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VINTAGE FDNY WAR YEAR LIDS
« on: April 15, 2019, 07:48:32 PM »
Hello Troops; I have expressed my thoughts about vintage war year fire helmets on e-bay, it moves me in a sad way... I have always felt your fire helmet was your resume, a business card, receipt of work well done. It is your personal trophy, prominently placed in your favorite spot near the fireplace when you leave the job. The beat up shape, wear and tear of previous battles with the red devil. It was your personal lifeline...f you were in trouble you would toss your helmet, and help would be on the way...Unfortunately, like the way of the scaling ladder, the trophy will eventually return to the quartermaster in the sky, or just neglected in an attic or basement until it fades away. I thought you might help me catalogue these treasures, once removed and they go on e-bay and leave it's owner, is when the fat lady sings. Hope you enjoy the following collection. And why not lead off with Dennis Smiths Engine 82 helmet. Note, there are two different Captain L3 helmets, the first is Captain Paddy Brown's helmet in honor and memory of 9/11 Brothers. Hope you enjoy, and please feel free to jump in with pics, stories and/or comments!







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« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2019, 10:17:34 PM »
 Dan, each one of those helmets have their own story to tell. If they could only talk.

 Not a FDNY War Years helmet but my father was a firefighter in Bridgeport, Ct. He was my Role Model and the guy I wanted to be like. He retired in 1978 and he gave me his helmet, which I still have today.

 I will see if I can get one of the guys here (Brad Y., "signal 73" are you out there ?) to post the picture of it for me.

 I wrote a little story about him in 2009 on another web site. Here is my story of the guy who wore that helmet, my father, who I nicknamed "Smoke". 

 http://www.emtbravo.net/topic/33201-our-role-models?#comment-190007   

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« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2019, 11:14:51 PM »
Bill,

I can well understand why your Dad is your hero, and very deservedly so. 

I also appreciate how you glide over your own heroism; it’s one very important point of the story and you haven’t given it enough ‘punch’.  You didn’t just give a handout to Ed Martin and walk away, but you took the time and effort to buy him a cup of coffee and share some time with him which gave you such a wonderful story.  So typical of a Fire Fighter to overlook the importance of a small gesture.

You’re a good man, Willy.  I know “Smoke” is proud of you and I can understand why.

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« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2019, 01:25:48 AM »
Uncle Willy asked me to post this



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« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2019, 10:05:16 PM »
Helmet being sold on e-bay for $675 by daughter in law;


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« Reply #10 on: April 28, 2019, 05:45:35 AM »
Sure seems to be.

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« Reply #11 on: April 28, 2019, 07:41:17 AM »




Is that Ladder 30?

 Those helmets don't need to talk to tell their own stories.

 This one kind of tells what it was like working back then in that Harlem firehouse of Engine 59/Ladder 30.

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« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2019, 09:04:30 AM »
$555 bucks and you can own this trophy


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« Reply #13 on: May 02, 2019, 11:19:50 AM »
Judging by the front piece I would say this is from the Queens 326 and not going back to when the company was on Neptune Avenue in Brooklyn. Back then there were no company number inserts.

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« Reply #14 on: May 02, 2019, 11:37:51 AM »
Judging by the front piece I would say this is from the Queens 326 and not going back to when the company was on Neptune Avenue in Brooklyn. Back then there were no company number inserts.

Anyone know when the Department switched to inserts?