FDNY

One injured in school bus crash in Willets Point
Police Liam La Guerre 8/21/2013 at 6:11PM

A school bus with as many as 20 children crashed this afternoon in Willets Point, fire officials said. One person, who has yet to be identified, was injured in the crash at around 4:30 p.m. at the Van Wyck Expressway and Whitestone Expressway. The injured person is being taken to North Shore LIJ, officials said. [...]

Famed designer dies in Jamaica fire
Famed designer dies in Jamaica fire
Police Maggie Hayes 8/20/2013 at 1:23PM

A fatal fire took the life of one of the world’s last mid-century designers, said police and a close friend. Charles Pollock, 83, of Charles Pollock Designs, created one of the best-selling office chairs in history, the Pollock Executive Chair. He moved to 157th Street in Jamaica just a few years ago after a lifetime [...]

High carbon monoxide levels force evacuation of eight buildings in Astoria
Police Cristabelle Tumola 8/14/2013 at 10:27PM

Fifty people were evacuated from eight buildings in Astoria Wednesday evening after high levels of carbon monoxide were detected, said the FDNY. Officials ordered the evacuation around 7:30 p.m. following a manhole fire near the residential buildings along 31st Drive. One person was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure, said the FDNY. Some of [...]

Queens’ Morning Roundup
Queens’ Morning Roundup
Top Stories Cristabelle Tumola 8/13/2013 at 7:32AM

TODAY’S FORECAST Tuesday: Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain showers. High of 81. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70% with rainfall amounts near 0.3 in. possible. Tuesday night: Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain in the evening, then partly cloudy. Low of [...]

Five injured in Whitestone restaurant fire
Five injured in Whitestone restaurant fire
Northeast Queens Courier Staff 8/10/2013 at 6:48PM

MELISSA CHAN AND ANGY ALTAMIRANO Five people were injured, two of them seriously, when a fire erupted inside a popular Whitestone Chinese restaurant Saturday, fire officials said. Flames broke out at Emperor House Chinese Restaurant around 4:49 p.m., according to the FDNY. Three victims sustained minor injuries and one man was being treated for second-degree [...]

87-year-old Ozone Park man waits half hour for ambulance
87-year-old Ozone Park man waits half hour for ambulance
South Maggie Hayes 8/06/2013 at 11:46AM

A concerned community is responding to what they say is a “worrisome” and “life or death” situation. Ralph Franzese, 87, was walking from his Ozone Park home to his car parked outside on 133rd Avenue last Tuesday, July 30. Despite having his walker for stability, Franzese fell backwards, cracking his head on the sidewalk. He [...]

Local bars, restaurants donate $3K to Sunnyside FDNY
Local bars, restaurants donate $3K to Sunnyside FDNY
Top Stories Angy Altamirano 8/01/2013 at 10:34AM

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 [...]

Six Queens firefighters featured in 2014 FDNY Calendar of Heroes
Six Queens firefighters featured in 2014 FDNY Calendar of Heroes
Top Stories Cristabelle Tumola 7/29/2013 at 2:06PM

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 [...]

FDNY firefighter made fake 911 calls to steal money
News Maggie Hayes 7/20/2013 at 2:01PM

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 [...]

Retired Maspeth firefighter saves toddler from drowning
Retired Maspeth firefighter saves toddler from drowning
Southwest Liam La Guerre 7/05/2013 at 3:08PM

While millions were preparing to watch the fireworks, John Manzione sprang into action. A retired firefighter, Manzione, a Maspeth native, saved a toddler from drowning, preventing an Independence Day tragedy. Manzione was celebrating America’s birthday with family and friends in his yard when he heard neighbors scream “call 9-1-1” from two houses away. Manzione, 57, [...]