So, I'm standing in the middle of 44th Street, in Midtown Manhattan, waiting to step off with a few thousand of my out-of-town brothers and sisters in the St. Pat's Day parade. Beret protest notwithstanding. Although I've been in the job for 14 years, and am only an hour by train, and a big group of our guys go in every year, it would be only my second time. I'm taking it all in, the beautiful weather, surrounded by my brothers and sisters from anywhere and everywhere. Looking around, I see a shoulder patch from London Fire Brigade. And another and another. I figure, what are the chances? I go up to to one of them and ask, "Hey, Brother, do you know a guy named Steve Dudeny?" (Not sure of the exact spelling, apologies.) He says, in a funny accent, "Why sure, he's right over there" he says, pointing. He calls him over, and right there, I met a real cool guy face to face. Steve, it was a real treat, I'm only sorry we didn't have time to hoist a pint together. Note to Scopetta and and the rest of the "Brass". Stick to pushing pencils and counting paperclips, and leave the job alone. Worry about getting ropes and proper manning, CITYWIDE on every company instead of whether some people want to wear a hat. Sheesh.. It was awesome as we marched past the "Green Berets" in front of the museum, and we ALL took our hats off in a show of solidarity. As for my friend Steve and the rest of you London guys, please get home safe and stay that way.. See you next year.
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03-18-2005, 06:46 PM #1
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So I'm standing in the middle of 44th Street...Leroy140 (yes, THAT Leroy)
Fairfield, CT, Local 1426
03-18-2005, 07:36 PM #2
to the tune of Barry Sadler's "the Green Berets"
Fearless Jakes, walking down the street
not afraid to take the heat
honoring those brave souls who died
and being a thorn in Scopetta's side
Silver axes 'cross their chests
marching tall, ten abreast
they're all brave men, the people say
let them wear their
[size=huge] Green Berets![/size]"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY
03-18-2005, 07:39 PM #3
A good reason to believe that this world is that small.JLS
51 Pride - R.I.P. Sandy
Alarm 200644004, I won't ever forget.
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03-18-2005, 09:28 PM #4
now thats a GREAT story !IACOJ both divisions and PROUD OF IT !
Pardon me sir.. .....but I believe we are all over here !
ATTENTION ALL SHOPPERS: Will the dead horse please report to the forums.(thanks Motown)
RAY WAS HERE 08/28/05
LETHA' FOREVA' ! 010607
I'm sorry, I haven't been paying much attention for the last 3 hours.....what were we discussing?
"but I guarentee you I will FF your arse off" from>
03-18-2005, 10:12 PM #5
hehe very cool
03-19-2005, 12:29 AM #6
"I don't apologize for anything. When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes
03-19-2005, 09:47 AM #7
I would like to THANK ALL that marched on St. Patrick's Day, here in New York. The FDNY membership THANKS YOU also for your support in our efforts against the EVIL EMPIRE bloombag and his puppet scoppetta.
ps. I lost the Brits somewhere in New York....Steve and the boy's did me in Tuesday when they came. We went to Blondies and never left
Last edited by E40FDNYL35; 03-19-2005 at 09:50 AM.ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
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LT. John Ginley Engine 40
FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
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03-19-2005, 11:39 AM #8
Outstanding.09-11 .. 343 "All Gave Some..Some Gave ALL" God Bless..R.I.P.
IACOJ Minister of Southern Comfort
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03-19-2005, 02:29 PM #9
Leroy...Thanks Bro, I came looking for you at the party but them I kept getting beer put in my hand...so you know how it goes....
Ray!!! Are you safe Bro? I lost you on thursday and didn't see you again. I'm a little worried that you may have ended up in ireland or somewhere? Thanks for everything brother.Steve Dude
London Fire Brigade...."Can Do"
'Irony'... It's a British thing.
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