A Hearty "GET WELL SOON" goes out to long time Steuben Board Member, Brian Bittrolff. Brian is recovering from open heart surgery where he had a Triple Bypass. We wish him a speedy recovery!..
OUR NEXT MEETING IS 10/20/21,
..THE RMA WILL ALSO RETURN TO IN PERSON MEETINGS, THEIR'S IS 9/30/21,
58 YEARS AND STILL
THE FDNY STEUBEN ASSOCIATION PROMOTES GOOD WILL AND GERMAN HERITAGE THROUGH ITS' MEMBERSHIP AND BELIEVES IN THE VALIDITY OF THE MERIT SYSTEM. ALL MEMBERS ARE REQUESTED TO ATTEND THE MANY EVENTS WE HOST THROUGHOUT
"I had the can for the day tour and this was the first run of the tour. As we responded the dispatcher informed us there was a known EDP that lit a fire in his apartment and we were probably going to have to work. As we proceeded south on University Ave, we could see heavy smoke out 3 windows. We turned onto W 174th street and were met with a heavy police and EMS presence. We exited the rig outside the complex (Sedgwick Projects) and ran approx 100 yards to the building and entered. We entered the elevator and the fireman service malfunctioned.
We proceeded to run up the stairs to the 10th floor but were met with a heavy civilian presence evacuating the building in both stairwells. Upon entering the 10th floor hallway we were met with a large contingent of NYPD who had the door tied off with a rope that extended to the other end of the hall. We made our way to the door as E-43 stretched the line, I made entry and drifted to the left. I encountered the living room with furniture turned over and in disarray including a Vespa scooter on its side that I had to climb over. I heard someone moaning and happened to see the victim on his back. I called for the boss Lt.Billy Prange to help me pull the victim onto my back as it would be impossible to drag the victim out of the apartment. As I made my way back the way I had came in the fire was now coming at me over my head.
It took me a little while longer to get out as I was hung up on the arm of the couch. Engine 43 was now putting water on the fire as I made my way to the hallway and E-42 took the victim from me. I did not realize the victim I had was the EDP. I just did what we are trained to do. We were later informed by the NYPD that the victim has numerous knives and was threatening to harm himself and the police officers. He had slashed up everything in his apartment and that is why the apartment door was tied off. The PD had been there for at least an hour before the fire".
Tommy is a 40 year Veteran of the FDNY. He comes from a family of Firefighters. His dad, Gene retired out of E-206 as its' Captain. His Uncle, Jack Clancy (deceased) came out of E-67. His son is currently a member of E-289. His other children are Matt, Kevin and Kaitlyn. His wife Eileen is very proud of him as we are too.
It was a Great Ceremony at Louie Armstrong Stadium. On a personal note, Tommy got the biggest hand of all the Medal Winners present. The oldest medal winner had the respect of all that were there. The Steuben Medal couldn't have gone to a more deserved member of the NYC Fire Dept!
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