I found this quote, but was unable to find additional information on the statement that went with it: “Remarks by Chief Croker regarding the death of a Deputy Chief and four firefighters in February, 1908.”
This memorial wall was erected in 1912 in Manhattan, on the corner of Riverside Drive and 100th Street, facing west towards the Hudson River. It is directly across the street from Riverside Park.
New York City is very good about honoring those who have sacrificed everything they have to offer for the furtherance of the city and its people, and are remembered here at this memorial, as well as having their names added to the official FDNY Honor Roll.
My brother in law, Rich, was a firefighter for many years here in New Jersey. We are fortunate that he has not been placed on the Honor Roll and is still with us to primarily serve his family, and his community in a close second place. I don’t pretend to know anything about his exploits on the service- but as a true Irishman, you can be sure it involved a lot of laughter, drink, and good times.
You can also be sure that while on duty, there was no difference in the way the bell rang between a major catastrophe and what would later be determined to be a false alarm. He went when called, without hesitation.
Cheers, Rich. You are a hero to everyone that knows you.