2013-03-15 / Community

A Piece of Rockaway History

By Dan Guarino

Photo by Dan Guarino Photo by Dan Guarino John Hylan was Mayor of New York. Thomas J. Drennan was the Fire Commissioner; John Kenlon, the Department Chief.

The year was 1922. Rockaway was a grand, roaring summer getaway town. World War I was four years in the past.

The Great Depression was still seven years in the future, and the FDNY firehouse at 92-20 Rockaway Beach Boulevard was being dedicated.

The Chief of the Bureau of Repairs and Supplies, enshrined here in 1922, Hubert Treacy, was the grand uncle of late Wave columnist Liz Guarino. Fittingly enough, ‘Uncle Bert’ and his family lived in Rockaway.

His son, Hubert J. Treacy Jr. attended St. Mary’s Star-of-the-Sea School, Far Rockaway and was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, the Irish Historical Society and other groups.

An FBI agent, Treacy was killed in the line of duty on March 13, 1942.

Today the firehouse is home to Engine 266 and has served and protected the Rockaways for 91 years. This commissioning plaque preserves a piece of Rockaway history.

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