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“The current members of Watkins Street would like to express our gratitude to all the members who have worked before us. For it is their dogged determination and commitment to excellence on which our very traditions are grounded.”

Santa Comes To Watkins Street!

Santa Claus made his way to Brownsville, landing on the roof of 107 Watkins Street as L120 placed the bucket to the parapet, helping the jolly one to the apparatus floor where he handed out presents to many adoring fans! The kids were treated to a day of fun with face painting, bouncy machine, ice cream, presents, DUKE, and of course that crazy elf Rogi who supplied plenty of fun and laughter for all. Merry Christmas to ALL.



Watkins Street Reunion Christmas Party

131 current and former members of E231/L120/Bn44 RFD at the annual Reunion Christmas Party as Kasey's. Captain Eysser addressed the Brothers calling for a moment of silence for the great Dan Tracy (a regular at this event and a gentleman who we lost since the last party). After thanking the member who started this tradition 28 years ago (Lt Dominic Michelli) the Captain then paid tribute to various events which unfolded throughout the past year. Captain Eysser thanked the 2 highest ranking members in the room (AC Thomas Galvin and AC James Manahan), commending them for their service to our Job and their efforts which helped rebuild our Department following 9/11. He then called George Guinan Sr to the forefront (who was met with a thunderous applause as our senior man at the party). George was assigned to E231 in 1959! At the top of the list was a story about Engine 247 (operating under the orders of Lt Ryan Frontera who was a FF in E231/L120) as they pulled up single engine scene to a highly stressful situation where a pregnant woman was trapped under a car. Lt Frontera gave the order to bring the 2 1/2" hose rolled ups along with the 24' extension ladder from the apparatus which was used as a fulcrum to release the trapped woman. The woman was transported to the hospital and placed into a coma while the medical team rushed to deliver the baby via surgery. Two people are alive today because of the initiative, heads up thinking, and ability to perform under extreme duress which was in the highest traditions of the FDNY. When the Brooklyn Borough Commander paid a visit to E247 to thank the members for a job well done, he asked Lt Frontera where he came up with that plan, to which he replied, "I learned it from Captain Higgins who taught it to all the guys on Watkins St"


"The Tradition Continues...



Congratulations Ahmed!

The Artis Family With Their Newset Addition

The Artis Family With Their Newset

Congratulations to FF Ahmed Artis (E231) and Farrah on the birth of their son Asher. Young Asher recently attended his very first Watkins Street Firehouse Christmas Party where he was introduced to "Duke" and got his first glimpse of Rogi the Elf!



Happy Thanksgiving

The Officers & Members of E231/L120/Bn44 (past and present) would like to wish all of our servicemen and women in the Armed Forces a very Happy Thanksgiving. Each of you will be very close to our hearts as we sit down with our families (and at our Firehouse today) to give thanks. It is because of you that we are able to enjoy days like today and we will forever remain in awe of your sacrifice.



Please Keep In Your Prayers

We are very sorry to inform you of the passing of Mike Hyland's mom Angela. Arrangements: Wake to be held at Brueggemann Funeral Home 522 Larkfield Road East Northport, N.Y. 11731 phone # 631-368-1235 Wake: visiting hrs: 2-4 pm & 7-9 pm Friday, November 28th Funeral Mass: 9:15 am Saturday, November 29th St. Anthony's of Padua RC Church 20 Cheshire Place East Northport, N.Y. 11731 Please keep the Hyland Family in your thoughts and prayers



Happy Veterans Day

The Officers & Members of E231/L120/Bn44 would like to thank all of our past, current, and future Veterans who have served in the military and protect our freedom. Our firehouse today consists of many veterans who have served (and continue to serve) which is a source of great pride. As our Officers conduct Roll Call today, we will pause to honor your service and sacrifice. May God Bless America.


A "U.S. Army Green Beret" From Watkins Street Goes To Work

A "U.S. Army Green Beret" From Watkins
      Street Goes To Work


Schnecky's A Grampa!!

Larry Schneckenburger Is All Smiles Holding His 1st Grandchild Collin James!

Larry Schneckenburger Is All Smiles
      Holding His 1st Grandchild Collin James!

Congratulations to Larry Schneckenburger (L120 Ret) on the birth of his first grandchild - Collin James (8lbs/7oz)!!! Young Collin who is sure to follow in the family business stands to have "plenty" of toy fire trucks to play with at Grampa's house (which we are certain is not yet baby proof)! Congratulations from us on Watkins Street to Larry and the entire Schneckenburger Family.



Congratulations Lt Tineo!

Congrats to Lt Leo Tineo!

Congrats to Lt Leo Tineo!

Congratulations to FF Leo Tineo (L120) on his recent promotion to Lieutenant. As a 15 year member of the FDNY, Leo has a reputation of being a humble, aggressive Firefighter and most of all - a friend to all. His presence will be missed at Watkins Street. Good luck Leo! "The Tradition Continues...



We Thank You

"The Tradition Continues...

"The Tradition Continues...

One of the greatest leaders in the history of the FDNY has decided to call it a career following 37 years of distinguished service to a grateful City.
Chief of Department Edward S. Kilduff will be remembered for his toughness as a Firefighter and wisdom and courtesy as an Officer while maintaining an infinite understanding of time honored FDNY traditions which hold as the bedrock of "The Job".
Chief Kilduff departs as a highly decorated member of the FDNY whose career began in 1977, assigned to 34 Truck. Upon being promoted to Lt (L112), he became 24 partners with the infamous Larry McCarthy who "so gently" used to remind the young Lt, "that's not the way we did it on Watkins St"....to which Lt Kilduff would reply, "Larry, you're not on Watkins St anymore!"  After his promotion to Captain (E92), he would serve as Chief (Bn38) and DC (Div 3) before finding his way back to Brooklyn as the Borough Commander in 2004. In 2010, he was appointed the 34th Chief of Department in NYC history.
We salute Chief Kilduff for his many years of leadership for a job well done. He has the unwavering respect of all who have served.
Watkins Street past and present adds our signatures to Department Order #78 underneath Commissioner Daniel Nigro who wrote:
"I speak from the heart and on behalf of a grateful Department - when I say "Thank You" to Ed Kilduff for his tremendous lifetime of service to the Fire Department of New York"



A Salute To A Voice On The Other Side

Watkins Street would like to congratulate legendary FDNY Dispatcher George Munch after 35 years of dedicated service to the City of New York. "Dispatcher 102" (in his distinct reassuring voice) always played an integral role while assisting responding units to the scene of a fire or emergency. He was cut from the same cloth as other renowned Fire Dispatchers such as Warren Fuchs and Herb Eysser and will be remembered as a true professional who never lost sight of the time honored traditions of The Job. Enjoy a well deserved retirement George! To view a video of George Munch's last tour: http://www.nycfirewire.com/great-video-of-nbc-about-greg-munch-fdny-dispatcher-102/

Watkins St Members BC Portello and Capt Eysser Join Famed Dispatcher 120 Warren Fuchs In Congratulating George Munch On his Last Tour

Watkins St Members BC Portello and Capt
      Eysser Join Famed Dispatcher 120 Warren
      Fuchs In Congratulating George Munch On
      his Last Tour

Great Video of NBC About George Munch FDNY Dispatcher (102)


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