On Oct. 18, 1984, a general alarm fire killed 15 people at the Alexander Hamilton Hotel at 55 Church Street, Paterson, N.J. and injured many others.
However, firefighters were also credited with saving many lives at great risk to themselves.
Box 181 was transmitted at 12:14 a.m.
"I for some reason pulled the whole card file and proceeded immediately to send the box."
When it opened in the 1920s, the Alexander Hamilton was the pride of Paterson - a fashionable hotel with affluent patrons and big-money investors.
The riots of the 1960s contributed to the decline of the city, including the hotel.