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Press Releases / 2008 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: AUGUST 1, 2008



Members of the FDNY tomorrow will join for a memorial service commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Waldbaum’s fire, in which six firefighters were killed on August 2, 1978.

The fire began in a hallway near the compressor room as crews were renovating the Brooklyn supermarket, and quickly escalated to a fourth-alarm. Less than an hour after the fire was first reported, nearly 20 firefighters were on the roof when the central portion gave way, plunging 12 into the flames. Six firefighters were killed, and 34 firefighters, one emergency medical technician and one Emergency Services police officer were injured in the fire. The tragedy is remembered as one of the worst disasters in the New York City Fire Department’s 143-year history.

The FDNY members killed in the Waldbaum’s fire included Lt. James E. Cutillo, Battalion 33; Firefighter Charles S. Bouton, Ladder Company 156; Firefighter Harold F. Hastings, Battalion 42; Firefighter James P. McManus, Ladder Company 153; Firefighter William O’Connor, Ladder Company 156; and Firefighter George S. Rice, Ladder Company 153.



FDNY members and their families


Memorial service for the 30th anniversary of the Waldbaum’s fire


St. Brendan’s Church, 1202 Avenue O, Brooklyn, NY


Saturday, August 2, 2008
9:45 a.m. - Procession from Engine Co. 276/Ladder Co. 156 to the Church
10:30 a.m. - Mass at St. Brendan’s Church




Press Contact: Francis X. Gribbon & Emily Rahimi, (FDNY) (718) 999-2056

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