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2009 Award Winner: FF Ronald Soltysik, Ladder 136

Firefighter Ronald Soltysik had just taken up from a previous box when at 2050 a phone alarm was transmitted over their MDT reporting a fire at 61-15 97th Street. L-136 was assigned first due. Battalion 46 was first to arrive and Chief Robert McBride transmitted a 10-75 for numerous civilians self evacuating due to heavy […]

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2009 Award Winner: Craig Giuffre, Ladder 32

Craig Giuffre was an 11 year veteran of the FDNY assigned to L-32 in the Bronx. In the early morning of Easter 2007, L-32 responded to a smoking manhole. After positioning the apparatus, Giuffre began donning his gear. Suddenly an unrelated manhole to Craig’s left exploded. The blast sent Giuffre flying and knocked him unconscious. […]

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2009 Award Winners: Ladder 150

Roll call had just been completed and the members of E-301 L-150 were ready for a hot summer night tour. At 18:47 hours a phone alarm was received for “smoke on the 1st floor of a private dwelling” at 196-03 Jamaica Ave. Both companies were assigned 1st due with the location being one block from […]

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2005 Award Winners: Ladder 138

In the course of a firefighter’s career, he or she may respond to hundreds of fires, but there is always one fire that stands out, which rises above the rest as being the most dangerous and most memorable. For the members of FDNY Ladder 138, the fire at Box 22-7889, which occurred at 37-52 89th […]

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2005 Award Winners: Ladder 10

There may have been a few raised eyebrows, maybe even a few comments, when at 4:30 p.m. on May 18th, 2005, the box alarm came through to Ladder 10’s quarters for a building in Battery Park City that was the same address as where NYPD Commissioner Kelly lived. As it happened, as soon as a […]

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2005 Award Winners: Engine 65

Heroism doesn’t come on schedule; as a New York City firefighter, you can be called into service at any time…even when you’re away from the job. On February 21st of this year, Firefighters Christopher Viola of Engine 65, and Christopher LaRocca, formerly of Engine 65, were flying to Toronto, Canada, to participate in a hockey […]

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2005 Award Winner: Captain Pav, Ladder 110

Within the fire service, many fires traditionally begin very early in the morning, when most occupants are sound asleep. The morning of May 12th, 2005, was no exception, when the members of Ladder 110 in Brooklyn were called out at roughly 7 a.m. for a report of a structure fire in the Gowanus Houses on […]

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2004 Award Winners: Ladder 173

On September 16th, 2004, Hurricane Ivan made landfall onto Florida’s panhandle, and many stories were told afterwards of the amazing job that was done by Florida’s fire and rescue services. That same day, a full one thousand miles away, an equally heroic rescue was made by one of New York’s Bravest. Although he is a […]

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2004 Award Winners: Ladder 170

“We have a report of trapped occupants – number and location unknown.” These are the kinds of words heard over a radio that will cause any firefighter’s heart to race, and it was the radio transmission received by Ladder 170 on August 15th, 2004 as they responded at 7:01 a.m. to a report of fire […]

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