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    Point taken E40. Send get well wishes to Firefighter Joseph Lennon

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    Post March 16th update

    NEW YORK (AP) - A firefighter was indicted for allegedly
    assaulting a co-worker during a New Year's Eve skirmish at a
    firehouse, authorities said Tuesday.
    Michael Silvestri was charged with assault and weapons
    possession in an indictment handed up Monday by a grand jury. He
    pleaded innocent to those charges in February, along with a
    harassment charge that the grand jury did not include in the
    indictment.
    His attorney did not immediately return a phone call seeking
    comment.
    Silvestri, 41, is accused of hitting fellow firefighter Robert
    Walsh across the face with a steel chair during the brawl at their
    Staten Island firehouse. Walsh was critically injured, suffering a
    broken jaw, broken nose and other facial fractures. Fire
    Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta has said he believes alcohol was a
    factor.
    Silvestri was suspended for a month and then assigned to
    restricted duties.
    The beating, which began in roughhousing but then escalated, was
    an embarrassment to a department that has been lionized by New
    Yorkers since the Sept. 11 attack, in which 343 firefighters were
    killed.
    Colleagues tried to cover up the beating, telling doctors that
    Walsh had fallen down some stairs. The cover-up quickly fell apart
    and all 50 members of the firehouse were reassigned to other
    companies.
    The beating also lead to a crackdown on drinking in firehouses,
    which is against department rules. The captain overseeing the
    firehouse, Terrence Sweeney, was demoted, forced to retire and
    ordered to pay a $90,000 fine - one year's pay - for failing to
    fulfill his duties.

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    Default East VILLAGE CON ED BLAST INJURES FIREMAN

    March 17, 2004 -- An explosion injured a firefighter battling a blaze in a Con Edison manhole last night, in the latest of a series of frightening incidents to beset the utility in the East Village.
    The fire broke out in the manhole at Avenue B and East 12th Street at about 8:30 p.m.
    A few minutes later, an electrical panel exploded in the basement of 183 Ave. B, injuring the firefighter.
    "We heard a loud pop," said East Village resident Ken Petricig, 40, who was eating at a nearby restaurant.
    "We all said, 'What was that?' - like it was a bomb."
    The firefighter was taken to Bellevue Hospital. Officials said his injuries did not appear to be serious.
    An FDNY source said the explosion occurred when the manhole fire spread to the basement.
    But Con Ed spokeswoman D. Joy Faber insisted it wasn't clear if the two incidents were connected. The cause is under investigation and fire officials are checking to see if it was weather-related.
    The fire and explosion occurred about three blocks from where Jodi Lane, 30, was killed by stray voltage while walking her dogs in January. Earlier this month, two more dogs were shocked while walking on First Avenue near East Ninth Street.
    Faber said what happened last night "is an isolated incident. There is no direct correlation at all with the other incidents."
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    NEW YORK (AP) - After an alcohol-fueled argument between two
    on-duty firefighters left one man critically injured, the
    firefighters in the room lied to make it appear the man's injuries
    were an accident, according to a report released Wednesday.
    The firefighters - including Robert Walsh, whose jaw and nose
    were broken - and their bosses made false statements and broke
    other rules regarding the fight last New Year's Eve, according to
    the report by the city's Department of Investigation.
    The cover-up quickly fell apart, and all 50 members of the
    firehouse were reassigned to other companies.
    Walsh's attacker, Michael Silvestri, has pleaded innocent to
    assault and other charges. He has been suspended and assigned to
    restricted duties.
    "The ... personnel involved were determined to handle this
    incident 'in-house' and their way," said the report, based on
    interviews with firefighters and department records.
    Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta responded with a statement,
    saying he suspended two lieutenants and two firefighters who were
    involved.
    The incident has embarrassed a department lionized by New
    Yorkers since the Sept. 11 attack, in which 343 firefighters were
    killed.
    The captain overseeing the firehouse, Terrence Sweeney, was
    demoted, forced to retire and ordered to pay a fine of $90,000 -
    one year's pay. The incident led to a crackdown on drinking in
    firehouses, which is against department rules.
    Authorities allege that Silvestri hit fellow firefighter Robert
    Walsh across the face with a steel chair during the argument. Walsh
    remains on medical leave.
    The report found the two men had been sitting at a kitchen
    table, drinking beer and bickering "about the date of Elvis
    Presley's birthday" and "Silvestri's excessive overtime" before
    the fight started.

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    FDNY's Kan-do spirit
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    In the weeks after 9/11, people across the country felt a new kinship with New York City and its Bravest, but the bond that a small Kansas town developed with a Bronx firehouse has only grown stronger as the wounds have healed.

    "They latched onto us like a pit bull," Fire Lt. Joseph Huber of Ladder 38 joked yesterday.

    Now, the Belmont Ave. firehouse and its sister company, Engine 88, are trying to help the tiny town fund its 9/11 memorial, featuring steel from the World Trade Center, which the firehouse helped the town obtain.

    Like most Americans, the residents of Anthony, Kan. - all 2,400 of them - wanted to do something for the heroes of 9/11. But Anthony Mayor John Schott didn't want the goodwill to dissolve into a faceless relief fund, so he set out to find a specific family his town could help.

    Schott's search led him to Ladder 38, which lost second-generation Firefighter Joseph Spor Jr., who was detailed to Rescue 3 that fateful day.

    "We just wanted to do something," the mayor's wife, Pam Schott, said yesterday on a visit to the firehouse. "We felt so helpless."

    In the months that followed, Anthony's residents sent cards and money for Spor's widow, Colleen, and their four children. Elementary school students sent holiday cards and valentines to the Bravest at the firehouse units, nicknamed First Due at the Zoo for their proximity to the Bronx Zoo. Members of Anthony's volunteer fire department stood on Main St. with their boots outstretched for donations.

    Pam Schott's New York trip is meant to help raise money for the town's 9/11 memorial, which aims to be a monument to the heroes of that day but also a testament to the bonds of cooperation that followed.

    "There were so many bad things that came out of 9/11, but this is something good. They're our friends now," said Huber, who served as host to the Schotts in his home on their first visit to New York.

    "This relationship, this town, is as much a part of me now as the event itself," Huber said.

    The memorial will feature a brick walkway leading to the centerpiece steel beams from the wreckage. Organizers hope to sponsor individually inscribed bricks for $35 each.

    Huber marched with the Anthony volunteer firefighters in Kansas City's St. Patrick's Day Parade to raise money, and the townsfolk continue to dig deep. But the $70,000 goal is still a long way off.

    "That's like a million dollars to us in Anthony," Pam Schott said.

    To donate money or to sponsor a brick, visit the site
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    Post Story Update 12/06/04

    NEW YORK (AP) - A firefighter critically hurt on New Year's Eve
    when he was hit in the face with a steel chair on Monday sued the
    city for $100 million, saying his colleagues worked harder to
    conceal their use of alcohol than to save his life.
    Firefighter Robert Walsh, a resident of Hazlet, N.J., portrayed
    the Staten Island firehouse where he worked as a place where
    alcohol flowed freely and the bosses not only knew it but sometimes
    paid for it and drank it themselves.
    That environment set the stage for firefighter Michael Silvestri
    to create his own "sangria" mix in a large pot in the firehouse
    kitchen, get drunk, get angry and smash Walsh over the head when he
    got angry at something Walsh said, the suit alleged.
    Walsh suffered a broken jaw, a broken nose along with brain and
    spinal injuries when Silvestri allegedly hit him in the face with a
    steel chair.
    Afterwards, fellow firefighters declined to summon an ambulance,
    treat his injuries or notify police as part of a coverup of the use
    of alcohol, Walsh said.
    Georgia Pestana, a city lawyer, said her office had not yet
    received legal papers in the case but planned to thoroughly
    evaluate the lawsuit.
    Walsh said the night of his injuries began when then-Capt.
    Terrence Sweeney gave him money to buy 30 cans of beer at a nearby
    market to reward the firefighters for a job well done during a fire
    run earlier.
    Walsh said in the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan
    that Sweeney many times before had allowed the consumption of
    alcohol on firehouse grounds and on many occasions had consumed
    beer there himself.
    The captain and two lieutenants at the firehouse permitted the
    alcohol in cups to camouflage the drink even though they knew fire
    department regulations banned the consumption of alcohol by
    firefighters in uniform or on duty, he said.
    All 50 members of the firehouse have been reassigned to other
    companies. Sweeney was demoted, forced to retire and ordered to pay
    a fine of $90,000.
    Some of Walsh's harshest criticisms were directed at the
    response of Sweeney and his firefighting colleagues once they saw
    blood spilling from his head.
    He said Sweeney and other senior officers ordered a cleanup of
    the alcohol and blood as Sweeney created a false account of the
    injury to suggest it resulted from a fall down the firehouse stairs
    rather than from an assault.
    Walsh also alleged that fellow firefighters trained to treat him
    were advised not to while the hospital was not told that he was on
    the way, preventing its trauma unit from preparing for a serious
    injury.
    Only after hospital workers told Sweeney that the true cause of
    Walsh's injuries would help his treatment did the captain reveal
    the truth, Walsh said in the lawsuit.
    Walsh called Sweeney and others "accessories" to the assault,
    saying they "intentionally, recklessly and knowingly disposed of
    and tampered with evidence, gave false statements to investigators
    and hospital personnel, made false entries in official logs and
    records and otherwise acted in a manner to hinder discovery and
    prosecution of the criminal conduct of defendant Silvestri."
    Silvestri, who has been suspended and assigned to restricted
    duties, has pleaded innocent to assault and other charges.

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    Firefighter Robert Walsh, a resident of Hazlet, N.J.,
    guess that rules out that "live in 1 of the 5 boroughs" thingy.
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    if this had been anyo ther office regular workplace we would never even have heard of it. why do they have to make a big deal out of this, this kind of stuff happens on a daily basis all over the country. FF are so easily critizied but realrey appreciated as much as they are criticized.

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    Originally posted by Maverick9110E
    if this had been anyo ther office regular workplace we would never even have heard of it. why do they have to make a big deal out of this, this kind of stuff happens on a daily basis all over the country. FF are so easily critizied but realrey appreciated as much as they are criticized.
    It is national because it is a nationally known orginization. Tell me another large well known orginization that drinking would happen to the alledged degree, and that someone would get hurt and it would not make headlines?

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    Why are they making a big deal out of it?

    Well, to start, fire fighters are public servants who are paid to protect the very civilians who ar paying their salary. Like it or not, you are held to a higher standard. You are in a position of trust.

    In this case, the fire fighters and the officer allegedly

    1. Consumed alcohol on duty, despite a very clear departmental directive not to
    2. One of the fire fighters allegedly committed a felony-an aggravted assault-against another fire fighter
    3. The officer allegedly led the effort to concoct a story that was designed to cover up the fact that there was alcohol consumption and a felony, all at the expense of the victim's health and safety.
    4. They allegedly chose to transport the individual in the apparatus instead of calling EMS-all in the name of coverup.
    5. When confronted with their alleged crimes, they allegedly did not cooperate in the investigation.

    It IS a big deal. If it's true, the fire fighter and the officer belong in jail because they are criminals.

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    WHY IS IT SUCH A BIG DEAL?

    Sheriff's Deputy Videotaped Urinating In Elevator
    Manager: Officer Constantly Relieving Himself In Parking Garage

    ORLANDO, Fla. -- An Orange County sheriff's deputy was fired after surveillance video showed him urinating in a public elevator, according to Local 6 News.

    Recent complaints of a foul odor inside the R & R Limited public parking garage in Orange County prompted the building's manager to set up a video camera inside an elevator.

    When the manager and police checked the videotapes, Orange County Sheriff's Deputy Carl Brown was shown urinating in the corner of the elevator, Local 6 News reported.

    "It's certainly nothing you would expect from anybody, much less a deputy sheriff," Orange County Sheriff's Office spokesman Jim Solomons said.

    The manager said Brown, who works at the nearby county courthouse, was constantly relieving himself inside the elevator, Local 6 News reported.

    Since the videotape was given to authorities, Brown has reportedly admitted to urinating in the elevator and in some nearby bushes.

    "It smelled bad," resident John Minka said. "To urinate in a public elevator, that's just wrong."

    The urine caused about $200 worth of damage to the elevator, according to Local 6 News.

    A sheriff's office investigation determined that Brown violated two agency standards. He was given a 40-hour suspension for one offense and fired for the other, according to the report.

    Although Brown was fired, he is still being paid while he continues to appeal his termination.
    Why is it such a big deal? After all, if anybody else did it we wouldn't hear about it. Anybody else would only get a summons.

    ITS A BIG DEAL BECAUSE HE IS A PUBLIC SERVANT AND HE IS HELD TO A HIGHER STANDARD!

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    Post UPDATE May 19th

    NEW YORK (AP) - A firefighter charged with bashing a colleague
    in the face with a metal chair on New Year's Eve 2003 has been
    fired, the department said Thursday.
    Michael Silvestri is accused of assaulting Robert Walsh,
    critically injuring him, at the Staten Island firehouse where they
    were assigned. Walsh suffered a broken jaw, a broken nose and brain
    and spinal injuries. The incident led to a crackdown on drinking in
    firehouses, which is against department rules.
    Silvestri has pleaded not gulty to charges that carry up to 25
    years in prison. A telephone message left for Silvestri's lawyer
    was not immediately returned Thursday.
    Walsh has filed a $100 million lawsuit against the city,
    claiming alcohol flowed freely in the firehouse and other
    firefighters didn't call an ambulance, treat his injuries or notify
    police because they were trying to cover up the drinking.
    Silvestri, a firefighter since 1988, had been assigned to
    restricted duties after a 30-day suspension, the maximum allowed
    under civil service regulations.
    A trial date has not been set.

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    NYC is going to write a check with a lot of zeroes in it to Robert Walsh.
    No doubt about it.
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    Default from todays news ...................

    Jail Sentence Begins For Firehouse Brawler

    Updated: 04-27-2006 12:24:37 PM

    A firefighter who hit a colleague with a metal chair during a fight at a firehouse on New Year's Eve in 2003 began serving a one-year jail sentence Wednesday, prosecutors said.

    Michael Silvestri pleaded guilty last month to second-degree assault in connection with the attack on fellow firefighter Robert Walsh, who suffered a broken jaw, a broken nose and brain and spinal injuries.

    Silvestri received his sentence Wednesday in state Supreme Court and was immediately taken into custody, prosecutors said.

    Silvestri, a firefighter since 1988, apologized to Walsh and his family on Wednesday, and "to all of the firefighters that as a result of his actions had gotten in trouble," said his lawyer, Mario Gallucci.

    Silvestri blamed the Fire Department for not helping him get treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder after the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center, in which more than 300 of his colleagues died, his lawyer said.

    Silvestri, who was fired by the department, had been charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

    He could have faced up to 25 years in prison if convicted.
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    Silvestri blamed the Fire Department for not helping him get treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder after the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center, in which more than 300 of his colleagues died, his lawyer said.
    So, if I understand it correctly, Silvestri is claiming that his attack on Walsh was stress fueled(9/11 post trauma) and not alcohol fueled?
    Which means that, even though he apologized to Walsh's family and his fellow firefighters, he is not taking personal responsibility for his actions?
    I mean, I started reading and when I got to the part where the article started that Silvestri was blaming the fire department for not getting him help, I figured it was for an alcohol problem. But when I read the rest and he was blaming post stress and not alluding to the alcohol, I thought; well, after he serves his sentence, there will be yet another lawsuit...to get his job back, to get back pay or disability because of the claim of 9/11 stress.
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