Our Firemen, The History of the NY Fire Departments

Chapter 52, Part V

By Holice and Debbie

WILLIAM J. COLBY

Assistant Foreman-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 4, and

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WILLIAM T. LEAR, JOHN BROWN, BERNARD J. REILLY, AND WILLIAM JACKSON

Firemen-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 4

At No. 402 West Fortieth Street, on the twenty-fifth of September, 1879, rescued Henrietta Schwab, who was unconscious, and her son, who was partly overcome by smoke. Both were carried down a ladder to the street, the stairs being impassable.

PATRICK J. LYNCH

Private-Engine Co. No. 11

On the fourteenth of November, 1879, at No. 80 Cannon Street, where many lives wee lost, saw Maria Barbisher, who was at a third story window, drop her son John into the arms of a citizen. Then Lynch caught her daughter, Mary, ten years old, but was thrown tot he ground by her weight. Lynch told the mother to be calm, and he would save her. While he was making his way through the fire that burned him seriously, the woman jumped out of the window, and was killed. Lynch narrowly escaped being killed in reaching a place of safety. For his courage and humanity he was promoted to the grade of fireman.

PATRICK McCARTHY

Assistant Fireman-Engine Co. No. 20

At No. 301 Mulberry Street, rear, on the twenty-fifth of December, 1879, rescued Patrick Houston, aged sixty, who was insensible from smoke on the third floor.

PAUL BAUER

Fireman-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 4

At Nos. 405 and 407 Fiftieth Street, on the twenty-seventh of December, 1879, before any companies had arrived, rescued Mrs. Avilla Staniford from a third story window by a ladder raised on the shoulders of a citizen.

BERNARD McALLISTER

Private-Engine Co. No. 11

At No. 54 Sheriff Street, on the fifteenth of January, 1880, rescued, at great personal risk, Henrietta Cohn, a child, who was nearly suffocated on the third floor at the same fire.

JOHN W. MILLER

Chief of Battalion

Rescued Willie Cohen another child, at equal risk to himself.

M. D. CONRY

Assistant Foreman-Engine Co. No. 21

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JOHN SCULLY, CHARLES CALLAHAN, AND JAMES LEVIN

Firemen-Engine Co. No. 21

At No. 99 Park Avenue, on the second of May, 1880, jumped twelve feet from a roof, and rescued, insensible, Bridget Murray, a servant, who had been driven there by the fire.

FRANCIS MAHEDY

Foremen, with

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JAMES BYRNES

Assistant Foreman, and

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SYLVESTER BENNETT, JAMES A. McGINN, E. H. TOBIN AND THOMAS McCARTHY

Firemen-Engine Co. No. 1

On the twenty-sixth of July, 1880, at No. 253 West Twenty-ninth Street, saved from suffocation and jumping from windows, Mrs. Agnes Brady and her five children, Mrs. Emma Martin and three children, and Mrs., Eva Feltner and nine members of her family

THOMAS LARKIN AND JACOB REITER

Fireman-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 11

At No. 328 East Houston Street, rescued, on the same day, from the third floor, Teresa Long and her daughter, Jenny, who were in imminent danger of suffocation.

J. T. HANLON

Private-Engine Co. No. 23, and

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GEORGE W. GREER

Private, Hook and Ladder Co. No. 2

On the sixteenth of August, 1880, at No. 1618 Broadway, rescued Lucy Flouert, aged seventeen, who was imprisoned and insensible in a vault.

JOHN LEVINS

Fireman-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 2

At No. 112 East Fifty-fifth Street, on the ninth of October, 1880, found Mary L. Frey, cut off from escape in a rear room on the third floor, by passing in from a window of a building next door. He saved her with a rope passed to him by his comrades.

DANIEL SHERLIN

Fireman-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 9

At No. 223 East Broadway, on the same day, rescued, in the attic, Mary Jackson, thirty years old.

C. W. SMITH

Fireman-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 9

On the fourth of November, 1880, at No. 76 Elizabeth Street, rescued Frank Jeher, who, in attempting to save papers in B. F. Graley's horseshoeing shop, which was on fire, had fallen insensible.

OFFICERS AND MEMBER OF

Hook and Ladder Co. No. 6 and Engine Co. No. 9

Distinguished themselves on the eighth of November, 1880, at No. 11 market Street, by their quick and safe rescue of Delia Schwab and Rachel Allen, and two children, Rachel and David Fine.

LUKE KAVANAGH

Fireman-Engine Co. No. 6

On the ninth of February, 1881, at No. 68 New Church Street, the factory of the Western Electric manufacturing Company, saw a man leaning out of a fifth-story window and in great peril. Going to No. 70, he lowered himself over a cornice to a projection fifteen inches wide, and a short ladder being passed to him, he held it on the projection until the man, Julius Ehrlich, who was aged and weighed over two hundred pounds, descended, and he aided him to reach the roof of the house next door.

This act called for the following praise:

Transcribed by Holice B. Young

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