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    Question Rescue Me in the eyes of the FDNY?

    Having spoken to a few of New York's Bravest, I have learned that they don't think very highly of Rescue Me for it's portrayal of them and the 9/11 widows. I can't imagine what it would be to have movies, tv shows and documentaries made about my workplace on a regular basis - these guys are very non-chalant about this aspect of their jobs.
    Any of you FDNY guys and girls want to chime in on this subject? I know that they are appreciative of the donations and work done by Leary's Foundation, but how do they feel about a show that so many of us other "leather-heads" enjoy so much?

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    I'm not from FDNY but what would you think of a show that portrayed your job as a place full of drunks, idiots, womanizers, and misfits of society?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KenNFD1219 View Post
    I'm not from FDNY but what would you think of a show that portrayed your job as a place full of drunks, idiots, womanizers, and misfits of society?
    I hate to admit it, but that describes a lot of people in the fire service... some are all 4 rolled into one....
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    Quote Originally Posted by KenNFD1219 View Post
    I'm not from FDNY but what would you think of a show that portrayed your job as a place full of drunks, idiots, womanizers, and misfits of society?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainGonzo View Post
    I hate to admit it, but that describes a lot of people in the fire service... some are all 4 rolled into one....
    During the first season, my wife asked me if "stuff like that happens at work". Of course I said no, never, does not happen, we don't have people like that on the job. I think she either believed me or didn't let me know she knew I was BS'ing her.
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    The characters on Rescue Me are all exaggerated caricatures -- just like the characters on any other TV show. Who here can honestly say that every character on Rescue Me doesn't remind them of somebody on the job in one way or another?
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    Quote Originally Posted by resqteacher View Post
    Having spoken to a few of New York's Bravest, I have learned that they don't think very highly of Rescue Me for it's portrayal of them and the 9/11 widows. I can't imagine what it would be to have movies, tv shows and documentaries made about my workplace on a regular basis - these guys are very non-chalant about this aspect of their jobs.
    Any of you FDNY guys and girls want to chime in on this subject? I know that they are appreciative of the donations and work done by Leary's Foundation, but how do they feel about a show that so many of us other "leather-heads" enjoy so much?
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    If they dont like Rescue Me portraying the FDNY, then I dont think they're going to like the new Adam Sandler movie coming out this month
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    Quote Originally Posted by resqteacher View Post
    ... learned that they don't think very highly of Rescue Me for it's portrayal of them and the 9/11 widows. ...
    does anyone think highly of that show?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bones42 View Post
    does anyone think highly of that show?
    Actually? No. In my book of television/movies, it "rates" right up (is "right up" the correct direction?) there with Backdraft, personally.
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    I can't speak for how the FDNY brothers feel about it ( though I have a pretty good idea ), but as Deputy Marshal said in the last 23 years I have worked with every character on that show, LOL

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    I'd like to meet Denis Leary so I could spit in his face....

    with that being said, Uncle Teddy was damn right awesome to meet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JHR1985 View Post
    I'd like to meet Denis Leary so I could spit in his face....

    You may want to rethink that. The Leary Firefighters Foundation has been generous in providing equipment and training... From the Leary Firefighters Foundation website...
    The Leary Firefighters Foundation was founded in 2000 by actor Denis Leary in response to a fire that broke out in an abandoned warehouse in downtown Worcester, Massachusetts, his hometown, in December of 1999. Over 75 firefighters ran into what some have called "the perfect fire" and six of them never came out. One was Denis’ first cousin, Jerry Lucey and another Lt. Tommy Spencer, was a childhood friend and high school classmate. In an effort to find a positive way to deal with this overwhelming loss, Denis established The Leary Firefighters Foundation in the spring of 2000. The Leary Firefighters Foundation is dedicated to providing fire departments with funding and resources for up-to-date equipment and training.

    A lifelong hockey fan, Denis teamed up with Boston Bruins legends Bobby Orr and Cam Neely to organize The Celebrity Hat Trick, “Hockey’s Greatest Skate for America’s Bravest,” a two-day event that features two teams made up of hockey legends and Hollywood celebrities. Thousands of New England residents turn out to enjoy the game and to honor the memory of the "Worcester 6". The Leary Firefighters Foundation has distributed a total of $1.3 million dollars to The Worcester Firefighters Local 1009 Equipment Fund to support the equipment and training needs of firefighters in Central Massachusetts. These funds have been used to build a new burn tower and training facility and to purchase a new rescue boat and an SCBA Response Unit, a mobile maintenance unit to service and repair air tanks.



    The success of the Celebrity Hat Trick allowed the LFF to expand its reach to the city of Boston. Our first gift to the Boston Fire Department, a Tactical Command Unit, was presented to Boston Fire Commissioner Paul Christian on August 11, 2004 at a special ceremony outside City Hall. Built into a retro-fitted Ford Excursion SUV, this emergency management vehicle is capable of increased communications control and improved maneuverability on Boston’s narrow streets. To date, $425,000 has been raised and directed towards the equipment needs of the Boston Fire Department, including the Tactical Command Unit and the acquisition of a new Fire Rescue / Diver Support Boat for the Department’s protection of Boston Harbor, scheduled to be deployed in the summer of 2006.



    In the wake of the events of September 11, 2001, The Leary Firefighters Foundation established The Fund for New York's Bravest to raise money for the families of the 343 firefighters who perished in the line of duty. With enormous support from friends in the entertainment community, we threw a landmark New York City benefit, The BASH for New York’s Bravest, to celebrate our local heroes. Through the success of The BASH and the overwhelming support shown by donors throughout the nation, The Fund for New York’s Bravest raised over $1.9 million before it was closed in 2003. Every dollar collected went directly into the hands of the families without any administrative costs. The BASH for New York’s Bravest is now an annual, celebrity-studded event that continues to honor New York’s firefighters while raising funds to support their equipment and training needs.



    In 2002, we expanded our focus to include assisting the FDNY with their critical need to enhance operations and advance first responder training. An in-depth working relationship has been formed with senior commanders and it is through their expertise that we prioritize the disbursement of funds received from donors. Using dollars raised at The 2003 BASH for New York’s Bravest, we partnered with the FDNY’s Fire Safety Education Fund to purchase a Mobile Command Center for the FDNY. This emergency management vehicle, which was deployed on July 19, 2004, is equipped with state-of-the-art audio and video monitoring capabilities and directly answers the call for a heightened level of communications and planning at large-scale events and emergencies. It serves as a visible point of contact for communications between the FDNY, NYPD, FBI and OEM, as well as media and local officials, and as a staging area at major events such as last year’s Republican National Convention at Madison Square Garden. We have also donated two Flashover Simulators to the FDNY Fire Academy on Randall’s Island. In January 2005 these Flashover Simulators were incorporated into the training regiment of both probationary and veteran firefighters to help them understand progression of fire, which will increase their chance of survival in the field.

    Every community relies on their firefighters to keep their population safe. Their bravery and commitment to saving lives is indisputable and is demonstrated on a daily basis. Our 2006 development campaign is well underway and is focused on two major projects: building a technologically advanced High-Rise Simulator at the FDNY Fire Academy to improve training to combat the potentially catastrophic high-rise fire and ensuring funding for the completion of the Worcester training facility including construction of a second building that will feature a state-of-the-art Emergency Operations Center (a first for Central Massachusetts) and a physical training facility.

    The Leary Firefighters Foundation remains dedicated to keeping the needs of firefighters in the forefront of the country's awareness and to upholding our pledge to provide them with funding and resources to acquire the tools necessary to maintain the highest level of public safety
    The Leary Foundation is also rebuilding firehouses in New Orleans and bought the NOFD 15 water rescue boats while Nagin and Company still have their thunbs up their collective asses.

    They are also supporting the families of the Charleston 9.
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    Wheather you like the show or not, it is good to see an actor using his fame to actually help out the community and fire service. It seems that all too often we just get used for policitical statements and the like.

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    You may want to rethink that. The Leary Firefighters Foundation has been generous in providing equipment and training... From the Leary Firefighters Foundation website...
    Your not telling me anything new Gonzo...


    Now, let me tell you a story...

    Last August I believe.... The Leary Firefighter's foundation put together a fundraiser event in Boston for the dedication of the new Fire Boats that it had bought FOR the Boston Fire Department. The tickets to the event were $300 bucks each and I had to buy 2 of them. So, me and a buddy flew from Texas and stayed in Boston for 3 nights. Now, imagine the cost of that one.

    Okay... the fundraiser event stated several things: One, dinner would be provided. Two, tickets to the Red Sox game after and Three: The Chance to Meet the Cast of Rescue Me. Yeah, I was stoked.

    So, fly up there and wait in line for an hour with my ticket and it was hot. So, we finally got in and were hungary. Now, this is a 2 hour event we are talking about. So, I get in with my buddy and find ourselves a nice couch to wait for them to enter and for the food. Wait wait wait...

    They served me 2 lobster rolls for "dinner." Denis Leary showed up with Uncle Teddy but something happened that ****ed Mr Leary off so he left, leaving Uncle Teddy by himself for like 30 mins. It was cool to meet him but.... I came there to meet Denis. Then, soon after, they escort not only Uncle Teddy but all the Boston Chiefs out. Some people were getting ****ed because they felt ripped off, which they were.

    So, I go to the game and sitting around like 30 or 40 fellow fire fighters who also are livid. So, I get back from the trip and I send the foundation a letter saying how F-ed up it was and how they really ****ed off a lot of FF's.

    I actually get a call back a month later from some lady saying she was the Vice-President and wanted to talk to me. Very nice lady and she offered my money back. I told them no, I gave it for the "cause" and I just hoped that it went to somewhere good, not just another publicity stunt for a celebrity. She told then offered to send me a bunch of Rescue Me autographed shirts and crap for me and my crew. She told me she would contact me the following week with more info.

    Well, that was 10 months ago and I am still waiting for that contact...

    Needless to say, it rubbed me the wrong way. So yes, I still stand by my statement. Dont preach brotherhood on TV and then shaft the brothers who support you and respect you.

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    Maybe I'm just the cynical a.h. New Yawker, but it's a TV show, and one that's on a network other than History/Discovery/NGC/TLC. Why would anyone expect it to be accurate about anything?

    Every once in a while my wife (a trauma/ICU RN) and I will be watching ER and she'll say "it doesn't work like that". I just laugh quietly to myself.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KenNFD1219 View Post
    I'm not from FDNY but what would you think of a show that portrayed your job as a place full of drunks, idiots, womanizers, and misfits of society?
    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!! Need anyone say more???

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    Quote Originally Posted by GFDLT1 View Post
    Wheather you like the show or not, it is good to see an actor using his fame to actually help out the community and fire service. It seems that all too often we just get used for policitical statements and the like.
    Other than the "actual " politicians themselves, who can you think that would be more entrenched in politics?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreamer737 View Post
    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!! Need anyone say more???
    Hell, every sitcom on TV portrays the father of the family as being lazy, stupid, clumsy or all three....I'm a father in real life, and it doesn't bother me because I know it's a TV show *shrugs*

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    I do not know what the feelings of the FDNY are.

    My feelings: It's a tv show. A work of fiction and comedic fantasy. NOT a documentary.

    If some folks see the fire service in a negative light because of the show, they need to learn to seperate reality from fantasy.

    That being said, I would understand if some in the FDNY did not like the way they are being portrayed, and they have that right since the show is centered around their department.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JHR1985 View Post
    Your not telling me anything new Gonzo...


    Now, let me tell you a story...

    Last August I believe.... The Leary Firefighter's foundation put together a fundraiser event in Boston for the dedication of the new Fire Boats that it had bought FOR the Boston Fire Department. The tickets to the event were $300 bucks each and I had to buy 2 of them. So, me and a buddy flew from Texas and stayed in Boston for 3 nights. Now, imagine the cost of that one.

    Okay... the fundraiser event stated several things: One, dinner would be provided. Two, tickets to the Red Sox game after and Three: The Chance to Meet the Cast of Rescue Me. Yeah, I was stoked.

    So, fly up there and wait in line for an hour with my ticket and it was hot. So, we finally got in and were hungary. Now, this is a 2 hour event we are talking about. So, I get in with my buddy and find ourselves a nice couch to wait for them to enter and for the food. Wait wait wait...

    They served me 2 lobster rolls for "dinner." Denis Leary showed up with Uncle Teddy but something happened that ****ed Mr Leary off so he left, leaving Uncle Teddy by himself for like 30 mins. It was cool to meet him but.... I came there to meet Denis. Then, soon after, they escort not only Uncle Teddy but all the Boston Chiefs out. Some people were getting ****ed because they felt ripped off, which they were.

    So, I go to the game and sitting around like 30 or 40 fellow fire fighters who also are livid. So, I get back from the trip and I send the foundation a letter saying how F-ed up it was and how they really ****ed off a lot of FF's.

    I actually get a call back a month later from some lady saying she was the Vice-President and wanted to talk to me. Very nice lady and she offered my money back. I told them no, I gave it for the "cause" and I just hoped that it went to somewhere good, not just another publicity stunt for a celebrity. She told then offered to send me a bunch of Rescue Me autographed shirts and crap for me and my crew. She told me she would contact me the following week with more info.

    Well, that was 10 months ago and I am still waiting for that contact...

    Needless to say, it rubbed me the wrong way. So yes, I still stand by my statement. Dont preach brotherhood on TV and then shaft the brothers who support you and respect you.



    You want to "spit in his face" yet you are waiting on autographed T-shirts from him?

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    I personally like Denis Leary. He's put his money in the right place and he had no obligation to do so. He's donated more than anyone running for President.

    The show? It's a work of fiction.
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    You want to "spit in his face" yet you are waiting on autographed T-shirts from him?


    Hmm... lets use some common sense...

    The fore mentioned event happened... last August....

    and I am now willing to say that he is a piece of sh1t...

    did it occur to you that the event caused me to think he is a piece of sh1t...

    not the other way around?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JHR1985 View Post
    Your not telling me anything new Gonzo...


    Now, let me tell you a story...

    Last August I believe.... The Leary Firefighter's foundation put together a fundraiser event in Boston for the dedication of the new Fire Boats that it had bought FOR the Boston Fire Department. The tickets to the event were $300 bucks each and I had to buy 2 of them. So, me and a buddy flew from Texas and stayed in Boston for 3 nights. Now, imagine the cost of that one.

    Okay... the fundraiser event stated several things: One, dinner would be provided. Two, tickets to the Red Sox game after and Three: The Chance to Meet the Cast of Rescue Me. Yeah, I was stoked.

    So, fly up there and wait in line for an hour with my ticket and it was hot. So, we finally got in and were hungary. Now, this is a 2 hour event we are talking about. So, I get in with my buddy and find ourselves a nice couch to wait for them to enter and for the food. Wait wait wait...

    They served me 2 lobster rolls for "dinner." Denis Leary showed up with Uncle Teddy but something happened that ****ed Mr Leary off so he left, leaving Uncle Teddy by himself for like 30 mins. It was cool to meet him but.... I came there to meet Denis. Then, soon after, they escort not only Uncle Teddy but all the Boston Chiefs out. Some people were getting ****ed because they felt ripped off, which they were.

    So, I go to the game and sitting around like 30 or 40 fellow fire fighters who also are livid. So, I get back from the trip and I send the foundation a letter saying how F-ed up it was and how they really ****ed off a lot of FF's.

    I actually get a call back a month later from some lady saying she was the Vice-President and wanted to talk to me. Very nice lady and she offered my money back. I told them no, I gave it for the "cause" and I just hoped that it went to somewhere good, not just another publicity stunt for a celebrity. She told then offered to send me a bunch of Rescue Me autographed shirts and crap for me and my crew. She told me she would contact me the following week with more info.

    Well, that was 10 months ago and I am still waiting for that contact...

    Needless to say, it rubbed me the wrong way. So yes, I still stand by my statement. Dont preach brotherhood on TV and then shaft the brothers who support you and respect you.
    I went to a Kid Rock concert once and he said David Allen Coe was coming on to sing. Well he walks out-stands at the microphone and apparently he got ****ed off and walked out too. Damn celebrities.

    Do I have to look up latin now too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JHR1985 View Post
    Hmm... lets use some common sense...

    The fore mentioned event happened... last August....

    and I am now willing to say that he is a piece of sh1t...

    did it occur to you that the event caused me to think he is a piece of sh1t...

    not the other way around?


    No it did not occur to me that the event changed your opinion of him. Here's why. You stated that you are still waiting for the autographed shirts etc. That would lead me to believe that you still want them regardless of what happened last August. Sorry for my "lack of common sense"

    Here's a loaded question for you though. If you were to get the autographed shirts , would you return them? I assume you don't want then anymore now that you "think he is a piece of sh1t".

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