Our Firemen, The History of the NY Fire Departments

Chapter 52, Part VII

By Holice and Debbie

FRANK LEONARD

Fireman-Engine Co. No. 15, and

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THOMAS O. HEARN

Fireman, Hook and Ladder Co. No. 6

At No. 43 Suffolk Street, on the twenty-ninth of May, 1882, in dense smoke, rescued Samuel and Sarah Franks, and Rene Solaar.

THOMAS McCARTHY

Fireman-Engine Co. No. 1

At No. 225 West Twenty-seventh Street, on the twenty-seventh of June, 1882, hearing that William price, a negro child, had been forgotten, went up the fire escape and saved him. Both McCarty and the child were slightly burned.

THOMAS LALLY

Foreman, and

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JAMES McTAGGART

Fireman, and

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J. C. O'SHAUGHNESSY

Private-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1

At No. 103 Washington Street, on the twenty-first of July, 1882, rescued Emma Vorgen, Mary Fetteral, Augusta Berghold, and Annie Alms, who were cut off from escape and were screaming at windows of the third floor.

JOHN W. MILLER,

Chief of Battalion, and

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JOHN H. KEHOE

Foreman, and

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JOHN RIORDAN

Assistant Foreman, and,

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JOHN FROBOESE AND WILLIAM McGLONE

Fireman-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 6

At No. 290 Grand Street, on the tenth of November, 1882, rescued Pauline Cohen, aged fifty-three, Abraham Cohen, aged sixty-eight, and Annie Nessnor, aged forty-eight, who were cut off from escape by the stairway by smoke and fire.

JOHN J. HORAN

Private-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1

On the sixth of January, 1883, at Nos. 307 and 309 Broadway, discovered Emily and Marianna Devine cut off by smoke, rescued them.

PATRICK H. DOWNEY

Assistant Engineer-Engine Co. No. 29

At Pier No. 36, North river, on the first of February, 1883, took an icy bath and risked his life, bur saved Private Peter Smith of Engine Co. No. 7, who was drowning.

WILLIAM J. COOK

Fireman-Engine Co. No. 39

At the Cambridge Flats, No. 48 East Sixty-fourth Street, on the seventh of March, 1883, groped about the burning building in dense smoke and saved first an old lady whose name was not ascertained, and then carried out Harriet Perkins and Ann Smith, who were partly asphyxiated.

WILLIAM LANSAR

Private-Engine Co. No. 13

On the seventeenth of Marsh, 1883, learned of a fire at Prince and Greene Streets, and, going there, heard that three women were in peril on the third floor. Driven out of the house by smoke and fire, he climbed up the front of the building by projections and took out and passed them in peril to firemen who had put up a ladder too short to reach the third floor.

WILLIAM B. KIRCHNER

Private-Engine Co. No. 17

On the twenty-ninth of march, 1883, at No. 138 Eldridge Street, heard people crying for help within. All the ladders brought by citizens were too short, and the department ladder had not arrived. Kirschner went to the roof of the next house, and on that of the building on fire found john McCabe helpless from fright and smoke inhalation. Placing him where is was safe, Kirschner rescued McCabe's wife, who was crippled by rheumatism, by dragging her out to an attic window. In carrying her away he jumped an alley three feet wide between 136 and 134.

JAMES McTAGGART

Fireman, and

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GEORGE McGRATH

Private-Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1

At No. 338 Pearl Street, on the same day, by means of ladders to the rear of the fourth floor, rescued Miss Pinkey Broadwell, partly insensible, her mother, Lucy, and her sister, Maggie, who were unconscious from smoke.

JOHN H. MERTENS

Assistant Engineer-Engine Co. No. 42

On the twenty-sixth of May, 1883, at Third Avenue and One Hundred and Sixty-sixth Street, rescued Mamie Sherwood, a child, whose clothes had caught fire, and saved her life by wrapping his coat around her.

CHARLES KNOEPFEL

Private-Engine Co. No. 19

On the thirty-first of August, 1883, at the Methodist Episcopal Church, No. 359 West Twenty-fourth Street. When in the rear, a scaffold rope has broken so that William Horner fell and was fatally injured. Knoepfel saw William F. Smith, Horner's companion, clinging to the rope, which had not parted. He scaled a fence, went to the roof, and pulled up Smith, who fainted when safe.

TIMOTHY SULLIVAN

Private-Hook and Ladder Co. No.

On the twenty-eighth of January, 1884, at No. 81 Thomas Street, put out fire in the clothes of Frances Houck, the victim of a kerosene accident, and ran with her to the Chambers Street Hospital.

JAMES HEANY

Assistant Foreman-hook and Ladder co. No. 1

At No. 4 Dover Street, on the Twelfth of February, 1884, took to the fire escape Patrick Cronin, his wife, and their five half-suffocated children.

FRANCIS MAHEDY

Chief of Battalion, and

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JOHN BANKS

Fireman-Engine Co. No. 7

At the Erie Building, No 214 Duane Street, on the nineteenth of February, 1884, when escape by the stairs had been cut off, rescued the janitor, Arnold Keift, his wife, and their four children, from the fifth story.

Transcribed by Holice B. Young

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