Captain Eysser & Captain Duggan Assemble
Watkins Street Members For 13th
Anniversary of 9/11
The Watkins Street Family came together on Sept 11, 2014 to pay tribute to the courage and sacrifice of the 343 Brothers of the FDNY whose selfless actions thirteen years ago helped define our Nation.Captain Eysser (L120) and Captain Duggan (E231) each spoke with reverence towards the standard of excellence that we in the FDNY today have been entrusted to uphold. They also acknowledged FF Brian Bollinger (L120); US Green Beret (who at this time is preparing to once again answer the call from our Commander in Chief). Chief DiMartino (Bn44) expressed the importance of also remembering the 89 members we have lost to cancer as a result of that fateful day, including the father of L120 Probationary FF Ryan Mosiello. Captain Higgins E231 (Ret) shared definitive thoughts about how the FDNY always seems to rise (and also replenish) within each rank as a sincere mark of respect to the 343 brave men who adorn the wall in the most traveled area of our firehouse.At 6:30AM sunrise on Sept 11, 2014, a scene at Watkins Street was likely being played out at every firehouse in NYC with rigs being washed on the apron, fresh coffee brewing, probies cooking and cleaning everything in sight, The Brothers just doing their thing, and Officers examining their final notes in preparation of the arrival of former members and families. This spirit being displayed at FDNY firehouses everywhere can only strengthen our vow to "Never Forget". It will also further ensure that as the years pass, our heroes stature will continue to grow within our hearts. Their stories will be told for as long as there is an FDNY.To the 343 Brothers and our 89 FDNY heroes who have since gone to a higher level....Gentlemen, we offer a "Hand Salute"!!! "The Tradition Continues...
The Scafuri's With Their Bundle Of Joy!
Congratulations to Tricia and FF Sal Scafuri (E231) on the birth of their first child, Savanna Nicole. Welcome to Watkins Street Savanna!
Seymore Schenker, a Watkins Street Hall of Famer and one of our elder statesmen (at 88 years old) will be honored on Sept 14, 2014 as the Town of Babylon Conservative Party "Man of the Year" in recognition of his dedicated service as an FDNY member and our country during WW2. Congressman Peter King is among the dignitaries expected to be on hand to salute FF Schenker (who remains very active in the Wounded Warriors and various 9/11 initiatives). We thank the Conservative Party of the Town of Babylon for bestowing this honor on Seymore who will proudly accept the award on behalf of his peers (many of whom have since gone to a higher level) but remain close to our heart.
We ask all current and former members to please join us on Sept 14 (2pm) at the Amityville Beach Pavilion on Bayview Ave (south of Montauk Highway) for the charity softball while we raise a glass and share a few laughs with our Watkins Street funnyman.
"The Tradition Continues...
FF Schenker Receives An Award In 1974
"Great job" goes out to FF Mark Forland (E231) who pitched a scoreless inning during this year's FDNY/NYPD Baseball Game at the Brooklyn Cyclones Stadium. Congratulations to our Brothers in blue who secured bragging rights for this year, but more importantly a great time was had by all in the name of charity. Congrats again to Mark and our Bravest Baseball squad!
FF Mark Forland (E231)
Annual FDNY/NYPD Charity Game
Captain James B. Duggan Takes Helm As
24th Captain In E231 History
The Officers & Members of E231/L120/Bn44 would like to formally welcome our new Captain - James B. Duggan, who proudly becomes the 24th Commanding Officer in E231 history. Captain Duggan, who recently celebrated his 20th year OTJ, comes from a traditional firefighting family as his father "Dixie" was a well respected BC who served 40 plus years. After starting as a firefighter in L107, and working as a Lt in L165, Captain Duggan returns to his roots in the ENY/Brownsville area where he now takes command of E231. To add an interesting bit of history which repeats itself, it was Captain Eysser's dad George who years ago would get the spot in Bn35 (ironically succeeding Captain Duggan's father Dixie). Welcome to the Watkins Street Family Cap!"The Tradition Continues...
Watkins Street would like to congratulate two of the best The Job had to offer in Lt Mike Galgano (32 years) and Assistant Chief of Operations James Manahan (36 years) who both recently retired after distinguished careers in the FDNY serving and protecting the people of NYC. Chief Manahan, "Sparky" spent 9 years on Watkins Street and was assigned to E231 on Nov 25, 1978 before transferring to L120 on Dec 1, 1979 where he was fortunate to work for the next 8 years under a special person who would help shape the rest of his career (the legendary Lt Pete McGreevy) before being promoted to Lt where he would land at E277. He was Captain at L7, BC in Bn50, and DC in D3. As Assistant Chief of Operations, Chief Manahan led the Planning Unit and was highly instrumental within the Incident Management Team playing an integral role shaping the direction of the Dept following 9/11. Lt Galgano, "The Tree" (who also was fortunate to work under Lt McGreevy) spent 12 years on Watkins Street and was assigned to E231 on Aug 7, 1982 before transferring to L120 on Jan 26, 1985. After being promoted to Lt in 1994, he went North where he settled in at L23 as an Officer of the Vinegar Hill Gang before finishing his career in Brooklyn where it all started as a Lt in Squad 1. True to his character, Lt Galgano has been very instrumental in the Fire Family Transport Foundation which remains one of the true separators our Job has to offer. The Officers & Members of E231/L120/Bn44 wish Lt Galgano and Chief Manahan a very healthy and happy retirement. "The Tradition Continues...
AC James Manahan
Lt Mike Galgano (1985)
Watkins Street would like to welcome aboard our new boss - Lt. Matt Early E231 and his family to our Firehouse. Lt Early was a highly regarded FF on Dean Street (L105) before joining the Officer ranks and one who surely will be an asset to Watkins Street. The Dean St/Watkins St connection remains strong as Lt Early has joined Lt Dave Woods E231 as members of Dean Street who have continued on to Watkins St and Lt Charlie Van Rossem (L105) and Lt Mike Noon (L105) who were Watkins St members who have since continued on to Dean St! "The Tradition Continues...
Thursday, July 24, 2014
The Annual Watkins Street Family Picnic will be held on July 29th (12pm) at Beach 138th Street in Rockaway. All former members and their families are invited to join.
Attention:All current & former members of Watkins Street and Brothers of the FDNY:Please join the Officers & Members of Watkins Street for a Retirement Party celebrating the legendary 36 year career of our friend, Captain Bobby Higgins E231 who very simply put - is (and always will be) "A Watkins Street Treasure".The party will be held on Saturday, August 23rd (3pm - 7pm) at:Connolly's Corner71-17 Grand AveMaspeth, Queens 11378 http://www.connollyscorner.com/ As per Captain Higgins only request, we ask that all members please refrain from bringing/purchasing any gifts. Instead, there will be an opportunity at the party to make a small donation (if members so choose) which Captain Higgins would like to present to the Lt Thomas F. Healy Foundation on behalf of the entire Watkins Street Family.Captain Higgins always taught us at Roll Call to "keep hitting singles"....and on August 23, it will give us great pride to raise a glass in honor of a man who always delivered."The Tradition Continues...
Monday, June 30, 2014
2014 TUTTLEMUNDO/ DOLNEY SCHOLARSHIP (Download Application) The Tuttlemundo/ Dolney Scholarship Fund will award two $500 academic scholarships towards the college tuition of qualified dependent children. To be eligible for consideration a child must be: 1. A dependent of a current or former member of the 15th Div., AND 2. Currently attending a college that imposes a charge for tuition, OR 3. Entering a college in September that imposes a charge for tuition. Each dependent child must submit a separate application. The winners will be published on a future Department Order. Applications must be received by Monday June 30, 2014. Applications can be obtained from the FDNY Intranet or from the internet at www.watkinsst.com. Please send applications to FF Sal Scafuri through the bag at Engine 231 Bn-44 or mail directly to 107 Watkins Street Brooklyn, NY 11212 - attention Sal. For further information contact the firehouse at (718) 965-8231 or Bn-44 Office at (718) 965-8344. Download Application Here
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