Our Firemen, The History of the NY Fire Departments

Chapter 52, Part IV

By Holice and Debbie

JOHN MILLER

Chief-Battalion ,

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THOMAS LALLY

Assistant Foremen and,

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WILLIAM H. GREY, TIMOTHY DWYER, THOMAS O'HEARN, PATRICK FOHY, JOHN CAVANAGH, GEORGE MURPHY

Hook and Ladder Co. No. 6

On the eleventh of March, 1877, at No. 24 Ludlow Street, when the bursting of a kerosene lamp caused a fire that spread from the second floor. The inhabitants were panic stricken, but by ladders and from the roofs of adjoining houses, the officers and firemen named took out Abraham Lavin, a child who was dead, and rescued David Lavin, aged six, Hattie Manson, Frank aged three, Mark Frank, aged three, Annie Weisburg, aged eight, Rosanna Weisburg, aged thirty, and Herman Frank, aged five.

THOMAS DOUGHERTY

Fireman-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1

On the thirty-first of March, 1877, at No. 20 North William Street, learned that Julius Frank and Elizabeth Stevens, were perishing in the sub-basement. Dougherty , with an axe, descended, and cutting down two doors, found them unconscious in dense smoke. He carried them under the front stoop and passed them to members of his company, having to raise each person about eight feet. Only his great endurance and strength enabled him to withstand the heat and smoke, and raise and pass out the sufferers.

DENNIS J. DORAN

Fireman-Engine Co. No. 17

On the twenty-eighth of August, 1877, at No. 188 Eldridge Street, braved heat and smoke, and after three attempts, rescued Lena Zeigler, a child, from a bedroom on the third floor, when she was almost suffocated.

WILLIAM H. REYNOLDS

Fireman-Engine Co. No. 14

At the Peak theater, on the twenty-fourth of October, 1877, so quickly extinguished canvas scenery that had been fired by a gas bracket, as to prevent a panic and frightful loss of life. The terror of the audience was allayed, and the fireman was loudly applauded.

LUKE GLEESON

Fireman, Engine Co. No. 12

On the fourteenth of December, 1877, at No. 112 Chatham Street, found Charles Roeder and Louis Stanboeck, partly insensible on the third floor. Carrying one and followed by the other he took them to the first floor, when they recovered and were able to go to the street unaided.

PATRICK HEALY

Fireman-Engine Co. No. 14

On the seventh of January, 1878, at the New York Dental College, saved the life of Mrs. James Gracie, of no. 200 East Fortieth Street, by extinguishing a fire on her dress, which was caused by an alcohol land falling on her.

MICHAEL F. REEVES

Foreman-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 8

On the fourth of January, 1878, and

JOHN HOPE

Fireman-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 8

At No. 132 West Broadway, found sixteen persons calling for help at the windows, they being unable to escape by the stairs. Calming them and raising ladders, they, with other members of the company, rescued James A. hart, his wife, and three children; Thomas Kent, his wife and child; Michael Shiels, W. C. Wilkins, a man whose name was not ascertained, two brothers named Laing, P/. Smith, F. Zebro, and Charles Hoff.

WILLIAM KLINE, CHARLES HOPPER AND JOHN McKEON

FIREMEN-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 8, and

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JOHN J. McMANUS

Fireman-engine Co. No. 27

Shared in the honors.

OFFICERS AND MEN

Hook and Ladder Co. No. 6

On the second of April, 1878, at No. 5 Hester Street, gallantly rescued Sarah Goldberg, her children David, Mary, and Solomon, and Jacob, Samuel, Abraham, and Mary Leszinsky, children.

DANIEL J. MEAGHER

Foreman-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 3

On the second of May, 1878, at No. 28 East Fourteenth Street, acted promptly on seeing Mrs. Sarah Freeman hanging out of a fourth story window. A ladder raised ws found to be too short, although held by hooks and stood on the stoop. Ordering he ladder to be raised quite erect, and away from the building, Meagher went up, stood on the top rung, told her to be calm and hold her limbs rigid, and then to drop. As she fell he caught her, and passed her safely to

JOHN P. FLOOD

Fireman-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 3

Despite a sprained foot, aided in the rescue.

THOMAS O'HALLORAN AND JAMES H. CAMPBELL

Fireman-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 8

On the sixteenth of September, 1878, at No. 149 West Broadway, at great personal risk, rescued Thomas Denham and Mary A. Young.

MICHAEL CONNORS

Fireman-Engine Co. No. 14

At No 190 Sixth Avenue, on the tenth of April, 1879, before ladders arrived climbed up the front of the building, and found, partly suffocated by intensely hot smoke, Marie Oxley and her children, Marie, John, and Alice, and rescued them.

OFFICERS AND MEMBERS

Hook and Ladder Co. No. 4

On the twenty-second of April, 1879, at No. 619 Sixth Avenue, rescued from fire and suffocation Mrs. E. X. Monstery, Miss M. Monstery, and Consuela Monstery, members of the family of Colonel T. H. Monstery. The following members of the company were particularly mentioned in the report:.

ROBERT WILLIAMS, FOREMAN, JOHN BROWN, AND TIMOTHY McAULIFFE, FIREMEN

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LAWRENCE P. FARLEY

Fireman-Engine Co. No. 20

On the twenty-third of April, 1879, at No. 52 Prince Street, prevented Josephine Lash, aged sixteen from jumping to the yard from the second floor, and going up-stairs, carried her to an adjoining house.

GEORGE GILLIES

Foreman-Engine Co. No. 26

On the twenty-fourth of May, 1879, at No. 221 West Forty-third Street, was unable to go up-stairs to the rescue of a number of persons imprisoned on the third floor because of the heat and smoke. But a painter's scaffold was in front of the house, and, drawing himself up to it from the stoops of a house next door, he rescued Miss Nellie Fitzgerald, Miss Belle Shaffer, William Hammond, Emil Sultan, and Alexander Bofil.

ALEXANDER McDONALD

Assistant Foreman-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 8

At No. 528 Broome Street, on the fourteenth of July, 1879, found Maria Brine, and her children Edward and Carrie, asking for help from a window of the third floor. McDonald went up a ladder, calmed them and took them to the street by the stairs.

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