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:
The Officers & Members of Watkins Street congratulate the newest members of L120 (FF Leo Tineo and Ryan McNamara of E231) upon their transfer across the floor. "The Tradition Continues...
Current Watkins St Members Pose Last
Fall With The Banner Presented To FF
Benny Monger (L120) in 1967 Before He
Was Shipped Out To Vietnam
Monday, November 11, 2013
On this hallowed day, Watkins Street members past and present wish to say thank you to all our Veterans and the Armed Forces serving this wonderful country. We are forever in your debt and each of you remain in our thoughts and prayers. Watkins Street has a long and powerful history of combat veterans who have gone above and beyond in the call of duty. There are countless stories of duty, persevearance, courage, honor, and maximum effort amongst our retirees who served. Capt Gates, Schenker, Monger, Hay, (to name a few) are among such heroes. Our firehouse was recently presented a huge banner from 1967 that was signed by members of Watkins St and FDNY Commissioner John T O'Hagen - which was given to FF Bennie Monger as he prepared for military activation. The current generation of Watkins St are no strangers to service as we are extremely proud of FF Alex Malchevsky E231, FF Peter Carroll L120, FF Steven Hay L120, FF Pat Ripp L120, and FF Brian Bollinger L120 who is currently overseas on a secret mission with the Green Berets. Each of these men have gone above and beyond the call of duty and given more than many dare to dream. Thank you to one and to all. Gob Bless America.To FF Brian Bollinger - not a day goes by that your name is not brought up in the Firehouse. Your courage is beyond belief and you are entrenched forever with a very select group of Watkins Street Members who are a level above as a result of their sacrifice for our Nation. Godspeed Brian.PS:Your Red Sox got VERY very lucky this year!!To get an idea of what our servicemen and women have done and continue to do for our country, please take a moment and click on the link below about the former Brooklyn Borough Commander, Watkins St member, and grandfather of L120 FF Steven Hay http://www.firecompanies.com/MFC/public/userfiles/image/watkinsst/al-hay-sr-pow-story.pdf
Watkins Street Members Gather With The
FDNY's Newest Officer - Lt. Jimmy
Watkins Street Members came together to say congratulations for a job well done to FF Jimmy Cashin (L120) upon his promotion to Lieutenant. Jimmy is a 24 year senior member of our firehouse whose dedication and persistence in pursuing his dream of being an Officer has set a good example to his Brother firefighters. Jimmy, (who began his career in E235 and leaves L120 as a gold pin member) follows a long line of Cashins who have left a mark on the FDNY. His dad John was Captain of L114 and a man who instilled many of their storied traditions which continue to this day, while his brother Thomas retired as a Staff Chief, and brother Terry remains on the Job as an active BC. All of Watkins Street salutes Lt. Cashin as he begins this new chapter in an already stellar career! We are very proud of you Jimmy."The Tradition Continues...
Congratulations to FF John McEneaney (L120) and his beautiful bride Erin on the birth of their first child Liam James. Liam's proud grandfather, BC John McEneaney (Bn41) has the stroller all set and is ready to RFD! Congrats to Watkins Street's newest addition and the entire McEneaney Family.
Captain Christopher G. Eysser, L120
Installed As 26th Commander In Company
The Officers & Members of E231/L120/Bn44 would like to formally welcome our new Captain - Christopher G. Eysser who proudly becomes the 26th Company Commander in the history of Ladder 120. Captain Eysser was appointed to the FDNY on Oct 15, 1995, (spending his entire career assigned to Brooklyn Tower Ladders) with an impressive resume which reads:FF - L111 (1/20/96)Lt - L124 (2/14/04)Capt - L120 (9/21/13)Captain Eysser, who said he intends "to maintain the high standards and traditions that 120 is known to have throughout The Job and carry on the legacy of the Company and our Firehouse" follows a long line of family members who have established deep roots within the FDNY by serving and protecting the citizens of NYC for over half a century (dating back to 1928)! His grandfather, Herbert Eysser was an early member of the NYC Fire Patrol (who in fact made a dramatic rescue giving him the distinction of being the only member of the Fire Patrol to win the Daily News Hero of The Month). Grandfather, Herbert Eysser also played a role in shaping one of the true legends of "The Job" by breaking in - First Deputy Commissioner and beloved Chief of Department Bill Feehan who also started his career at Fire Patrol). Uncle Herb Eysser was a renowned Manhattan Fire Dispatcher (Disp 124) during the most turbulent times in Department history and among the most respected voices "on the other side". We especially would like to take the opportunity to welcome Captain Eysser's wife Patricia and their 2 young children to our firehouse family. Lastly, to our Captain's proud father and mentor, (Battalion Chief George Eysser, Bn35 Ret - and a 40 year veteran of the FDNY "War Years") - "We Welcome You to Watkins Street Chief!""The Tradition Continues...
FF Mike Carroll (L120) Carries Flag
During 2013 Tunnel To Towers Run In
Honor Of His Hero Dad (FF Peter Carroll
of Squad Company 1)
Watkins Street Members will once again honor our 343 Fallen Brothers at the Stephen Siller Tunnel To Towers Run on September 29th at 9:30AM. This incredible event recreates the spirit and will of New York's Bravest displayed the morning of 9/11. FF Stephen Siller, (father of 5) desperately tried to navigate traffic in the Battery Tunnel to offer assistance at the WTC and put his firefighting skills to good use. Finding traffic at a standstill, FF Siller abandoned his car and literally ran through the tunnel on foot (in full gear) where he made the Supreme Sacrifice performing in the Line of Duty. For more on FF Siller, please go to: http://www.t2trun.org/site/displaySuperSitePage.do?superSiteId=1&pageId=3God Bless all of our 343 Heroes.
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