Anyone from the FDNY know if the Captain is of any relation to the Napolitano of Rescue 2?
Story courtesy of FDNY
Off-duty Fire Captain Saves Man from Fire
Photo courtesy of Todd Maisel, New York Daily News
"Captain Ciro Napolitano was in the right place at the right time on January 9, when he was able to save the life of an elderly man from a Brooklyn fire while off-duty. The captain of Engine 323 was walking with his 9-year-old son, Ciro Jr., on 18th Avenue at around 4 p.m. when he smelled smoke. He said he saw many people pointing towards the fire but, "they didnít seem very excited, so I thought it was just a small car fire." When he saw the fire building at 1780 76th Street, he said he saw heavy smoke pushing out of the third floor windows. With no other emergency responders in sight, Captian Napolitano said he knew he had to help. Yet, he added, his main concern was his son. He told the boy to stand in the lobby of the four-story building and not to move while he climbed the stairs to search for victims. When he reached the third floor, he said thick black smoke was down to the floor. He noticed smoke coming from underneath the doors of two neighboring apartments.
After calling dispatchers to notify them of the fire, he crawled into one apartment that was filled with the thick smoke and saw a manís feet. The victim was an elderly man who looked dazed and did not want to leave the apartment. Captain Napolitano said although the man resisted, he was able to pull him down the stairs to safety. He then returned to the fire floor to search the other smoky apartment. He said the door of the apartment was partially open, and the smoke was so thick he had to enter on his stomach.
"I couldnít even crawl," he said. After getting about 10 feet inside the apartment, he located the fire. He said the fire was starting to blow over his head, so "I had to back out or get burned."
Once he was able to leave the apartment and close the door, he said he heard firefighters entering the building. "I called out into the smoke to tell them where the fire was," said Captain Napolitano, giving them detailed directions to the fire. He then helped them straighten out the hoseline and get it into operation before he left the building with his son.The whole ordeal only took a few minutes, but Captain Napolitano said he was "happy to help."
The all-hands fire was placed under control at 4:32 p.m."
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Thread: Off-duty Engine Capt. Makes Grab
01-10-2008, 06:17 PM #1
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Off-duty Engine Capt. Makes Grab"If you put the fire out right in the first place, you won't have to jump out the window."
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01-10-2008, 06:26 PM #2
My God. Good thing the Capt doesnt post here, he may have been compelled to stay outside with the guys who advocate NEVER going inside without a hoseline, let alone gear.
Well Done Cap!Proud East Coast Traditionalist.
01-10-2008, 06:40 PM #3
That's right...He should have stayed outside, put on a vest, and ASSume command.
Good grab, good job.
01-10-2008, 06:46 PM #4
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- Glenn Dale Md, Heart of the P.G. County Fire Belt....
Good Job, Cap.Never use Force! Get a Bigger Hammer.
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01-10-2008, 06:51 PM #5
Nice grab.Hello. Fire dept.. You light'em, We fight'em!
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01-10-2008, 07:44 PM #6
Excellent job Cap! Nice grab!
01-10-2008, 09:21 PM #7
01-10-2008, 09:43 PM #8
Great Job Captain.If someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill himself, is it considered a hostage situation?
01-10-2008, 11:00 PM #9
great job cappy..even more impressive is he got his boy to stay put..mine would have been stuck on my hip
01-11-2008, 12:27 AM #10
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01-11-2008, 12:44 AM #11
A tip of the leather to the Captain for a job well done, making the grab and causing the "safety sallies, susies and sharons" to keel over in horror!"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
01-11-2008, 12:49 AM #12
I wonder what the odds of this type of rescue occurring in some Louisiana Parrish are?
Unfortunately, I already know the answer!
01-11-2008, 12:59 AM #13
01-11-2008, 04:58 AM #14
Originally Posted by len1582
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PS--I realize you guys are just joking... but the rules of the game don't make any distinction of intent--you just have to take the hit and "bottoms up" whenever someone mentions one of the game's topics.My opinions might coincide with someone of importance's POV... I wouldn't know, since I never bothered to ask. My policy is: "Don't ask, don't care."
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01-11-2008, 08:30 AM #15
That's what it's all about and why we have the job we do. Always on duty no matter what. Good job Cap and great save!Greater love has no man than to lay his life down for a friend.
01-11-2008, 08:47 AM #16great job cappy..even more impressive is he got his boy to stay put..mine would have been stuck on my hip
01-11-2008, 09:12 AM #17
01-11-2008, 09:47 AM #18
I would like to think the vast najority of us would dothe same thing. Good job Captain.IAFF-IACOJ PROUD
01-11-2008, 10:37 AM #19
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He's a good guy, he covered in my house a few times. I didnt see this the good press never gets out as the NYPD controls the media, cant ever make them look like the inferior Dept!
01-11-2008, 11:09 AM #20
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Most 9 year olds who live around 18th Ave are most likely more capable and mature than just about any 15 year old where you live. I've seen some incredibly young kids ride the bus and the trains without supervision. They are very aware of all of the dangers in the city (traffic..etc.) and 3 floors below the fire in the lobby isn't a problem.
I'm sure if he didn't trust his son or the neighbors who were around...he wouldn't have left him in the position he was in.
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