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    Default NEVER FORGET --Deutsche Bank Fire 8/18/07

    Tomorrow's first anniversary of the fire wil be marked by a plaque dedication at Engine 24 Ladder 5


    It was one year ago, August 18, 2007, and the Deutsche Bank building across from the World Trade Center site was in flames. More than 270 firefighters responded to the asbestos-contaminated building, which was damaged on 9/11/01 and was in the process of being cleaned and demolished. Where firefighters expected staircases, they found plywood barriers. Where they looked for windows, they found plastic sheeting. And at the standpipe, where they expected torrents of water to battle the blaze, they found not even a trickle, because the standpipe was broken and it had not been inspected. Firefighters Graffagnino Jr., 33, and Robert Beddia, 53, died of cardiac arrest when their masks ran out, leaving them only thick black smoke to breathe. Graffagnino left behind his parents, wife, 4-year-old daughter and infant son. Beddia left behind two older brothers and two younger sisters.

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Giving five-minute radio updates about the water available to fight a fire would save firefighters’ lives, including two who were killed at a condemned ground zero skyscraper a year ago, the city’s fire union president said.

    The Uniformed Firefighters Association asked the department to require dispatchers to call incident commanders every five minutes about water supply problems, and then alert firefighters in burning buildings by radio.

    The radio signals would help firefighters decide whether to move to safer locations if they’ve been in a building too long without water, union president Stephen Cassidy said this week in a letter to Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta.

    “Firefighters do not have a clock available to them,” Cassidy wrote Scoppetta. “As a result, they often continue to operate in dangerous areas longer than they should, not realizing how much time has elapsed.”

    On Aug. 18, 2007, more than 100 firefighters went without water for close to an hour at a condemned bank building across from ground zero because the building’s standpipe had been cut, failing to supply fire hoses. Firefighters Robert Beddia and Joseph Graffagnino died in the former Deutsche Bank tower after their oxygen supply ran out.

    If the firefighters had been receiving radio updates about water problems a year ago, “I don’t think this tragedy would have happened,” Cassidy said. He said the procedural change, and creation of a radio signal, “could be implemented within a week.”

    Fire Department spokesman Jim Long said Saturday the department was reviewing the union’s proposal.

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    Can't believe it's a year already. And yet, no progress....


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    THE MANHATTAN DISTRICT ATTORNEY has announced that his office is considering placing charges against the City of New York as an entity for the August, 2007, fire in the former Deutsche Bank building that killed two firefighters.

    Mr. Morgenthau’s investigators believe, according to people briefed on the case, that negligence by city agencies — from the Buildings Department’s failure to ensure that a vital standpipe was maintained and tested at the former bank tower, to the lack of safety inspections by the Fire Department during the building’s demolition — may have directly contributed to the deaths of the two firefighters last Aug. 18.



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    Bringing charges against a government is an extremely rare occurrence, but is possible. Prosecutors from the Rackets Bureau have sifted through more than three million documents and interviewed about 100 people, many of whom have testified before a grand jury that has been hearing evidence twice a week for about nine months.

    The D. A. is citing literally hundreds of flagrant violations that were being permitted by several city regulatory agencies while the demolition of the building was taking place. One of the most egregious was the dismantling of the standpipe that left firefighters without water in the fire building for an hour.

    Coupled with the disregard of the city’s inspectors is the probing investigation into some of the sub-contractors that the city, which owns the building, allowed to bid and operate on the job. There are many allegations about dummy corporations and known Mafia ties to some of the contractors.




    The New York Times has a very good in-depth article about this new development

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/17/ny...hp&oref=slogin
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    August 19, 2008 --Firefighter Joseph Scarda of Engine 24 during ceremony for Firefighters Joseph Graffagnino (Ladder 5) and Robert Beddia (Engine 24) who were killed in the Deutche Bank fire. Click to see more photos. There were speeches and prayers and mournful music and tears at Engine 24/Ladder 5 Monday morning, as there always are at the FDNY plaque dedications that mark the first anniversary of line-of-duty deaths. The difference was that the anniversary of the deaths of Lt. Joseph Graffagnino and Firefighter Robert Beddia in the Deutsche Bank fire may soon be followed by indictments from the Manhattan district attorney. The DA may even charge the city with criminal negligence. "I think they should be tried for murder," Joseph Graffagnino Sr. told reporters after the memorial plaques were unveiled and a bugler played taps and his son's widow stood with one hand over her sorrowing heart and the other blotting away tears. The father was referring to those whose negligence contributed to the deaths, in particular to anyone who cut corners for the sake of profit. "If they screw up in a building and they deliberately do things that are wrong in the building just to pocket money and people die because of it, then people should be held accountable," he added. He was approached by Vina Drennan, widow of Capt. John Drennan of this same firehouse, who was killed in 1994 in significant measure because an apartment did not have a smoke alarm. She has spent the 14 years since campaigning for increased fire safety, as Graffagnino has been doing with determination born of love and loss. "You gotta keep in their face," Graffagnino said of those officials in a position to prevent further tragedies. "It's the best way to honor them," Drennan said, meaning firefighters such as Graffagnino's son and her husband, who have paid with their lives. Her husband's bronze plaque had been mounted on the firehouse wall 13 years before, along with those for the two other firefighters killed in that fire on Watts St. Also on the wall were plaques for the 11members of Engine 24/Ladder 5 who died on 9/11. The firehouse had lost a total of 14 firefighters in 13 wrenchingly unlucky years when an alarm came in on Aug. 18, 2007, for Box 770047, the Deutsche Bank building at the edge of Ground Zero. As two more plaques go up, the FDNY is expected to review with the Graffagnino and Beddia families the department's official report on the fire. That will be followed by the results of the Manhattan DA's investigation. The long list of people at whom the DA has been taking a hard look includes a former deputy mayor, executives of the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., construction contractors, Buildings Department officials. When the culprits are finally named, we should not let them cause us to forget one heroic firefighter; a young man from Engine 255 who was filling in at Engine 24/Ladder 5 the day of the fire. When Graffagnino ran out of air in the man-made hell on high, the young firefighter - anonymous for now - removed the regulator from his own face mask to share his air. The smoke was so toxic that the young firefighter nearly lost consciousness after one choking breath of it. The firefighter managed to reach the building's exterior and summon comrades, who rushed in to help. Graffagnino was already beyond saving, as was Beddia. Such bravery makes all the more intolerable the negligence and indifference that may soon result in criminal charges and perhaps even a measure of justice. Maybe someday we will have big shots a fraction as good as that young firefighter who shared his air and all the other firefighters who routinely dash into danger for the sake of strangers, no matter how many plaques go up on the wall.
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    April 23, 2009 -- NEW YORK - Prosecutors say witnesses' statements raise questions about the guilt of 3 men charged in the deaths of 2 New York City firefighters in the Deutsche Bank Building in August 2007. Prosecutors told Justice Rena Uviller on Thursday some witnesses say the water pipe the men are accused of dismantling in the basement was still standing after they finished their asbestos abatement. The indictment charges three supervisors with manslaughter. 2 of them worked for the John Galt Corp. and one for Bovis Lend Lease. The firefighters were 53-year-old Joseph Beddia and 33-year-old Robert Graffagnino. Uviller told prosecutors to give notes and other materials to defense lawyers before their court appearance on May 14Assistant District Attorney Patrick J. Dugan said his office still intends "to vigorously prosecute this action."
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    Well we can hope that justice will be served and that those responsible will face justice. Hopefully if this comes to pass, it will be well reported throughout the fire service as I'm sure New York is not alone in corruption and malfeasance in awarding and supervision of contractors and inspectors.
    Go with God lads and rest well. Your job is done and we'll take it from here

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