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Firefighter LODD-Cincinnati (The Secret List)


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We regret to pass on to you that a Cincinnati Firefighter has died in the Line of Duty this morning after suffering grave injuries in a large, occupied four-alarm apartment fire.
The Mayors office confirms that Darryl Gordon, 54, is the first Cincinnati Firefighter to die in the line of duty since 2003.
Mayor John Cranley is holding an 1100 press conference to discuss the incident.
A second Cincinnati firefighter and some residents were hurt when flames ran through the second floor of a building at King Tower Apartments on Dahlgren Street about 5:30 a.m.
"We could just use the community's prayers, the prayers for the family, we have one of our brothers in dire straits," Fire Chief Richard Braun said at the scene.
The other firefighter hurt has second-degree burns, and residents suffered smoke inhalation when flames broke out on the second floor shortly after 5:30 a.m., the Chief said.
Much More To Follow.

Our condolences to all affected.

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The Secret List 3/26/2015-0930 Hours





FF Down-MAYDAY-Fall Down Shaft At Fire w/Rescues (The Secret List)

Thursday, March 26, 2015   All-Grimm news this morning from Cincinnati from the scene of a multi alarm working fire with occupants trapped. Most of the injuries are reported minor, but a CFD Firefighter was very seriously hurt. He was reportedly unresponsive about 0620 hours after falling down an elevator shaft at the King Tower Apartments off Dahlgren Street. The firefighter was rescued around 0638 hours and crews removed him from the building.

Video below shows some activity from the scene: 

Much more to are some local links as well:


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The Secret List 3/26/2015-0710 Hours 





Happy Land? Shirtwaists? Captain Frye Rmbr'd, Dave S (The Secret List)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015   All,

Today is the 104th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire in NYC's Greenwich Village-one of the deadliest fires in history-146 people were killed. They died from the fire, smoke inhalation, or falling or jumping to their deaths.


Because the owners had locked the doors to the stairwells and exits, a common practice used to prevent workers from taking unauthorized breaks and pilferage,many of the workers who could not escape the burning building jumped from the eighth, ninth, and tenth floors to the streets below. The fire led to legislation requiring improved factory safety standards and helped spur the growth of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, which fought for better working conditions for sweatshop workers.


Every year, FDNY Ladder Co. 20, the first due truck, raises its aerial to the sixth floor, the fullest reach of the ladder in 1911, but the building was taller.


It's important for every Firefighter to understand this fire-(and others like it-see below) and the impact it had on fire safety, codes, labor as well the way we operate today. Below are two links, one is a full documentary and the other a personal overview from a family member. Take time to check them out: (An Excellent Documentary) (A Family Account)




Today is also the 25th anniversary of the Happy Land Social Club fire in the Bronx.

Twenty-five years ago, what was then the biggest mass murder in U.S. history turned a New York City dance club into a smoky, flame-filled inferno that left dozens of people dead, some with drinks still clutched in their hands.
That night, a Cuban refugee named Julio Gonzalez tried to win back the woman who had spurned him.
Gonzalez entered the Happy Land social club in the Bronx, which was humming with mostly immigrants partying and dancing. His former live-in girlfriend, Lydia Feliciano, was checking coats and they had a violent argument. Gonzalez was thrown out.
In a rage, he returned just after 3 a.m., splashing gasoline on Happy Land's only exit and lighting two matches. Then he pulled down the metal front gate. Within minutes, 87 people were dead.








Today is the 13th anniversary of the death of Capt. Al Frye of Roslyn Rescue (Nassau County, Long Island, NY). 

A drunk motorist plowed through road closure barricades, and hurtled into unsuspecting firefighters, killing Captain Allen Frye, of the Roslyn Rescue Fire Company. Captain Frye been leading Firefighters in a training exercise, when the oncoming car struck and killed him in the Line of Duty.

HERE IS MORE About Captain Frye:





A friend since the 80's, Dave Statter (Statter911, our e-fish wrapper version of the National Enquirer) is having a 60th birthday party. So, Dave and his wife (the brains of that outfit) decided to make it useful, since he has very limited time out of the nursing home each day. 


The party is a fundraiser for NFFF and YOU ARE INVITED. It will be on April 12 at Mr. Smith’s in Georgetown, Washington, DC. Here is the link to buy tickets, or if you can’t make it, please consider using use the “additional donation” box to make a donation - 

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The Secret List 3/25/2015-1101 Hours





"In Our World, You Never Forget The Children" (The Secret List)

Monday, March 23, 2015   All,

In the aftermath of the horrible fire Saturday morning that killed 7 kids (and critically burned another and their Mom), there has been a lot of media reporting. FDNY, FDNY-EMS and Hatzolah EMS all responded to this fire. 


Take a moment to read this commentary:


Lupica: Kids' faces always on the minds of FDNY — 'In our world, you never forget the children'

The code for those injured or killed in another fire in the city is “1045.” When he got the call just after midnight, in the first minutes of Saturday morning, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro heard what his men had already heard at Engine 255 and Ladder 157, Rogers Ave. and Flatbush: “Fire in Brooklyn, multiple 1045s.”

He does not know at the time how many of the victims on this night, a terrible night in Brooklyn, are children. The first firefighters from the FDNY were on the scene in three minutes and 25 seconds, but already it was too late on Bedford Ave., near Avenue L, for seven children in the Sassoon family.

Nigro started out as a kid in the FDNY in 1969. Over the past two days he has talked to others who have done this kind of work in this city for a very long time. Not one of them could ever remember a fire taking seven members from the same family.
“The fire was at the front door when they got there,” Nigro said. “So they knew they were up against it. They just didn’t know they were going to find that many children in three of those four bedrooms.”

This time the fire at the front door was 3371 Bedford Ave., in the Midwood section of Brooklyn. This time tragedy was ignited by a hot plate used by an Orthodox Jewish mother to heat food, in accordance with laws of her faith against lighting a flame on the Sabbath. Then before these children, seven of Gayle Sassoon’s eight, had a chance, there were flames everywhere in the night.

“This is one of the nights no one on the scene will ever forget,” Nigro said Sunday. “In our world, you never forget the children.”

He is the son of a fire captain. He started out at Engine 21 in Manhattan, on 40th St. He was a lieutenant later at Engine 35 in East Harlem, a captain after that at Engine 8, 51st St. between Lexington and Third. He served until 2002 and retired and now he has come back to serve as commissioner for Bill de Blasio. He has seen a lot of bad things, because that is his world in his city. He is another who will not forget this night on Bedford Ave. for as long as he lives.

“There was an infant I carried out of a burning building when I was 22,” Nigro said. “I tried mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, but it was already too late.” He paused and said, “That was the first child for me.”

Then the commissioner of the FDNY said, “Now we get a night like this. Seven children this time.”

He talked on this day about fires being at a record low in the city but how, even with that, the numbers average out to a fire death every four or five days. Another grim reality of his world, in his city. Again: His men are there in a few minutes in Brooklyn, but by the time they are inside this house on this night, it has been ravaged by this fire.

As always, they go running in behind their hoses, bringing with them training and instinct and courage, not knowing how many children they will find inside. Then they get the children out windows to other firemen on ladders. It is too late, just because it is sometimes.

The mother, badly burned, could not make it through the fire to the back bedrooms. She finally made it out a window. So did one of her daughters. The father was in Manhattan on business. The fire took everyone else from them. Resuscitation did not save these children the way Nigro could not save an infant when he was a kid out of Engine 21.

It is one more reality in the lives of those who run into places like this, some of them like this one without smoke detectors on the first or second floors: Sometimes they do everything right, and the ending is still terribly and tragically and permanently wrong.

“They knew as soon as they went running up the steps that their chances were slim, even as quickly as they got inside and pushed back,” Nigro said. “But this is what the members of our department do. They keep going.”

Then he was not talking as the commissioner of that department, he was talking as a father and grandfather, about the aftermath of what happened, how quickly it all happened, once the first call came in at 12:23 Saturday morning, multiple 1045s in Brooklyn.

“None of us can imagine,” Nigro says, “what it must be like for these parents.”

You always hear this about the extraordinary men and women of the FDNY: They run into these buildings when others are running out. Only this time, seven children never got the chance to run. They were already gone when Engine 255 and Ladder 157 arrived, fire greeting them at the front door, 3371 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn.


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The Secret List 3/23/2015-1408 Hours





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