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    Default Never Forget -- October 17,1966

    The 23 street Collapse

    October 17,1966 Box 55 598

    Killed in the line of duty

    DC Thomas A Reilly, Division .3

    BC Walter J Higgins, Battalion. 7

    Lt John J Finley, Ladder 7

    Lt Joseph Priore, Engine 18

    Fr John G Berry, Ladder 7

    Fr James V Galanaugh, Engine 18

    Fr Rudolph F Kaminsky, Ladder 7

    Fr Joseph Kelly, Engine 18

    Fr Carl Lee Ladder, 7

    Fr William F McCarron, Division 3

    Fr Daniel L Rey, Engine 18

    Fr Bernard A Tepper, Engine 18

    Box 598 at 2136 hrs: The most deadly building collapse in the history of the Fire Department occurred at this alarm. Twelve firefighters were killed when the floor collapsed into the cellar. Two chiefs, two lieutenants, and six firefighters plunged into the flaming cellar. Two firefighters were killed by the blast of flame and heat on the first floor.

    Location of Fire Origin: Cellar of 7 East 22 St.
    Location of Collapse: First floor of Exposure 3 building: 6 East 23 St. "The Wonder Drug Store." Fire Building Construction: 7 East 22 St: a brownstone, 20 x 60 brick and joist, four story residence. The cellar, where the fire started, and first floor were occupied by an art dealer. Collapse Building Construction: 6 East 23 St: a five story, 45 x 100 commercial building, brick & joist construction. The rear, 16 x 35 foot, section of the first floor collapsed into the cellar occupied by 7 East 22 St.

    Alterations:
    (1) The fire building, 7 East 22 St, had a two story extension which abutted the rear of 6 East 23 St.
    (2) The Cellar of 7 East 22 St extended under the first floor of 6 East 23 St for approximately 35 feet.
    (3) The floor construction of 6 East 23 St was 3" x 14" wood beams topped by 3/4" wood planking. On top of this five inches of concrete with a terrazzo finish was added.
    The firefighters in exposure 3, (6 East 23 St), killed in the collapse did not know they were operating directly over the cellar fire in 7 East 22 St. The five inch concrete terrazzo floor acted as an insulator. It concealed the severe fire and heat below. The 3 inch x 14 inch floor beams spaced 16 inches on center were reduced in size and strength by the fire. The first sign of weakness was the sudden collapse of a 15 x 35 foot section, which plunged the ten firefighters to their deaths. Two other firefighters were killed on the first floor by a ball of flame.

    Cause of the .Fire: Unknown.

    Cause of the Collapse: The fire burned for one hour, which reduced the

    size and strength of the wood floor beams.

    Fuel of Fire: Large storage of wood picture frames and their combustible finish, lacquer and paint. Time of Collapse: The collapse occurred at approximately 2239 hrs, one hour and three minutes after the initial alarm of 2136 hrs.

    Summary by: Vincent Dunn, Deputy Chief, FDNY, Division 3 (Ret)





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    May we remember our fallen brothers on this day. God bless and thank you for your time served.

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    Killed in the line of duty

    DC Thomas A Reilly, Division .3

    BC Walter J Higgins, Battalion. 7

    Lt John J Finley, Ladder 7

    Lt Joseph Priore, Engine 18

    Fr John G Berry, Ladder 7

    Fr James V Galanaugh, Engine 18

    Fr Rudolph F Kaminsky, Ladder 7

    Fr Joseph Kelly, Engine 18

    Fr Carl Lee Ladder, 7

    Fr William F McCarron, Division 3

    Fr Daniel L Rey, Engine 18

    Fr Bernard A Tepper, Engine 18


    You will never be forgotten

    Rest in peace
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    Rest in peace, Brothers.. your job is done...
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    RIP

    I hate anniversaries like this...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dickey
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    I hate anniversaries like this...
    Me too, but it is good to remember our fallen brothers so that they can live always with us. God speed.

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    Always in our thoughts and in my prayers tonight.
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    October 17, 1966. Box 598 at 2136 hrs: Before September 11.2001, this was the most deadly building collapse in the history of the Fire Department of New York. Twelve firefighters were killed when the first floor collapsed into the cellar. Two chiefs, two lieutenants, and six firefighters plunged into the flaming cellar. Two firefighters were killed by the blast of flame and heat on the first floor.
    ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
    NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
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    CAPT. Frank Callahan Ladder 35 *
    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 *
    FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
    FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

    Charleston 9
    "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
    *******************CLICK HERE*****************

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    Those pictures are SO powerful.


    Rest peacefully, men.
    September 11th - Never Forget

    I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

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