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[Share]Published: March 21, 2013

Members of Engine 92 and Ladder 44 Celebrate Centennial

A plaque is unveiled to honor the firehouse's 100 years.

A plaque is unveiled to honor the firehouse's 100 years.

Firefighters from Engine 92 and Ladder 44 gathered on March 21 to honor 100 years of service to their Morrisania, Bronx, community.

“The history of this Department that I can see under the roof right now is extraordinary,” Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano said.

Chief of Departments Edward Kilduff and Peter Ganci (who died on Sept. 11, 2001) both worked at the firehouse during their careers.

“I couldn’t have been more pleased to work here – I had a charmed life here,” Chief Kilduff said of his three years spent as captain of Engine 92. “As I reflect back, there was a confidence and maturity of the firehouse and its members.”

When the firehouse was first constructed, it cost approximately $55,000 and was located in a desolate area along a dirt road.

Members celebrated the firehouse's 100 years of service.

Members celebrated the firehouse's 100 years of service.

Engine 92 was the first motorized engine in the borough’s history. And Ladder 44 was one of the first motorized trucks, as well as one of the first tower ladders to serve this Department.

Its firefighters are known for being the first to respond to the infamous fires to which Howard Cosell referenced in the distance outside Yankee Stadium during the 1977 World Series.

During the ceremony, the members remembered four of their own who died in the line of duty in the last 100 years.

Captains Denis McCool from Engine 92 and Steve Luisi from Ladder 44 both spoke of their love for the firehouse.

Capt. McCool noting, “Steve and I feel like the luckiest captains on the job.”

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