Our Firemen, The History of the NY Fire Departments

Chapter 52, Part X

By Holice and Debbie

FRANCIS J. REILLY

Chief of Eleventh Battalion, and

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JOHN LEONARD

Assistant Foremen-Engine Co. No. 36, and

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LAWRENCE MURPHY

Assistant Foremen-Engine Co. No. 37

On the sixth of May, 1885, at No. 228 West One Hundred and Twenty-sixth Streets, at great personal risk, the building being full of fire and charged with smoke, rescued Edward Hellenkamp, his wife, son and daughter.

GUSTAVE FUHRMAN

Fireman-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 6

On the twelfth of May, 1885, Maria Sullivan was driven by fire tot he windows of the third story of no. 82 Mulberry Street, and her plight ws so desperate that she got out on one of them and hung by the sill. She was nearly exhausted when Furhman climbed up the front of the building, by projections, until he ws able to support the woman, who was eventually taken down by a ladder.

JOHN J. EAGAN

Foreman, and

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EDWARD J. LEAVY

Fireman-Engine Co. No. 21

Were burned and partially suffocated on the twenty-seventh of May, 1885, at No. 250 East Fortieth Street, in rescuing a child, Henry Dumar, from a room which was a sheet of flame, and in seeking for person supposed to be in peril.

DIXON McQUEEN

Firemen-engine Co. No. 51

Was entered on the roll of honor for having, on the fifth of June, 1885, gallantly rescued from drowning Ellsworth Barry, aged nineteen, an employee of the Delameter Iron Works.

THOMAS AHEARN

Assistant Foreman-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 11

On the seventh of June, 1885, at No. 312 East Hudson Street, at personal risk, and by climbing up the front of the building, rescued a boy, Isidore Schnneiber, was cut off from escape. The same day, Ahearn, with Gustave Fuhrmann, of Hook and Ladder Co. No. 6, went to an alarm of fire at No. 49 Pitt Street; Joseph and Annie Granger, children, were imprisoned in a room on the fourth floor, and ascent by the stairs was impossible. Ahearn and Fuhrmann mounted the fire escape and saved them.

JOHN R. KROWL

Firemen-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 2

Was off duty on the third of September, 1885, but he assisted to raise ladders at a fire at No. 236 West Nineteenth Street, and rescued a Mrs. Spring from the second story of the building. At this fire members of Hook and Ladder Co. No. 12 distinguished themselves by rescuing Mrs. Carlyle, an unknown woman, Mr. and Mrs. Harrigan, Mrs. Wallace, and William Reinmuth. Simon Murray, of this command, rescued Mrs. Carlyle and the unknown woman from a window on the fourth floor, which was four feet above the top of the ladder on which he stood, and Luke Clayton, another member,. Rescued Reinmuth by going to the fifth floor of an adjoining building and dragging him into a window from the burning house while a citizen held him by the legs.

THOMAS F. FREEL

Fireman-Engine Co. No. 34

At great personal risk, rescued Robert E. Morrison, a boy, of No. 33 Cherry Street, from drowning at Pier No. 48, East river, on the fourth of September, 1885.

DIXON McQUEEN

Fireman-Engine Co. No. 51

On the third of October, 1885, risked his life to save that of Leo Barto, aged eighty-nine, No. 270 West Twelfth Street, who had fallen into the North river at thirteenth Street.

LAWRENCE MURPHY

Assistant Foreman-Engine Co. No. 37

On the eleventh of November, 1885, placed on the rollof merit, for having, on the sixth of May of that year, saved the life of E. Hellenkamp, a broker, of No. 56 Wall Street, at the fire at No. 288 West One Hundred and Twenty-sixth Street. Murphy had been placed on the roll of merit with Chief Reilly and Assistant Foreman John Leonard, but was put on it again on a communication from Mr. Hellenkamp.

W. E. McDONALD

Fireman-Engine Co. No. 44

Was put on the roll of merit for having, on the twenty-third of November, 1885, at a fire at No. 404 East Sixty-fourth Street, after deterring four person, Bohemians, from jumping into the streets, saved them by taking them down a ladder.

CHARLES FORBACH, JOHN T. WHELAN, AND GEORGE MOORE

Firemen-Engine Co. No. 53.

On the thirtieth of December, 1885, at No. 1627 Lexington Avenue, put their lives in peril to rescue Sophie Altman and Richard Altman, children and Mrs. David and her child Sadie. The building was so full of fire and smoke that the stairs could not be used. By the rear fire escape they found the Altman children insensible and passed them out. Then they aided Mrs. Davis to reach the next house. When they attempted to escape with the child they found themselves cut off on all sides, and had to remain at a fourth story window until rescued by a ladder.

WILLIAM BRAISTED

Assistant Foreman, and

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JOHN E. NICKERSON AND JOHN J. KENNY

Hook and Ladder Co. No. 5, and

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ANDREW GAFFNEY

Assistant Foreman-Engine Co. No. 30

For rescuing Mary Cuneo, aged eleven; Charles Cuneo, aged nine; Rosie Cuneo, aged seven; Joseph Cuneo, aged five; John Cuneo, aged three; Angelo Cuneo, aged thirty-nine; and Teresa Cuneo, aged forty; and Louis Cuneo, aged eleven months old, at fire No, 17 Carmine Street, on January 4, 1886.

Transcribed by Holice B. Young

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