An FDNY firefighter who helped hundreds of people escape Lower Manhattan when he was a ferry boat captain on Sept. 11, 2001, died of a related illness, officials said.
Marine Pilot Thomas Phelan of FDNY Marine Company 9 died Friday, according to officials. Phelan joined the FDNY in 2003, less than two years after he evacuated scores of people during the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
Phelan was working as a Statue of Liberty ferry captain during the attack and used his boat to help people escape to the other side of the Hudson River, according to New York State Sen. Martin Golden. “Thomas will always be remembered as a true New York City hero,” Golden said in a Facebook post.
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Three of the seven people who died when a military helicopter crashed Thursday in Western Iraq were from New York, including two citizen-soldiers who also served the FDNY.
Lt. Chris Raguso, a firefighter from Long Island who worked with the FDNY, was killed, along with Fire Marshal Christopher “Tripp” Zanetis. “They are truly two of New York City’s bravest – running into danger to protect and defend others, both in New York City and in combat overseas,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest condolences to their families, loved ones, and fellow service members and FDNY members.”
CBS New York
You’ll find them running into burning buildings — but not on the payroll.
When 101-year-old Julie Ryan began volunteering at the Rockaway Point firehouse in 1944, she felt she had no other choice — most of the male firefighters at the department had been drafted to fight in World War II, and someone needed to step in and hold down the fort.
“All the men had to leave, that’s what happened here,” she told the Daily News from her Breezy Point home in Queens — the original Rockaway Point firehouse, built in 1909.
“We used to have our drills on the floor here,” she said. “In this room itself, there was a whole fire truck.”
The mother of 10, grandmother of nine and great-grandmother of 11 said not a day goes by that she doesn’t reminisce about her days as a young volunteer.
New York Daily News
An elderly man was killed and three people were injured when a blaze tore through a Manhattan apartment building Sunday morning, authorities said.
The fire broke out just after 6 a.m. on the first floor of a six-story apartment building on East 7th Street near Avenue C, an FDNY spokeswoman said.
Approximately 60 fire personnel responded to the East Village fire, where they discovered 71-year-old Barry Allen had died. Three others suffered minor injuries and were taken to NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
“Shooting out of the back windows you saw flames. Lots of smoke,” said a 6th-floor resident who asked to remain anonymous. “I ran downstairs knocking on some doors. I wanted to knock on everybody’s door and get out.”
The flames were under control just after 7 a.m, the spokeswoman said.
New York Post
A call came in to the Lewis County dispatch center a little before 9 a.m. Saturday about two men involved in a snowmobile crash on the iced-over Beaver River near High Falls, prompting a rapid response by local emergency personnel.
However, both “victims” were wearing insulated wetsuits, and reviewers from Syracuse University were on hand to evaluate both the performance of emergency personnel and the county’s nearly 2½-year-old emergency radio system.
“It’s a benefit to everybody,” county Emergency Services Director Robert A. MacKenzie III said of the training session held off Old State Road in the town of Croghan.
While the primary goal of the exercise was to “test protocols and our radio system,” it also gave members of the Croghan Fire Department’s cold-water rescue team and other first responders a chance to prepare for an actual water emergency, he said.
Watertown Daily Times
The massive five-alarm fire in Queens that caused service suspensions and extensive delays on the Long Island Rail Road Friday was sparked by the improper disposal of a lithium-ion battery, the FDNY determined. The fire, which started at a recycling plant in the Hollis section around 1:10 p.m., caused service suspension on four branches. The suspensions extended into the afternoon rush.
One firefighter was injured.
It was formally placed under control at 8:54 a.m. Saturday, but firefighters remain on the scene as a preventive measure.
LIRR service has since been restore, and the NYPD has reopened all roadways surrounding the property.