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
Captain Christopher G. Eysser became the 34th member in Ladder 120 history to receive a Departmental Medal as he was awarded the 2014 Albert S. Johnston Medal at this year's FDNY Medal Day. It was a banner day for the Officers & Members of Battalion 44 as we also saluted the senior man at L175 FF Mike Perrone (who was awarded the Chief Wesley Williams Medal) and L176 who was awarded the WTC Memorial Medal as "Company of the Year".On July 6, 2013 at 0246 hrs, E231, (led by Captain Robert Higgins), L120, and Bn44 responded to phone alarm Box 1687 at 373 Blake Ave which is a 3 story LRFPMD. Watkins Street members and other 1st alarm units made an aggressive push which resulted in Captain Eysser making a dramatic rescue of two young children after finding them unconscious in the rear bedroom. http://www.nyc.gov/html/fdny/pdf/publications/medal_day/2014/Medal_Day_Book_2014.pdfCaptain Eysser is the 4th member of Ladder 120 to be awarded the Albert S. Johnston Medal (joining FF Kevin Heaney, Lt Larry Tompkins, and FF Pete Carroll who were previous recipients). To add another bit of historical significance is the fact that Captain Eysser's grandfather worked under the medal's namesake (Captain Albert S. Johnston, at the infamous FDNY Fire Patrol, where legendary 1st Deputy Fire Commissioner William Feehan also began his career). Congratulations and job well done to Captain Eysser and members of Watkins Street for once again being there and making a difference to our Brownsville community when it matters most. "The Tradition Continues...
The Eysser Family
2014 FDNY Medal Day - Congratulations
Battalion 44 Salutes One Of the Best!
The Officers & Members of Battalion 44 would like to congratulate legendary Lt. George Guinan 5th who just celebrated his 35th year "On The Job", every one of which has been spent in the 44th Battalion! George was assigned to E231 in 1979 and would spend 10 years in L120 before being promoted to Lt in 1990 where he would find his way back to the Brownsville/ENY area as a young Lt - securing the spot in L176 serving under "The Vig", Captain John Vigiano. Lt Guinan's passion for Watkins Street was cultivated at a young age spending countless hours with his dad George Guinan 4th (E231) who was a highly respected War Years firefighter. George would become the official Watkins St Historian combing through the archives developing perhaps the most comprehensive study known to a single firehouse while (researching and logging the names of every member) who has ever passed through the door at 107 Watkins Street.As an accomplished, yet humble Fire Officer who has been cited for merit and bravery on numerous occasions, Lt Guinan fittingly was able to share his proudest moment with the members of his beloved Tin House at this years Medal Day. L176 was the 2014 recipient of the hallowed WTC Medal which is given to "The Company of the Year" for their actions at Box 0861 where E233/L176 played a significant role along with other first due units in the successful rescue of 11 civilians. On behalf of the current and former Officers & Members of Bn44:"Congratulations to Lt Guinan on 35 years service to the FDNY! We wish you the best of luck as you attempt to reach that lofty goal of....."44 Years In The 44""The Tradition Continues...
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