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New York Fire Department – City of New York

(“23rd Street Fire”)

 
 
23rd Street Fire plaque image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 5, 2020
1. 23rd Street Fire plaque
Inscription.  
Dedicated to the memory of
the twelve brave FDNY members
who made the supreme sacrifice
at this site on
October 17, 1966
“23rd Street Fire”
Deputy Chief Thomas A. Reilly, 3rd Division
Battalion Chief Walter J. Higgins, 7th Battalion
Lt. John J. Finley, Ladder 7
Lt. Joseph Priore, Engine 18
Firefighter John G. Berry, Ladder 7
Firefighter James V. Galanaugh, Engine 18
Firefighter Rudolph F. Kaminski, Ladder 7
Firefighter Joseph Kelly, Engine 18
Firefighter Carl Lee - Ladder 7
Firefighter William F. McCarron, Division 3
Firefighter Daniel L. Rey, Engine 18
Firefighter Bernard A. Tepper, Engine 18
Gone but not forgotten
 
Erected 2019 by New York Fire Department – City of New York.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: DisastersHeroes.
 
Location. 40° 44.469′ N, 73° 59.334′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on East 23rd Street east of Broadway
950 Broadway plaque site image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 23, 2019
2. 950 Broadway plaque site
The marker is hidden by the NYPD van.
, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 950 Broadway, New York NY 10010, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the New York City Pride March (within shouting distance of this marker); William H. Seward (within shouting distance of this marker); Star of Hope (within shouting distance of this marker); Flatiron Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Fifth Avenue Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Eternal Light Flagstaff (about 300 feet away); To Our Heroes (about 300 feet away); 200 Fifth Avenue Clock (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
Regarding New York Fire Department – City of New York. The 23rd Street fire was the single greatest FDNY loss of life until 9/11.
 
FDNY at the 23rd Street Fire image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner
3. FDNY at the 23rd Street Fire
New York Fire Department – City of New York image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner
4. New York Fire Department – City of New York
The twelve who fell.
23rd Street Fire remembrance, October 2019 image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, October 24, 2019
5. 23rd Street Fire remembrance, October 2019
New York Fire Department - original memorial plaque image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, June 2, 2016
6. New York Fire Department - original memorial plaque
No mention was made of the fire.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 6, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 35 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 6, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.
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