A Loch Sheldrake firefighter died several hours after responding to a call Tuesday afternoon.
Sullivan County Fire Coordinator John Hauschild said the firefighter – who he could not identify publicly because notifications of next of kin were still taking place – was among those who responded to a motor vehicle accident around 2 p.m. on Tuesday.
The firefighter returned from the call and was found unresponsive several hours later, Hauschild said. Efforts to revive the firefighter were unsuccessful, Hauschild said.
Further details were not immediately available.
Middletown Times Herald-Record
City resident Donald S. Rickett on Monday night urged City Council members to stick to their guns in the city’s three-year contract dispute with the firefighters’s union.
The 82-year-old Weldon Drive resident told council members that he’s a member of “the silent majority” who sides with the city.
“Fight on,” he said during Monday’s council meeting.
He believes the fire department operates on a lot of waste, insisting the city should pursue making cuts.
On Monday, Councilman Stephen A. Jennings made public one of the offers that the Watertown Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 191 had proposed to the city.
Union president Daniel Daugherty confirmed that the union proposed retroactive pay of a 4 percent increase in 2014 and 3.75 percent increases in both 2015 and 2016.
Watertown Daily TImes
A former FDNY EMT who responded to the 9/11 attacks died after a long battle with cancer.
Northwell Health Center for Emergency Medical Services medical director and former FDNY EMT Dr. Michael Guttenberg died Tuesday from pancreatic cancer he developed after working on the post-9/11 wreckage of the World Trade Center.
After being diagnosed, Guttenberg served as a responder for more than four years, despite the statistic that more than 74 percent of pancreatic cancer patients die within a year.
Guttenberg will be honored in the upcoming year by the FDNY and City of New York, and his name will be added the National September 11 Memorial.
The many mourning former Cutchogue Fire Department Chief Drew McCaffery, who died at 41, will come together to honor his memory and raise funds to help those also battling cancer.
The Drew McCaffery Walk/Run will be held on Nov. 11, a point to point race beginning at the corner of Route 48 and Bridge Lane in Cutchogue, heading west on Route 48 to Cox Lane, down around the Matthews Lane cul de sac, which passes by Drew's house and the church where he was married, up to Oregon Road, then along the length of Depot Lane to Schoolhouse Road, and finishing at the Cutchogue Firehouse track, his brother Michael said.
The 7K distance is "in honor of Drew's being the 437 member of CFD, where he was a past chief, past captain and current member of the Board of Fire Commissioners," he said.
North Fork Patch.com
More than half a century ago, 12 firefighters were killed in what was the deadliest day in the New York City Fire Department ‘s history until the terror attacks on 9/11.
The fire started at 22nd Street and Broadway in the cellar of an art store on Oct. 17, 1966. It spread to Wonder Drug, all the way at 23rd Street.
Firefighters worked for 16 hours to get the blaze under control. Two chiefs, two lieutenants and eight firefighters were trapped after the floor caved in at the drugstore.
Deputy Chief Thomas Reilly, Battalion Chief Walter Higgins, Lt. John Finley, Lt. Joseph Priore and firefighters Rudy Kaminsky, Bernard Tepper, John Berry, Carl Le, William McCarron, James Galanaugh, Joseph Kelly and Daniel Rey died when Wonder Drug collapsed.
WPIX-TV PIX 11
Tyler Hickey had just learned to walk when he began following in his firefighter father’s footsteps.
At just 15 months old, Hickey was pictured in the Daily News following a procession of firefighters attending a memorial service at Riverside Park in October 1994.
On Wednesday, he will once again be marching in an FDNY procession — this time as a new probationary firefighter.
“I have wanted to be a firefighter forever,” 24-year-old Hickey said Tuesday. “As a kid, the toys I had were fire trucks and fire boats. Everything I have done has led up to this.” Hickey said he doesn’t actually remember the moment the adorable photo — which still hangs in his mother’s home — was taken, but he’s heard the story many, many times.
New York Daily News