Our Firemen, The History of the NY Fire Departments

Chapter 52, Part II

By Holice and Debbie

THOMAS J. DOUGHERTY

Fireman- Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1

At No. 450 Pearl Street, on the seventeenth of January, 1871, rescued an old and feeble woman from a room on the rear of the third floor.

EDWARD W. WILHELM

Assistant Foremen-Engine Co. No. 13

On the tenth of January, 1871, render incalculable service by extinguishing, without an alarm, a fire which broke out on the fifth floor of the Prescott House.

CHAS. L. KELLY

Assistant Foreman-Engine Co. No. 9

On the ninth of February, 1871, at a fire in a liquor store on the northeast corner of Division and Forsyth Streets, an, entering the building on fire, dragged three suffocated person to a window and passed them to men on ladders.

DENTON E. HEMSWORTH

Fireman-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 6

At No. 37 East Broadway, on the second of March, 1871, rescued a husband, wife and child who were cut off from escape on the upper floor of the building.

WILLIAM F. CRAFT

Fireman-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1

Aided in this rescue.

WILLIAM McKENZIE

Fireman-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1

Aided in this rescue.

THOMAS FARRELL

Foreman of Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1

Also assisted.

AMBROSE L. AUSTIN

Fireman-Engine Co. No. 15

Was, on the twenty-fourth of April, 1871, attending to duty at the Repair Yard in Elizabeth Street when an alarm of fire came for an outbreak at no. 33 Bowery. Going there, he saw a woman fall from the basement steps into what appeared to be a furnace. Austin, rescuing her, was burned about the face.

PETER WEIR

Foreman-Engine Co. No. 25

On the Seventeenth of August, 1871, at No. 15 Forsyth Street, went through smoke and flames to the sixth floor, rescued a woman and child, getting through the roof scuttle, carried them to a place of safety.

ROBERT A. McFARLAND

Assistant Fireman-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 4

On the Twenty-third of December, 1871, at No. 479 Tenth Avenue and No. 502 West Fifty-first Street, rescued two children from a room on the second story.

JOHN BROWN

Fireman-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 4

Did similar service at this fire.

THOMAS HENRY

Assistant Foreman-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 6

At No. 23 Suffolk Street, on the fifteenth of February, 1872, saved eight lives, those of Mr. and Mrs. Metz, Mary Walsh, Mrs. Greenwood, and four children. they were cut off on the second floor, and Henry passed them all out to his comrades.

GEORGE McLAUGHLIN

Assistant Foreman-Engine Co. No. 31

At No. 161 Leonard Street, on the seventh of April, 1872, at great personal risk, a colored woman, who, while tipsy, had set fire to her apartment.

THOMAS HUTCHINSON

Foreman-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1

At No. 63 Baxter Street, on the twentieth of December, 1872, was compelled by fire and smoke to retreat to a rear fire escape on the second floor. Hanging to the fire escape of the third floor was a boy, who, at Hutchinson's bidding. let go, and Hutchinson caught him and saved him.

WILLIAM ROWE, JAMES HEANY, JAMES McGIVNEY, AND THOMAS D. REILLY

Foreman-Hook and Ladder Co. No 9, Assistant Foreman, Fireman, and Fireman

Maillard's confectionery store, restaurant and hotel, Nos. 619 and 621 Broadway, were on fire on the Twenty-seventh of December, 1872. The majority of the guests aroused in the dead of a bitter cold night, escaped in their night clothes, but a few were surprised and cut off. Foreman Rowe risked his life in entering the building, and was instrumental in saving Julia Mulhearn, Benjamin Fitch, Rosaanna Daly, August Clause, Mary Fox and a Mr. Gordon

WILLIAM H. NASH

Chief-Fourth Battalion

On the thirtieth of December, 1872, at No. 223 Division Street, hearing from Widow Rends that her children, Matilda and Abbie, were cut off from escaped in a room on the first floor, braved death to rescue them, and, going through fire and smoke to the room, caught up the children and saved them.

THOMAS HENRY

Assistant foreman-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 6

At this fire, at personal risk, rescued Lewis Levy and his son Charles.

JOHN O'BRIEN

Foreman-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 6

At this same fire, rescued Mary Rosenthal, aged twenty.

GEORGE W. ERB

Foreman-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 6

Rescued Charles Cohn, who was partly suffocated on the second floor, by going to the new fire escape.

John F. Du Flon

Fireman-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 6.

Rescued a sick and bed-ridden lad from the second floor.

JOSEPH F. McGILL

Foreman-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 11

On the third of March, 1873, was at the fierce fire which broke out at nos. 35 and 37 Vesey Street. The fire seized on the upper part of the building, and when Harriet Colgan, from one of the top windows, shrieked for aid, McGill went up a madder and rescued her shortly before the floors fell in.

THEODORE DAKIN

Fireman-Engine Co. No. 13

On the eighteenth of March, 1873, at No. 94 Green Street, was severely burned in rescuing a boy, Henry Marschoff, who was cut off from escape, and was abandoned by his parents.

AMBROSE L. AUSTIN AND FRANCIS CAREY

Foreman-Engine Co. No. 3.

On the twenty-seventh of March, 1873, at No. 119 Ninth Avenue, in arousing the inmates, found Elizabeth and Sarah Early, Sarah Murray and Josephine Welch insensible in a room on the top floor. The firemen were cut off from escape by the stairs, but they took all the rescued persons to the street, by getting out of a window and climbing to an awning, and thence to the street.

TERRENCE P. BRENNAN

Assistant Foreman-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 3

On the second of April, 1873, was at No. 126 Front Avenue when escape for four persons on the upper floor was cut off. Brennan rescued them from a ladder when they were half suffocated and resigned to their fate.

Transcribed by Holice B. Young

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