The FDNY's latest probationary class of firefighters graduated Wednesday at a ceremony held at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn.
There are 279 probationary firefighters in the class, all trained for 18 weeks. The class is incredibly diverse, with more than 50 percent identifying as people of color.
There are also four women in this class, bringing the total number of female firefighters to 68. That's the highest number of female member in the department's history.
There are also 35 veterans, representing all the branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.
One of the newest fire fighters is a 24-year-old whose father worked at Engine 16. Tyler Hickey is following in his dad Stephen's footsteps.
Officer Craig Lehner is being honored by his fellow first responders. On Wednesday, Buffalo Firefighters remembered and honored him, by hanging purple bunting above the front doors of Buffalo Police headquarters, and the K-9 unit building that Lehner worked out of.
"It's an unfortunate tradition I'm in my 30th year here I don't ever remember it being another way," said Chief Peter Kertzie of the Buffalo Fire Department, "that's what we do, you mark where the person works, you could even mark their rig for us or mark his police car, but you just want to mark it."
Kertzie hopes this provides at least some comfort to members of the police force and Lehner's family and friends.
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The Bath Volunteer Fire Department tried a unique way to perform its fire drills this week using a raw egg and other tools.
Firefighters used the jaws of life rescue tool to play life size jenga and to also move a raw egg without breaking from one cone to another. The fire department justifies using what they called "foolish" drills by saying when faced with emergency situations, seconds count and so do the moves being made, meaning this helps with accuracy and teamwork because one small mistake could be disastrous.
Rough cut hardwood cribbing was used for the jenga drills.
The fire department says it shared many laughs, broke many eggs and tumbled piles of lumber but lessons were learned on seconds counting and lives being at stake.
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A courageous neighbor pried a woman from her Bronx apartment as her home went up in flames early Thursday, officials and witnesses said.
The blaze broke out in a fourth floor apartment of 1056 Sherman Ave. in Morrisania around 2:45 a.m. and was extinguished 45 minutes later, according to authorities.
Jose Maldonado, 37, said he was walking home to his apartment two blocks away when he saw smoke rising from the fourth floor of the six-story building.
"I saw the house catching on fire and I know the lady that lives up there so I ran upstairs," he said.
On his way up Maldonado shouted for neighbors to flee the building, banging on doors as he passed through the halls, he said.
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Bronx firefighters have returned home after assisting with recovery efforts in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.
"Half my heart is in Puerto Rico," said firefighter Jorge Sanchez, one of many who spent weeks in the hurricane-ravaged island territory. "It seemed...almost like a war scene."
Sanchez joined Lt. Ricco Diaz, of the FDNY Disaster Assistance Response Team, and about 30 other New York City firefighters in Puerto Rico.
"I was only back in New York for about three days before we were deployed to go to Hurricane Maria," Diaz said.
News 12 first interviewed Diaz before he went to assist in Houston after Hurricane Harvey and before he left for Puerto Rico. He said there were more volunteers than he could take to Puerto Rico, but the island still needs help.
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