Ladder Company 123 Celebrates 100 Years
They are known as some of New York City’s busiest Bravest and on November 7, past and present members of Ladder 123 celebrated the company’s centennial at the quarters of Engine 234/Ladder 123/Battalion 38 in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
“Decade after decade you have all embodied the tradition of service,” said Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta. “The people of this neighborhood know they can always count on you to be there.”
The firehouse is known as being the former home of many of the FDNY’s top chiefs, including Chief Edward Kilduff, Brooklyn Borough Commander, and Chief of Training Thomas Galvin.
Members of Ladder 123 also have received dozens of unit citations and Department medals in the last 100 years.
“The members of this company exemplify all the FDNY stands for - bravery, honor and courage,” said Chief of Department Salvatore Cassano. “Your professionalism and dedication are tremendous.”
Among the many people attending the centennial ceremony were dozens of retired members.
“The retired members here today made this firehouse what it is,” Ladder 123 Captain Michael Dugan said. “And our current members make us look good every day. I am the luckiest man in the world to be working here.”
During the ceremony, members dedicated two plaques honoring members who have died in the line of duty - Firefighter Henry Helmken, Jr. of Ladder 123, who died in 1918, and Captain James Walsh of Engine 234, who died in 1956. The plaques will join another on the firehouse’s wall for Firefighter John Toomey of Ladder 123 who died in 1987.
It also was announced at the event that Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz declared November 7 as “Ladder 123 Centennial Celebration Day.”