New York’s Bravest bowed their heads in silent reflection Saturday as they marked one year since the death of Firefighter Michael Davidson with a poignant plaque dedication at the Harlem firehouse he considered his second home.
Scores of firefighters dabbed away tears as Davidson’s wife remembered meeting her future husband. “I think back to the beginning, to meeting him and looking into his eyes and seeing something so special, so deep, and so very real," Eileen Davidson told the overflow crowd at Engine 69 and Ladder 28 on W. 143rd St., where her husband served for 15 years. "I knew right away that this man was meant to be in my life forever.”
“There was a light in this man, one that burned so bright that even if you only met him once, you remembered him," she said, looking at her four children Brooke, Joey, Emily and Amy. “I see Daddy in each of your smiles.”
Firefighters managed to get the massive fire under control Saturday night on Long Island, but more than 100 people are now homeless.
Massive flames and thick smoke that tore through the homes at the Avalon Court Complex in Melville. Authorities say the blaze started around 6 p.m. and dozens of firefighters were forced to battle high winds while putting out the flames.
The fire lasted for hours until things finally calmed down. A neighbor told CBS2’s Reena Roy more than a dozen apartments were badly affected, including her own, from the water used to stifle the fire.
“I heard a lot of commotion outside, some yelling, I looked out the window, there was a fire truck, and I tried to figure out what to grab,” Barb Christe said.
There were several minor injuries reported, but everyone from the Long Island complex is expected to recover. The big question for many residents now is: what happens next?
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VIDEO: Firefighters battled a four-alarm fire that tore through a laundromat in the Bronx Friday.
The flames broke out just before 1 p.m. at Express Laundry on Webster Avenue in the Fordham section.
Footage from Citizen App showed heavy flames shooting from the roof, with firefighters also on the roof battling the intense blaze.
Smoke billowed up into the sky and could be seen for miles.
"The conditions on arrival were heavy smoke throughout the building," FDNY Chief Tom Richardson said. "The fire was located up in the ceiling area. We call it the cockloft. Extensive fire in the ceiling throughout the cockloft area, throughout the roof area, spreading into the Domino's Pizza."
The fire involved an extensive roof collapse, and a neighboring Domino's was also destroyed after the flames spread.
A Queens Village man who was shot by police Sunday afternoon has been charged with arson after lighting his car on fire and charging officers with a knife outside the Bayside police station, police said.
Jarrell Davis, 33, was arrested at 2 a.m. Monday morning just hours after he was taken to New York Presbyterian Queens Hospital with gunshot wounds in his torso and leg. He had been shot by cops around 3 p.m. outside NYPD's 111th Precinct police station on 215th Street after running at officers with a 12-inch kitchen knife.
Just moments before, Davis had lit his own car on fire after crashing it into one of the marked police SUVs outside the station. He had sprayed an accelerant on his own car and marked police cruisers before setting the blaze, Chief of Patrol Rodney Harrison said in a press conference later that afternoon.
The Scipio Volunteer Fire Department won promotional materials for an upcoming recruitment weekend.
As one of more than 300 fire departments registered for the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York's RecruitNY weekend, Scipio was randomly selected to receive more than $1,000 worth of promotional materials for its April 28 open house, according to a news release.
The Ultimate Recruitment Toolkit prize includes yard signs to display throughout the community, a banner for the front of the firehouse, printed resources, T-shirts for department members and a 20-foot inflatable air dancer to grab attention for the open house and future events.
When volunteer firefighter Brian McQueen was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s B-cell lymphoma in 2013, he learned a hard truth: Cancer is an epidemic among firefighters.
His way of dealing with that fact was to create a way to help other firefighters facing a cancer diagnosis by creating the organization Believe 271 Foundation in 2014.
To date, the organization has assisted 63 firefighters. In addition, McQueen developed a two-hour Cancer in the Fire Service training and awareness program that he conducts throughout New York and nationally.
With that program, McQueen has educated more than 6,270 firefighters and their families from across the country.
The Whitesboro native’s mission is to get the message of occupational cancer out to as many families as possible, and he embeds his educational philosophy on occupational cancer throughout his training opportunities.