Dan, I guess that was my "Lucky Day".LADDER 5; P 6
LCC; ‘SQUASHING BAD HABITS’
One afternoon it was our turn scheduled to head for Randall's Island, “The Rock” for a hands-on firefighting tactic scenario. The scenario would be a ‘surprise’. We worked alongside an engine company from Queens at the “Class A” building that was designed to be a tenement with a railroad flat footprint. Into the drill the instructors incorporated a “Mayday, downed firefighter” problem. L 5 had to rescue and recover an unconscious ‘dummy’ firefighter and safely remove him from the tenement. That day we had a stellar crew with Lieutenant Mike Warchola at the helm and after all was said and done we passed the evaluation with flying colors.
Heading back home to the Village we were all giddy, sweaty and proud of ourselves, but just before exiting the Rock I noticed a very nice jolly ol’ chap on the grassy knoll politely waving and gesturing for me to stop the rig. In his hand I wasn’t sure if he was holding a Big Mac or camera, but nonetheless I pulled the rig to the curb. The gentleman approached with a fervent smile, he introduced himself and kindly requested to take a few snaps of our newly striped and lettered rig. And little did anyone know, that in this small world it would become the dawn of a remarkable friendship a short time later with me and the famous Mr. Willy!...I'm happy to present Mr. Willys iconic photo with yours truly behind the wheel in my office...
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Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed. KMG-365
As most of us know, there aren't too many tillers around. I think the FDNY has maybe 18-20, I'm not sure.
Here in Connecticut there's only four cities that have them. Norwalk has One, Meriden has One, New London has One and I think New Haven has Two.
In my experience, unless a firehouse has a long ramp, it's pretty tough to get that great shot of a long hook & ladder truck. In my younger buff days, FDNYs "The Rock" was the perfect place for that. Various pieces of fire apparatus are usually there training or for maintenance. I used to walk around there with my camera and portable scanner. Today of course for security reasons that is not allowed.
Ladder 5 wasn't only a tiller but when I saw that gold "5" on the front and that striping that was a Classic. That rig was sitting in a perfect spot but seeing you guys in it, I thought you would be heading out before I could reach you. But that didn't happen.
I asked the LCC who I didn't know was "Johnny Gage" at the time, to hold it there so I could get a couple of quick shots of the rig. He did that for me and I sure was thankful for that.
Several years go by and I think "R1SmokeEater", Jamie M of the Yonkers FD asked me if he could post some rig shots I took on another web site. Dan and I have a mutual friend who is on the job and that friend just happens to see that Ladder 5 photo. Dan gets in touch with me and we talk about that day.
I mention to Dan about coming over here with us and the next thing we know, most of us are "hooked" on reading every chapter of Glory Days presented to us by the very popular Mr Johnny Gage, aka Dan Potter.