New York City Fire Department Ladder Company 3

New York City Fire Department Ladder Company 3
FDNY Ladder 3

FDNY ladder 3.jpg
Established Pre 1883
Strength 25
Stations 108 E. 13th St, New York City, New York
Engines 1
Fire chief Battalion 6
Commissioner Division 1 (Manhattan)

FDNY Ladder Company 3 is a unit in the New York City Fire Department that has fire stewardship over a several block area of Manhattan’s East Village. Ladder Company 3 received the most casualties of any fire department in the FDNY, losing half of its men in the September 11th attacks.[1] The company reported to the north tower of the World Trade Center, where Captain Paddy Brown and his men were last reported on the 40th floor of the tower.[2] The company reported to the WTC running “heavy” meaning that it had more men than would actually be on a shift (tour), as the attacks came during a shift change and both shifts ended up reporting to duty.

Sheathed in plastic and US and FDNY flags, workers prepare to lower Ladder 3's apparatus into the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

Ladder Company 3 consists of at least 25 men. It is organizationally with Division 1 (Manhattan), Battalion 6. The company is located at 108 E. 13th St., and also serves as the Battalion Chief's headquarters. The company was created prior to 1883 and is one of New York’s oldest ladder companies.[3]

Ladder Company 3’s fire truck (apparatus) that responded to the World Trade Center spent ten years housed at Hangar 17 at John F. Kennedy International Airport. At the time of the collapse, the truck was parked on West Street and damaged beyond repair by the collapse of the Twin Towers. In 2011, Firefighters stood alongside victims’ families and assorted bystanders and watched as the flag-covered, 60,000-pound fire truck was lowered by crane 70 feet below ground be part of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. It will not only represent the members it lost on September 11, which are Captain Patrick(Paddy) J. Brown, Lt. Kevin W. Donnelly, Michael Carroll, James Raymond Coyle, Gerard Dewan, Jeffrey John Giordano, Joseph Maloney, John Kevin McAvoy, Timothy Patrick McSweeney, Joseph J. Ogren, Steven John Olson, but also all FDNY casualties.[4]

References

  1. ^ Amy Reiter, "These are big strong guys. They ain't going down easy" Salon, September 13, 2001
  2. ^ Michael Daly,You can feel the presence of loved ones lost on 9/11 and only hope that somehow they feel ours, too. The New York Daily News, September 12, 2011
  3. ^ New York Fire Department's website (Source date: September 20, 2011).
  4. ^ Michael Daly,You can feel the presence of loved ones lost on 9/11 and only hope that somehow they feel ours, too. The New York Daily News, September 12, 2011

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