Retired FDNY lieutenant featured in documentary series highlighting ‘unsung heroes’


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Coyne PR

John Nolan, retired FDNY lieutenant, worked to rebuild homes in Sandy-devastated communities after the superstorm and became one of the area’s many “unsung heroes.” Now, Shell Rotella, an engine oil organization, has highlighted Nolan and several others in a short-form documentary series, “Unsung Heroes,” that tells the stories of these overlooked saviors and how their […]

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Deadly Elmhurst fire caused by unattended candle: FDNY


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

An Elmhurst house fire that left one woman dead and several others injured was ignited by an unattended candle, according to the FDNY. The October 7 blaze broke out around 3:30 a.m. Monday in a two-story home at 42-20 74th Street, said fire officials. A 57-year-old woman died in the fire, according to police, and a […]

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FDNY defeats NYPD at Queens South Responders Basketball Tournament


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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

The Fire Department was just too hot to handle in the inaugural Queens South Responders Basketball Tournament at Daniel O’Connell Park on Sunday, August 25. FDNY from Engine 317 and Ladder 165 defeated the 113th Precinct, 30-15, before crushing the community team 36-18 to win the tournament. Jamahl Wright of the fire team scored the […]

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FDNY: Cooking cause of fire that killed famed designer


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Robert Stridiron

The Jamaica blaze that took the life of a famous furniture designer was caused by cooking, according to the FDNY. Charles Pollock, 83, who created one of the best-selling office chairs in history, the Pollock Executive Chair, died Tuesday morning when his 157th Street home caught fire. According to the fire department, “several New York […]

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Local bars, restaurants donate $3K to Sunnyside FDNY


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Photo courtesy of Melissa Navia/Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars

Firefighters at the 51st Street Fire Station in Sunnyside will now be able to get extra training thanks to a donation from a group of local bars and restaurants. On July 25, Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars, a group of 10 bars and restaurants on and around Queens Boulevard, presented Engine 325/Ladder 163 of the 51st Street […]

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Six Queens firefighters featured in 2014 FDNY Calendar of Heroes


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Photos courtesy of FDNY

Is it hot in here, or is it just the Official FDNY 2014 Calendar of Heroes? Featuring some of the city’s Bravest and sexiest — including six Queens firefighters — the calendar was released last week. Every year firefighters from across the city try out to be one of 13 men chosen for the Calendar […]

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FDNY firefighter made fake 911 calls to steal money


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

FDNY firefighter Joseph Keene pulled the false alarm, making phony calls to various firehouses. Once firefighters responded to the call, Keene crept into the fire stations and made off with others’ cash, according to a report released by the Department of Investigation (DOI). The investigation shows that Keene, through a series of thefts, made several […]

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FDNY: Rapid Repairs not behind Howard Beach house blast


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Terence M. Cullen

A gas explosion that destroyed a Howard Beach house last week was not caused by fixes from the city’s post-Sandy repair service, an FDNY spokesperson said. The May 29 blast sent resident Theresa Pepitone to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center with severe burns. Witnesses said the burns took skin off of her face and scalp. […]

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FDNY to take on London Police Department in charity boxing match


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Bob McGuire

Ding, ding: the bell goes ring. Some of New York’s Bravest are going against London’s Finest in a Battle of the Badges at Resorts World Casino New York City on Friday, April 12. Ten blaze battlers will trade blows with bobbies on the Racino’s third floor to raise money for Building Homes for Heroes, which […]

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FDNY captain honored as hero for saving Glendale father


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Photo courtesy The New York Daily News

FDNY Captain Paul Miller knew he had to act quickly when he got word that 77-year-old Panta Getejanc was still inside his burning Glendale home. Getejanc’s son, also named Panta, returned to their two-family home on January 25 around midnight. He didn’t fall sleep right away, and just before 2 a.m. heard his mother scream […]

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Firefighters help fellow FDNY members still recovering from Sandy


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of the Friends of Firefighters

Firefighters, despite their ever-heroic actions, were not spared during Sandy’s rage. Many active and retired members of the FDNY lost their homes during the storm, and the Friends of Firefighters (FoF), a nonprofit group that offers wellness services for firefighters and their families, opened up an additional location in Glendale to care for those in […]

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