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Press Releases / 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FEBRUARY 4, 2010

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

FDNY TO CELEBRATE THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF LADDER
COMPANY 128

Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano will join the officers and members of Ladder Company 128 in their quarters at 33-51 Greenpoint Ave. in Long Island City, Queens at 11 a.m. Friday, as they celebrate 100 years of dedicated service to the community.

Several veterans of Ladder 128 have become Chiefs at FDNY, including Assistant Chief Joseph Pfeifer, who is Chief of the FDNY’s Counterterrorism and Preparedness Center, and Deputy Chief Robert Strong of Division 11. Ladder 128 played important roles battling the Chiclet factory fire of 1976, a 10-alarm fire on the Brooklyn waterfront in 2006, and during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.  Last week, members of the company received a unit citation from FDNY for a February 2009 incident in which they rescued a man who was dragged and pinned by a tractor trailer after it was struck by a locomotive at Review Avenue and Laurel Hill Boulevard in Queens.  Ladder 128, which shares quarters with Engine 259, had their firehouse renovated just last year.

WHO:

Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano, Chief of Department Edward Kilduff and many other FDNY officials, firefighters and their families

WHERE:

Quarters of Engine Company 259/Ladder Company 128, 33-51 Greenpoint Ave., Queens

WHEN:

Friday, February 5, 2010 11 a.m.

***PHOTO OP***

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

http://www.nyc.gov/fdny

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