FDNY Fireboat Fire Fighter: Passing of a Hero

After 70+ years of service the heroic FDNY fireboat Firefighter is scheduled to be retired from service.

This boat, a wonder of engineering, has special meaning to me personally.  Built in 1938, this was one of the first assignments my father had when he joined the fire department in that year.  Many years later his grandson, my nephew, served as Marine Engineer on this boat during its heroic efforts at the site of the World Trade Center attack of 9-11.  For days, the Firefighter, her FDNY sisters and even the retired fireboat John J. Harvey were the sole sources of water to douse the flames in the “pile”.  All the water mains in the area had been severed by falling debris from the collapsed towers.

Here is a video of this great boat:

More pictures of the Firefighter and her sisters are here and here.

As we prepare to bid farewell to a hero, a new fireboat has been launched for the FDNY and a second, named Firefighter II, is on the slips to replace her.

On September 11, 2009, the fireboat Three Forty Three was launched in Panama City, Florida.  Named to commemorate the 343 firemen lost on 9-11, the new boat has a great reputation to live up to.

“God Bless This Ship and All Who Sail Her”

FDNY Marine 9 website is here.

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