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nfd2004

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I would like to tell the members here about a member who signed up back in July, 2018, but hadn't posted on this site until recently.

That member is Retired FDNY Captain George Cassidy, aka "GeoC" on here.

Captain Cassidy started out his FDNY career at Ladder 131 in 1973, a busy company during a very busy time of heavy fire activity.

When he was promoted to Lt, he bounced around a little, then he spent one year on the fire boats (good times and good stories as he says) and then another year with Ladder 79 in Staten Island, another good company.
But he felt the desire to get back to Brooklyn.

As a Lt he then spent a few years with Ladder 169 in Brighten Beach until he was promoted to Captain where he loved bouncing around in the 15th Division.
He also spent time at Ladder 112 in Bushwick, where I believe he met our own Good Friend here we know as the very popular "Johnny Gage".

At that point, then Capt Cassidy broke two vertebrae which put him out for a time.
But it wasn't over yet.
Captain Cassidy was recruited by his old Captain of 131 to take Ladder 156, aka "The Highway Truck".

Captain Cassidy talked about those Busy Fourth of July's and working as an Acting Battalion Chief in Battalion 71.
Having a busy night driving around and seeing some of the Great Work done by many companies.

Captain Cassidy, aka "GeoC" finished his career at the Highway Truck - Ladder 156, on October 19, 2001. As he puts it; "Because my back and Dr Kelly said they were tired of me".

Well "GeoC", I mean Cap; Welcome to our organization and I'm sure now that your story has been told, you may just get a few Big Hugs from Brothers on this site who worked with you over those 28 years.

We all wish you a very Happy and Healthy, well deserved retirement.

Also as a point of interest for our members, I have been told there were THREE George Cassidy's on the FDNY.
Besides Capt Cassidy, aka "GeoC", there is another Retired FDNY member named George Cassidy who worked Ladder 108. Also his son, George Cassidy, was on the job in Ladder 155, who is also now retired.
 
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68jk09

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The 108 George Cassidy mentioned above was a Great Guy & FF & Mentor to me who was a Senior Man / LCC on both Siegel St & Union Ave. in 108..George grew up in a cold water flat in a tenement in Hells Kitchen (my Birthplace in St Clares)...George was a tough but warm hearted Irishman nicknamed "West Side George"...he would sit in the kitchen with his right knee crooked over his left knee & would be swinging his right foot...when a new guy or a detail was in the kitchen & got antsy when a box was coming in over the Bells....George would look at him & say "relax watch my foot , when it stops swinging then we go"...Photo of George in our 1963 Seagrave before the plywood riot roof was added over the Cab & Tiller.. 1637546840356.png
 

nfd2004

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I have heard that another member of this site, Retired FDNY Lt Tom Kuefner, aka "Lt Q", is scheduled to appear on the Gettin' Salty Podcast.
I think Lt Kuefner is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, December 9th.

Other Nycfire.net members they've had on the show are;

John Calamari, aka "jkal"
Dan Potter, aka "JohnnyGage"
Garrett Lindgren, aka "69METS".
Dispatcher Warren Fuchs, aka "Disp 120"
 

mack

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Best wishes for BC Steve Elliott who is still recovering from a serious medical issue and had another medical procedure today. Steve has returned to his duties as Department Training Chief while in recovery. Prayers for Steve.
 

nfd2004

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All the best Steve, aka "fltpara16".

The evening of August 10th you went in for emergency surgery.

I think for most of us who consider you a good friend, "it was something that none of us expected".

Since that time it has certainly been a long road to recovery for you, and now you must receive this second related surgery.

I will keep you in my prayers and I DO have confidence in the EXCELLENT DOCTORS AND NURSES of today.

"Hang in there my friend".
 

skiLB

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Best wishes for BC Steve Elliott who is still recovering from a serious medical issue and had another medical procedure today. Steve has returned to his duties as Department Training Chief while in recovery. Prayers for Steve.
Super fast recovery Chief.
 

fltpara16

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Thanks everyone for the well wishes. The procedure on Wednesday went well. I see my surgeon for follow up on Tuesday November 30th. I have 1 more major abdominal surgery needed. Hopefully I will get a date for this when I see the surgeon. I am expecting sometime in February. This, I hope, will be the last surgery needed to correct my medical condition.
 

nfd2004

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I have heard that another member of this site, Retired FDNY Lt Tom Kuefner, aka "Lt Q", is scheduled to appear on the Gettin' Salty Podcast.
I think Lt Kuefner is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, December 9th.

Other Nycfire.net members they've had on the show are;

John Calamari, aka "jkal"
Dan Potter, aka "JohnnyGage"
Garrett Lindgren, aka "69METS".
Dispatcher Warren Fuchs, aka "Disp 120"

A reminder that another one of our members will be appearing on the Gettin' Salty Podcast tomorrow evening, Thursday, December 9th.

Tune in and hear what Retired FDNY Lt Tom Kuefner, aka "Lt. Q", has to say.

Lt Kuefner is a great guy who loved the job. He also has a son on the FDNY now.
 

nfd2004

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I first met Lt Kuefner, aka Lt Q, after being invited to the 50th Anniversary Reunion of the FDNY Probie Class of September, 1968.
Lt Kuefner was rookie firefighter just as those very busy FDNY War Years of very heavy fire activity were beginning.

Also graduating the same Probie Class was now Retired FDNY B/C Jack Kleehaas, aka "68jk09", and our site Administrator and Owner, Retired FDNY Captain John Bendick, aka "jbendick".

They ALL sure caught their share of work.

I call them "The Greatest Generation of Firefighters".

I might also mention that Lt Kuefner was a Lt at Ladder 112 when Nycfire member Dan Potter, aka "Johnny Gage", was assigned there.

So don't forget - tune in the "Gettin' Salty Podcast" tonight (Dec 9th) starting at 8 pm.

If you do miss the program tonight, you can still view it later on the "Gettin Salty Podcast" You tube series another time.

"I know I'm planning to tune in".
 
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