Our Firemen, The History of the NY Fire Departments

Chapter 52, Part VI

By Holice and Debbie

WESTERN ELECTRIC MANUFACTURING COMPANY,

62 AND 68 NEW CHURCH STREET,

NEW YORK, February, 17, 1881.

CHICAGO, 220-232 KINZIE STREET.

To the Board of Fire commissioners, new York:

GENTLEMEN: WE desire to express our cordial appreciation of the services of the Fire Department in extinguishing the fire at our factory on February 9. The efficiency and skill displayed by the first battalion, under the direction of Chief Rowe, as well as by all other members of the department present, were all that stood between us and the total destruction of our factory. It was a well-fought fire. We desire especially to mention the very noble conduct of Fireman Luke Kavanagh, who, at great peril to himself, rescued our workmen, Julius Ehrlich, from his dangerous position in the fifth story. The excellence of the service of the department on the occasion of our fire, and the devotion and courage of Luke Kavanagh in risking his life for a a stranger, are only repetitions of many similar experiences in this city--experiences that have justly given the Fire Department of this city its splendid reputation.

Yours respectfully,

THE WESTERN ELECTRIC MANUFACTURING COMPANY,

George M. Phelps, Jr., Superintendent.

 

WILLIAM H. FLEMING

Foreman-Engine Co. No. 12

On thOn the fourth of January, 1881, at No. 35 Madison Street, found the stairway on fire and escape to the street cut off. A child, Minnie Egan, was hanging from a fire escape, and, with the aid of a citizen, he broke her fall by holding out a coat. Then going to No. 33 Madison Street, he got on a read fire escape and saw the child's mother, Margaret, at the window of the burning building. An alley separated the houses, and fireman Fleming with the aid of

MICHAEL COMMERFORD

Fireman-Engine Co. No. 12

Made a bridge over the alley, found the woman and saved her. Then he attempted to rescue three more of her children, but was driven back by heat and smoke. Commerford then made the attempt, and, lying down on the ladder and groping in the room, found William and John, who were insensible, and passed them out to his comrades. Nelly Egan was afterwards found dead.

TERENCE P. BRENNAN

Assistant Foreman

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ANTHONY STEPHENSON

Fireman-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 3

On New Year's Day, 1881, at No. 110 East Fourteenth Street, found in danger of suffocation, on the third floor, and rescued, Albert Rossy, Albert Klaus, and Ernest Kailber.

ABRAHAM STORM

Engine Co. No. 46

On the fourteenth of May, 1881, in third Avenue, between Eighty-third and Eighty-fourth Streets, at great personal risk, stopped the runaway team of Louis Bauer, thus saving many persons from serious injury or worse.

OFFICER AND MEMBERS

Hook and Ladder Co. No. 4

On the sixteenth of June, 1881, at No. 317 West Forty-sixth Street, rescued Julius M. Samter and Adolph Arh, whose escape from the fourth floor had been cut off.

JAMES HAMILTON, JOSEPH F. FLOCK, AND WILLIAM McCLAIR

Fireman-Engine Co. No. 43

On the twenty-sixth of July, 1881, rescued at Pier No. 1, North river, Charles Reinhardt, a drunkard, who was drowning.

WILLIAM McCLAIR

Fireman

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THOMAS O. LEONARD

Stoker, Engine Co. No. 43

On the fourteenth of August, 1881, at Pier No. 1, North river, rescued Lizzie Miller, who attempted to drown herself.

JAMES HAMILTON

Fireman-Engine Co. No. 43

On the eighteenth of September, 1881, at Pier No. 1, North river, rescued from drowning Norman Auerham, of No. 8 Lewis Street.

JOHN FLANAGAN

Private, Engine Co. No. 1

On the fourteenth of October, 1881, at No. 447 Sixteenth Street, while suffering from injuries sustained at a fire, rescued from the upper part of the house Joseph Eagen, a child, who was almost suffocated.

WILLIAM J. COLBY

Hook and Ladder Co. No. 8

On the fifteenth of November, 1881, at No. 499 Canal Street, rescued three persons. A ladder could not be put against the building on fire because of an awning, so it was raised to the next building. Colby went to the roof, and in the attic of the burning structure found Lizzie Pfeiffer, her child, Hannah, and Harriet Brown. When he was about to pass out with the child the woman seized him, and but for---

LOUIS S. HOAGLAND

Fireman 

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JOHN J. KENNY

Private

He would have fallen. All the persons in danger--who were burned--so near were they to destruction, were conveyed to the street.

JOSHUA WALLACE

Private-Engine Co. No. 31

On the twenty-second of November, 1881, at No. 38 East Broadway, found Rachel Harris, fifty-eight years old, insensible from smoke on the top floor, and carried her to the street.

JOHN L. ROONEY

Fireman-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 10

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HENRY MURRAY

Assistant Fireman

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JOHN J. HORAN, AND JAMES E. NOLAN

Privates, Hook and ladder Co. No. 10

At the Potter Building Fire, on the thirty-first of January, 1881, especially distinguished themselves. Rooney, standing on a ladder raised five feet from Beekman Street, saved Miss Ida Small. Murray and Horan saved Alexander Roberts with a ladder resting on the sill of a third story window. Two men were caught as they dropped from a signboard on the fourth story by Nolan, who was on the top of a ladder, and Schwab joined in peril and piloted to the street five men.

MICHAEL McAVOY

Fireman-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 3

On the twenty-eight of May, 1882, at No. 519 East Eleventh Street, in clearing the smoke-charged tenement of its inmates, was caught on the third floor, and had to take to the rear fire escape. Going by this to the fourth floor, moans guided him to Mrs. Anna Haven, who was fifty years old and bedridden. McAvoy took her to a rear window, and comrades hoisted her to the roof, and succeeded in getting her to the street.

Transcribed by Holice B. Young

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