Fort Lee in Bergen County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
F. F. Fred Cavaliere
Engine Company No. 1
— In Memorium —
Evans Film Fire – February 7th, 1925
Linwood Ave. & Main St. • Fort Lee, N.J.
On Saturday, February 7, 1925 the department responded to a fire at the National Evans Film Laboratory located at the corner of Linwood Avenue and Main Street. Upon arrival, the firefighters found that the building’s sprinkler system had extinguished most of the fire. While the firefighters were in the process of extinguishing the remaining hot spots, an ammonia tank inside the building exploded, causing a major collapse of the structure. F. F. Cavaliere was extricated and transported to Englewood Hospital where he died on February 11, 1925 from severe internal injuries. F. F. Cavaliere was 49 years of age and a member of the department for seven years at the time of his death. He was survived by his wife, Marie Paedo and seven children. He was buried on February 14, 1925 at the Fairview Cemetery in a section called “Hero’s Corner.” This special place was donated by the owner of the cemetery, Frederick Alson-Garner, who reserved this place of honor for
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Heroes.
Location. 40° 51.324′ N, 73° 58.429′ W. Marker is in Fort Lee, New Jersey, in Bergen County. Marker is on Linwood Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located in Constitution Park in Fort Lee. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Lee NJ 07024, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. American Éclair Studios (within shouting distance of this marker); World/Peerless & Metropolitan Studios (within shouting distance of this marker); Willat/Fox & Triangle Studios (within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington’s Retreat to Victory (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Washington’s Retreat to Victory (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Washington’s Retreat to Victory (approx. 0.4 miles away); Solax Studios (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Lee.
More about this marker. An early portrait of Fireman Fred Cavaliere appears at the upper left of the marker. At the bottom right of the marker are three Pictures of the Evans Film Lab Fire aftermath. One shows a “View from the corner of Main Street and Linwood Avenue.” Below this is a “Closeup of the Evans Building (formerly the Willat/Fox Studios).” The last picture is a “View looking East towards the Holy Angels Academy.”
The lower left of the marker contains “A Fireman’s Prayer.” It reads:
wherever the 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
to save an 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 according to my
fate, I am to lose my life,
please bless with your protecting
hand my children and my wife.”
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 27, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 637 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 27, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.