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Press Releases / 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: AUGUST 1, 2013

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35TH ANNUAL WALDBAUMS SUPERMARKET FIRE MEMORIAL MASS

Officers, Firefighters and former members of Engine 254/Ladder 153 and Engine 276/Ladder 156, along with Battalions 33 and 42, will hold its 35th Annual Memorial Mass in memory of six Firefighters who died as a result of the fire on August 2, 1978 at a Waldbaums Supermarket in Brooklyn, on Friday, August 2, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. A uniformed procession will precede the mass.

On August 2, 1978, at about nine in the morning and about half-an-hour into an effort to extinguish a fire at 2892 Ocean Avenue in Brooklyn, 12 FDNY Members – Firefighters and Officers – were plunged into a smoldering Waldbaums Supermarket when the center of the roof collapsed.  The store’s secondary, ornamental ceiling had concealed the fire’s extent, and with the collapse the response was escalated to a Fifth-Alarm – eliciting hundreds to the location for rescue and recovery efforts.

Six FDNY Members perished in the line-of-duty and 36 others were injured in the conflagration. Those who perished were: Lieutenant. James E. Cutillo of Battalion 33; Firefighters James P. McManus and George S. Rice of Ladder 153; Firefighters Charles S. Bouton and William O'Connor of Ladder 156; and Firefighter Harold Hastings of Battalion 42. The fire was ultimately determined to be the result of arson.

WHO:

Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano, and many FDNY officials, firefighters and their families

WHERE:

St. Brendan's R.C. Church located at 1202 Avenue O, Brooklyn, NY.

WHEN:

Friday, August 2, 2013 10:30 a.m.

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

http://www.nyc.gov/fdny

 

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