Forever In Our Hearts
Captain Daniel J. Tracy was laid to rest on Saturday in a fitting
sendoff which celebrated a wonderful life. The priest who gave the homily
summed it up best when he said, "the best way to honor Dan Tracy is
not to admire his press clippings or medals of valor, but instead to simply
just go out and do something nice for someone - just as Dan would do."
Tracy's achievements are now the stuff of legend but it was his character which embodied the
very best of what FDNY members represent.
Family has asked if we could please express their sincere gratitude to the
entire FDNY for their outpouring of support. At the wake, Dan Tracy Jr. stated
during his euulogy, "We always knew how much our dad loved the Fire
Department BUT after the past week, we now know how much the Fire Department
loved our dad."
& Members of Bradford Street, Tillery Street, and Watkins Street would also
like to send a tip of the cap to the Ceremonial Unit, Fire Family Transport,
and the many people working behind the scenes at FDNY Headquarters who
basically "stopped what they were doing" and made the funeral for
Captain Tracy a high priority..."The best way to honor Dan Tracy is
to simply go out and do something nice for someone"
Tradition Continues... http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/woman-dad-saved-fdny-daniel-tracy-baby-thanks-hero-son-article-1.1598967
FF Michael Carroll L120 Honored At 10th
Annual "Honor Roll Of Life" Ceremony
Firefighter Mike Carroll (L120) and other members of the Department were recently honored by FDNY Commissioner Salvatore Cassano and Chief of Department Edward Kilduff for their participation in the 10th Annual Honor Roll of Life Ceremony at Headquarters. FF Carroll was notified earlier this year that he was a perfect match to undergo a Bone Marrow Transplant procedure in the hope of saving a stranger's life. Mike immediately underwent testing and preparation before becoming one of the 134 donors in Department history. “FDNY’s Firefighters are New York City’s single greatest source of bone marrow donors,” said President and CEO of NYBC Dr. Christopher D. Hillyer. “For seven years, it has been our honor to recognize their partnership in saving the lives of our patients.”Watkins Street would like to express our sincere congratulations to both Mike and all members of the FDNY who participate in such a wonderful program. Well done Mike!"The Tradition Continues...For a list of NYBC blood drives and donor center locations in NY and NJ, please visitwww.nybloodcenter.org and click on the “Locate a Blood Drive” link or call 1-800-933-2566.
Watkins Street sadly announces the passing of an All-Time Great - Mr. Dan Tracy. Watkins Street sadly announces the passing of an All-Time Great - Mr. Dan Tracy. Captain Dan Tracy represented the very best of the FDNY. He retired as one the most decorated firefighters in the history of The Job, and a man whose humble demeanor is synonymous with the definition of that of a New York City Firefighter. Life is a journey, one that is full of gifts. Every once in a while during this journey we are blessed to be in the presence of a special person whose actions inspire us (to be just a little bit better). When you come across a person such as this – it is a gift. The Good Lord bestowed such a gift upon Watkins Street in the form of Dan Tracy. Dan was a three-time FDNY Medal Day Winner, had numerous citations for heroism and bravery,was front page of the Daily News, a Charter Member of L175 as a Lt, was a 3 time Daily News “Hero of the Month”,saw a massive billboard with his likeness hung over the “cut” at Broadway Junction for several years, received a personal letter of commendation from Senator Robert F. Kennedy just months before his assassination, saw the establishment of the 4 year “Fireman Daniel J. Tracy Scholarship” at St. Johns University (which continues to this day), won the Journal American Award, and was part of the select group of officers who helped author “Ladders 3” which was the literary start of all official FDNY Firefighting Procedures – and a document that Captain Higgins calls, “The Bible”. Dan Tracy was an iconic figure and will remain a pillar of Watkins Street and will be remembered as a man who has established a bar of excellence which all of us will strive to uphold for eternity. Dan Tracy, was the epitome of a gentleman and a guy whose radiant personality just made you feel good after being around him.Dan asked us to please convey to all that he was prepared for this final chapter and was well aware of the outpouring of support directed towards his family. We brought him a Watkins Street patch just 3 days ago....and the first thing he asked us about was the "fire duty". He clutched OUR patch on his chest for the duration of our visit, he told us 2 funny stories about Seymore, he spoke with reverence about the fellas he had the pleasure to work with, he told us about a couple of “interesting” characters from the old neighborhood, …and his eyes teared up when he spoke about his beloved Watkins Street.... He kept thanking the current members for keeping the Tradition alive, and then he talked about Howie Carlson and then about a guy named Ed Casson.…his eyes lit up when we discussed the 120 Centennial, and he became very serious (showing immense pride) when he told his daughter what the horns on the rig represent ever since they were adorned in 1968…. Then quietly, Dan smiled and asked us to please just let everyone know, "I'm really doing ok.”Dan Tracy, is a Watkins Street Icon."The Tradition Continues...
Dan Tracy, Legendary Member Of Watkins
The first time I ever met Dan Tracy, I was covering in L-105 (where I was assigned later, 1989-1993). It was at a call for "odor of smoke" sometime in 1988. We were first due at a school somewhere near Ft. Green. When we arrived, a man came running down the corridor to inform me that some men were doing plumbing work in one of the rooms and that someone pulled the alarm due to the smell. Judging by the amount of keys hanging on his belt I assumed he knew what he was talking about. I gave a 10-20. A few moments later as I was leaving, who comes down the hall, larger than life, but Capt. Dan Tracy. Booming "Who gave the 10-20"? Sheepishly, I replied "me" in a high note. He then bellowed into his H/T "Give a 10-75". As he passed me, I turned around to see a smoke-filled hall.Now, in my defense, it wasn't really a big fire. The plumbing work in one room created enough heat through the wall to set off a pile of books in the next room. It turned out to be a one line job but if it wasn't for the presence of Capt. Tracy we may have returned later to a much bigger job. I was a Lieut. for 2 years and it still took awhile longer to really get a handle on that position, but Captain Tracy was a big part of that education. After all, that fire was 25 years ago and it still stands out in my mind.How ironic that our story lines would cross again when I became Captain of L-120 and continuously heard "Dan Tracy" stories for the 5 years I was there. I, as many others, stand in awe of the man. His impact on "the job " can not be noted in terms of fires and achievements at those many fires, but also for those he was smart enough to control early. What a tradition and memories all of the members of L-120 share of all those icons: Howie Carlson, Tom Healy, Tom Cherry, Ed Wetzel, Jim Cummings and so many more. The good fortune of learning our craft passed down from so many of those who walked through those doors before us! Just to walk through those doors on Watkins Street made us all a little smarter, a little braver, knowing the powerful pressure to fill the boots of those men!Dan, I wish you the best. And, thank you for never telling anyone about that story in 1988.Shaun ReenL120 Captain (1994-1999)
FF Dan Tracy L120 "Daily News Hero of
The Month" After Dramatic Rescue of 7
Month Old Terry Sykes In 1967
Retired Capt. Dan Tracy L110, Lt.L175 and FF.L120 has been transferred to a hospice in Freeport. Dan is an FDNY legend and an even better person. He was a top flight fireman and is a pillar of Watkins Street. Dan has requested that prayers be said for him. He asks that no phone calls or visits be made at this time. He is well aware of the outpouring of support and concern within the Watkins Street Family and his beloved FDNY. Dan had the most fantastic and outstanding career in the FDNY and he carried that tradition on in his retirement. What an example he set for all of us, then and now. Anyone that worked with him, knew him, was a friend or came in contact with Dan Tracy has been blessed.We all love him. "The Tradition Continues...
We are sorry to inform you of the death of retired FF Stanley Kopchinski who was assigned to E231 on March 22, 1969. Stanley was an old school respected ECC who drove the likes of Captain Ed Wetzel and Captain Joe Coniglio and was the recipient of a Class "A" medal on Dec 28th, 1971. He had a reputation for being a good fireman as a fella that was loved by all and a guy that when you mentioned his name would bring a smile to people's faces. Funeral Arrangements: Wake:Sunday: 2pm-5pm & 7pm-9pmMarine Park Funeral Home (3024 Quentin Road, Brooklyn) Funeral Mass:Monday (9:30 or 10:30pm TBA)St Marks Church (Ocean Ave and Ave Z) Members past and present are requested to wear Class A Uniform to assist L159 who will be coordinating the Honor Guard Please keep the Kopchinski Family in your thoughts and prayers
The Officers and Members of E231/L120/Bn44 would like to congratulate and welcome aboard our newest Officer - Lieutenant David Woods who just got the spot in E231. Lt Woods was a well respected firefighter promoted out of Dean Street (L105) and all of Watkins Street welcomes the Woods Family to our firehouse."The Tradition Continues...
The Newest Members Of Watkins Street:FF
Ahmed Artis (E231), FF Mark Forland
(E231), FF Robert Mecabe (231)
The Officers & Members of E231/L120/Bn44 would like to officially welcome our 3 new Probationary Firefighters and their families to Watkins Street.FF Robert Mecabe (E231)FF Ahmed Artis (E231)FF Mark Forland (E231)Congratulations gentlemen, and best of luck for a long and safe career. Enjoy your Graduation tomorrow and most of all: "Welcome to Watkins Street"! "The Tradition Continues...
Monday, December 2, 2013
Congratulations to FF Steve Hay (L120) and his bride to be Christine on their recent engagement!
Lt. Thomas Losquadro (pictured with his
grandson) Retires After 30 Years Of
Dedicated Service To NYC!
FDNY Lieutenant Thomas Losquadro of L120, a highly regarded and seasoned fire officer has retired following 30 years of dedicated service to the the residents of Brooklyn where he spent his entire career. Lt. Losquadro departs Ladder 120 as the third longest tenured Company Officer in our history. FF Tom Losquadro was appointed to the FDNY on May 7, 1983 where he was assigned as a probie to E279. After a few years, he would transfer across the floor to L131 where as a young FF, he was working alongside his good friend (FF John Devaney 5-5-5-5) who made the Supreme Sacrifice. Lt. Losquadro has always made it a point to share the details of FF Devaney's heroism with us so that we may learn, prepare, and most importantly honor the legacy of our departed Brothers. He was promoted to Lt on 11/22/97 and was assigned to L120 on October 15th, 2000. He proudly watched 19 members of L120 get promoted off of one single Lieutenant List which brought an infusion of youth and transfers into the company. He was an integral part of a core of men who played a major role in shaping the young members of L120 at an extremely critical time in our City's history following 9/11. Ladder 120 is known for its great bosses and the man at the top - the iconic Lt Pete McGreevey (whose Group # 18 will remain painted inside 120's apparatus doors for eternity) has set the bar high. At the Ladder 120 Centennial in 2005, then First Deputy Fire Commissioner (and former member of L120) Frank Cruthers eloquently stated, "The bosses in L120 didn't have to say much....they lead by strength of character and by example". For the current members of L120, these words ring true. Lt. Losquadro was the model of consistency, he took us to a lot of fires, he watched over us and was always there to help us with our problems, he was confident and proud, (and some would even say) he had a "unique presence" in the kitchen. In short, he was a "throwback" who believed in honoring The Job's traditions, and a boss who demanded we cover our position - yet always insisted we learn a lesson and critique our actions before we left the fireground. With extreme pride the Officers & Members of E231/L120/Bn44 salute Lt. Thomas Losquadro on a legendary career and one which will be hard to "top"!!Longest Serving Lieutenants In Ladder 120 History:
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