That belt buckle was given to now Retired Chief Bob Manson, aka *******, in 1975. Chief Manson is a member of this site.
It was given to him when he was the Captain of the busiest Engine Co in the World, FDNYs Engine Co 82. It was given to him by Firefighter Miloslav, then the Senior Man of Ladder Co 31 at the time. "Milly" as he was called, was later promoted to Lt and assigned to Engine 69. Milly, who was retired has since passed away.
I am HONORED to call Chief Manson a friend, as well as so many other FDNY Firefighters who fought those fires during the busy FDNY War Years. Whether in the South Bronx or any other ghetto area within the New York City border at the time.
I know many of you have seen this before but if you haven't, this is the story of Engine 82, commanded then by Captain Bob Manson (*******), Ladder 31 and Battalion 27.
Just drove up to Cape Cod, MA and drove through a town called Dennis. Thought about visiting the Dennis FD but then I would have to try to explain Uncle Wilfred. I did the right thing and kept driving.
The top photo of now Retired Chief Bob Manson, aka *******, who is a contributor on this site telling us of those very busy War Years. Like so many others here, I just wish that I had gotten to know him some 40-50 years ago.
Also THANK YOU for the picture of the late Lt Miloslaw, as I am told nicknamed "Milly", then of Ladder 31. The senior firefighter at the time who had that Captain Engine 82 belt buckle made up to give to Captain Manson in 1975.
I'm sure the pictures you have presented here of then Lt Miloslaw, are worth more than a thousand words as they sure tell a story in themselves.
A story of so many very dedicated firefighters who PROVED THEMSELVES "Over and Over", why they will ALWAYS be known as; "The GREATEST GENERATION of FIREFIGHTERS", ever in the history of the entire American Fire Service.