READY TO ROLL AT PATERSON RIVERSIDE STATION - PHOTO BY DR. THOMAS DAYSPRING

READY TO ROLL AT PATERSON RIVERSIDE STATION - PHOTO BY DR. THOMAS DAYSPRING

Friday, November 25, 2011

'GOOD NIGHT IRENE'



Hurricane Irene flooded Paterson and neighboring communities in late August 2011. President Obama toured the city on Sept. 4, 2011 and met with flood victims. In official FEMA photo, Obama consoles woman. In official White House photo, Obama visits neighborhood in Wayne.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

ST. JOE'S

St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center provides support for the Paterson Fire Department after torrential rain caused flooding in March 2011.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

WYCKOFF - 1935

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Wyckoff chemical engine

On Nov. 24, 1935, the Paterson Fire Department sent mutual aid to the town of Wyckoff for a fire at the Christian Sanitorium.

Two patients died in the blaze that destroyed one of the sanitorium's five buildings.

Hawthorne, Midland Park and Franklin Lakes also sent refinforcements.

Nurses saved many patients from the flames.

The victims were identified as Barbara Sinke, 47, of Prospect Park, and Mary Duke, 77, of Bayonne, according to an Associated Press story printed in the St. Petersburg Times in Florida.

Friday, October 21, 2011

'SHE HAS SURVIVED'

Mayor John Hinchcliffe famously said Paterson would "care for her own."

"Scenes from Paterson N.J., illustrating the several catastrophes which she has survived." Click for full page

ON THE NOZZLE

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Paterson firefighters Vito Mangani of Ladder 3, Kenny Merenco of Squad 1 (flying squad) and Joe Pellicotti of Engine 12

TRUCK 3

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June 28, 1975 - Seagrave 100-foot aerial

Friday, October 7, 2011

QUACKENBUSH FIRE



On March 12, 1938, five Paterson firemen died at a four-alarm fire at the Quackenbush Co. department store warehouse.

Deputy Chief James Sweeney and the crew of Engine Co. 5 were buried in the rubble of a collapsed wall at Box 474 - 51-55 Prospect St.

``Only two or three fire crews were at the scene when tonight's tragedy occured, their job being not only to wet down the ruins but also to remove debris that might endanger public safety,'' The New York Times reported.

``At the time the wall collapsed, the firemen were devising a means to to pull it down because they knew it was in danger of falling.''

The fallen:

•Deputy Chief James Sweeny, 58
•Capt. John Davenport, 44, of Engine 5
•Fireman Louis Rodesky, 49, of Engine 5
•Fireman Matthew O'Neill, 45, of Engine 5
•Fireman William Lynch, 37, of Engine 5


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

87-89 PARK AVE. - 1981

UPDATED SEPT. 2016


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Oct. 15,1981
87-89 Park Ave.
Box 11 - 4 Alarms


PATERSON, N.J. -- 
A gasoline-fed fire police say was set by a man spurned by a woman tenant swept through an apartment house early Thursday, killing eight people and injuring 17.

Leonides Garcia, 37, an unemployed laborer, was arrested and charged with homicide, aggravated assault and arson in the torching of a brick tenement near downtown Paterson.

A municipal judge ordered Garcia held on $100,000 bail.

The victims were discovered by firemen searching the rubble of the burned-out, four-story brick building hours after the flames were extinguished.


Edwin Perez, 34, his wife Irene, 38, and their three children - Alejandro, 5, Carmen, 10, and Edwin Ramon, 11 -- were found in their fourth-floor apartment along with the woman's brother-in-law, Luis Alberto Perez, 23. All had been killed by smoke.

A municipal judge ordered Garcia held on $100,000 bail.

The victims were discovered by firemen searching the rubble of the burned-out, four-story brick building hours after the flames were extinguished.

Edwin Perez, 34, his wife Irene, 38, and their three children - Alejandro, 5, Carmen, 10, and Edwin Ramon, 11 -- were found in their fourth-floor apartment along with the woman's brother-in-law, Luis Alberto Perez, 23. All had been killed by smoke.

Gloria Hendley, 26, was pulled from debris that had collapsed on her third-floor apartment. Ramon Diaz, 56, died in his second-floor apartment.

Fire Chief Harold Kane said a crane was brought in to 'pick apart that building piece by piece' and make sure there were no other victims.

Garcia was accused of dousing the first floor of the building with gasoline and setting it ablaze shortly before 3 a.m.

Investigators said Garcia 'assumed' he had a relationship 'or wanted one' with a woman tenant in the building, but the woman, Mercedes Nosamo, repeatedly spurned him. She was not hurt in the fire.

It was the woman's brother, Juan Santiago, who told police he smelled gasoline and saw Garcia through the door peephole pouring the fuel moments before the building went up in flames. Garcia was later arrested nearby at the nearby home he shared with his mother.

The blaze spread quickly, forcing six residents to jump to the street as it engulfed the upper floors, spread to the adjacent building, and collapsed both roofs.

During the effort to extinguish the fire, a firefighter rescued four members of a family trapped by the thick smoke and flames.

'He saved four people's lives. The guy was fantastic,' Fire Chief Harold Kane said of Elliot McGuire, a member of Engine Company No. 2.

McGuire climbed a fire ladder to a third-floor front window and dragged out a 10-year-old boy, an hysterical woman and a man in three separate trips.

Five residents were admitted to St. Joseph's Hospital for burns, smoke inhalation and fractures. One, Angel Soto, 33, was transferred to the burn care unit at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston in 'critical condition' suffering from multiple trauma caused by burns over 30 percent of his body.

Only one of the five tenants taken to Barnert Memorial Hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation was admitted, and two of the seven treated for burns at Greater Paterson General Hospital were held for observation.

Monday, February 28, 2011

ALL IN THE FAMILY

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FLYING SQUAD - 1976

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Squad Company 1, a 1976 Ford crew cab F350, at old Fire Headquarters on Van Houten Street. This "flying squad" carried a crew of Paterson firefighters equipped with breathing appartus.

ENGINES 2 & 8

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1953 Seagrave pumpers assigned to Engine 2 and Engine 8. Engine 2 is equipped with a makeshift roof for the open cab to protect crews during the race riots of the 1960s. This was a common practice in many cities.

FIREMAN'S FUNERAL

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On March 1, 1973, Capt. Frank Mancinelli, of Truck 3, was fatally injured at a three-alarm fire on Paterson Street. Mancinelli, 49, died at St. Joseph's Hospital after falling down a 40-foot airshaft, according to The New York Times. Two years later, firefighters mourned another of their brothers. Capt. Fred Armona died in a fire and collapse at the Fourth Christian Reformed Church in April 1975.

FISCAL CRISIS - 1982

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