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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.

This weekend a ride that will live in legend took place. The New York based Fire Family Transport Foundation held a motorcycle ride to escort a cross of 911 steel from the ruins of the World Trade Center to the Shanksville Volunteer Fire Department who responded to the crash of Flight 93 on that day of infamy. Hundreds of motorcycles gathered at the old Floyd Bennet Airfield in Brooklyn and formed up for the morning launch of their escort duty. At 7am they rode out onto the Belt Parkway and started their long pilgrimage to another place where heroes died that day.

My brother, a member of the Fire Riders, and his friend made that trek and remarked that he never saw anything like the turnout along the way. Every bridge over the Belt Parkway had fire rigs and spectators crowding to catch a glimpse of the cross and to watch the long rumbling stream of bikes as they passed beneath.

When they reached the long sweeping shore of Gravesend Bay leading to the Verrazano Bridge the venerable FDNY Fireboat Firefighter stood to about 1,000 feet offshore with all its water cannons blasting streams of red, white and blue water high into the air. Continue Reading »