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Members of Engine 88/Ladder 38 Celebrate 100 Years

Reverend Stephen Harding blesses the centennial plaques for Engine 88 and Ladder 38 as Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, Chief of Department Salvatore Cassano, Capt. Richard Kirschner of Engine 88, Capt. Michael May of Ladder 38 and ceremonial officers stand by.

Reverend Stephen Harding blesses the centennial plaques for Engine 88 and Ladder 38 as Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, Chief of Department Salvatore Cassano, Capt. Richard Kirschner of Engine 88, Capt. Michael May of Ladder 38 and ceremonial officers stand by.

Hundreds of firefighters filled the apparatus floor and lined the stairs of Engine 88 and Ladder 38 as the company celebrated its centennial on Nov. 17.

“The Fire Department is built on two foundations - bravery and devotion to family and tradition,” said Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta. “In that way, the members of Engine 88 and Ladder 38 are among the best of the best.”

Members of the company have won more than 20 medals through the years, and numerous citations for bravery.

“You set a high standard for other companies to meet,” said Chief of Department Salvatore Cassano. “Your commitment, honor, bravery, service and dedication have allowed the Department to maintain its highest traditions.”

Among those in attendance were dozens of retired members, including Lt. Joseph Brosi, who served at Engine 88 for 28 of his 32 years with the FDNY.

Active and retired firefighters and their families filled the apparatus floor to celebrate Engine 88/Ladder 38's centennial

Active and retired firefighters and their families filled the apparatus floor to celebrate
Engine 88/Ladder 38's centennial

Firefighter Vincent Albanese was recognized for serving at Ladder 38 for 38 years, as was Firefighter Albert Miskiewicz, who spent his entire 32-year career at Ladder 38.

There were also several fathers and sons recognized for both serving at the fire company, including Firefighters Robert and Matthew Wanner, who both worked out of Engine 88. Firefighter Joseph Spor, Jr., also served at both Engine 88 and Ladder 38 - like his father - before his death at the World Trade Center.

“We have all contributed to the legacy of this great firehouse,” Capt. Richard Kirschner of Engine 88 said.

Also recognized in the ceremony was Firefighter Juan Vega, who is currently serving his third tour of duty in Iraq as an Army Sergeant.

An FDNY flag that flew over his base and was signed by his company was presented to Commissioner Scoppetta and Chief Cassano.

“It’s not the walls of brick and stone that made this firehouse what it is,” said Capt. Michael May of Ladder 38. “It was the members made of steel.”


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