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“The Kneeling Fireman”

 
 
"The Kneeling Fireman" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, September 15, 2012
1. "The Kneeling Fireman" Marker
Inscription.
In commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of 9/11/01, the Milstein Family and Emigrant Bank have dedicated this site to display “The Kneeling Fireman” statue which harkens back to the events of that fateful day.

The statue was originally commissioned by the Firefighters Association of Missouri and was custom manufactured by Matthews International Corp. in Parma, Italy. The statue arrived in New York just as the tragedy began to unfold. Matthews International decided this statue should never leave the city and presented it to the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation, who accepted the gift on behalf of all the firefighters and citizens of New York City. The Milstein Family agreed to display the statue and provided a granite base and storage until a fitting permanent site could be found.

“The Kneeling Fireman” was temporarily displayed in front of one of the Milstein buildings at 44th Street and 8th Avenue.

With the dedication of this site in front of the Emigrant Bank building, the statue has found a permanent home and represents the only memorial to 9/11 in midtown Manhattan.

Emigrant Bank was founded in 1850 by Irish immigrants and many of the early depositors worked in the uniformed services, including a large number as firefighters.

Howard P. Milstein, Chief
"The Kneeling Fireman" statue - with the poem: "A Fireman's Prayer" image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, September 15, 2012
2. "The Kneeling Fireman" statue - with the poem: "A Fireman's Prayer"
Executive Officer of Emigrant Bank serves on the National September 11 Memorial and Museum Board and has funded sculptures made from the original steel of the World Trade Center for each of the victims’ families. He also funded the recent publication of “Art of Heart: Remembering 9/11”, a book of children’s pictures dedicated to the victims’ families.

The Milstein Family was one of the builders of the World Trade Center, including all walls, floors, and ceilings. During the attack, Milstein employees evacuated residents of Battery Park City buildings by water. For more than a year, Milstein Personnel and resources supported the relief effort by providing food and housing.

Among those lost on that day was Neil David Levin, Director of the Port Authority, and close personal friend of Howard P. Milstein, as well as daughters of colleagues at Emigrant Bank and Milstein Properties, Lindsay Stapleton Morehouse and Stacey Leigh Sanders. May They Rest in Peace.
 
Erected 2011 by Emigrant Bank and Milstein Properties.
 
Location. 40° 45.192′ N, 73° 58.811′ W. Marker is in New York City, New York, in New York County. Marker is on E. 43rd Street west of Madison Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5 East 42nd Street, New York NY 10017, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. New York Public Library (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bryant Park Today (about 800 feet away); Grand Central Terminal (about 800 feet away); Monuments in Bryant Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Fred F. French Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Buildings Overlooking Bryant Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Algonquin Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Crystal Palace (approx. 0.2 miles away).
 
Regarding "The Kneeling Fireman".

Panel 2, "A Firefighter's Prayer":

When I am called to duty, God
Wherever flames may rage, give me the strength
To save some life whatever be its age.

Help me embrace a little child before it is too late,
Or save some older person from the horror of that fate.

Enable me to be alert and hear the weakest shout,
and quickly and efficiently to put the fire out.

I want to fill my calling and to give the best in me,
To guard my every neighbor and protect his property.

And if I have to lose my life, according to our fate,
please bless with your protecting hand
my children and my mate.

[Anonymous]
 
Also see . . .
1. The Kneeling Fireman Statue donated to New York City. - originally commissioned by the Firefighters Association of Missouri and custom manufactured by Matthews International Corporation at its plant in Karma, Italy in 2001. (Submitted on October 25, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 

2. Emigrant Savings Bank. (Submitted on October 25, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 458 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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