans, that both the Actions and Emotions described here are accurate and compelling.
To those who've already ordered, my profound gratitude, (Please tell All Family & Friends...). To those who've yet to purchase;
I assure you, you will enjoy this great summer read. NOTE: a portion of the proceeds from the Book, shall be Donated to FDNY Foundation.
 I encourage and welcome any feedback/ comments you may have. My Thanks, Joe Walsh
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fltpara16 on August 19, 2018, 10:48:27 AM
I have ordered and read your book STAjo.  A great read that was hard to put down once you started.  Very good insight into the minds of perpetrators of these types of mass attack events.  The concerning thing about reading this book is the knowledge an attack of this scale is inevitable in a venue where many people gather; whether it be NYC or some other US metropolitan area. Thank you for taking the time to research and write this novel.  A stark reminder we must continue to prepare and be constantly vigilant. 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on August 19, 2018, 02:06:01 PM
I have ordered and read your book STAjo.  A great read that was hard to put down once you started.  Very good insight into the minds of perpetrators of these types of mass attack events.  The concerning thing about reading this book is the knowledge an attack of this scale is inevitable in a venue where many people gather; whether it be NYC or some other US metropolitan area. Thank you for taking the time to research and write this novel.  A stark reminder we must continue to prepare and be constantly vigilant.

 Many Thanks, fltpara16, For your order, and the great Review !  :)
 I really Appreciate the Support !
 Also; I very much appreciate the feedback and insight I get from the Members here. You Men have been
an Inspiration, valuable source of Insight & Experience in production of this Novel, Many Thanks !
I'm guessing from your 'Moniker " that you are a Paramedic...Lt. (?), somewhere, maybe Fl. ?  jw  8)

Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on August 19, 2018, 06:18:25 PM
Steve (fltpara16) is a Battalion Chief in the Albemarle County FD in Virginia, and is a great guy.  Just ask Uncle Willy.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on August 19, 2018, 08:50:44 PM
Steve (fltpara16) is a Battalion Chief in the Albemarle County FD in Virginia, and is a great guy.  Just ask Uncle Willy.

 Yes Ray, Steve E., aka "fltpara16", is a Great Guy. He also spent many years as a Flight Paramedic saving lives in the sky prior to his fire department career.

 But as you know Ray, I'm not the only guy that would say he's a Great Guy. I'm sure others such as "fdce54", "CFDMarshall", "Irish", "68jk09", "jbendick", "mack", plus several others would also agree.

 Steve's position as a Battalion Chief in Albemarie County covers the entire area of about 300 square miles. I am told some of his runs are sometimes 25-30 minutes away. So you can bet he depends on the first arriving Brothers to provide an accurate 10-12 on arrival. Due to his position, he also functions as a paramedic if needed.

 Therefore, if "fltpara16" says this book written by "STAjo" is a Great book, I think that's probably true.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: CFDMarshal on August 19, 2018, 09:15:46 PM

 I'd like to take this opportunity to invite my friends here to follow
 My Amazon Author Page. My Novel '11/11 - Retribution' is available for
purchase there, and you can read some hopefully interesting information
about The Author, (Yours Truly).
https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B07DT487RK

The Novel portrays a fictional Terrorist Attack against New York City.
 I'm enthusiastically certain that those involved and concerned with such
matters will appreciate the display of courage and devotion by the Responders/
Rescuers portrayed in this book.

Though the plot itself sounds rather ominous, the Story is a compelling,
methodical and informative description of not only Planning and Execution of a
Multi-Target Terror Attack, but a detailed account of NYPD, FDNY/EMS, Transit,
Counter-Terror Operations at a horrendous Terrorist Mega-Event. I've gotten
a lot of great feedback, from Law Enforcement Officials, NYPD/FDNY/EMS Responders, Combat Veterans, that both the Actions and Emotions described here are accurate and compelling.
To those who've already ordered, my profound gratitude, (Please tell All Family & Friends...). To those who've yet to purchase;
I assure you, you will enjoy this great summer read. NOTE: a portion of the proceeds from the Book, shall be Donated to FDNY Foundation.
 I encourage and welcome any feedback/ comments you may have. My Thanks, Joe Walsh

Joe,

Its a great read! I purchased when you first posted on the site. I got my copy from amazon as well and bought the print version. I do think the publisher should have included your pic and bio. Great job. I finished in one day!

Elwood
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on August 20, 2018, 03:22:16 AM

 I'd like to take this opportunity to invite my friends here to follow
 My Amazon Author Page. My Novel '11/11 - Retribution' is available for
purchase there, and you can read some hopefully interesting information
about The Author, (Yours Truly).
https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B07DT487RK

The Novel portrays a fictional Terrorist Attack against New York City.
 I'm enthusiastically certain that those involved and concerned with such
matters will appreciate the display of courage and devotion by the Responders/
Rescuers portrayed in this book.

Though the plot itself sounds rather ominous, the Story is a compelling,
methodical and informative description of not only Planning and Execution of a
Multi-Target Terror Attack, but a detailed account of NYPD, FDNY/EMS, Transit,
Counter-Terror Operations at a horrendous Terrorist Mega-Event. I've gotten
a lot of great feedback, from Law Enforcement Officials, NYPD/FDNY/EMS Responders, Combat Veterans, that both the Actions and Emotions described here are accurate and compelling.
To those who've already ordered, my profound gratitude, (Please tell All Family & Friends...). To those who've yet to purchase;
I assure you, you will enjoy this great summer read. NOTE: a portion of the proceeds from the Book, shall be Donated to FDNY Foundation.
 I encourage and welcome any feedback/ comments you may have. My Thanks, Joe Walsh

Joe,

I just purchased you work and look forward to a great read.  Congratulations and thanks for letting us know about your work!  Best of luck on successful reviews and sales!

Frank

Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on August 20, 2018, 04:17:47 AM
Steve (fltpara16) is a Battalion Chief in the Albemarle County FD in Virginia, and is a great guy.  Just ask Uncle Willy.
An excellent Fire Service BROTHER !
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on August 20, 2018, 08:27:27 AM
Steve (fltpara16) is a Battalion Chief in the Albemarle County FD in Virginia, and is a great guy.  Just ask Uncle Willy.
An excellent Fire Service BROTHER !

Steve is a very busy Battalion Chief in an excellent fire department, Albermarle County (Charlottesville Virginia area), which protects 100,000 people, 750 square miles and the University of Virginia with fire suppression and EMS services.  Steve is a terrific fire chief, also a paramedic, who always leads by example and takes care of his firefighters.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on August 21, 2018, 03:57:46 PM
Steve (fltpara16) is a Battalion Chief in the Albemarle County FD in Virginia, and is a great guy.  Just ask Uncle Willy.

 Yes Ray, Steve E., aka "fltpara16", is a Great Guy. He also spent many years as a Flight Paramedic saving lives in the sky prior to his fire department career.

 But as you know Ray, I'm not the only guy that would say he's a Great Guy. I'm sure others such as "fdce54", "CFDMarshall", "Irish", "68jk09", "jbendick", "mack", plus several others would also agree.

 Steve's position as a Battalion Chief in Albemarie County covers the entire area of about 300 square miles. I am told some of his runs are sometimes 25-30 minutes away. So you can bet he depends on the first arriving Brothers to provide an accurate 10-12 on arrival. Due to his position, he also functions as a paramedic if needed.

 Therefore, if "fltpara16" says this book written by "STAjo" is a Great book, I think that's probably true.

 Thanks, Men !  8)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: johnd248 on August 25, 2018, 10:44:21 AM
Received word this morning via Fire Bell Club that G'man's daughter Natalie passed away.  Sincere condolences to G'Man and his family and their loss.  RIP Natalie.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Signal73 on August 25, 2018, 10:51:15 AM
Deepest condolences to you and your family Tom
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on August 25, 2018, 10:57:02 AM
Received word this morning via Fire Bell Club that G'man's daughter Natalie passed away.  Sincere condolences to G'Man and his family and their loss.  RIP Natalie.

 Thank you John.

 My sincere condolences to Tom, "G-man", and his family. This is certainly a shock to all of us who know and respect such a great guy.

 I am so sorry to hear of such a tragic event. I can promise you this Tom, my prayers are with you.

 If there is anyway that any of us can help, please let us know.

 May your daughter Natalie rest in peace. 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 1261Truckie on August 25, 2018, 11:21:20 AM
Tom, my sincerest condolences to you and your family on your loss. May your daughter Rest in Peace. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: IRISH on August 25, 2018, 12:54:27 PM
Very Sorry to read this news. My Sincere Condolences to you Tom and your family. May Nataile RIP

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: memory master on August 25, 2018, 01:48:38 PM
May God hold her in the palm of his hand as he comforts Tom and Natalie's family. Rest In Peace.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Parkave32 on August 25, 2018, 02:40:02 PM
Tom my sincere condolences. You and your family are in my prayers
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on August 25, 2018, 03:36:25 PM
Tom, sincere condolences to you and your family
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on August 25, 2018, 03:38:43 PM
Tom... MAY NATALIE REST IN PEACE.....PRAYERS FOR THE COMFORT OF YOUR ENTIRE FAMILY.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 69 METS on August 25, 2018, 03:39:51 PM
So sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your loved ones.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: JOR176 on August 25, 2018, 03:50:00 PM
Tom I'm very sorry for the loss of your Daughter Natalie, May She Rest In Peace.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mac8146 on August 25, 2018, 04:39:38 PM
So sorry for your loss, may she Rest In Peace.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on August 25, 2018, 06:12:38 PM

 May God Bless You Tom, and your Loved Ones, in Your Grief, May You Know His Comfort, Peace, Safety & Grace..
 May Your Daughter Natalie know His Eternal Rest In Peace.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: grumpy grizzly on August 25, 2018, 08:27:22 PM
So sorry for your loss, my condolences and prayers go out to you.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on August 25, 2018, 08:33:39 PM
My condolences to you and your family, Tom. May your daughter Rest In Peace.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on August 25, 2018, 09:11:43 PM
My deepest sympathy, Tom.  Natalie, you, your family and friends shall remain in my prayers.   
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: CFDMarshal on August 25, 2018, 10:03:51 PM
I am at a loss of words Tom, My prayers are with you and the family! RIP Natalie.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: jbendick on August 25, 2018, 10:41:25 PM
  Sorry for your loss Tom. I can not thing worst then  lossing a child. May her soul rest in peace, our prays are with you and your family.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdhistorian on August 26, 2018, 01:19:59 AM
Many prayers, Tom, you are not alone among many friends.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on August 26, 2018, 08:23:20 AM
Sorry for your loss, Tom.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on August 27, 2018, 09:57:01 PM
  From:
  Sergio Nieto
  President
  Fire Bell Club of New York

  Dear Members,
   Concerning funeral arrangements for Tom Eve's daughter, Natalie, the family had a small, private service.
   Thank you for reaching out and for all your prayers

 (Note - Thank you to member JOR176 for passing this onto us).
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: kfd274 on August 28, 2018, 11:24:21 AM
Condolences Tom.  Prayers for you and your family.

Kevin
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on September 10, 2018, 09:08:49 PM
Congratulations to Captain John Bendick  - 50 years ago - John took the FDNY firefighter test while still in the US Army after combat service in Vietnam. He was appointed and had a very successful career as a firefighter and fire officer in very, very busy companies during very, very, very busy fire activity times in NYC.

John is a role model for all of us - soldier, firefighter, leader, husband, father, grandfather.

Living the dream!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on September 10, 2018, 09:41:15 PM
 My congratulations goes out to Retired FDNY Captain John Bendick as well. John is a good friend to many of us who know him. Of course he is also this sites Administrator.

 As I know it, during his career, Capt Bendick began as a firefighter with Engine 96. He then went on to the very busy Squad 2 during some of the busiest years for the FDNY. Squad 2 in those days was quartered with Engine 73/Ladder 42. Squad 2 would rotate nights in Engine 73, Engine 82, Engine 85 - as most of us know some of the busiest fire companies during those very busy years.

 After Squad 2 was closed down and eliminated during the FDNY budget crisis which included the lay offs of 300 (?) FDNY members. He was then assigned to Engine 75. At first things were fairly quite. Then almost over night all hell broke out and Engine 75 was at the top of the list for runs and workers as the West Bronx was burning up.

 Being promoted then Lt Bendick was assigned as the boss of Engine 68. The fires continued and now into the 1980s/90s most of the Bronx fire activity was involving FDNY companies west of Webster Ave up to about Fordham Rd.

 Captain Bendick was the first FDNY member from this site that I got to meet. He invited my wife and I to join him at a restaurant near his home. We have hit it off great since then.
 
 I may have this wrong but as of last count, I think he has 15 Grandchildren and 1 Great Grandchild.

 On a side note, I believe that Both Capt Bendick and this sites Retired FDNY B/C Jack K., aka "68jk09", BOTH attended the same Probie School together.

 So yes, we are talking "The Greatest Generation of Firefighters" here. Both also Viet Nam War Veterans as well. 

 Thank you "mack" for posting that as well.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on September 10, 2018, 09:59:01 PM

 Congratulations on Your Anniversary, Capt. John B. (Ret.)  !

 And All of our Many Thanks, for Your Years of Dedicated Service in FDNY; U.S. Army Combat Vet (Viet Nam);
and of course, all the Great Stuff You and Your Son, Tom, provide for us here. Thank You, God Bless, jw.   8)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on September 10, 2018, 10:14:35 PM
Congratulations, Captain.  God Bless and many more years of happy, healthy and continued service to mankind.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on September 11, 2018, 10:36:10 AM
Congratulations on your 50th anniversary John. And on this reverend day, thank you for your service both military and FDNY.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on September 17, 2018, 09:32:23 AM
Saturday September 15th was site member Signal73's birthday. Brad keeps us updated with the run downs for the incidents posted on the site. Belated Happy Birthday Brad. Keep up the good work.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Signal73 on September 17, 2018, 01:35:07 PM
Thank you Frank...the Big 28 going on 68 haha. Another year older another year with out good looks  ;D
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 1261Truckie on September 17, 2018, 01:47:39 PM
Belated Happy Birthday, 73. Hope you had a good one and best wishes for many more.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on September 17, 2018, 02:09:48 PM
Happy Birthday Signal73 ... Best wishes for many more.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Signal73 on September 17, 2018, 02:46:15 PM
Thank You everyone
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on September 17, 2018, 04:54:33 PM
 Happy Birthday Brad, "signal 73". A little late of course and I apologize for that.

 As, my associate, Mr Frank D, aka "fdce54" says: "you certainly do your share in providing us with all those updates and rundowns". I won't be able to dispute that at all with Frankie D.

 Thanks Brad and Happy Belated Birthday too.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Signal73 on September 17, 2018, 04:56:56 PM
Thank You every one  better late than never lol
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on September 17, 2018, 07:43:48 PM
Happy birthday!  Thanks for all your great posts.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on September 17, 2018, 08:09:01 PM
Happy birthday, Brad, and many more in excellent health and happiness.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Signal73 on September 17, 2018, 08:43:43 PM
Thank guys much appreciated
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on September 25, 2018, 06:13:12 PM
WILLY the new patches are in.....  https://www.ebay.com/itm/Culvers-patches-FROZEN-CUSTARD-BUTTERBURGERS-RESTAURANT-logo-patch-iron-on/282843553211?hash=item41daca1dbb:g:5NEAAOSwhiZaf07e
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on September 25, 2018, 07:00:54 PM
WILLY the new patches are in.....  https://www.ebay.com/itm/Culvers-patches-FROZEN-CUSTARD-BUTTERBURGERS-RESTAURANT-logo-patch-iron-on/282843553211?hash=item41daca1dbb:g:5NEAAOSwhiZaf07e

 Yes Chief, those Great Culvers Frozen Custard Butter Burgers.....

 People sometimes wonder why some of us tend to tip the scales on the PLUS side. It goes from Culvers Butter Burgers and Micky Ds, to White Castle and Maggie Mays.

 But behind that patch, here is the story.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=HE6UwQDICnM
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fltpara16 on September 26, 2018, 02:17:49 PM
Ok, where do we find these burgers?  Not something we have "down south"! Add these to White Castles and Mickey D's and I will be on my way to the Uncle Wilfred post retirement physical fitness program!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on September 26, 2018, 05:14:01 PM
There aren't any in Virginia, Steve.  Closest one is in Wake Forest, NC (long way to go for lunch for me).  Sad thing is that that's probably the closest one to Willy also.  Chain is primarily in the midwest, with a few in Georgia & the Carolinas.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: grumpy grizzly on September 26, 2018, 06:42:15 PM
Raybrag is right, there are none in the Northeast according to their web site location map.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on September 26, 2018, 08:20:31 PM
Raybrag is right, there are none in the Northeast according to their web site location map.
They had better build one in Norwich if they know what's good for them.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on September 27, 2018, 07:52:19 AM
 Here is a very quick song (you may have to replay it to hear it) that asks the question that is on my mind:

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vOyg13tx5U
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on September 27, 2018, 08:46:17 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stq4-99-J74 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stq4-99-J74)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on September 27, 2018, 10:08:52 AM
Here is a very quick song (you may have to replay it to hear it) that asks the question that is on my mind:

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vOyg13tx5U
Now here we are doing our best to get this great burger company to open a franchise in your neck of the woods for your dining pleasure and you don't show us any appreciation. I know I'm hurt by this and I'll bet Ray and Jack are too.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: kfd274 on September 27, 2018, 10:48:55 AM
There aren't any in Virginia, Steve.  Closest one is in Wake Forest, NC (long way to go for lunch for me).  Sad thing is that that's probably the closest one to Willy also.  Chain is primarily in the midwest, with a few in Georgia & the Carolinas.
   

There are several in southwest Florida  - Naples, Bonita, Estero, Ft Myers      8)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on September 27, 2018, 11:35:02 AM
Here is a very quick song (you may have to replay it to hear it) that asks the question that is on my mind:

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vOyg13tx5U
Now here we are doing our best to get this great burger company to open a franchise in your neck of the woods for your dining pleasure and you don't show us any appreciation. I know I'm hurt by this and I'll bet Ray and Jack are too.

Well, Uncle Willy does look a little bit like Charlie Brown.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Disp51 on September 30, 2018, 03:40:42 PM
As a result of replies 935 & 936, a detail was assigned to inspect the Charlotte (NC) Culver's.  An example of the result of that inspection is posted below. All hands were fully involved, but upon taking up there was nothing left to bring back to quarters.  It has been decided that a mandatory reinspection of the premises will be completed in the not to distant future.
(https://i.postimg.cc/MfJkfzT8/Culver_s.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/MfJkfzT8)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on September 30, 2018, 05:52:49 PM
Looks like it could cause a 10-45 Code 2.  ::) 8) ::)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on September 30, 2018, 08:04:30 PM
As a result of replies 935 & 936, a detail was assigned to inspect the Charlotte (NC) Culver's.  An example of the result of that inspection is posted below. All hands were fully involved, but upon taking up there was nothing left to bring back to quarters.  It has been decided that a mandatory reinspection of the premises will be completed in the not to distant future.
(https://i.postimg.cc/MfJkfzT8/Culver_s.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/MfJkfzT8)
I think one of these samples should be impounded and express mailed to Norwich, Connecticut for further inspection.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on October 02, 2018, 03:28:09 PM
 Member "Irish", aka Declan B., is here in the USA from Ireland visiting a few of his friends.

 Last Sunday, September 29th, member "Irish", aka Declan B., took part in the "Tunnel to Tower" event in NYC. A charity event to benefit the Fire Department, Police Department and the Military. "Dec" as he is known by many here, ran the event in 28 minutes.

 Many of the members here know Mr Irish and I'm sure would readily admit; "What a Great Young Laddie" this guy is. He comes here to visit from across the "Big Pond" known as the Atlantic Ocean. He also has his own fire department web site in Ireland.

 Nice job Dec and welcome back to the U.S.A.

 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fltpara16 on October 04, 2018, 09:41:48 AM
He is safely here in Virginia after a glitch in our reliable air transport system.  Riding as the BC Aide today, and all is...quiet!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on October 04, 2018, 10:22:14 AM
He is safely here in Virginia after a glitch in our reliable air transport system.  Riding as the BC Aide today, and all is...quiet!

 Glad to hear that the Irish Lad is there in Virginia. But I sure hope it's not a busy night for B/C Aide Irish. He needs all the rest he can get. Word is there might be a young lady interested in seeing him soon. I think last time he had a difficult time trying to talk to her. He just couldn't stay awake, and that's without being the B/C aide the night before.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on October 04, 2018, 03:38:32 PM
Can the dispatcher understand Gaelic?
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fltpara16 on October 04, 2018, 11:19:37 PM
Mack,

Yes, as long as he uses a southern accent!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on October 04, 2018, 11:54:36 PM
Even more important, does he have a union card?
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on October 05, 2018, 09:12:03 PM
Willy if you get to Central LA. check this Burger King out......    https://external-preview.redd.it/21CDTuXLf9-FSDpspKYtw3uQ4Kv2vut3n0I_v7Hcnuo.jpg?s=200c36a05f44e4cd2d6676c2413ce5ce01ae4e77
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on October 05, 2018, 10:51:26 PM
Willy if you get to Central LA. check this Burger King out......    https://external-preview.redd.it/21CDTuXLf9-FSDpspKYtw3uQ4Kv2vut3n0I_v7Hcnuo.jpg?s=200c36a05f44e4cd2d6676c2413ce5ce01ae4e77

 Chief, looks to me like they don't want anybody trying to steal those Whopper Jrs. 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on October 26, 2018, 03:19:18 PM
 "AuxWarYearCapt", aka Doug M., has been having some medical issues and hasn't been able to go on this site lately.

 He still has a couple of issues to take care of and hopefully he'll be back into the swing of things soon.

 Take care Doug and as the colder winter weather starts to come in - just stay home and take care of yourself.

 Maybe when the warmer spring season comes around, some of the guys can meet up and put down a couple of those (Bayside MMs) burgers that we all love so much.

 I hope you'll keep us updated too, okay.

 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on October 26, 2018, 03:23:51 PM
God Bless, Doug.  You're in my prayers for a quick recovery.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on October 26, 2018, 04:23:45 PM
Doug:  Best wishes for a complete and speedy recovery. ;)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Signal73 on October 26, 2018, 04:28:34 PM
Best wishes Lone Wolf
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on October 26, 2018, 07:44:54 PM
Doug,  best wishes for a quick recovery
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on October 26, 2018, 08:24:36 PM
Get well soon Doug.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on October 26, 2018, 09:26:18 PM
Get well soon, Doug.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on October 26, 2018, 10:40:14 PM

 Thoughts & Prayers, Doug. Get Well Soon.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on October 27, 2018, 09:06:52 AM
 In your "News of Members" Series a little interesting fact about this sites Administrator, Retired FDNY Captain John B., aka "jbendick".

 In 1993 a popular movie came out called; "A Bronx Tale". I believe most of that movie was filmed in the Belmont section of the Bronx.

 John played a small part in that movie as an FDNY Firefighter (he tells me - only a few seconds). During his few seconds of fame in that movie, it took three days of filming and he was paid $1,400 for his part.

 For those members who have not seen the movie, I'm sure you can watch the entire show on youtube. Here is the preview of that movie that was shown back then in 1993.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=z50PjmZYS4A 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 1261Truckie on October 27, 2018, 11:07:54 AM
Best wishes for your recovery, Doug
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: t123ken on October 27, 2018, 12:01:59 PM
In your "News of Members" Series a little interesting fact about this sites Administrator, Retired FDNY Captain John B., aka "jbendick".

 In 1993 a popular movie came out called; "A Bronx Tale". I believe most of that movie was filmed in the Belmont section of the Bronx.

 John played a small part in that movie as an FDNY Firefighter (he tells me - only a few seconds). During his few seconds of fame in that movie, it took three days of filming and he was paid $1,400 for his part.


While the film was obviously supposed to be the Bronx, most of the exterior shots were done in Astoria.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: JOR176 on October 27, 2018, 10:43:45 PM
Doug get well soon.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: CFDMarshal on October 28, 2018, 08:35:12 PM
Best Wishes Doug! Take care of yourself.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: kfd274 on November 01, 2018, 12:20:06 PM
Doug

Best wishes for a speedy recovery

KFD
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on November 01, 2018, 02:12:31 PM
 Recently, about a half dozen or so members from this site got together in New York City for a bite to eat, a little FDNY and various fire dept chit chat, and they also stopped by a few FDNY firehouses.

 Over the years they have become very good friends and usually try to meet up once or twice a year. This year was no different.

 But what I also would like to mention here is what they did.

 In appreciation for the members of the FDNY taking some time to talk with them about the job and explaining the equipment and kind of work they do, this group of individuals decided to make a donation to a worthy cause. It was decided that they would donate whatever they could to benefit the FDNY or their family members.

 As a result, it was decided to make a donation to the "FDNY Family Transport Fund".

 The FDNY Family Transport Foundation" provides transportation services to family members who have loved ones in the hospital, they shuttle them to medical treatments and sadly they will even shuttle family members to the funerals of their loved ones.
 That donation turned out to be almost $500.00. 

 I might also add that this is NOT the first time that such a group of individuals have donated to any organizations to help the FDNY. There has been others as well over the years. All in appreciation for what the members of the FDNY, and this year what a group of NYPD members did for them. In the past they have also visited various FDNY/EMS outfits throughout the city.

 BUT WAIT THERE's MORE. When Three members of this site found out that a donation was going to be made to help in some way the members of the FDNY, even though they were NOT able to take part in any of this, "They too made a donation along with this group".

 As a result, many, many lasting friendships have been made because of this site and the guys that are a part of it. It wouldn't have happened otherwise.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: FDNYSTATENISLAND on November 01, 2018, 10:38:17 PM
Great to hear you all donated to the FFT. FFT has helped a family I know greatly in the last few months. Seeing it first hand is truly amazing.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on November 07, 2018, 07:58:50 PM
 "THEMAJESTIRIUM1", aka Joseph Ramos, I just finished watching the "Blessing of Jersey City's Rescue 1" that you posted on this site in the "National Section".

 I greatly appreciate the work you do in recording and posting the many videos you provide.

 Also, I am one of your many 47,000 subscribers to "THEMAJESTIRIUM1" You Tube Channel.

 So whether its the FDNY, NYPD, FDNY/EMS, or any other such organization within the Metro NYC area, "we thank you for what you do".

 And here is "THEMAJESTIRIUM1" being interviewed by a news channel.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ptm4dUb4p0
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Signal73 on November 11, 2018, 05:15:33 PM
Happy Birthday to MAC8146

Hope you enjoyed your day Harry. Here’s to many more
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on November 11, 2018, 07:06:20 PM
^^^^^^Happy & Healthy Birthday & Best Wishes for many more.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on November 11, 2018, 09:14:32 PM
Happy Birthday MAC, hope you're enjoying your retirement
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on November 11, 2018, 09:54:38 PM
Happy Birthday MAC and many more too
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mac8146 on November 12, 2018, 09:07:23 AM
Thanks for the bday wishes and retirement is great so far.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 1261Truckie on November 12, 2018, 10:05:43 AM
Belated Happy Birthday, Mac....best wishes!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on November 12, 2018, 07:37:56 PM
Happy Birthday, Mac, and many more in good health and happiness.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on November 12, 2018, 07:52:57 PM
Belated Happy Birthday Mac! They're so much better when you're retired.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on November 12, 2018, 10:55:01 PM
Happy birthday Mac!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on November 12, 2018, 10:57:01 PM
"THEMAJESTIRIUM1", aka Joseph Ramos, I just finished watching the "Blessing of Jersey City's Rescue 1" that you posted on this site in the "National Section".

 I greatly appreciate the work you do in recording and posting the many videos you provide.

 Also, I am one of your many 47,000 subscribers to "THEMAJESTIRIUM1" You Tube Channel.

 So whether its the FDNY, NYPD, FDNY/EMS, or any other such organization within the Metro NYC area, "we thank you for what you do".

 And here is "THEMAJESTIRIUM1" being interviewed by a news channel.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ptm4dUb4p0

Thank you Joe for your terrific work!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on November 15, 2018, 03:41:16 PM
 Recently the Administrator of this site, Retired FDNY Captain John B., aka "jbendick", paid a visit to another member of this site in Virginia. That member, Steve E., aka "fltpara16", being a Battalion Chief in Albemarle County, Va.

 Right after Capt B's visit, a good job comes in for Steve, the only B/C assigned to cover the entire county. According to one picture I saw, this is one of those on arrival, as they say in the FDNY - "Urgent 10-75". Usually followed by "Urgent, transmit a second alarm".

 But because of the large area of this county, B/C Steve E., "fltpara16", is on the scene by himself for a total of eight minutes until the first arriving companies arrive because of the large area they cover.

 He sure could have used a Chief's Aide at that point. And who would have been more perfect to be that Chief's Aide ?

 You guessed it, Retired FDNY Captain John B., who prior to being promoted to an FDNY Officer, spent time as a Chief's Aide in one of the busiest battalions of the FDNY. Retired Capt John B., who spent some of his time as the Aide for the very busy 19 Battalion in the Bronx.

 Albemarle County FD, B/C Steve E., aka "fltpara16", directed the operation. They put the fire out and hopefully everybody is okay.

 But according to Steve, he says "we sure could have used Capt John B's expertise on this one".

 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fltpara16 on November 16, 2018, 01:15:13 PM

(https://i.postimg.cc/tsPHXD3S/John-B-BC11.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/tsPHXD3S)

The fire eventually went out and no one was hurt, but I sure could have used Captain John Bendick as my aide! Or should I say I would have made a great aide to Captain Bendick!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on November 16, 2018, 02:57:37 PM

Isn't That Always the way ? Right After ya' Leave; The Big One Comes In !   ;)

 Great Photo of 2 Great Guys !
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on November 16, 2018, 09:20:27 PM
 Last night, November 15, 2018, this site's owner, Lt Tommy Bendick, of Engine Co 66 was awarded a Class "A" medal for the rescue of civilians trapped under water in their car - upside down. 

 The members of that company (Eng 66) also received a Unit Citation for their work as well in this under water rescue which took place in the Bronx. 

 Congratulations to Lt Tommy Bendick, this site owner and a good friend to many here. Also to the members of FDNYs Engine Co 66 who were on the scene and operating - together making this a successful rescue of those civilians trapped under water. 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on November 16, 2018, 10:24:18 PM

 Well Done, Lou & Engine Six-Six !   8)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on November 17, 2018, 04:35:43 PM
Nice job by LT Tom & his Men....also on the same order LT Glenn Harris LAD*142 (former R*2 FF) possibly the most Senior LT still active.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on November 17, 2018, 05:46:23 PM
^^^^^^    http://www.nyc.gov/html/fdny/insider/resources/do/2018/103_sup_74_2018.pdf
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on November 18, 2018, 09:26:57 AM
^^^^^^    http://www.nyc.gov/html/fdny/insider/resources/do/2018/103_sup_74_2018.pdf

 Thanks Chief for providing us with this information. Earlier I had tried to find the date of that incident but it wasn't listed here. The link you provided us with gave that information.

 ALSO - In other "News of Members", without a doubt, "Hat's Off" to this sites member Mike Dick, aka "mikeindabronx".

 Not only is he our Most Valuable Player, with his OVER 20,000 post submitted, but also for providing us with one of the Most Impressive Photo Collection of the FDNY during the busy 1980s. Each and every photo, including his latest page added (Page 27), showing a very busy historic time for fire activity in the Bronx and Harlem.

 His web site, www.fdnysbravest.com provides an entire history of those busy days. Mike also held a fulltime job at that time, but he always found time to take photos of perhaps the busiest fire department in the world.

 I think Mike has told me that after taking these hundreds of photos, he would develop them himself. Then he would also share some of those photos to the members involved in the pictures and their firehouse. As I understand it, his wife Marie adds these photos and new pages to his web site.

 A recent visit to Rescue 3's quarters, I saw many of those pictures taken by Mike along the wall inside that firehouse.

 Let me add that not only is Mike Our Most Valuable Player and also been a good friend to the members of the FDNY, but he is also a good friend to many of the members on this site who know him.

 Thanks Mike (and Marie) for the EXCELLENT Work you do for us.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on November 20, 2018, 09:17:39 AM
 Congratulations to Lt Jay Walsh, aka "hosewagon", on his retirement from the FDNY. Jay had worked as a firefighter in Engine 75 and as Lt in Engine 59.

 I met Jay through his father, Retired Hartford Fire Capt John Walsh, later to become the Chief of the Willimantic FD. A small department in Eastern, Ct of about 30 full time members.

 Like so many, Jay comes from a Fire Dept family. As mentioned, his father now 82 years old, still loves talking about the job.

 Jay also has a brother Paul, who is a Deputy Chief in the New Britain, Ct Fire Dept. Paul is known for his EXCELLENT FDNY and fire dept paintings.

 Jay's nephew Matt, is also a young firefighter in New Haven, Ct where he works one of their busiest companies - Squad 2.

 Best wishes Jay for a well deserved, happy, and healthy retirement.

 Willy D
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on November 20, 2018, 05:32:45 PM
^^^^^^   Enjoy a long & healthy Retirement.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Signal73 on November 21, 2018, 08:15:54 AM
Happy 50th + 20th Bday to Grump Grizzly

Enjoy your day
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: IRISH on November 22, 2018, 05:59:29 PM
Many Congrats to Lt Tommy B and Crew on recent awards. Well deserved and best wishes to Lt Jay Walsh, aka "hosewagon" on retirement. Best wishes on the years ahead
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on November 26, 2018, 10:26:31 PM
WILLY ?     https://www.ebay.com/itm/DENNIS-VOL-FIRE-CO-STATION-18/292832373740?hash=item442e2b6bec:g:7CcAAOSw1Ihb-gy2
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on November 27, 2018, 08:03:33 AM
WILLY ?     https://www.ebay.com/itm/DENNIS-VOL-FIRE-CO-STATION-18/292832373740?hash=item442e2b6bec:g:7CcAAOSw1Ihb-gy2

 Chief "68jk09" I hope to make that patch a part of the Ole' Homestead Collection.

 For our members who may not understand what that patch is all about, my last name is "Dennis", as in those who might remember the "Dennis the Mence" show. But for many years I went by the nickname of "Willy" or "Willy D".

 In fact there was a song written that I hope you might enjoy. It was sent to me and they tell me; "Willy this is you in your younger days". Anyway the words are posted in it so just feel free to join in. Hope you like it.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=70UBvQvPGEU 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on December 14, 2018, 08:17:52 AM
 For the members who may NOT have seen the videos posted by "THEMAJESTIRIUM1" regarding the Queens 5th Alarm at Box 7289 on 12/13/18, please check out his video as he captured a backdraft explosion.

 That video can be seen in reply # 6.

 THANK YOU "THEMAJESTIRIUM1". PLEASE, Just be careful out there okay.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on December 29, 2018, 09:01:39 AM
 Recently, site member Joe M., aka "mack", took a break from his fulltime job and the huge amount of work he is involved in with posting those "FDNY & NYC Firehouse and Fire Companies - 2nd section" stories.

 He (mack) decided to spend a little time riding with Steve E., aka "fltpara16", who is a Battalion Chief in a county fire department in Virginia.

 From what I understand it was a pretty busy tour. Certainly within the first few hours as I was told.

 B/C Steve E., reports that ever since this sites administrator, Retired FDNY Captain John B., aka "jbendick", went down to visit him a few weeks ago, the activity has certainly picked up.

 I believe site members Elwood E., aka "CFDMarshall", and Declan B., aka "Irish", have also taken up the opportunity to ride with B/C Steve E., as well.

 BUT WAIT - there is more.

 Word is that Steve E's (fltpara16) son is also a member of that department and recently caught his first good job too.
 Could the younger firefighter member become the second generation "Baby B/C fltpara16" ? We know that kind of thing happens quite often.
 I guess time will tell but it seems the younger "fltpara16" is already on his way to following in his daddy's footsteps. 

 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fltpara16 on January 01, 2019, 05:24:25 PM
Baby BC (as he was named in his Fire Academy class) will be riding tomorrow with me.  We will see if he experiences the continued Bendick/Materia effect and we stay busy into the New Year.  It seems that he has been bit by the bug that drew us all into the Fire Department, and made so many friendships on this site.  He is fourth generation, so I guess it is in his blood!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fltpara16 on January 03, 2019, 02:42:54 PM
Young fltpara16 (aka Baby BC) rode yesterday and we caught another working SFD fire.  The Bendick effect continues!
 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on January 04, 2019, 11:17:53 AM
Albermable County Fire Department - what a terrific fire department.  Busy, professional, well-trained, good equipment, modern firehouses - great personnel.

Chief Elliott is a busy chief - covering the entire county during his shift - as BC and ALS Supervisor.  Many runs during a shift - fires, extrications, accidents, shootings, odors of smoke/gas, ALS emergencies. 

Glad Baby BC can help out when available.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 8060rock on January 05, 2019, 07:12:11 PM
https://nypost.com/2019/01/04/second-fdny-firehouse-closes-due-to-scabies/
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on January 27, 2019, 10:15:38 AM
(https://s17.postimg.cc/do2gdan23/5_F5_B9_E38-_D22_C-473_B-_A596-62_E2_BDE341_E5.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/do2gdan23/)


LT Wargo “New Haven Fire Lt - Eng 11”
FF Walsh “Firefighter Squad 2”
My Self “signal73”
Frank “fdce54”
Elwood “CFDMarshall”

At NHFD E6 T4 & Temporary E8 & Prime Mover w/ Foam Trailer

As quoted above, last spring a few of the guys from this site got together to visit a couple of fire depts in Connecticut.

There it was the first time for myself, fdce54, aka Frank D, and CFDMarshall, aka Elwood E., to meet “signal73”, Brad Y.

As most of us know, Brad is a frequent contributor to this site. Particularly in providing us many of the rundowns.

He has also been a huge help to me in dealing with any online radio feeds to present to Tommy B.

And when I need his expertise in posting a photo for me due to my own lack of computer skills and know how, he’s been there for me.

This guy is a family man and works a full time job to provide for them. Honestly I don’t know when the guy gets a chance to sleep.

Anyway Thanks Brad for all you do for me and for all you do for the other members here as well in posting all those rundowns and keeping tabs on the online radio system.

Willy D
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on January 27, 2019, 12:16:32 PM
Thank you Brad.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Signal73 on January 27, 2019, 01:40:27 PM
No need for a thank you. Just doing my best to help make this site great

Not much sleep when you have a 7 month old at home

Never forget her waking me up when they dropped a 2nd Alarm in Queens lol. It’s like she knew
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on February 02, 2019, 10:49:09 AM
 Here's a little personnel story that I have told to a few guys from this site earlier. But I thought I'd share it with some of you here as well. Because many of you might be able to relate to it.

 Recently I had a follow up visit with a new "pretty" lady doctor regarding a little increase in my blood pressure. Really no big deal, but just something that she wanted to follow up on.

 So I go for my follow up visit and I'm dressed pretty sharp, just because.......

 Anyway, she takes the blood pressure reading and it's a little higher than it should be. I've only been going to her for the past couple months but what I didn't want to tell her is that "I think she's the one causing my blood pressure problem". Whenever I see her, my B/P just seems to go up.

 But with a little help from my neighborhood drug store, she says it should take care of that.

 BUT - Guess What ? I found out that she grew up in Astoria Queens, she did 6 years hospital time at Wycoff Hospital in Bushwick Brooklyn, and she used to hang out in Bayside Queens around Bell Blvd.

 When she heard me rattle off some of those streets that we both hung out on, she was sure impressed. I'm rattling off about neighborhoods and streets that are over 100 miles away. She says to me "nobody around here knows those streets like that". So we hit it off GREAT.

 I guess she likes me so much that she told me to come back and see her in 3 months. I told her, "I'm looking forward to it".
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: johnd248 on February 02, 2019, 11:51:52 AM
Don't wear the red shirt; she will not be impressed.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on February 02, 2019, 01:39:55 PM
Don't wear the red shirt; she will not be impressed.
He's got a new pink one.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on February 05, 2019, 03:30:21 PM
What do the Members think ?

https://www.foodandwine.com/fwx/drink/inflatable-irish-pub?hid=22f06bc67689e95c64ae0d0ab8f4712d0a695a9e&did=334314-20190205&utm_campaign=faw-daily_newsletter&utm_source=foodandwine.com&utm_medium=email&utm_content=020519&cid=334314&mid=18327740111 (https://www.foodandwine.com/fwx/drink/inflatable-irish-pub?hid=22f06bc67689e95c64ae0d0ab8f4712d0a695a9e&did=334314-20190205&utm_campaign=faw-daily_newsletter&utm_source=foodandwine.com&utm_medium=email&utm_content=020519&cid=334314&mid=18327740111)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: grumpy grizzly on February 05, 2019, 03:57:21 PM
Thought that the term "Paddy Wagon" was culturally insensitive to the hard-working Irish. IMHO.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 1261Truckie on February 05, 2019, 04:47:08 PM
I'm with Grumpy on this one. I always thought it was a reference to a particular mode of transportation for an Irishman who may have had a little too much spirits and was being removed from public view.
I don't know if I would frequent a joint called "the paddy wagon" (ps - lower case is intentional)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on February 05, 2019, 05:15:08 PM
What do the Members think ?

https://www.foodandwine.com/fwx/drink/inflatable-irish-pub?hid=22f06bc67689e95c64ae0d0ab8f4712d0a695a9e&did=334314-20190205&utm_campaign=faw-daily_newsletter&utm_source=foodandwine.com&utm_medium=email&utm_content=020519&cid=334314&mid=18327740111 (https://www.foodandwine.com/fwx/drink/inflatable-irish-pub?hid=22f06bc67689e95c64ae0d0ab8f4712d0a695a9e&did=334314-20190205&utm_campaign=faw-daily_newsletter&utm_source=foodandwine.com&utm_medium=email&utm_content=020519&cid=334314&mid=18327740111)

 Mike, aka "mikeindabronx", it seems you have come to the right place for the answer to that question.

 With us of course, from across the Big Pond, we have our own expert on Irish Pubs. I'm talking about (Mr) "Irish" himself, aka Declan B., good friend to many here. A young man who has spent many hours in those Irish Pubs exactly where it all began.

 We are also very fortunate enough to have with us, a member closer to our home, born and raised, who grew up traveling the Boro of the Bronx hitting every Irish Pub in sight. New York City's most famous Irish Pub Expert, Mr Frank D., aka "fdce54".
 Let me also add, not only in the Bronx, but his work has recently expanded into parts of Westchester County these days.

 Of course the City of Boston, aka "Beantown" has been known to have some of the best Irish Pubs as well. Maybe the "grumpy grizzly" might be able to comment on them, being from the Boston area.

 So the guys that would be able to comment best on this latest invention of the 21st Century are here among us.

 Will they be able to predict the success or failure of this program ?

 Will their opinions affect the daily Dow Jones Stock Market readings ?

 Should "YOU" invest now ?

 Will the term "Paddy Wagon" take on a new meaning from what it used to be ?

 Our EXPERTS here may be able to answer those questions for us.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on February 08, 2019, 12:41:45 PM
Although he has never been a member of this site, many of the guys here have met him in the past.

He was a buff of the FDNY during their very busy FDNY War Years and into the late 1990s.

As a buff he was a part of the stories in the history section on here described as "My Younger Buff Years" beginning in April, 2009.

He was also a part of history in the thread titled "Oh Those Busy Fourth of July's" written here beginning July 4, 2009.

Recently after loosing track of him for a few years, we caught up again. Talking about our buffing the FDNY Days together. Talking about some of the GREAT People he met from here.

His name is Ken Kelly and he is doing quite well at 95 years old.

A U.S. Army Veteran who served during World War II, he still loves talking about those early buffing days of the FDNY, along with a few other places he would also hang out in.

Other favorites of his were his home town of Bridgeport, Ct., where he would ride with my brother, a member of that department, during their own set of busy War Years in the late 70s and into the 1980s. Also he was a big fan of the Newark/Jersey City, NJ and Providence, RI Fire Depts.

At 95 years old, other than a hearing aid and a cane if he walks far, he's doing very well these days.

He does visit the West Haven, Ct Veterans Hospital for routine check ups once in awhile. The doctors and nurses there are amazed at his alertness and his good health.

In fact he told me a story that I'd like to pass onto you during one of those visits.

While waiting in the office, it was time for him to have his examination. They then asked him, "Sir did you bring in Mr Kelly". Thinking he was the driver who brought in this 95 year old veteran.
He said: "No mam - I AM MR KELLY".
They could not believe it.

I have a picture of him that I took about three years ago in front of the World War II Monument in Bridgeport, Ct (State St and Broad St). I hope to get my friend Brad Y (signal73) to post it here for me. 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Signal73 on February 08, 2019, 12:43:22 PM
Here’s the pic Willy asked me to upload


(https://i.postimg.cc/Z0HSjVP1/C0905874-DC53-4-ED8-B2-D7-77-CAEF8-ECB7-F.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/Z0HSjVP1)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on February 08, 2019, 12:50:39 PM
Here’s the pic Willy asked me to upload


(https://i.postimg.cc/Z0HSjVP1/C0905874-DC53-4-ED8-B2-D7-77-CAEF8-ECB7-F.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/Z0HSjVP1)

 THANK YOU VERY MUCH BRAD.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on February 08, 2019, 04:36:40 PM
I had the pleasure of having dinner with Ken when Willy brought him to Bayside.....a remarkable fellow....glad to hear he is doing well.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Signal73 on February 09, 2019, 08:24:36 PM
No need for a thank you. Just doing my best to help make this site great

Not much sleep when you have a 7 month old at home

Never forget her waking me up when they dropped a 2nd Alarm in Queens lol. It’s like she knew

Almost 8 Months already to buff jobs

(https://i.postimg.cc/47qNCg4P/8649-B906-B5-BE-4-DC6-8025-89-DFABFCDD59.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/47qNCg4P)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on February 09, 2019, 08:58:44 PM
 Thanks Brad, aka "signal73", a lot of guys got their start just like that.

 Before you know it, the younger Ms Young just might become "Probie Young". It happens all the time.

 I got a couple more photos of "Pre-Probies", who want to be some of the next Bravest.

 So on this site we have Retired Firefighters, Active Firefighters, and now "Pre-Probie" Firefighters. 

 Each one is already into it and have told me personally that they want to be firefighters. I tell them, "that's what a lot of us said when we were Pre-Probies too". 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Signal73 on February 09, 2019, 09:22:13 PM
Here are a few more pics of my step sons

The youngest Christian during his battle (that he won) with cancer had support from FDs all over the world!! He also made it on the riding list of FDNY R1 & 4 Truck

He has his own Facebook page. FireTrucksForChristian


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Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Signal73 on February 09, 2019, 09:23:40 PM

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Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Signal73 on February 09, 2019, 09:25:20 PM

(https://i.postimg.cc/jwMvRRLp/0-B4-E8539-7-BF3-4734-BE67-12-B49-E4-D44-BC.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/jwMvRRLp)

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(https://i.postimg.cc/Zv0HRXNC/F5-E98-F7-E-7-B74-413-E-99-F7-E927-F1-B132-DD.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/Zv0HRXNC)

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Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Signal73 on February 09, 2019, 09:26:40 PM
Willy D asked me to post these ones


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Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on February 09, 2019, 09:52:01 PM
 Brad, what a GREAT Story that is about your step son. Also thank you for posting the pictures for me too.

 In the top and lower photos (above) we have "Pre-Probie" members of the Bendick family, this sites administrators.

 Center photo is "Pre-Probie" Firefighter Gary H., who told me he wants to be on a big ladder truck like the one near his house. 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on February 11, 2019, 08:13:32 PM
Congratulations to grandson and nephew, John "T", of the Bendick Family on his new job with the FDNY/EMS. He was sworn in today (February 11th) and he will begin his training at Fort Totten in Queens by the end of the month.

John "T" is a great young guy and I have confidence that he will be an asset to the FDNY/EMS, as well as the citizens and visitors to New York City.

I understand that his previous place of employment gave him a party in appreciation for the job he did during that employment. Even a few employees who were off for the day stopped by to wish John "T" all the best.

Of course his grandfather, Retired FDNY Capt John Bendick, and his uncle Active FDNY Lt Tommy Bendick, are the administrators of this web site.

Best Wishes John "T" for a safe and happy career with the FDNY/EMS.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: jmag228 on February 11, 2019, 09:33:13 PM
Great stuff for all,

Brad, so glad your son won the battle. God Bless him and your family.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 1261Truckie on February 11, 2019, 09:54:57 PM
Brad,
Great news about your son. Continued thoughts and prayers.
Jim
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on February 11, 2019, 11:56:03 PM
Keep on riding Christian !
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on February 11, 2019, 11:57:39 PM
Congratulations  to John T. B.  from John T. K.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on February 17, 2019, 08:31:15 PM
DENNIS ?.....     https://www.ebay.com/itm/FDNY-DENNIS-IN-MEMORY-OF-LT-PAUL-MITCHELL-BIG-DADDY-PATCH-NEW/372602546903?hash=item56c0d7aad7:g:mD8AAOSwLqRcaE8x
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on February 17, 2019, 08:57:27 PM
DENNIS ?.....     https://www.ebay.com/itm/FDNY-DENNIS-IN-MEMORY-OF-LT-PAUL-MITCHELL-BIG-DADDY-PATCH-NEW/372602546903?hash=item56c0d7aad7:g:mD8AAOSwLqRcaE8x

 NFD2004 has the FIRST BID In ......

 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on February 18, 2019, 09:48:50 AM
"THEMAJESTIRIUM1", aka Joseph Ramos, I just finished watching the "Blessing of Jersey City's Rescue 1" that you posted on this site in the "National Section".

 I greatly appreciate the work you do in recording and posting the many videos you provide.

 Also, I am one of your many 47,000 subscribers to "THEMAJESTIRIUM1" You Tube Channel.

 So whether its the FDNY, NYPD, FDNY/EMS, or any other such organization within the Metro NYC area, "we thank you for what you do".

 And here is "THEMAJESTIRIUM1" being interviewed by a news channel.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ptm4dUb4p0

Thank you Joe for your terrific work!

 THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN, "THEMAJESTIRIUM1", aka Joseph Ramos, for the AMAZING WORK YOU DO.

 Whether it is a fire in New York City or New Jersey. Whether it be the NYPD or FDNY/EMS, a police or fire department outside of NYC, or a private ambulance service doing their job, WE THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN.

 Personally, I have no idea how you do it. You are there when it happens. Then you take the time to post that video on here for all of us to see who couldn't be there.

 This morning as I was thinking about telling the members of you EXCEPTIONAL WORK, I decided to go on your own Youtube channel. Honestly, I gave up trying to count how many videos there are. There are dozens and dozens of them. What a GREAT JOB.

 We are very lucky to have you with us on this site.

 I guess in my own opinion, I kind of compare you to my good friend, "mikeindabronx', aka Mike D. As most of us know, Mike did a GREAT JOB in photographing the FDNY during the 1980s. Long before any cell phones with video capability was thought of. A time when taking such photos required a special skill as well as special equipment to do it.

 Mike's photos, just as your videos, are an amazing piece of work. And just like Mike was out there on those cold winter nights and hot summer days, you too are out there adding your stories to the history books.

 So Joe, just as I did this morning, I will post the link to your dozens of videos for others to see as well.

 www.youtube.com/user/THEMAJESTIRIUM1/videos?app=desktop   

 And for Mike's, aka "mikeindabronx", we will provide his link as well.

 GREAT JOB DONE and Glad you both are a part of this site.

 www.fdnysbravest.com 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on February 21, 2019, 07:43:08 AM
Congratulations to grandson and nephew, John "T", of the Bendick Family on his new job with the FDNY/EMS. He was sworn in today (February 11th) and he will begin his training at Fort Totten in Queens by the end of the month.

John "T" is a great young guy and I have confidence that he will be an asset to the FDNY/EMS, as well as the citizens and visitors to New York City.

I understand that his previous place of employment gave him a party in appreciation for the job he did during that employment. Even a few employees who were off for the day stopped by to wish John "T" all the best.

Of course his grandfather, Retired FDNY Capt John Bendick, and his uncle Active FDNY Lt Tommy Bendick, are the administrators of this web site.

Best Wishes John "T" for a safe and happy career with the FDNY/EMS.

 John "T" has begun his training for the FDNY/EMS. There is a total of 185 Probie Trainees going through these classes of which they are broken down into two groups, day shifts and evening shifts. John "T" is part of the evening shift probie school classes.

 I think the FDNY/EMS will do very well with Probie John "T" working within the largest EMS system in the country. I'm sure Retired FDNY Capt Grandpa John "jbendick" and FDNY Uncle Lt Tommy B "tbendick" are very proud of him.

 I wish John "T", as well as the other 184 FDNY/EMS Probies all the best in their future careers with the Life Savors known as the FDNY/EMS.

 Thanks to ALL of the current FDNY/EMS members for the GREAT JOB they do in saving and helping the hundreds of lives in New York City on a daily basis. You really are "Our Guardian Angels".

 Here is a sample of what John "T" might expect.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=21jCWqHNa9k 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Signal73 on February 22, 2019, 07:03:57 AM
A very Special Happy Birthday To Raybrag aka Ray B.

Ray has been a member since 2007 & a great contributor to this fine page.

So Happy Birthday Ray enjoy your day
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on February 22, 2019, 09:14:32 AM
 Happy Birthday "raybrag", aka Ray B.

 I can honestly say that he is one of the "OLDEST Members" on this site. I know that because I met him personally a few years ago with a couple of other guys from this site. He treated us great.

 I believe Ray grew up in Long Island were he was a member of one of the local fire departments there.

 Ray, is also a retired high ranking officer of the U.S. Air Force.

 So, Happy Birthday Old Man and many more to come. Next time we meet up, Micky Ds is on me and we can celebrate with all the Big Macs you can eat. 

 Happy Birthday Ray and many more to come.

 Uncle Willy D
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on February 22, 2019, 09:59:25 AM
Thank you, Brad and Bill.  And Bill, it was East Rockaway Hose 1, many, many moons ago.  That's our 1950 ALF 710 on the right side of the photo, with Liberty Hose 2's 1946 Mack and our 1941 Mercury tournament truck (later made into a mini-floodlight rig) in front of Hose 1's quarters.  The big brick building to the right is St. Raymond's school, where I spent 8 years in grades 1-8. And no, I'm not in the picture (but a number of my friends are). Maybe the vintage of the apparatus will give you a clue to how old I really am.

(https://i.postimg.cc/kV57zjbB/Rocks-41-Mercury.png) (https://postimg.cc/kV57zjbB)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on February 22, 2019, 02:00:03 PM
Happy Birthday Ray
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Post by: raybrag on February 22, 2019, 03:26:28 PM
Thanx, Mike ;)
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Post by: fdce54 on February 22, 2019, 03:31:17 PM
Happy Birthday Ray!
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Post by: raybrag on February 22, 2019, 03:36:24 PM
Thanx, Frank.  ;)
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Post by: 68jk09 on February 22, 2019, 10:19:07 PM
Happy & Healthy Birthday Ray....Best Wishes for many more.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on February 23, 2019, 05:44:33 AM
Belated Very Happy Birthday, Ray, and many thanks for all that you contribute to the site.  God Bless and many more years in grand health and happiness.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on February 23, 2019, 09:16:49 AM
Thanx, guys.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 1261Truckie on February 23, 2019, 09:49:21 AM
Happy birthday, Ray. Best wishes for many more.
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Post by: raybrag on February 23, 2019, 11:05:03 AM
Thanx, Truckie. ;)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on February 23, 2019, 02:22:11 PM
Happy birthday, Ray.  Too bad you can't get a cake from Ebbingers to celebrate.  Maybe Bill will take you to his favorite restaurant - McDonalds.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: memory master on February 23, 2019, 04:43:13 PM
As always I'm late. Happy Birthday Ray, be well and God Bless You.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: grumpy grizzly on February 23, 2019, 05:35:17 PM
Sorry I am late, tied up in the southern part of the state, Best Wishes!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on February 23, 2019, 05:50:42 PM
Thanks to everyone for their birthday wishes.  And Joe, if you could come up with an Ebinger's blackout cake, I'd offer up my first born son as payment.  Same thing goes for a Wetson's burger, a Nedick's orange drink, some Horn & Hardart's baked beans (but only from an Automat) and a Howard Johnson's clam sandwich. Shall I put him in irons for anyone to pick up?  ::) 8)  ::)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on February 23, 2019, 08:39:47 PM
 Here you go Ray. From you friends here on Nycfire.net

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjQFYc_vkN8



 And a SPECIAL BIRTHDAY GIFT just for YOU.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEPay5jamPU 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on February 23, 2019, 09:28:55 PM
Thank you, Willy.  But it won't work.  All that a video of a blackout cake will get you is a video of my son, whenever I can find the "Record" button on my phone and he's around. Now if our family still had the restaurant that my great-grandfather owned, I'd treat you to a dinner.  But since it's gone, I guess you're out of luck.  It was at 13 Broadway, right across the street where the Wall St. bull statue sits now.


(https://i.postimg.cc/R32h2Rwf/1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/R32h2Rwf)

(https://i.postimg.cc/G8YtRyjf/2.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/G8YtRyjf)

If you notice the hand written date on the first page, all you have to do is go back 120 years in time to get that dinner.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on March 04, 2019, 02:59:15 PM

 I first met Dan about 20 years ago at the Rock when he was the chaffer of Ladder 5. They had just gotten a new rig and I sure wanted to get a few rig shots of it. Of course I asked him if he could position it for me, and like most guys, as long as it was possible, he did that for me.

 Several years pass by and a captain from another dept shows him that picture of Ladder 5 and some how we get in touch. He remembered when that picture was taken. I later find out about the book and somehow I get word of a video on their survival which I will post here.

 So we set up a meeting place and throw down three large Pepe Pizzas. A few guys that Dan has mentioned to me from this site are; "69METS", "memory master", and "68jk09". I'm sure there's many more. He has also applied to become a member of this elite site.

 In the History section of "My Younger Buff Years" beginning on page 116, reply # 1730, we read a story written by Dan P, aka "JohnnyGage", in his First Post on this site. 

 But there's more to tell. If I remember correctly, there is another member of this site that played a key role in this story of Dan, myself, and that picture we talked about that was taken a long time ago of Ladder 5. Where Dan, aka "JohnnyGage", was the chaffer at the time.

 The additional perpetrator (site member) involved was Jammie M, aka "R1Smokeeater", on this site. Jammie had posted a bunch of fire apparatus photos for me on "Flickr". I had sent him a disc and Jammie did all the work. "R1Smokeeater", as he is know here has posted many videos and audios of the FDNY.

 Dan had seen that photo after a friend of his, a captain on the Eastchester FD, had pointed it out to him. Dan had told him that he remembered when that picture was taken. I also knew that captain. So that's how it all got tied together.

 Here is that photo that started it all, taken maybe 20 years ago.

 https://www.flickr.com/photos/64984462@N06/6192873738/in/dateposted/ 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Signal73 on March 06, 2019, 09:04:12 AM
Happy Birthday to the one and only Tom "Guitarman314" Eve

The “G-Man Theory” is an excellent example of ‘good ole’ common sense and intuition expressing observations made over a long time into a theory that is actually based on very sound statistical calculations.

Every unit has a historical unavailability factor based on the percentage of hours that it is committed to responses, training, maintenance, etc.  The addition of EMS responses or the elimination of units contributes to unavailability.  The more responses a unit makes, the greater number of responses it will potentially miss.

The “G-Man Theory” accumulates these unit percentages across all of the units on a first alarm assignment.  For simplicity, if every unit had a 1-in-10 unavailability, the probability that any one unit on the first alarm assignment, without indicating which one in particular, will be unavailable, is cumulative.  If the first due assignment is four units, the probability that one of them is unavailable would be 4-in-10.  Small odds – less than half of the time.  However, when there are 8 units on the first due assignment, the odds are better 8-in-10.  Throw in the BC’s, the Squad and the Rescue and the odds are least 10-in-10 and you get the statistical certainty.  “G-Man Theory” works!

The corollary also works because it applies to “big jobs.”  A 10-75 loads up the 1st alarm assignment and that loads up the probability for the “G-Man Theory.”  But does it only work for 10-75’s?  Actually, it works all of the time overall (time of day is also a factor, but that is another layer of complexity).  However, when a first alarm assignment does not result in a 10-75, it doesn’t get nearly as much attention or discussion because there are fewer adverse consequences.

The "G-Man Theory" is really the "G-Man Effect."  Budget and policy makers should be more aware of it.

Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on March 06, 2019, 09:18:41 AM
Happy Birthday Tom! We appreciate all the great info you post on here.
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Post by: 1261Truckie on March 06, 2019, 09:59:20 AM
Happy birthday, Tom. Best wishes for many more.
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Post by: johnd248 on March 06, 2019, 10:01:18 AM
Happy Birthday, Tom.  Hope to see you at an FBC meeting soon.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on March 06, 2019, 11:08:06 AM
 Happy Birthday Tom. We appreciate your stories and fire apparatus knowledge on this site.

 Those of us who have seen for ourselves your very special talent in building model fire trucks are truly amazed with your talent.

 You have offered many of us your other talent as a guitar player for many of the Doo Wop groups who have entertained us.

 You have worked as a postal employee for many years in the Bronx and later became a supervisor in a Yonkers Post Office.

 You are respected as a member here as well as the Special Group of the Fire Bell Club of NYC.

 I think we all feel that it is truly an honor to know you and call you a friend.

 Happy Birthday Tom, aka "guitarman314", and many more happy and healthy ones to come.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on March 06, 2019, 11:27:35 AM
Happy Birthday, Tom!  I am honored to call you my friend.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on March 06, 2019, 12:38:53 PM
Happy Birthday Tom
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Post by: 68jk09 on March 06, 2019, 01:00:15 PM
Tom have a Happy & Healthy Birthday .....Best Wishes for many more....hope you can get together with us again in the future.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: entropychaser on March 06, 2019, 03:42:21 PM
In the regard of the G-man theory, this was addressed many times over the decades. I would point out SOPs like second source, DRB,Fall-back Steps,second sections,TCU's, and was the prime reason electromechanical street boxes are largely history. It's all about reducing "noise" and improving availability.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: memory master on March 06, 2019, 06:20:54 PM
Have a safe and Happy Birthday "G".
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: jmag228 on March 06, 2019, 09:27:59 PM
Happy Birthday G-Man . What you contribute is highly valued by many
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: JOR176 on March 07, 2019, 10:33:27 AM
Belated Happy Birthday Tom and many more.The next time I come up to my Daughters House I'll get in touch.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on March 07, 2019, 01:23:21 PM
Happy birthday, Tom!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on March 08, 2019, 07:53:46 AM
 Members and Friends, the well kept secret may be out.

 One of our members recently contacted me and told me that he is about to break the news on this site. So I just thought it'd be better if you hear it directly from me first.

 Could this be Willy D back in his younger days ? Could this be the secret reason why he might have been selected to be one of the moderators of this site ?

 Well friends, we ask you to decide for yourself. I have made a pledge to neither deny nor confirm this accusation.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=NN2pE-lavac
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on March 08, 2019, 09:10:28 AM
This is what our enforcer looks like today. Still a force to fear.......
(https://i.postimg.cc/McwWMgVb/bobby-heenan2.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/McwWMgVb)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: JohnnyGage on March 08, 2019, 01:54:59 PM
Members and Friends, the well kept secret may be out.

 One of our members recently contacted me and told me that he is about to break the news on this site. So I just thought it'd be better if you hear it directly from me first.

 Could this be Willy D back in his younger days ? Could this be the secret reason why he might have been selected to be one of the moderators of this site ?

 Well friends, we ask you to decide for yourself. I have made a pledge to neither deny nor confirm this accusation.


 www.youtube.com/watch?v=NN2pE-lavac


Ahem, Mr. Big Boss Man, you may want to sew the American flag on your quasi uniform on the proper shirt sleeve...
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on March 08, 2019, 11:38:06 PM
Happy Belated Birthday, Tom, and many more in great health, happiness and joy.  Thanks for sharing your wealth of knowledge with us.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on March 09, 2019, 12:15:56 AM

  Sorry I'm Late, Tom. All The Best, Brother !  GB.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on March 09, 2019, 12:52:59 AM
Members and Friends, the well kept secret may be out.

 One of our members recently contacted me and told me that he is about to break the news on this site. So I just thought it'd be better if you hear it directly from me first.

 Could this be Willy D back in his younger days ? Could this be the secret reason why he might have been selected to be one of the moderators of this site ?

 Well friends, we ask you to decide for yourself. I have made a pledge to neither deny nor confirm this accusation.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=NN2pE-lavac

What a distinctive southern Connecticut accent you have, Willy!  How come you seem to lose it when you come south and cross  into America??
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on March 17, 2019, 09:34:44 PM
 Members of Nycfire.net, I have a very special announcement to share with you.

 Today, St Patricks Day - March 17, 2019, marks the 47th Wedding Anniversary for Mike Dick (mikeindabronx) and his wife Marie.

 For them it all began back on March 17, 1972.

 We wish them both many more Happy Years together.

 To Mike and Marie, we dedicate this one to you.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekduN2N0eTY
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on March 17, 2019, 09:47:03 PM


 OUTSTANDING ! God Bless.   8)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 1261Truckie on March 17, 2019, 09:56:53 PM
Happy anniversary to you both. Best wishes for many more
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on March 17, 2019, 10:21:36 PM
Happy anniversary, Mike and Marie.  Many more years in health and great happiness.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on March 18, 2019, 12:08:38 AM
Happy anniversary, Mike.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on March 18, 2019, 12:18:17 AM
A VERY BLESSED & HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO BOTH.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on March 18, 2019, 08:00:19 AM
Happy Anniversary, Mike!
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Post by: mikeindabronx on March 18, 2019, 12:49:59 PM
Our thanks to everyone for your good wishes. We are now working on 48 !
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on March 18, 2019, 04:58:25 PM
Belated Happy Anniversary to you and your bride, Mike!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: JOR176 on March 18, 2019, 09:12:55 PM
Happy Anniversary Mike and many more to you and the Bride.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on March 18, 2019, 10:01:06 PM
Best Wishes for many more.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on March 19, 2019, 09:09:59 AM
 Today, March 19th, we celebrate the ## Birthday of Retired FDNY Firefighter and site member, Dan P, aka "JohnnyGage".

 Without telling you his age, as most of you know, I first met Dan when he was the chaffer of Ladder Co 5 and he pulled the rig in a great spot for me, so that I could get "That PERFECT Rig Shot".

 That was about 20 years ago and he had "already" spent 3 years as a firefighter in Washington, D.C. Then he got the FDNY job and put more years in at Ladder 31, Ladder 112, then Ladder 5, then back to Ladder 31 again. Now of course Dan is retired.

 So my friends, when you add all those years up, I guess we can consider him as one of Our Senior Members. Joining so many of us, who in most cases, would be considered, simply put, "Some Old Men".

 Dan, aka "JohnnyGage", is a Great Guy and he is still into the job like so many others here.

 Well Dan, HAPPY BIRTHDAY and many, many more. GREAT to have you here among us.

 Here's a Special Birthday tune by Johnny May that I hope you enjoy. :)

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sZmPHJPvZE
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: CFDMarshal on March 19, 2019, 09:39:44 AM
Happy Birthday Dan!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: JohnnyGage on March 19, 2019, 10:13:23 AM
Today, March 19th, we celebrate the ## Birthday of Retired FDNY Firefighter and site member, Dan P, aka "JohnnyGage".

 Without telling you his age, as most of you know, I first met Dan when he was the chaffer of Ladder Co 5 and he pulled the rig in a great spot for me, so that I could get "That PERFECT Rig Shot".

 That was about 20 years ago and he had "already" spent 3 years as a firefighter in Washington, D.C. Then he got the FDNY job and put more years in at Ladder 31, Ladder 112, then Ladder 5, then back to Ladder 31 again. Now of course Dan is retired.

 So my friends, when you add all those years up, I guess we can consider him as one of Our Senior Members. Joining so many of us, who in most cases, would be considered, simply put, "Some Old Men".


 Dan, aka "JohnnyGage", is a Great Guy and he is still into the job like so many others here.

 Well Dan, HAPPY BIRTHDAY and many, many more. GREAT to have you here among us.

 Here's a Special Birthday tune by Johnny May that I hope you enjoy. :)

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sZmPHJPvZE


Thanks Willy, that IS THE BEST RENDITION of Happy Birthday I have ever heard! Thank you again for your kind thoughts. I'm hitting the 62 mark, has a nice ring to it! Going to join some family members for a nice lunch on Arthur Ave and coffee/pastry around the corner on 187 St. Then cracking open a fresh batch of Johnny Walker Double Black, neat.

Let me say, being a part of this network has made me feel young again. It's fun to share thoughts with those who have the same interest and experiences. You did a great job of putting this site together, and I'm glad to be a small part of it. Joining this site I have met/spoken with new acquaintenances and very much enjoyed previous lunch gatherings. This network is the "all and everything of the FDNY".

As I said, would love to have joined you, Jack and Warren tomorrow night but I'm told some family members have "plans for me". So I'll sign off with what a wiseman told me when I said as a lad; "Ol' Wiseman, someday when I GROW UP, I want to be a FIREFIGHTER". Wiseman stopped looked at me and said "Sorry sonny, you can't have it both ways, it's either one or the other".
Best, thanks to all for your kind wishes.
Dan "JohnnyGage"

(https://i.postimg.cc/BXZcjDHR/Screenshot-2015-06-04-20-54-41-1-1.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on March 19, 2019, 10:57:26 AM
Happy Birthday Dan! Enjoy that feast on Arthur Ave and then have a real good time with Mr. Walker.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: memory master on March 19, 2019, 12:54:28 PM
Happy Birthday (Kid) and many more. Thought sure you'd celebrate at "Jack In The Box" on Suffolk Avenue & Brentwood Road. Congratulations Dan and stay safe my friend.
Charlie T.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 1261Truckie on March 19, 2019, 01:17:30 PM
Happy birthday, Dan. Best wishes for many more
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on March 19, 2019, 01:38:17 PM
Wow - happy birthday Dan.  Don't accept an offer from Willy D to celebrate at some nice place or he will be taking you out for a Happy Meal - and you will pay.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Signal73 on March 19, 2019, 01:48:48 PM
Coming in a little late to the party

MikeDaBronx.  Happy Anniversary here’s to many more

Johnnygage “Dan” Happy Birthday. Enjoy your day
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on March 19, 2019, 02:33:26 PM
Wow - happy birthday Dan.  Don't accept an offer from Willy D to celebrate at some nice place or he will be taking you out for a Happy Meal - and you will pay.
And Willy will do all the eating.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on March 19, 2019, 03:10:38 PM
Happy Birthday, Dan.  And take Joe & Frank at their word . . . they are 100% right.  8) ::) 8)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on March 19, 2019, 03:20:42 PM
Best Wishes for a Happy & Healthy Birthday & Many More. 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: johnd248 on March 19, 2019, 04:01:16 PM
Happy Birthday, Dan and whoever called you Kid is correct. At 62, you are one of the younger boys on this site.  Willy D doesn't look a day over 80.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on March 19, 2019, 04:10:37 PM

  Happy Birthday, Dan ! Thank You for Your Years of Dedicated Service, and all you
contribute here. Enjoy ! ( Easy on the JWB; your not as Bullet-proof as ya' used to be  ;) )
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on March 19, 2019, 05:59:13 PM
Dan (Johnnygage)as a member of Ladder 5 in younger days:

     (https://i.postimg.cc/D41mkBRm/20180405-134433-82366-A-FRE-Keith-Young-4-5.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/D41mkBRm)

Happy birthday Dan:

     (https://i.postimg.cc/BXZcjDHR/Screenshot-2015-06-04-20-54-41-1-1.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

Hasn't changed a bit!


Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on March 19, 2019, 07:26:21 PM
Happy Birthday Dan
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: jmag228 on March 19, 2019, 08:24:59 PM
Happy Birthday Dan and belated Happy Anniversary to Mike and his bride
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: JohnnyGage on March 20, 2019, 07:43:26 AM
"Mack"...you're killing me! Thanks for the laugh and using the younger version of the real JohnnyG!... special thanks to all for your kind well wishes, I had a wonderful day...Happy Spring!

To memory master; thanks Charlie. That was the hot spot for awhile, fun memories too!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: AuxWarYearsCapt on March 20, 2019, 02:17:55 PM
Happy Birthday  Dan
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on March 20, 2019, 11:50:38 PM
Belated, Dan, but Happy Birthday and many more in happiness and grand health!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fltpara16 on March 21, 2019, 07:46:25 PM
Happy Birthday Dan
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on March 22, 2019, 10:48:24 AM
 In your News of Member Series, I would like to introduce the members of NYCfire.net to Philip D., aka "Lebby".

 Philip D., aka "Lebby", had been a volunteer firefighter in New Jersey and Maryland since he was 14 years old, starting as a Junior Firefighter and rising to EMS Captain.

 "Lebby" worked for Rutgers University Emergency Services for about a year and a half, then moved on to work for University Hospital EMS in Newark. (I've seen for myself, is a very busy place).

 Last year he again made a career switch to the FDNY/EMS. He hopes to become a firefighter in the FDNY.

 He is currently assigned to EMS Station 16, in the 16th Battalion (Harlem).

 He has been a buff of the FDNY since he first got started in the fire service, but recently also got into buffing Newark.

 Philip, aka "Lebby", says he ran across this site before he got on the department, but has only become active recently with information to add.

 "Lebby" says: "It's been a pleasure to read and learn from everyone's knowledge and experience".

 Well Philip, aka "Lebby", it's been a pleasure to learn and read from "YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE" too. In fact the discussion has come up of how we would like to have more members of the FDNY/EMS share their stories with us as well.

 I appreciate having you here with us, as I'm sure so many others do as well.

 No doubt, you have helped thousands of people, whether it be in NYC, Newark, and New Jersey/Maryland.

 Personally, in my travels and during my buff years, I have seen the kind of work that members of University Hospital EMS in Newark and members of FDNY/EMS Station 16 (Harlem) have done.

 It is an HONOR to have you with us and I certainly admire you and appreciate the kind of work that "you" and "your brother and sisters" do for ALL OF US.

 Philip, after others here read your story, I have a feeling that I am probably NOT the only one who feels that way either.     
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on March 23, 2019, 06:49:57 PM
DAN this ones for you.....  https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-York-City-Fire-Ladder-5-1991-Seagrave-100-TDA-Fire-Apparatus-Slide-1216/372634804126?hash=item56c2c3df9e:g:VPcAAOSwiehcllpp
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on March 23, 2019, 08:07:09 PM
In your News of Member Series, I would like to introduce the members of NYCfire.net to Philip D., aka "Lebby".

 Philip D., aka "Lebby", had been a volunteer firefighter in New Jersey and Maryland since he was 14 years old, starting as a Junior Firefighter and rising to EMS Captain.

 "Lebby" worked for Rutgers University Emergency Services for about a year and a half, then moved on to work for University Hospital EMS in Newark. (I've seen for myself, is a very busy place).

 Last year he again made a career switch to the FDNY/EMS. He hopes to become a firefighter in the FDNY.

 He is currently assigned to EMS Station 16, in the 16th Battalion (Harlem).

 He has been a buff of the FDNY since he first got started in the fire service, but recently also got into buffing Newark.

 Philip, aka "Lebby", says he ran across this site before he got on the department, but has only become active recently with information to add.

 "Lebby" says: "It's been a pleasure to read and learn from everyone's knowledge and experience".

 Well Philip, aka "Lebby", it's been a pleasure to learn and read from "YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE" too. In fact the discussion has come up of how we would like to have more members of the FDNY/EMS share their stories with us as well.

 I appreciate having you here with us, as I'm sure so many others do as well.

 No doubt, you have helped thousands of people, whether it be in NYC, Newark, and New Jersey/Maryland.

 Personally, in my travels and during my buff years, I have seen the kind of work that members of University Hospital EMS in Newark and members of FDNY/EMS Station 16 (Harlem) have done.

 It is an HONOR to have you with us and I certainly admire you and appreciate the kind of work that "you" and "your brother and sisters" do for ALL OF US.

 Philip, after others here read your story, I have a feeling that I am probably NOT the only one who feels that way either.   

Philip - Welcome - glad you are a member and appreciate what you do.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on March 23, 2019, 08:59:59 PM
^^^^^^Welcome Lebby.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: JohnnyGage on March 23, 2019, 09:09:22 PM
DAN this ones for you.....  https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-York-City-Fire-Ladder-5-1991-Seagrave-100-TDA-Fire-Apparatus-Slide-1216/372634804126?hash=item56c2c3df9e:g:VPcAAOSwiehcllpp

Thanks JK, that was the ol' gal, my office for 7 years. For the 5th Anniversary of the Watts Street fire, I requested if the shops could "stripe" the rig and freshen it up. They obliged. This is a photo before they did that. Thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Lebby on March 23, 2019, 11:30:43 PM
In your News of Member Series, I would like to introduce the members of NYCfire.net to Philip D., aka "Lebby".

 Philip D., aka "Lebby", had been a volunteer firefighter in New Jersey and Maryland since he was 14 years old, starting as a Junior Firefighter and rising to EMS Captain.

 "Lebby" worked for Rutgers University Emergency Services for about a year and a half, then moved on to work for University Hospital EMS in Newark. (I've seen for myself, is a very busy place).

 Last year he again made a career switch to the FDNY/EMS. He hopes to become a firefighter in the FDNY.

 He is currently assigned to EMS Station 16, in the 16th Battalion (Harlem).

 He has been a buff of the FDNY since he first got started in the fire service, but recently also got into buffing Newark.

 Philip, aka "Lebby", says he ran across this site before he got on the department, but has only become active recently with information to add.

 "Lebby" says: "It's been a pleasure to read and learn from everyone's knowledge and experience".

 Well Philip, aka "Lebby", it's been a pleasure to learn and read from "YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE" too. In fact the discussion has come up of how we would like to have more members of the FDNY/EMS share their stories with us as well.

 I appreciate having you here with us, as I'm sure so many others do as well.

 No doubt, you have helped thousands of people, whether it be in NYC, Newark, and New Jersey/Maryland.

 Personally, in my travels and during my buff years, I have seen the kind of work that members of University Hospital EMS in Newark and members of FDNY/EMS Station 16 (Harlem) have done.

 It is an HONOR to have you with us and I certainly admire you and appreciate the kind of work that "you" and "your brother and sisters" do for ALL OF US.

 Philip, after others here read your story, I have a feeling that I am probably NOT the only one who feels that way either.   

Philip - Welcome - glad you are a member and appreciate what you do.

Thank you for the warm welcome. I appreciate your sentiment, but as Chief Croker said it's "...all in the line of work."
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on March 24, 2019, 09:19:54 AM


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 Relating to Our Upcoming "Member Get Together" on May 11th, I understand that young "Probie Wanna Be", Gracian Bendick, (see above photo) will be making a Special Guest Appearance.

 Both his grandfather, Retired Capt John Bendick, and his father, Lt Tommy Bendick, along with Gracian, will be arriving late for that "May 11th Member Get Together" due to "Family Day" for John "B", who is in training for the FDNY/EMS at this time.

 "I know that I've certainly been impressed with young Gracin Bendick". "I hate to admit it but I think he knows more about pump pressures, friction loss, and ladder company operations than I do". (I just hope he doesn't ask me any questions).

 Also word is that Probie FDNY/EMS Member, John "B" has been assigned to hit the streets of the Bronx for a few "hands on tours" a week at both "EMS Station 19" (located at 2285 Jerome Ave - former quarters of Eng 75/Lad 33/Batt 19) and "EMS Station 27" (located at 243 East 233 St).

 Interesting point - John B's grandfather, Retired FDNY Capt John Bendick, (jbendick) was assigned to that former firehouse as a firefighter on Jerome Ave.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on March 31, 2019, 08:21:17 AM
Congratulations to grandson and nephew, John "T", of the Bendick Family on his new job with the FDNY/EMS. He was sworn in today (February 11th) and he will begin his training at Fort Totten in Queens by the end of the month.

John "T" is a great young guy and I have confidence that he will be an asset to the FDNY/EMS, as well as the citizens and visitors to New York City.

I understand that his previous place of employment gave him a party in appreciation for the job he did during that employment. Even a few employees who were off for the day stopped by to wish John "T" all the best.

Of course his grandfather, Retired FDNY Capt John Bendick, and his uncle Active FDNY Lt Tommy Bendick, are the administrators of this web site.

Best Wishes John "T" for a safe and happy career with the FDNY/EMS.

 The latest Progress Report on John "T", the Grandson of Retired FDNY Captain John B., (site administrator), and Nephew of FDNY Lt Tommy B., (site owner) with his on going training with the FDNY/EMS.

 I am being told by his grandfather, John B., that he is doing very well. His test scores have been very high.

 John "T" as he is known, is getting himself some required "hands on" training these days/nights riding with the members of the busy FDNY/EMS Stations 19 on Jerome Ave and Station 27 on East 233rd St - both in the Bronx.

 I have known John T for a couple of years and I am sure that he will be an asset to the FDNY/EMS and be directly involved in helping hundreds of people. No doubt he will have a huge impact on saving many lives within the city.

 It's nice to know that we still have some younger individuals out there that we can all depend on in our time of need.

 As many of you already know, we have Charlie T., aka "memorymaster", who has retired from the FDNY/EMS as a boss (Lt., right Charlie - ?), a frequent contributor here, and also one of our newer members to our site, Phil D., aka "Lebby", who is currently assigned to EMS Station 16 in Harlem.

 We salute them for their life saving services as well. Thanks Guys. 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on March 31, 2019, 12:48:57 PM

  " Relating to Our Upcoming "Member Get Together" on May 11th, I understand that young "Probie Wanna Be", Gracian Bendick, (see above photo) will be making a Special Guest Appearance."

 FANTASTIC ! What a TERRIFIC Young Man.  8)

 I myself; and I'm sure the other Members, look forward to Welcoming this Wonderful New Guy aboard.  :)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Signal73 on April 14, 2019, 08:30:54 PM
No need for a thank you. Just doing my best to help make this site great

Not much sleep when you have a 7 month old at home

Never forget her waking me up when they dropped a 2nd Alarm in Queens lol. It’s like she knew

Almost 8 Months already to buff jobs

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And at just shy of 10 Months. She along with her brother buffed their 1st in Manhattan


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Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on April 14, 2019, 09:12:13 PM
 Brad that is GREAT. Yes, "they got the makings".

 I remember my father bringing me to the firehouse when I was about 4 years old. He did the same thing with my brother too.

 A few years go by and whenever we hear the fire trucks, my brother and I would be on our bicycles trying to find out where they went.

 These days we may not chase the fire trucks on our bicycles anymore. But not a day goes by that we don't mention something about the fire dept.

 Looking back, it all started about 60 or 65 years ago when he brought us to that firehouse.

 Brad, 20 years from now, those pictures you posted might tell a story that started back around April, 2019.

 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on April 15, 2019, 10:53:03 AM
 For many of us on this site, particularly our more senior members, we have been following the tread titled: "The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop", in the General Discussion section here.

 A frequent contributor to that thread is a member who calls himself "memory master". His real name is Charlie T., and he is a good personnel friend to several members of this site.

 We know that Charlie has retired from the FDNY/EMS and also worked within the former NYC Health and Hospitals EMS covering the city before that merger. During his years he worked in some of the busiest areas of the city, where he rose up in rank to I believe, Lt. Without any doubt in my mind, he has had a "direct impact" on saving thousands of lives and helping so many during those years.

 How do you thank somebody who has done so much good for so many people ?

 I have never actually met Charlie but I feel as though I've know him for years. We keep in touch quite often, mostly through email.

 But what I also wanted to say is that Charlie T., aka "memory master", has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the music of those Doo Wop Days. Those of us who have viewed that thread, "The Ventures/Days of Doo Wop", can confirm that.

 However, I recently learned that Charlie goes much deeper into it than posting his comments on there. I just received an email from him. He calls it "Memory Masters Music". As I went through it, I could NOT believe the huge amount of work he put into this. He has listed over 3,200 albums and cd's that he has in his collection. Not only does he have that entire list, but he has also broken down each album and cd containing the "artist", "title", "genre", "disc", "tracks", "release date", "label" and "added data".

 It is an UNBELIEVABLE PIECE OF "CLASSIC" WORK. What a Great job he did.

 I don't know if there's any way that he could post it on this site for ALL the members to see. But I'm sure there are other guys here that would certainly enjoy seeing it and be as impressed with it as much as I am.

 THANK YOU Charlie, aka "memory master". Thank you for all you do for us here and we certainly THANK YOU for the Life Saving Job that you did for so many years. In most likely the "busiest and most dangerous EMS organization in the World".

 During my younger buffing days, I saw you guys work too. "The Webster Outpost" on Webster Ave in the Bronx was a favorite of mine. Tough place to work.

 Quick story, a civilian was hit by a car near the Butler Housing Project. A large crowd gathered around the only two NYC Health and Hospitals EMS workers on the scene and the neighborhood people weren't too happy about it. Not only did those NYC EMS guys have to worry about the patient, but they also had to worry about the crowd too. 
 Plus there was the "aids" thing that came out with thousands in NYC infected.

 This is just one small story that so many people like Charlie T., "memory master", had to deal with.

 Let me also say this. This "NEWS of MEMBERS" thread merely scratches the surface of some of our members here. There are so many more stories to tell. But where do we begin ? 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: memory master on April 15, 2019, 05:47:04 PM
Thank you Willy for your kind words. I would love to post the collection on the site IF I knew what I was doing. The actual base for my collection info is from  www.collectorz.com They offer sites for music, dvd, book, etc. collections. The hard part was/is manually entering each article, tracks, dates, incidental info, etc. but it is a labor of love which is not yet complete. I'll see what I can do about getting it out onto the site.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on April 16, 2019, 10:49:06 PM
Johhny Gage your helmets & or Fronts are all over the map.... https://www.ebay.com/itm/L-A-County-Squad-Engine-51-T-V-Series-Movie-Prop-Fire-Helmet/123737932128?hash=item1ccf5b0160:g:lLwAAOSwMuBctm7A
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on April 17, 2019, 02:49:02 AM
All over the map ....here is a 112 Mascot.....    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vtg-Los-Angeles-Fireman-Firefighter-Cairns-Leather-Helmet-w-UFLAC-Badge-Award/401745188499?_trkparms=aid%3D888007%26algo%3DDISC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131227121020%26meid%3D8a3ff35194db49398a50671efc2d5b68%26pid%3D100009%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D1%26sd%3D192891745929%26itm%3D401745188499&_trksid=p2047675.c100009.m1982
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on April 17, 2019, 03:31:26 AM
JohnnyGage - welcome to your baptism of fire, so to speak!!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on April 17, 2019, 06:36:55 AM
 JohnnyGage - Don't feel so bad. I've been here 12 years and they still treat me like a Probie.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: JohnnyGage on April 17, 2019, 07:27:33 AM
Pretty cool stuff, EMERGENCY!...still lives!...I can't wait to give Dixie and Dr. Joe Early a call down at Rampart.  KMG-365
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on April 19, 2019, 08:40:44 AM
 A couple of announcements to make regarding a few of our members.

 Nycfire.net member Steve E., aka "fltpara16", tells us that his daughter was recently married and they are now on their honeymoon in South Africa. We wish the couple many Happy and Healthy years together. Congratulations to both, as well as the father of the bride. 

 We know that Steve E., "fltpara16", is a Battalion Chief in the Albemarle County Fire Dept in Virginia, where he covers the entire county as the only B/C on duty during his shift tour. We also know that a few of our members here have rode with him as his B/C aide on several occasions.

 Now with his daughter married and several years with the department, could a retirement be in the near future for this great guy who many of us consider a personnel friend.

 We now bring you News regarding another member of this site who many of us know as well. Bill J., aka "Parkave32", recently reported that both he and his wife, Jane, sold their Bronx, Throggs Neck home in November, moving to Tennessee. Just outside of Nashville. Bill J., had retired after a career working at Hunter College in NYC.

 Seems that the Most Reverend Elwoood E., aka "CFDMarshall", won't be the only one coming up from Tennessee next month. Bill J., reports that he and the Mrs plan to come back to NYC next month where they plan to attend the 40th Anniversary of the Throggs Neck Volunteer Ambulance Organization, where they both meet in 1979.

 In addition, members Steve E., "fltpara16", and Bill J., "Parkave32", plan to join us for the May 11th Get Together of members from this site, as well as members of FDNY etc. Of course the Most Reverend Elwood E., "CFDMarshall", from Tennessee will be there as well.   
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: johnd248 on April 19, 2019, 05:27:44 PM
We are gonna need a Southern dictionary to understand all these Southern folk, y'all.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on April 19, 2019, 06:36:48 PM
Wall dogie, John usn's hyar in the C S of A don't cotton to that sorta innnnn-solt.  So thiss'n are jest fur y'all:


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Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on April 19, 2019, 06:51:33 PM
Wall dogie, John usn's hyar in the C S of A don't cotton to that sorta innnnn-solt.  So thiss'n are jest fur y'all:


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 Ray, last time we saw Rev Elwood, "CFDMarshall", he didn't have a beard like that.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on April 19, 2019, 07:25:13 PM
^^^^^^^  I was about to say Special Call the Rev to interpret this.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: grumpy grizzly on April 19, 2019, 08:03:56 PM
I thought if you could understand "Brooklynese" you could understand anyone!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: CFDMarshal on April 19, 2019, 09:01:17 PM
Wall dogie, John usn's hyar in the C S of A don't cotton to that sorta innnnn-solt.  So thiss'n are jest fur y'all:


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 Ray, last time we saw Rev Elwood, "CFDMarshall", he didn't have a beard like that.

You know my hair ain't gray! Ain't got no hair at all and the far chief sez I can't have no beard!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: johnd248 on April 20, 2019, 10:15:36 AM
Hey, careful about the Brooklynese comments.  Fahgetaboutit!!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on April 20, 2019, 12:16:10 PM
Awright John.  I no I've given you s??t about your southerner comments.  But, bein' from toity-toid street and toid amnya, I gotta tellya . . . a southern to Brooklynese dickshunerry is sorely needed.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on April 20, 2019, 05:39:36 PM
Today, April 20th, Mark’s the 45th wedding anniversary for this sites administrator, Retired FDNY Captain John Bendick and his wife Madeline.

Congratulations and many more to come, to John and Madeline on this very special day.

Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on April 20, 2019, 05:59:14 PM
Congratulations, Cap!  Another few years and you'll be where Kay and I are.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on April 20, 2019, 06:23:05 PM
Congratulations!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on April 20, 2019, 06:24:31 PM
Congratulations to the great couple.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on April 20, 2019, 07:05:11 PM
Congratulations to both of you
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on April 20, 2019, 07:50:03 PM
Congratulations to John and Maddy!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: AuxWarYearsCapt on April 20, 2019, 08:31:53 PM
Congratulations Mr & Mrs.  Boss
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: jmag228 on April 20, 2019, 08:55:25 PM
Congrats Folks
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: grumpy grizzly on April 21, 2019, 11:50:54 AM
Sorry for the delay, congrats and best wishes for many, many more!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: grumpy grizzly on April 21, 2019, 12:40:30 PM
Grump is going to be OOS, going in for total knee replacement tomorrow @ 10. Will get back in the barn as soon as I can to help keep you updated on Boston and Chicago. Take care everyone.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on April 21, 2019, 02:50:34 PM
Okay Grump. As soon as you can let us know how you’re doing.

I know a lot of people who had that done. It worked out great for ALL of them.

All the Best
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Signal73 on April 21, 2019, 03:23:54 PM
All the best Grump
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on April 21, 2019, 05:50:39 PM
Best wishes for a safe procedure and a speedy and easy recovery.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on April 21, 2019, 06:05:25 PM
Grump, best of luck with the operation and a speedy recovery.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on April 21, 2019, 09:50:22 PM
Best Wishes for a full & speedy recovery.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 1261Truckie on April 22, 2019, 02:04:29 AM
Best wishes for a successful surgery and a speedy recovery.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: johnd248 on April 22, 2019, 08:32:03 AM
Grump: my wife had both knees replaced five years apart.  Back playing golf and everything else she did.  Good luck.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: JOR176 on April 22, 2019, 12:32:27 PM
Good Luck and a speedy recovery.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: jmag228 on April 22, 2019, 01:50:53 PM
Best of Luck Grump
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on April 25, 2019, 01:31:34 AM
STAjo ... Best Wishes for a Happy & Healthy Birthday & for many more.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: manhattan on April 25, 2019, 10:45:24 AM
Happy Birthday, STAjo, and all best wishes.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on April 25, 2019, 11:08:20 AM
 Happy Birthday Joe, aka STAjo, and many more.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on April 25, 2019, 11:38:23 AM
Happy birthday, Joe!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: JOR176 on April 25, 2019, 01:21:23 PM
Happy Birthday Joe and many more.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on April 25, 2019, 02:18:38 PM
Happy Birthday, Joe!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Signal73 on April 26, 2019, 11:33:47 AM
Many Many moons ago November 7th 2009 was the date, a "youngin" joined this group

User name BfdYoungin0252 to be exact started posting mostly Manhattan jobs.

He was learning, on the 10-75 instead of posting just 4 Engines he would post probably the closest 5 engines & 6 trucks, because he didn't know much and was trying to help.

There was a User name RDM258 who use to help him along a little bit and always give compliments when he young user got something right.

His last post was back in 2011. He wasn't that old.

Does anyone know what happen to this guy, I always wondered if I would see another post by him
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on April 26, 2019, 01:13:53 PM
Brad, I do remember him. I believe his name was Robert DeMayo (???) but I’m not sure. He was from the Nashville, Tn area.

He was pretty active posting on the thread called “My Younger Buff Years” around 2009/2010.

If that’s his name and where he is from, maybe somebody here could help with more info.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on April 26, 2019, 01:40:06 PM
Can't help with a contact, but he listed the Franklin TN Fire Dept. as his web site. He was very active on this site (a Hero Member), but hasn't posted anything in 8 years.

https://www.franklintn.gov/government/departments-a-j/fire/
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on April 26, 2019, 03:15:50 PM
He had been an AUX in 211 at one time if i remember ?... his Cousin was killed on 9-11 while in HM*1...FF MARTIN DEMEO
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: CFDMarshal on April 27, 2019, 04:09:17 PM
Rob DeMeo, he moved after 9/11 to rural Hickman County TN . He worked EMS in Williamson County TN which is the city of Franklin and Brentwood. The high dollar area south of Nashville. I haven't heard anything from him since 2010-2011. He had planned to go up for one of the early get togethers.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on April 27, 2019, 08:12:18 PM
STAjo ... Best Wishes for a Happy & Healthy Birthday & for many more.

 Chief, 'Manhattan', 'Uncle Wil', Mack,JO, Ray, All the Brothers, Thank You All So Very Much
for All The Wonderful Birthday Wishes ! You Guys are The Best !  8)
Pardon the Delayed Response; I been Swamped. My Thanks, staj.

 













Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on April 27, 2019, 09:56:56 PM
Joe a few videos.. after opening ...click "you tube" to show comments..after the first 3:00 minute NYC one i would say the first comment is our RET FDNY BROTHER FF Richie M. ?   & the "Grade A" shop in the picture running a "3 pole Winch type Manley "on a "Square Biz" Ford" was 3 blocks North from R*2 on Atlantic Ave when we were on Bergen St....  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7CPjbWtWsM
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on April 28, 2019, 08:37:33 AM
Joe a few videos.. after opening ...click "you tube" to show comments..after the first 3:00 minute NYC one i would say the first comment is our RET FDNY BROTHER FF Richie M. ?   & the "Grade A" shop in the picture running a "3 pole Winch type Manley "on a "Square Biz" Ford" was 3 blocks North from R*2 on Atlantic Ave when we were on Bergen St....  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7CPjbWtWsM

 Yes Joe, aka "STAjo", those were the Good Ole' Days. As I understand it you worked for that wrecker company during your younger days.

 Joe W., "STAjo", is also the author of the book titled: "11/11".

 Joe, we are planning on seeing you for the upcoming Get Together taking place in Brooklyn.

 Thank you for your contributions here as well.

 I'd like to also welcome two of our newest members:

 First, we have "PFDMarine", aka Pat, who told us his story in "How It All Began" (reply # 12).

 We learned that he began his interest in the fire dept like so many others who lived close to a neighborhood firehouse. In this case it was Philadelphia's Engine 36/Ladder 20.

 He then served Our Country with the U.S. Marines and became a Philadelphia Firefighter. THANK YOU Pat for your Military Service and the Job you do as a Philadelphia Firefighter.

 I'm sure there will be guys on here that might be interested in learning more about the department and maybe you can help them out.

 A good friend here, Mike D., aka "mikeindabronx", frequently contributes the jobs that Philly has in our National section. But maybe you can add to it.

 On a personnel note, I sometimes get down to Philly and driving that Roosevelt Blvd has got to be one of the most dangerous roads in our country. I've seen the members of the Philadelphia FD operating there many times at some serious accidents.

 Another newer member who has been contributing to this site listing the many jobs in the Newark and Jersey City area's is "skylerfire", aka skyler. Another busy area just across the Hudson River from Manhattan.

 In between my buffing days of the FDNY, I would sometimes chase the rigs there and also took apparatus photos. I remember stopping at one Newark firehouse where a new ladder truck was. The new ladder was in quarters but when I rang the doorbell nobody answered. Just as I am ready to leave wondering, "what if I was reporting a fire and nobody came", the Engine Co is coming back from a run.

 Then the guys told me that nobody was in that firehouse. It was the first time that I had ever heard the term "Brownout" used in reference to closing a company for a day. There were guys cars parked in the lot next to the firehouse, giving the public the appearance that the firehouse was fully manned but it wasn't.

 THANK YOU "skylerfire" for your contributions.

 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: grumpy grizzly on April 28, 2019, 12:27:03 PM
OK guys had it done on the 22nd and was sent home on Tuesday. It was worse than we thought so PT is going to be a MFer. Will do my best to keep you in the know on Boston and Chicago.. Thanx for the well wishes.  GG.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on April 28, 2019, 03:02:46 PM

 
' 68jk09'
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Re: News of Members
« Reply #1162 on: April 27, 2019, 09:56:56 PM »

 "Joe a few videos.."

 Thanks Chief, Great Stuff !   8)  'Comments' Could be Rich. M. (?)  I remember also;
Richie's brother Kenny M., one of NY Daily News' Best Photogs.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on April 28, 2019, 03:46:46 PM
GG, thanks for the update, glad you are OK
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on April 28, 2019, 04:32:47 PM

 Griz; Glad to hear they were able to 'Put ya' Back Together again'.
All The Best; Be Well.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on April 28, 2019, 04:53:58 PM
GG best of luck with PT.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on April 28, 2019, 07:36:58 PM
OK guys had it done on the 22nd and was sent home on Tuesday. It was worse than we thought so PT is going to be a MFer. Will do my best to keep you in the know on Boston and Chicago.. Thanx for the well wishes.  GG.

Grump - Glad surgery is over.  Best wishes for a speedy recovery.  If PT is difficult, will you change your name to "Grumpier"?

Hang in there and good luck!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on April 29, 2019, 07:41:07 AM
OK guys had it done on the 22nd and was sent home on Tuesday. It was worse than we thought so PT is going to be a MFer. Will do my best to keep you in the know on Boston and Chicago.. Thanx for the well wishes.  GG.

Grump - Glad surgery is over.  Best wishes for a speedy recovery.  If PT is difficult, will you change your name to "Grumpier"?

Hang in there and good luck!

 Don't worry Grump, or as my buddy "mack" says; "Grumpier". In a little while you'll change your name to "Happy Grizzly" once this whole deal is done with.

 But maybe there is a lot of truth to what "mack" says. I got to get a tooth pulled out one of these days and I'm NOT too happy about that either.

 So I'm thinking about maybe changing my user name too.

 Maybe I'll change it to "Grumpy Willy" or as "mack" suggest, maybe even "Grumpier Willy".
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on April 29, 2019, 08:31:12 AM


 So I'm thinking about maybe changing my user name too.

 Maybe I'll change it to "Grumpy Willy" or as "mack" suggest, maybe even "Grumpier Willy".

Or maybe "Willy Big Mac"  8)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on April 29, 2019, 12:03:24 PM


 So I'm thinking about maybe changing my user name too.

 Maybe I'll change it to "Grumpy Willy" or as "mack" suggest, maybe even "Grumpier Willy".

Or maybe "Willy Big Mac"  8)
Or Old Goat Willy.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on May 03, 2019, 12:33:54 PM
 For the members who might have missed it, in reply # 31 of the Brooklyn 5th Alarm Box 3005, posted 4/17/2019, member "STAjo", aka Joe W., posted a brief story about his user name on the site as it related to the area of the Brooklyn 5th.

 He told us that the user name of "STAjo" originated from Saint Thomas Aquinas where he attended school and mass for 8 years.

 He also says that he was kicked off the alter boys for smoking cigarettes and hanging out with "the Never Do Wells". He was invited to leave that fine institution entity for constant misbehavior and poor attendance in the 7th grade.

 "STAjo", I can tell you that you are NOT alone. At least in my case you're not. I was certainly NO HONOR STUDENT. But as I look back on those days, I hate to admit it, but if things could work out the same way today as it did those 50 plus years ago, "I'd do it all over again".

 In my case it was either be a "brain surgeon" or a "fireman". For me, I think becoming a fireman was a lot more harder. But I think being a fireman was probably a lot more fun.

 Thanks Joe for your story.
 

 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on May 03, 2019, 02:46:31 PM

 Thanks, Bill.  8)
 Good Choice; Thanks for your Years of Service.

 Ya' left-out the part where I mentioned that some of the ' N'ere-do-wells' are now
 Ret. FDNY   ;)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 69 METS on May 05, 2019, 09:57:40 PM
I too attended STA. I hated every minute of it.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: IRISH on May 07, 2019, 02:22:33 PM
So yesterday i met up with John Bendick Jr in Dublin to show him 2 of Dublin's Fire Stations. The 1st was DFB's HQ in Tara Street home of 2 Engines, 2 Ladders, 1 Chief, 2 Ambulances, 1 Foam Unit, 2 Field Comms and 1 EMS Logistics Unit. Of course as those who know John Jr will know all he wanted to see was the Engines. "Firefighters work in Engines"

We were shown around 1 of the Engines by FF Ilya who hails from Russia but now living in Ireland and who was on OT in Tara St but stationed out in Finglas in the North Side of the city. His knowledge of all things in the Irish Fire Service and the Paramedic role was second to none. I think John was impressed by one or two aspects of things done in Ireland and in return he showed FF Ilya how to carry a set of Irons. When we arrived the station had its complete front line on station but that didn't last long as both ambulances were out the door

After that we headed for a pub lunch and then out to another Station on Dublin's Southside. Rathfarnham Fire Station located in leafy suburban Dublin is home to 1 Engine and 1 Ambulance. The reason to stop off was they had just taken delivery of 1 of Dublin's 3 New Scania P320 Fire Engines

Met at the door by a Jr FF with 2yrs OTJ we were then greeted by the S/O (Capt) who then called 3 other FF's down to meet us. John was given the once over of the Ambulance (while it was on station) and then the New Rig. 3 great FF's who spent alot of time with us breaking balls and having their balls broken in return. They even stuck John Jr into the bosses seat in the rig and brought the rig around the block.

John Jr in the bosses seat..... who would ever have thought?!?


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Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on May 08, 2019, 09:33:37 AM
 John B Jr, a little advice here from a guy who knows.

 If Declan, aka "Irish", suggest you guys go find yourselves a couple of Irish ladies to meet, "you're really kinda on your own".

 All of us back here who know Declan will confirm that he is one GREAT GUY.  He knows a lot about the FDNY and I'm very sure a lot about how the fire dept operates over there in Dublin.

 But when it comes to talking to a few ladies that like to talk about other things, "even though he tries, he just can't seem to stay awake".
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: IRISH on May 14, 2019, 05:34:08 PM
John B Jr, a little advice here from a guy who knows.

 If Declan, aka "Irish", suggest you guys go find yourselves a couple of Irish ladies to meet, "you're really kinda on your own".

 All of us back here who know Declan will confirm that he is one GREAT GUY.  He knows a lot about the FDNY and I'm very sure a lot about how the fire dept operates over there in Dublin.

 But when it comes to talking to a few ladies that like to talk about other things, "even though he tries, he just can't seem to stay awake".

Thankfully Willie D John Jr doesn't believe those stories of me falling asleep at the bar. I still think you made that up as it was well past your bed time and you were seeing things  :D

I met up with John Jr again last Thursday in a pub in Dublin City. He was there with his Mom and wife to Capt Bendick who had just completed a great day at Trinity College and seeing the Book of Kells and Trinity Library. Capt Bendicks wife was meeting up with a cousin of hers and her husband. So we had a good night....Men talking all things FD and the ladies having a family catch up.

It turns out the Daughter of Capt Bendicks wife's cousin is quiet the Fire Buff herself currently living Stateside and doesn't pass a Fire Station without knocking on the door. So it runs in the family blood  ;D

Sadly it was the last i could see of the Bendick's as i was flying to the UK on the Friday to head to our equivalent of Superbowl. Im sure John and the Bendicks will be back next year and i look forward to seeing them again
 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on May 14, 2019, 07:37:47 PM
Don't worry Dec. I'll tell John Jr that story about you falling asleep in detail.

Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on May 16, 2019, 08:04:34 AM
 Welcome to a couple of "newer" members and contributors to our site.

 1) "Lebby", (Phil D), and "skylerfire" - for their latest contributions, including the listing of the entire Newark, NJ Fire apparatus and vehicle fleet. Nice job. Thank you.
    I believe "Lebby" is with the FDNY/EMS.
    "skylerfire" - frequently contributes to this site the rundowns of incidents in the Newark/Jersey City areas. As most of us know, a very busy area.

 2) "skylerfire" also contributed the listing of the entire Jersey City Fire Apparatus and vehicles as well.

 3) "truckman" - who we learn in the General Discussion area that he is a firefighter in Los Angelus County, Calif. We don't have too many guys from that part of the country. So thank you for your contributions, especially regarding the info you gave us regarding the amount of hose carried on L.A. County Engines. "truckman" states he has been on the job since 1992.

 4) "FairfaxFirePhotography" - thank you for your info and rundowns of the Fairfax County (Va) Fire Dept. I've been there once or twice myself and it's a busy area. Going back several years, I remember when the Fairfax County FD was one of the first to introduce "Paramedic Engines", having a paramedic/firefighter riding the rig.
 Fairfax County FD was also one of three Urban Search + Rescue teams to respond to Bridgeport, Ct in 1987, when a 12 story building collapsed while under construction. They worked side by side with members of the FDNY and Dade County FDs in the very early days of those USAR Teams. 

 THANK YOU GUYS. Hope you will continue to contribute and enjoy this site.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: FairfaxFirePhotography on May 16, 2019, 08:27:04 AM
Welcome to a couple of "newer" members and contributors to our site.

 1) "Lebby", (Phil D), and "skylerfire" - for their latest contributions, including the listing of the entire Newark, NJ Fire apparatus and vehicle fleet. Nice job. Thank you.
    I believe "Lebby" is with the FDNY/EMS.
    "skylerfire" - frequently contributes to this site the rundowns of incidents in the Newark/Jersey City areas. As most of us know, a very busy area.

 2) "skylerfire" also contributed the listing of the entire Jersey City Fire Apparatus and vehicles as well.

 3) "truckman" - who we learn in the General Discussion area that he is a firefighter in Los Angelus County, Calif. We don't have too many guys from that part of the country. So thank you for your contributions, especially regarding the info you gave us regarding the amount of hose carried on L.A. County Engines. "truckman" states he has been on the job since 1992.

 4) "FairfaxFirePhotography" - thank you for your info and rundowns of the Fairfax County (Va) Fire Dept. I've been there once or twice myself and it's a busy area. Going back several years, I remember when the Fairfax County FD was one of the first to introduce "Paramedic Engines", having a paramedic/firefighter riding the rig.
 Fairfax County FD was also one of three Urban Search + Rescue teams to respond to Bridgeport, Ct in 1987, when a 12 story building collapsed while under construction. They worked side by side with members of the FDNY and Dade County FDs in the very early days of those USAR Teams. 

 THANK YOU GUYS. Hope you will continue to contribute and enjoy this site.

Oh wow, didn’t expect to see my username there. Fairfax is typically a busy area just not as busy as the FDNY, only around 100,000 calls/year. The Paramedic idea expanded further and now every single fire apparatus has at least 1 medic on board. Come on down sometime! Guys are real friendly here. (NoVa drivers are another story).  ;D
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on May 25, 2019, 10:06:52 PM
Member Joe Walsh, aka "STAjo" reports that he has been in the process of moving from Kingston, NY to Binghamton, NY and does NOT have use of the internet at this time.

He wants to advise us that he is alive and well but misses what's been going on here.

He does expect to have it shortly and we certainly understand.

Recently, this site was down for several hours during some routine maint. It actually took longer than expected and many of us were trying to deal with our own "withdrawal symptoms".
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: FairfaxFirePhotography on May 25, 2019, 10:38:52 PM
I felt the withdrawal when the site was down haha!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Brooklynalex32 on May 25, 2019, 10:49:31 PM
Yes agreed! With the hours ticking by and no explanation as to what happened and no means to contact anyone I started to shiver,my breathing -becoming difficult, I felt all alone,no where to turn,like the world was just cold and empty,
Well not exactly that but close enough.
Title: Re: News of Members - He's Baaack !
Post by: STAjo on June 04, 2019, 10:44:39 PM
 Hey Gang ! I've Finally Settled-In to my new Binghamton Apt. after Weeks of
 Bangin' around trying to get Re-located.

 I had been occasionally able to drop-in & see what's happening here...
 now I'm in the New Otr.s w/ Regular Internet Service; (Finally!) You can once again expect
 to see all my 'thoughtful insights' and 'compelling commentary'.   ;)
 Really: Glad to be back 'Home' w/you & back on the Site.   8)

Many Thanks to Our 'Uncle Willy' for keeping you, & I, In-the-Loop.   :)

Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on June 05, 2019, 10:50:29 AM
Congratulations to grandson and nephew, John "T", of the Bendick Family on his new job with the FDNY/EMS. He was sworn in today (February 11th) and he will begin his training at Fort Totten in Queens by the end of the month.

John "T" is a great young guy and I have confidence that he will be an asset to the FDNY/EMS, as well as the citizens and visitors to New York City.

I understand that his previous place of employment gave him a party in appreciation for the job he did during that employment. Even a few employees who were off for the day stopped by to wish John "T" all the best.

Of course his grandfather, Retired FDNY Capt John Bendick, and his uncle Active FDNY Lt Tommy Bendick, are the administrators of this web site.

Best Wishes John "T" for a safe and happy career with the FDNY/EMS.

 
Hey Gang ! I've Finally Settled-In to my new Binghamton Apt. after Weeks of
 Bangin' around trying to get Re-located.

 I had been occasionally able to drop-in & see what's happening here...
 now I'm in the New Otr.s w/ Regular Internet Service; (Finally!) You can once again expect
 to see all my 'thoughtful insights' and 'compelling commentary'.   ;)
 Really: Glad to be back 'Home' w/you & back on the Site.   8)

Many Thanks to Our 'Uncle Willy' for keeping you, & I, In-the-Loop.   :)

 Joe, aka STAjo", glad that you have finally been able to settle in and join us once again. We hope to hear from you once again and Thank You for your contributions here.



 IN ADDITION, regarding the above quote about John T, grandson to our site administrator, Retired Capt John Bendick.
 John T has completed his training for the FDNY/EMS at Fort Totten. That training began on February 11th and he will graduate on Thursday June 6th. Almost FOUR months in the process.

 Even though John T was already an EMT, the FDNY/EMS required him to go through that certification again, teaching their new members the way it is done in New York City. John T, DIDN'T just walk into this job. It was a very long process and series of test to get there BEFORE he even started. But throughout that entire training period, John T maintained very high test scores.

 During those months of training, the class was broken down into TWO Groups. One group attending DAY Classes and the other group attending EVENING Classes. John was a part of those EVENING Classes.

 During his final training weeks he was assigned to ride TWO (?) Evenings per week with members from FDNY/EMS Stations 15 and 19 in the Bronx (very busy areas as some of us know).

 Some of the members here know John T., and I certainly respect him for the job he will be taking on. To me, "I consider John T a credit to his generation". He will certainly earn his pay out there and have a direct impact on saving hundreds of human lives of residents and visitors to NYC over the years. 

 John T has been assigned to the very busy FDNY/EMS Station 19 on Jerome Ave in the Bronx. The former quarters of the very busy FDNYs Engine 75, Ladder 33, and Battalion 19. The same busy firehouse that his grandfather, Retired Captain John Bendick (site Administrator) worked years ago as a firefighter on Engine 75 and Battalion 19 Chiefs aide.

 John T has also been assigned the same badge number as his grandfather - BADGE # 3119.

 We wish John T and all the other members of this FDNY/EMS graduating class a Safe and Enjoyable Career. THANK YOU ALL FOR THE JOB YOU ARE ABOUT TO BEGIN. Your skills, training, and dedication could mean the difference between "Life or Death". We are ALL depending on you.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on June 05, 2019, 02:47:56 PM

 Our Warmest Congratulations to John T. NYC will be a better City with him Serving.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on June 05, 2019, 03:31:04 PM
Congratulations....Best Wishes to John T. for a great career in Uniform.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on June 05, 2019, 07:51:09 PM
Congratulations to John T.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 69 METS on June 05, 2019, 10:10:29 PM
Congratulations to John T. and to my friend and fellow 'Animal House' alumni Captain John Bendick.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on June 06, 2019, 06:21:25 PM
Congratulations John T. Well done!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mack on July 05, 2019, 03:33:50 PM
Congratulations to our brother, Willy D!  Nathan's hot dog eating World Champion!  Bill has been training all year for this event - at McDonalds, White Castle, Burger King and local buffets.  His many hours of hard work every day at fast food restaurants pays off. We are proud of you!  You are a role model for all firefighters.

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Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on July 05, 2019, 04:26:55 PM
Congratulations to our brother, Willy D!  Nathan's hot dog eating World Champion!  Bill has been training all year for this event - at McDonalds, White Castle, Burger King and local buffets.  His many hours of hard work every day at fast food restaurants pays off. We are proud of you!  You are a role model for all firefighters.

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Lol, that's just a little snack for King Willy.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Signal73 on July 05, 2019, 04:34:32 PM
Well done Mack well done
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on July 05, 2019, 06:17:36 PM
Congratulations to our brother, Willy D!  Nathan's hot dog eating World Champion!  Bill has been training all year for this event - at McDonalds, White Castle, Burger King and local buffets.  His many hours of hard work every day at fast food restaurants pays off. We are proud of you!  You are a role model for all firefighters.

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 Thank you mack and friends. This is NOT the first time I've ever won a prize eating contest.

 Way back around 1975, as a young new firefighter probie, the guys were cooking up some great pasta and sauce. Being a young probie, I tried not to eat too much because I didn't know if I'd be allowed to do it. But, the guys told me, "no go ahead, eat as much as you want".

 Well, that day I was really kind of hungry, so I figured, "they told me it's okay and there was plenty left over". So I just continued to help myself. I wondered why the guys didn't leave the kitchen table. I think they wanted to see for themselves.

 After it was over, they told me, "it was really a pasta and sauce eating contest and guess what probie". "You won the contest". Then they told me "I had some potential". I thought it was about being a good fireman, but I later found out they were talking about winning an eating contest.

 I had a big following and most of the guys would put their money on me. I guess that's how it all started. I am no longer that slim 185 lb probie that I was back in 1975. But I sure won a lot of contest.

 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: johnd248 on July 06, 2019, 09:57:45 AM
Don't be so hard on yourself, Willy D!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Signal73 on July 07, 2019, 08:57:02 PM
No need for a thank you. Just doing my best to help make this site great

Not much sleep when you have a 7 month old at home

Never forget her waking me up when they dropped a 2nd Alarm in Queens lol. It’s like she knew

Almost 8 Months already to buff jobs

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And at just shy of 10 Months. She along with her brother buffed their 1st in Manhattan


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Christian took in a 2nd Alarm in Da Bronx today

Every time we go to New York he seems to catch work

Few weeks ago he caught a car fire in Coney Island


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Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on July 08, 2019, 01:24:43 AM

  'Signal73'
 "Almost 8 Months already to buff jobs"

 Great Stuff !   8)
 God Bless.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Signal73 on July 08, 2019, 01:57:56 AM
She is now a year old and has a few under her belt lol
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on July 08, 2019, 09:04:36 AM
Willy D asked me to post these ones


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 Brad, aka "signal73", a long, long time ago, I took in my first job with my father too. It was long before scanners were even thought of. We were on our way home and we could see a lot of smoke. It wasn't too far from my house and we took it in. My father knew a couple of guys there because he worked with them. We stayed there a pretty long time and I was sure impressed watching those guys doing the same kind of job that my father was doing.

 A little while goes by and I get a brand new bicycle for my birthday. I could go pretty fast with it, so I start chasing the fire trucks whenever I hear them. Sometimes I could see some smoke and I didn't have to go looking for them.

 The years go by and now I get my own car. Just about that time crystal controlled radios start to come out and now I can hear the calls as they happen. I'm chasing the calls all over the City of Bridgeport. It becomes my favorite hobby. I watch those guys work and just how they do it. I see them putting the aerial ladder to the roof and climbing it with tools. I see the guys stretching lines and hooking up to the hydrant. I even stay to watch the guys pick up the hose and roll it up.

 I'm out there in all kinds of weather, it didn't matter if it was the coldest January nights or the hottest August days. "I was hooked".

 Then a buddy of mine says to me; "Willy, you're not listening to New York on your scanner" ? I'm hearing it on "his" scanner while we talk. Turns out that it's Manhattan on 154.25 MHz, the same as nearby Milford, Ct. So my buffing days of the FDNY are about to begin. Around the same time I get invited to ride with Rescue 2 by a firefighter at Engine 210, while I was working at a drug store. "I am totally hooked". The timing is perfect. Now I'm riding Rescue 2 and I also start to chase the fires in Harlem. The FDNY War Years are beginning.

 Then "Report from Engine 82" comes out. Now I'm chasing fires in the South Bronx AND Harlem. The place is burning up. Every time I go there I'm watching these guys work. Plus I'm still chasing fires in Bridgeport.

 Around 1976/1977, Bushwick is burning heavy. I head out there and I am introduced to more fire activity. Places like Williamsburg, Bed-Sty, and Brownsville are burning too. But I think most of you guys heard this story before.

 Well Brad, "signal73", my point is: I guess it all started about the same time when I was Christian's age. And it all started with my father taking me to buff a fire. That was maybe........64-65 years ago ?

 I guess as the years have gone by, I don't chase too many fires these days. But I still enjoy watching the videos and seeing the pictures the guys post on this site and guys like you who give us the rundowns on the jobs. Not only the FDNY - but all over.

 Maybe in the not too distant future, young guys like your son Christian, and the young fire buffs posted in those pictures will someday do what so many of us do these days. Buffing the jobs and maybe even a few becoming firefighters. "Yes, I think they all have the makings".

 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on July 09, 2019, 03:52:20 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. 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on July 22, 2019, 10:25:46 PM
Congratulations to Lt Jay Walsh, aka "hosewagon", on his retirement from the FDNY. Jay had worked as a firefighter in Engine 75 and as Lt in Engine 59.

 I met Jay through his father, Retired Hartford Fire Capt John Walsh, later to become the Chief of the Willimantic FD. A small department in Eastern, Ct of about 30 full time members.

 Like so many, Jay comes from a Fire Dept family. As mentioned, his father now 82 years old, still loves talking about the job.

 Jay also has a brother Paul, who is a Deputy Chief in the New Britain, Ct Fire Dept. Paul is known for his EXCELLENT FDNY and fire dept paintings.

 Jay's nephew Matt, is also a young firefighter in New Haven, Ct where he works one of their busiest companies - Squad 2.

 Best wishes Jay for a well deserved, happy, and healthy retirement.

 Willy D

 The Family Tradition continues to grow despite the retirement of FDNY Lt Jay Walsh, aka "hosewagon".

 Recently his two nephews, Tyler, and Christopher, were hired as firefighters in Middletown, Connecticut. Both younger members of the Walsh family will attend the same Probie Class together as well.

 Their Grandfather John, is a Retired Hartford Fire Captain, who later became the Chief of Department in Willimantic, Ct. I believe he was one of five brothers who were also volunteer firefighters. And John's father was a Volunteer Fire Chief in the Blue Hills (?) Fire Dept in Connecticut.

 Jays nephew Matt, is also a Firefighter in New Haven, Ct

 Their father Paul, is a Deputy Chief in the New Britain, Ct Fire Dept.

 Adding up the total number of family members active or retired today we have:

  One Career Fire Chief/Fire Captain  (retired)      - 1
  One Career Deputy Fire Chief                           - 1
  One Career Fire Lt  (retired)                            - 1
  One Career Firefighter                                    - 1
  Two New Probie Firefighters                            - 2
                                                     TOTAL       -  6 (Two Retired, Four Active)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on July 26, 2019, 08:11:24 AM
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.

 Steve Delaunay, aka "svd385", tells me he is going for more medical test today (7/26). Although Steve has no internet service at the rehab center, I told him that I had posted his condition on this site. I think he has told me in the past that his daughter is a nurse. So I'm sure she knows where to get the best care for him, and the best doctors as well, plus helping him with his condition.

 But, this web site is where he has met a lot of his friends over the last few years.

 When I called him yesterday he responded and quickly picked up the phone. He certainly sounded upbeat. Although he is dealing with what most of us would consider to be a serious illness.

 Of course a large percentage of our conversation was about the fire department. Like so many of us here, Steve is into it and has been for many years. We talked for about 15 minutes. That conversation ended only because he told me his battery on the phone was almost dead. So I told him that I would keep in touch and call him again.

 Any members who would like to send Steve some Get Well Wishes, just send me a private message (NFD2004) and I'll make sure he gets that message. I would like to get the address of where he is staying so that I can send him a BIG Get Well Card, with all the messages and user names on there. I'm "SURE" that would make his day.

 Steve is 69 years old but confined to this rehab center. There are members here who are older and close to Steve's age, myself included. But I can get up and do whatever, or go wherever I feel like today. So many people can't do that, including so many who today are still paying the price from the 9-11 Attacks.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on July 26, 2019, 09:13:34 PM

 HAPPY BIRTHDAY Probie wannabe Gracian Bendick on July 26th, son of FDNY Lt Tommy Bendick (this site owner) and Grandson of Retired FDNY Captain John Bendick (this site administrator).

 Young Probie wannabe Bendick tells us: "Yes members of my daddy's and grandpa's fire dept web site - I am now one year closer to getting on the job".

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Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Signal73 on July 26, 2019, 09:23:33 PM
Happy Birthday Gracian

May I also add today July 26th is my son Christian’s 8th Birthday

A Buff and fire fighting in the making as well

Awesome how 2 future fire fighters were born on the same day


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Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on July 27, 2019, 09:29:01 AM
Happy Birthday Gracian

May I also add today July 26th is my son Christian’s 8th Birthday

A Buff and fire fighting in the making as well

Awesome how 2 future fire fighters were born on the same day


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 HAPPY BIRTHDAY Probie wannabe Gracian Bendick on July 26th, son of FDNY Lt Tommy Bendick (this site owner) and Grandson of Retired FDNY Captain John Bendick (this site administrator).

 Young Probie wannabe Bendick tells us: "Yes members of my daddy's and grandpa's fire dept web site - I am now one year closer to getting on the job".

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 WOW - How GREAT IS THAT !

 Two of our youngest members here, Gracin and Christian, both "Wanna Be Probie Firefighters" having their Birthdays on the SAME DAY. I'm sure we all hope you guys had yourselves a GREAT DAY celebrating.

 Well guys, yes, you are now One Year CLOSER to being able to get on the job that so many others before you considered themselves so lucky to have. BUT.......They sure don't give these jobs away. Not at all. It will take a lot of work on YOUR part to get yourselves into one of those Probie Schools.

 1) You got to eat the right foods, including those vegetables because to be a firefighter, you got to healthy and strong.

 2) When your mommy or daddy tells you to do a chore like clean up your room or pick up your toys, you got to do that too. Just like guys in the firehouse have to keep the firehouse clean and when the boss tells them to do it, just like your mommy and daddy, "they got to do it too".

 3) You got to study hard and do your best in school because when you need to take test to get on the fire dept and if you do get into Probie School, they got test there too that you got to do good on.

 4) And this is very important, no matter what you do. You got to stay out of trouble and be a good boy. That's not only true for you but as all of us adults know, "we got to obey the law". Otherwise we could go to jail.

 Well guys, these are just a few pointers to try and get you on the right track to your Probie Firefighter Days. And before you know it, if you kind of follow that in only another 10 years or so, you guys will be training and preparing yourselves to work on getting into that Probie School. I'm sure that there's plenty of guys here that could also guide you in the right direction when that time comes.

 I DO know this, I hope that I'm around to see that happen. I'm sure there are others here as well. I would sure love to be invited to your Probie Graduation.

 Then guess what, those years you will spend fighting fires, helping thousands of people, will go by very fast. Maybe you raise your own wanna be probies too and they want to be just like their daddy.

 Then guess what, you'll be retiring from the job you loved doing so much. It will be a bitter/sweet moment when you walk out those doors that you worked so hard to get into. But it will be time for the next wanna be probie to do what you did and loved doing for those many years. Then maybe you will write here, your stories of your generation as firefighters.

 And Gracian and Christian, 50 years after you started probie school, you too can have a 50th Probie School Reunion just like our good friends FDNY Retired Battalion Chief Jack Kleehaas (68jk09) and Retired FDNY Captain John Bendick (jbendick) did last October, along with many other of their Probie School Members from around the country.

 Christian, I got a couple of pictures from that reunion and I'm going to see if your daddy will post them here for me. I was an invited guest because during the FDNY War Years, I watched them fighting so many fires. So I was NOT a part of that Probie School Class of 1968. Only a buff who watched them work hundreds of times - 30, 40 years ago.

 Good luck Gracian and Christian, a lot of us have been in your shoes a long time ago and understand perfectly just how you feel. But like you guys were told here, we did what we were supposed to and today many of us still talk about the job we loved doing.

 We all have our God Given talents and abilities. Everybody can't, and maybe don't want to be firefighters. But if a few years from now, if that is what you want, you got to work at getting it. You know what they say. "If you love your job you never work a day in your life". I think that holds true for a lot of us here.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Signal73 on July 27, 2019, 09:39:12 AM
Willy D asked me to post these


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Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on July 27, 2019, 10:02:38 AM
Willy D asked me to post these


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 THANK YOU VERY MUCH Brad.

 I must say, it was an HONOR for me to be invited as a guest to that 50th Year Reunion of the 1968 FDNY Probie School Members.  Those GREAT FDNY War Years Firefighters who were a part of it from it's very beginning. I'm sure many of them were once "wanna be probie firefighters" themselves, just like Gracian and Christian today.

 A couple of birthday celebrations that brought out generations of firefighters who once were maybe young wanna be's too.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on August 02, 2019, 04:15:07 PM
So where has our good friend “mack”, aka Joe Materia been ? The guy who holds the record for the most viewed thread on here - “FDNY Firehouses and Fire Companies”. He hasn’t been around for awhile so we did a little investigating.

First of all, mack is fine. I think he’s been riding as Chiefs Aide to B/C Steve Elliot, “fltpara16” down there in Virginia. But where was “mack” when Steve really needed him, the other day at a good job in a furniture warehouse ?

Anyway, “mack” is doing fine. Just a little issue with his internet service.

We hope to see “mack” back on here soon. Great stories, photos, and videos that he has contributed.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: grumpy grizzly on August 03, 2019, 07:41:13 PM
Good to hear, "Mack" is good people.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fltpara16 on August 06, 2019, 10:55:44 PM
Mack is fine, I had to give him 48 hours leave without pay for missing the second alarm as my aide last week.  As soon as he is finished cleaning the tile grout with a tooth brush and polishing all the brass, he will be back at the watch desk.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on August 07, 2019, 07:59:51 AM
Steve, I thought Joe was gathering data for his upcoming book, "Albemarle County Firehouses and Fire Companies".  8) ::)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on August 07, 2019, 08:49:02 AM
Belated Happy Birthday Steve! I hope that aide of yours did a good job buffing up the brass.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on August 07, 2019, 08:55:26 AM
Steve, I thought Joe was gathering data for his upcoming book, "Albemarle County Firehouses and Fire Companies".  8) ::)

 Ray, that is an EXCELLENT IDEA. And maybe our friend "mack" is doing just that. I know that he has already told me some stories about being B/C "fltpara16" Aide. And YES, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to B/C Steve E., "fltpara16". Time to give serious consideration to joining your "UNEMPLOYED Senior Citizens Buddies like "fdce54".

 Maybe, after "Well - Over ONE MILLION Views" of "FDNY Firehouse and Fire Companies", and another "130,00 - Plus Views" of the "FDNY Firehouse and Fire Companies - 2nd Section", it's time for "mack" to start another Firehouse and Fire Companies Story.

 I never gave that a thought Ray, but you just might be onto something.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fltpara16 on August 07, 2019, 11:16:44 AM
Thanks for the birthday wishes.  As I begin my 58th trip around the sun, I have considered hanging up my helmet, but my son's college tuition bill is saying I need to keep turning out for another few years!

I am ready for Mack to start the new thread.  There has been plenty of work recently to start the first few pages!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: jbendick on August 09, 2019, 08:43:30 AM
On this day 41 Years ago one of the greatest joys of my life was born. Since then our son Thomas Bendick  has never ceased to amaze his mother and I. He got his love for the fire service from his grandfather and of course me. Most of his brains come from is mother.We are very proud of you.

 Happy Birthday son.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: johnd248 on August 09, 2019, 09:10:44 AM
Happy Birthday, Tom and thanks for all of your great work.  I actually have a son turning 43 today.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on August 09, 2019, 09:31:46 AM
Happy Birthday, Tom and thanks for all of your great work.  I actually have a son turning 43 today.
On this day 41 Years ago one of the greatest joys of my life was born. Since then our son Thomas Bendick  has never ceased to amaze his mother and I. He got his love for the fire service from his grandfather and of course me. Most of his brains come from is mother.We are very proud of you.

 Happy Birthday son.

 Happy Birthday to some GREAT GUYS, both Lts on the Fire Dept.

 Both fathers, both named John, have very good reason to be very proud of their sons.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on August 09, 2019, 09:56:43 AM
Happy Birthday to both of you, but especially to Tom.  This site is amazing, and has been for all of the years I've been accessing it, and occasionally offering my worthless 2 cents.  And I'm well aware that it is all due to you, Tom. THANK YOU
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mac8146 on August 09, 2019, 10:29:06 AM
Happy Birthday Tom👍🚒
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: memory master on August 09, 2019, 11:29:13 AM
Have a great day, to both celebrants and be well, be safe and God Bless!
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on August 09, 2019, 11:34:55 AM
Happy Birthday Tom and also Happy Birthday to johnd's son. Gentlemen, have a great day.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on August 09, 2019, 12:24:56 PM
Happy Birthday Tom & John's son
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on August 19, 2019, 09:58:24 AM
 When one of our members who regularly post on this site isn't heard from in awhile, some of us get a little concerned.

 Such was the case of "manhattan", aka Frank M.

 In the past, Frank had played a big part in organizing The Father Judge Walk along with the late NYPD Officer Steven McDonald. He also organized the Veterans Day Ceremony in lower Manhattan to Honor those who have served Our Country.

 As you can understand, Frank, (manhattan) is very well respected by the members of the FDNY, the NYPD, and the members of the Military as well. In attending the Veterans Day Ceremony's which he organized, I could see how much he is respected by the members of the Bravest and the Finest.

 But over the last two months or so, I noticed that "manhattan" was NOT posting on here. I had mentioned to a few other members on here that I was a little concerned about him. In fact just yesterday (8/18) I checked to see when the last time was that he was on this site. That date said: July 17th, over one month ago. I had tried to contact him through email, private message and even a phone number that he had given me, but no such luck.

 I guess you could say that in some cases, I view this site and it's members as Our Own Brotherhood. When one of us isn't seen for awhile, we tend to worry a bit.

 Well Friends, I am HAPPY to report that "manhattan", aka Frank M., is OKAY. Last night I got an email from him saying that he was busy going through some physical therapy due to a medical condition he has. He told me: "I've been off the grid" and hopes to catch up on the stories and news that has been posted by the members here.

 In fact, he mentioned to me that he is currently in the process of organizing this years Father Judge Walk, which will begin at 19th St and 7th Ave (Manhattan) on Sunday Sept 8th with a NYPD turnout.

 He also mentioned about getting plans organized for the Veterans Day Ceremony, also in lower Manhattan.

 So we welcome Our Brother and Friend, "manhattan" back. Frank, you sure have a lot to catch up on. But just take your time and take care of yourself. We ALL certainly appreciate what you have done for us both here, and in your organizing those very special events.     
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Signal73 on August 19, 2019, 10:04:31 AM
Willy D asked me to post these picture of "Manhattan", aka Frank M


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Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on August 19, 2019, 10:14:37 AM

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 Thanks Brad, "signal 73".

 The above photos feature site member "manhattan", aka Frank M, at the Veterans Day Ceremony in lower Manhattan which he has organized over the last few years. I believe these photos were from the Veterans Day Ceremony - November, 2017.

 In the center photo is Frank M., as he talks to those in attendance to HONOR Our Military Veteran's.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on August 19, 2019, 07:11:17 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.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: STAjo on August 19, 2019, 08:09:41 PM

 Thoughts and Prayers for Our Friend Steve. God Bless Those Who Serve, Our Dedicated
 Medical Professionals.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on August 25, 2019, 02:56:56 PM
 As some of you may already know from this "News and Events" Section of Nycfire.net, the Backdraft II sequel was recently released.

 But, did you know who the original cast was that had been selected to be the stars in Backdraft II following the original 1991 hit movie.

 Apparently in the very early stages of the filming of Backdraft II, contract talks failed when these carefully selected cast members and management could NOT come to an agreement over royalties paid to these Five leading stars. These leading stars reported that with no clear cut agreement reached, ALL Five joined in unity and "Walked Off The Stage".

 As a result, management decided to replace them with a couple of unknowns. Names like William Baldwin, who played Brian McCaffery, the brother of Steven "Bull" McCaffrey. Another Unknown was Donald Sutherland who played an accused arsonist still serving time in prison.

 As it turns out, thanks to the professional photography work done by this site member, "mack", aka Joe M., he was able to catch an excellent photo of the original stars while filming before their contract walk out.

 In this photo, you will see the original cast that was to be used in this new movie. All were carefully selected by management.

 As regular visitors to this site, some of you may recognize their user names. Or you may even know these stars personally.

 From left to right the original casting stars are:
 
 Member "fdce54", aka Mr Frank D
 Member "CFDMarshall", aka Mr Elwood E (aka The Rev)
 Member "NFD2004", aka Willy D
 Member "guitarman314", aka Tom E (aka "Gman")
 Member "jbendick", aka John B. (Also Nycfire.net Site Administrator)

 https://postimg.cc/D4vzNHtg
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: johnd248 on August 25, 2019, 04:48:30 PM
Shoulda stayed with the original cast.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on August 26, 2019, 07:04:45 PM
 We have some very special news from site member Johnny D, aka "johnd248".

 Late September and early October Johnny D will be doing Two Opera Performances of Pagliacci in Old Saybrook, Ct and Westerly, RI.

 This year will be his 11th year in opera singing.

 So with that said, Famous Opera Singer Samuel Ramey, you better move over because our Johnny D is on his way.

 Here is Samuel Ramey at his very best singing "The Impossible Dream". Sammy, you better work a little harder than this if you want to try to out sing our man Mr Johnny D, aka "johnd248".

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfKIVOf4IzE
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: johnd248 on September 07, 2019, 11:23:28 AM
Coincidence or not??  At 1AM on 9/7, Bridgeport (CT) operated at a working fire on Main Street where heavy fire was through the roof of a McDonalds.  Since Willy D is from Bridgeport, and has a definite fondness for Big Macs, I would imagine the Bridgeport Fire Marshals will be contacting Uncle Wilfred to see if he has an alibi for that time frame.  The fire went to an exterior attack and that it is not good for the Big Macs and fries.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on September 07, 2019, 11:45:59 AM
Ease up, John.  After all, Willy is gonna STARVE now. Right, Frank?? 8)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on September 07, 2019, 01:08:16 PM
I am talking to Willie D right now. He's in mourning. :-[
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Signal73 on September 07, 2019, 02:40:40 PM
John they also has back to back jobs
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on September 07, 2019, 04:48:53 PM
John they also has back to back jobs

 YES Folks, Signal 73 is correct. there were TWO ongoing jobs in that city. I can remember when that was NOT uncommon back in the late 70s and 1980s. Bridgeport followed the FDNY War Years, having their own set of War Years, as fires burned throughout the city.

Coincidence or not??  At 1AM on 9/7, Bridgeport (CT) operated at a working fire on Main Street where heavy fire was through the roof of a McDonalds. Since Willy D is from Bridgeport, and has a definite fondness for Big Macs, I would imagine the Bridgeport Fire Marshals will be contacting Uncle Wilfred to see if he has an alibi for that time frame.  The fire went to an exterior attack and that it is not good for the Big Macs and fries.

 Now referring to the post by my so called buddy, Johnny D, aka "johnd248". YES, there was a working fire at McDonalds in Bridgeport. Last night, while under the warm covers trying to keep warm from the cool early Fall chill, the phone lines "lite up". Both my cell phone and home phone. As I try to answer the numerous calls, "guys are telling me, Willy McDonalds is on fire".

 Where, where ? "In Bridgeport they tell me". "What street in Bridgeport", I ask. There's several McDonalds in Bridgeport. All serving those nice juicy Big Mac Burgers smothered in that special sauce. Or get the entire meal, including your favorite soda and fries for a great deal. But which McDonalds is on fire. Surely without a doubt, in Bridgeport, McDonalds restaurants out numbers those OTHER Fast Food Places. With FOUR McDonalds that I know of in Bridgeport, verses only Two Burger Kings, Two Wendy's, One or two Popeye's, and get this - NO White Castles.

 So as the calls come into the ole' homestead on both phones, I ask Where is the fire ? On what street ? In their moment of panic they tell me, "Main St, Main St". But which one on Main St ? The one on Main St in Downtown Bridgeport or the one in the north end on Main St in Bridgeport ?

 I finally get the correct information. The fire is at the McDonalds on Main St in the north end on the 4400 block of Main St and NOT downtown Main St.

 Basically, the 4400 Main St McDonalds does not present a significant exposure problem and has a large parking lot. On the other hand, had that fire been at McDonalds at the downtown Main St/John St location, things could have been much worse from a firefighters perspective.

 But as it stands, until that fire damaged McDonalds is repaired, the City of Bridgeport's North end residents are at a loss.

 Another GREAT Job done by the Park City's Bravest - members of the Bridgeport Fire Dept after a busy night and also those 911 Dispatchers that took those calls. I had just a small sample of what it must have been like answering those phones.
 
 So lets hear it for Bridgeport's Bravest and those Park City 911 Emergency Dispatchers.

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=barWV7RWkq0 
 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on September 07, 2019, 05:37:20 PM
Coincidence or not??  At 1AM on 9/7, Bridgeport (CT) operated at a working fire on Main Street where heavy fire was through the roof of a McDonalds.  Since Willy D is from Bridgeport, and has a definite fondness for Big Macs, I would imagine the Bridgeport Fire Marshals will be contacting Uncle Wilfred to see if he has an alibi for that time frame.  The fire went to an exterior attack and that it is not good for the Big Macs and fries.
John, our Uncle Wilfred would never, ever do any harm to any McDonalds anywhere on this planet. He worships Mickey D's. I can vouch for him when it comes to McDonalds. He is innocent of any allegations. As to his where about's, he called me last night at about 8pm. He was already nestled into his flannel footie pajamas and the electric blanket was already on the bed in preparation for a cool late summer's night. And besides, 1am is well past his bedtime. I rest my case.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on September 07, 2019, 06:44:45 PM
Coincidence or not??  At 1AM on 9/7, Bridgeport (CT) operated at a working fire on Main Street where heavy fire was through the roof of a McDonalds.  Since Willy D is from Bridgeport, and has a definite fondness for Big Macs, I would imagine the Bridgeport Fire Marshals will be contacting Uncle Wilfred to see if he has an alibi for that time frame.  The fire went to an exterior attack and that it is not good for the Big Macs and fries.
John, our Uncle Wilfred would never, ever do any harm to any McDonalds anywhere on this planet. He worships Mickey D's. I can vouch for him when it comes to McDonalds. He is innocent of any allegations. As to his where about's, he called he last night at about 8pm. He was already nestled into his flannel footie pajamas and the electric blanket was already on the bed in preparation for a cool late summer's night. And besides, 1am is well past his bedtime. I rest my case.

 Thank you to my Good Friend, Frankie D., aka "fdce54". Yes, everything that Frankie states is a TRUE fact.

 Frank, I got to tell you, "Maybe if you had listened to your parents or maybe those Catholic School Nuns and studied harder to become a "lawyer" like those nuns wanted you to, you would have been a good one and probably brought yourself out of that Bronx Ghetto area sooner than you did.

 But NO, instead you ended up stocking some shelves at an A & P store somewhere down around Elton Ave and 155th St. Then you get some Con Ed job climbing into some of those "rat holes" over on Hunts Point Ave, where even a car load of some Anti Crime Cops what to know what your doing in one of those places.

 Well Frank, it's too late now. But regardless I appreciate your better qualities, while fully understanding the abilities you are lacking.

 Then I look at my so called buddy "Johnny D", aka "johnd248". A guy who I've known from way back in our younger teenage years. Well maybe NOT his - but mine anyway. I see a highly successful Opera Singer and First Place Prize DANCING Winner (see; earlier post here). People applaud him as they yell "Bravo". A guy who grew up in the tough Flatbush streets of Brooklyn. Yet he made it.

 I guess that's what makes life so interesting. It takes all kinds. And I bet unlike me, there's probably guys that would take Burger Kings Big Whopper over McDonalds Big Mac any day. Who knows, even one of my good buddies, Frankie D or Johnny D., would be happier putting down those Big Whopper Burgers rather than the Micky D's Big Mac. 
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on September 12, 2019, 06:34:46 PM
 Nycfire.net member "69METS", aka Garrett Lundgren, - Retired FDNY tells of his memories searching ground zero on Fox 13 News.

 Garrett, now living in Florida served on the FDNY at E234/L123 (?), Ladder 33, Squad 41, and Rescue 3. He speaks very highly of a couple of other Retired FDNY members here on this site as well. Those members being Retired Capt John Bendick (jbendick) who he worked with at E75/L33. Also retired B/C Jack Kleehaas (68jk09) at Squad 41.

 Here is Garrett as he tells his story on Fox News, the day of the 18th Anniversary of 9/11.

 https://www.fox13news.com/news/local-news/memories-of-searching-ground-zero-still-fresh-for-former-ny-firefighter   
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on September 12, 2019, 07:58:34 PM
Whose could this be ?.........   https://www.ebay.com/itm/Feasterville-Bucks-County-Pennsylvania-Fire-Company-Fireman-License-Plate-Topper/143181879292?_trkparms=aid%3D555018%26algo%3DPL.SIM%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D40719%26meid%3Dfc5d284be6814188b24894c8cce0110a%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D6%26rkt%3D12%26mehot%3Dco%26sd%3D323913503393%26itm%3D143181879292%26pmt%3D1%26noa%3D0%26pg%3D2047675&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on September 12, 2019, 10:12:08 PM
Whose could this be ?.........   https://www.ebay.com/itm/Feasterville-Bucks-County-Pennsylvania-Fire-Company-Fireman-License-Plate-Topper/143181879292?_trkparms=aid%3D555018%26algo%3DPL.SIM%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D40719%26meid%3Dfc5d284be6814188b24894c8cce0110a%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D6%26rkt%3D12%26mehot%3Dco%26sd%3D323913503393%26itm%3D143181879292%26pmt%3D1%26noa%3D0%26pg%3D2047675&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851

Chief, could it be the guy who has been referred to as “The Voice of Brooklyn” ?
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on September 12, 2019, 10:35:36 PM
Actually the key word is " FEAST " does that help.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Signal73 on September 13, 2019, 07:33:02 AM
Willy D asked me to post these photos

Story to follow....

(https://i.postimg.cc/kBL6Txxj/37-BB544-A-0374-4-EE1-891-C-624012-A5-E6-FA.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/kBL6Txxj)

(https://i.postimg.cc/HcWVr3gL/44279-DD6-8123-4-BF6-95-C0-0429759-ECFF7.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/HcWVr3gL)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on September 13, 2019, 08:47:46 AM
Willy D asked me to post these photos

Story to follow....

(https://i.postimg.cc/kBL6Txxj/37-BB544-A-0374-4-EE1-891-C-624012-A5-E6-FA.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/kBL6Txxj)

(https://i.postimg.cc/HcWVr3gL/44279-DD6-8123-4-BF6-95-C0-0429759-ECFF7.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/HcWVr3gL)

 Thank's very much Brad. I sure appreciate that. "Brad Young, aka signal 73, has NEVER let me down when I ask him to post any pictures for me". He is also a great contributor to this site, particularly when it comes to giving us rundowns on the FDNY jobs.

 Now let me discuss the two photos above in our News of Members series.

 In the TOP Photo;
 This week I was invited by these two guys to join them in Providence. The guy on the left is Joe Sullivan, aka "Maxim" as he is known on this site. Joe is a retired firefighter from Louden County, Virginia after serving the department for 23 years.
 On his left is Chris Oliphant, currently a firefighter in Washington, D.C. with 20 years on the job.
 Other than the FDNY, Providence was a "favorite" buff city of mine and Joe "Maxim" grew up in Providence. Living there until he got on the job in Louden County. Joe said to me, "we probably saw each other in the streets back then at the jobs". No doubt, he was right. I started chasing fires in Providence back in 1975.

 When I met these guys, "it was like we had known each other for years'. It was a GREAT Day. Thanks guys for inviting me.

 Both Joe and Chris are heavily involved in the "International Fire Buffs Association" and asked me to pass the word onto the guys of this site. The IFBA members meet up once a year at a selected city. I think they told me their next visit is to Nashville, Tenn in April. One of the favorite things about these visits is that guys all with the same interest get together not only to visit a city fire dept but to talk about the topic that they all have a special interest in - The Fire Service.

 To join the IFBA organization the yearly fee is only $10.00/year, and ALL are welcomed. Joe is the Vice President of IFBA Region 3. If interested, contact Joe, aka "Maxim", his email address is:
 
 ifbaregion3vp@gmail.com 


 The Photo below is of a few of our well known members of this site.

 Recently members John Bendick and Elwood Ervin met up. John was traveling around throughout the country and stopped off in Tenn to see Elwood.

 On the left is this sites administrator, Retired FDNY Captain John Bendick, aka "jbendick", and on the right is our good friend Elwood Erwin, aka "CFDMarshall". Frequently referred to on here as "The Reverend", although he is NOT associated with any Ministry Service. That came about a few years ago while he was riding with myself and member Frank Donahue, "fdce54". The Rev, just began preaching to us the holy word, with his southern Tenn accent. It was Great, so that's how he got that title as "The Reverend".

 So what might they be talking about ? Well, based on what I know of the two of them, most likely having what is sometimes referred to as; "A Fire Dept Rap-A-Thon", which usually happens when guys like this or many others of similar interest meet up.

 I am VERY HAPPY to call ALL these guys "my good friends". That includes my good friend Brad Young who has NEVER LET ME DOWN when posting any pictures on here for me.   
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Maxim on September 13, 2019, 08:50:35 AM
Willie alibi


He was seen dining with these two shady characters at an outdoor cafe on Federal Hill.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Maxim on September 13, 2019, 08:55:58 AM
IFBA Convention for 2020 will be in Nashville from August 25th to the 29th at the Inn at Opryland.  Events include a visit to the Jack Daniels Distillery to see there unique fire department.

Go to ifba.org for more details.  You all are getting a sneak preview since it will be a week or so before details are released.

Contact me at joe.sullivan@ifba.org for "additional information"

I hope to get up there and meet with the great folks of this site sometime in the near future.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: fdce54 on September 15, 2019, 10:15:34 AM
Today is site member Signal73's birthday. He's all of 29 today. Can you remember when you were that young Uncle Wilfred or were you ever that young? Brad is probably the main poster of job run downs here. Keep up the good work Brad and have yourself a great birthday.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 1261Truckie on September 15, 2019, 10:51:11 AM
Have a great birthday, Brad and best wishes for many more
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on September 15, 2019, 12:10:46 PM
Today is site member Signal73's birthday. He's all of 29 today. Can you remember when you were that young Uncle Wilfred or were you ever that young? Brad is probably the main poster of job run downs here. Keep up the good work Brad and have yourself a great birthday.

 Mr "fdce54", I still am 29 years old as far as I'm concerned.

 But I DO want to say THANK YOU for One Thing. Today you, my buddy Mr "fdce54", mentioned that it is Brad Young's, aka "signal 73" birthday. Also as you mention a frequent contributor to this web site. Actually he is "One of Our Most Valuable Players". Closely following in the footsteps of his much older Role Model known as "mikeindabronx". Yes Mike, maybe you didn't realize it but you are a Role Model on this site. I try to keep up with you but that's just about impossible to do.

 BUT lets get back on topic here. Of course as Most of You Know, Brad has NEVER let me down when it comes to posting a picture here for me.

 Best wishes Brad, father of TWO, for a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY and many, many more to come. Remember this Brad, as they say at FDNY Ladder 40. "LIFE BEGINS AT 40". So you still got a few years to get there.

 HAPPY BIRTHDAY Brad.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag on September 15, 2019, 12:57:24 PM
Happy Birthday, Brad!  And many more. I'm sure Willy would agree, we want you to be like us, working on 29 for the 3rd time.  8) ::) 8)
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Signal73 on September 15, 2019, 12:58:53 PM
Thank You guys.  But Willy D you shorted me a child lol 9,8 & just over a year lol

Got to spend today with family and got to post 3 jobs but they weren’t my best work lol

Thank you again anyone. 29 going on 39 lol
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 68jk09 on September 15, 2019, 01:28:03 PM
Best Wishes For A Happy & Healthy Birthday & For Many, Many More..........also Thanks for your work here.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: johnd248 on September 15, 2019, 01:38:18 PM
Happy Birthday and thanks for being decades younger than Uncle Wilfred.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mikeindabronx on September 15, 2019, 02:37:57 PM
Happy Birthday Brad, keep up the great work
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Signal73 on September 15, 2019, 06:03:09 PM
Thank You everyone
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: mac8146 on September 15, 2019, 08:37:24 PM
Happy Birthday Signal 73👍👍🚒🚒
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: jmag228 on September 18, 2019, 09:34:39 PM
Happy Belated Birthday, Thanks for all you do
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Signal73 on September 19, 2019, 06:31:07 AM
Thanks Guys
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 on September 19, 2019, 07:41:06 AM
 Brad, aka "signal 73", I think that it is safe to say that you have "earned" yourself a very respected and appreciated reputation on this web site.

 We, the members here, have followed your story about your young son that had cancer. Today of course he is doing well and there is a good possibility that he will become the next generation of fire buffs/firefighters. (I think we can also include the youngest generation of the Bendick family as well).

 You, are raising a family of THREE. I can only imagine these days how tough of a job that can be.

 Of course you have never let us down when it comes to posting the many jobs of the FDNY here for those of us who couldn't be there or hear it as it happens. Sometimes I wonder if you ever sleep.

 And what would "I" do without you when it comes to posting a photo on here for me. Thank you for helping this "computer handicapped old man", nicknamed Willy D.

 Brad, we all are very lucky to have young guys like you on here. There are others here too, that I, and I'm sure others, greatly appreciate.

 I would ALSO just like to add, that I talked to our friend Joe M., aka "mack" on the phone recently. As he usually is, "he's involved in so many projects, Maybe that's why we haven't seen him here lately.

 Those of us who know Joe personally, have the highest respect for him. He currently works at the U.S. Pentagon after a very impressive military career. These days as a "senior citizen", I'm trying to encourage him to retire and DO NOTHING like so many of us on here do. Well, not actually NOTHING. We do go on here almost daily or throw on that TV tube and watch Laurel and Hardy reruns.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: Signal73 on September 19, 2019, 07:56:55 AM
Thank you for the kind words Willy

Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: raybrag 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???).
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 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.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: 811 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.
Title: Re: News of Members
Post by: nfd2004 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 s