2013-11-29 / Top Stories

Honoring One Hundred Years Of Service

By Dan Guarino

Photo courtesy FDNY Photo courtesy FDNY “We celebrate one hundred years of service, dedication, commitment and bravery,” NYC Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano said as officials, community members, and guests gathered to honor current and former members of Engine 268 and Ladder 137 and mark their century of service to the Rockaway community.

“No matter what, day or night, this firehouse rises to the occasion,” the commissioner said. “Because of your dedication and commitment, we know you’re ready for anything, just like you have been for the last 100 years.”

In his invocation at the Thursday, November 21st ceremony, the FDNY Chaplain Monsignor John Delendick touched on the “one hundred years of rescuing people, of binding up the wounds, of tending to the sick, of saving those in peril from the dangers of the sea.”

“Let us remember,” he said, “those who established the great traditions of this house.”

Al Hagan of the Uniformed Fire Officers

Association noted many things that have come and gone since the firehouse was dedicated in November of 1913.

“But one thing that has not changed,” he said, “is the dedication of the men and women of this firehouse. No matter what.”

The firehouse became a city landmark in February, 2013.

Several speakers recounted events from the fire companies’ history, including the crash of Flight 587 in Belle Harbor and the many challenges brought by Hurricane Sandy.

Engine 268’s Captain Gary Uellendahl hosted the event, which included the presentation of two special citations and the unveiling of a new plaque commemorating the centennial.

Addressing the assembled company of firefighters, Captain Richard McDonagh, of Ladder Company 137, perhaps summed up things best in saying, “You make me proud to be a member of this firehouse, where the proud tradition will continue for the next 100 years.”

Photos by Dan Guarino Photos by Dan Guarino

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