“The current members of Watkins Street would like to express our gratitude to all the members who have worked before us. For it is their dogged determination and commitment to excellence on which our very traditions are grounded.”

Jul
19
2016

Congratulations FDNY Battalion Chief Tim Riordan!

Lt Tim Riordan (with future Capt Andy Serra, future Capt Danny Donleavy, future Lt Dan Wetzel), Lt Ernie Gentile

Lt Tim Riordan (with future Capt Andy Serra, future Capt Danny Donleavy, future Lt Dan Wetzel), Lt Ernie Gentile

BC Tim Riordan - 2016 Engine Truck Softball

BC Tim Riordan – 2016 Engine Truck Softball

Watkins Street members past and present congratulate FDNY Battalion Chief Timothy Riordan on his retirement after 32 years of exemplary service to the City of New York.

Tim was appointed to the FDNY on March 5th, 1984 and was assigned to L35 from 1984-1988 before transferring to L30 in Harlem. A stellar FDNY career which included many great shops –  L48 (Captain) and Bn39 (Batt Chief), he would join Watkins Street in 1998, after being promoted to Lieutenant, landing the coveted spot in Engine 231. Lt Riordan was instrumental in helping to organize and lead the Watkins Street response immediately following the attacks of September 11, 2001 where the FDNY launched the greatest rescue mission in our Nations history. In the years which followed under Captain Higgins leadership, along with fellow Lieutenants Pete Ioveno and Bobby Alford (RIP), Tim played a key role in training and ushering a new generation of E231 members onto Watkins Street.

Congratulations to BC Tim Riordan, a class act who was “all in”… On Watkins Street, he will be remembered for always having his men prepared as we went out the door, memorable Roll Calls with his “chalk” where he would pass along the nuggets, a career of cherished Brotherhood within the firehouse kitchen, and most importantly, a seasoned Fire Officer who always made sure to take care of his men.

“The Tradition Continues…

Jul
10
2016

Watkins Street’s “Blue Star Banner” – May The Good Lord Continue To Bless The Men & Women of Our Military

A Member of Our Family Has Been Deployed Overseas

A Member of Our Family Has Been Deployed Overseas

With immense pride, the Officers & Members of E231/L120/Bn44 have adorned our Nation’s Blue Star Banner on Ladder 120′s rig. The Blue Star Banner is an American tradition dating back to WWI signifying that a family member has been deployed overseas. As we go out the door and protect our Brownsville Community, the flag is a constant reminder of a special person (who although very far away, remains real close to our hearts).

The entire FDNY joins Watkins Street past and present standing united with sincere gratitude for our U.S. Special Forces Brother whose unit is once again being challenged along the front lines in what is considered one of the most dangerous places on Earth. Godspeed.

“The Tradition Continues…

Jul
5
2016

Congratulations to FDNY Firefighter Charlie Staten – E231 “Top Whip” Calls It A Career!

FF Charlie Staten 32 Years of Service to NYC

FF Charlie Staten 32 Years of Service to NYC

Last Tour - A Salute From "The Brothers"

Last Tour – A Salute From “The Brothers”

The Officers & Members of E231/L120/Bn44 congratulate Firefighter Charles Staten (E231) on his retirement after 32 years of dedicated service to the City of New York.

FF Staten, our Senior Man and “Top Whip” was appointed to the FDNY in 1984 and subsequently assigned to Engine 1. After a brief stop in E220, he found his way to Brownsville, Brooklyn landing at E231 where he would have the good fortune to serve under 3 great Captains during his 22 year tenure on Watkins Street (Captain Joe Coniglio, Captain Bobby Higgins, and current E231 Company Commander Jim Duggan). Charlie leaves the Job as one of but a handful of men who had the distinction of operating during the initial stages of both historic WTC events (1993 WTC Bombing & September 11, 2001).

With an infectious smile the size of Texas, “Chucky” Staten was a friend to all he ever came in contact with. His decision to report for duty as ECC on his beloved Engine Company 231 (until the very last day permitted by NYC law) is a testament to his sense of duty, honor, professionalism, and most of all – our cherished brotherhood. A tip of the helmet to one of the good guys.

Thank you Charlie.

“The Tradition Continues…

Jun
30
2016

Watkins Street Reunion Luncheon

BC Frank Congiusta and FF Abe Englard Enjoying Festivities With The Monteleone's

BC Frank Congiusta and FF Abe Englard Enjoying Festivities With The Monteleone’s

 

The Senior Table: Marty Connolly, Andy Gargiulo, Charlie Wagner Enjoy a Bottle of "120 Red"

The Senior Table: Marty Connolly, Andy Gargiulo, Charlie Wagner Enjoy a Bottle of “120 Red”

 

A great time was had by all at the 2nd Annual Watkins Street Reunion Luncheon. Our Senior L120 member, Deacon Andy Garguilo led the Brothers in prayer giving thanks to the cherished Brotherhood we enjoy and paying respects to those we have lost. Special thanks to Tim Byrne and Kevin McCarthy for once again doing a great job coordinating the event and connecting several generations of Watkins Street members.

Jun
5
2016

“The Tradition Continues…

1974 - 12 Year Old Anthony DeVita (current FDNY DAC Chief of Personnel) With Dad (Captain DeVita) & Members of Watkins Street

1974 – 12 Year Old Anthony DeVita (current FDNY DAC Chief of Personnel) With Dad (Captain DeVita) & Members of Watkins Street

2016 - 12 Year Old Michael DeVita With Dad (DAC DeVita), Grandfather (AC DeVita) & Members Of Watkins Street

2016 – 12 Year Old Michael DeVita With Dad (DAC DeVita), Grandfather (AC DeVita) & Members Of Watkins Street

 

Watkins Street members welcomed home former Captain Anthony DeVita L120 (1973-1976) who stopped by for a special visit with his family which included (FDNY Chief of Personnel DAC Anthony DeVita Jr) and 12 year old grandson Michael,  who someday hopes to follow his dad and grandfather into the family business.

Captain DeVita, (who rose to become an integral part of the FDNY Command Staff, retiring as 4 star Assistant Chief) was in command of L120 during the turbulent  ”FDNY War Years” period where in addition to an unimaginable amount of fire duty, many current company policies, procedures, and traditions were also established. One such policy remaining in effect job wide was the “L120 Quick Deploy Method ” (WNYF 4th 1974) which continues as standard policy for packing and deploying the Life Saving Rope. Captain DeVita enlisted the services of a sail maker from Bayport to help design the carry case as members brain stormed to introduce the roof rope evolution which has saved numerous lives throughout New York City over the past 4 decades.

On December 6, 1974 Captain DeVita wrote a formal request to AC Allen D. Hay (Brooklyn Borough Commander) seeking approval for the “Steer Horns” (affixed in 1968) to be permanently displayed on the rig. The famous request which is on display at Watkins Street stated, “the horns are but one of the centers of a vast pool of pride, spirit, and extraordinary interest that makes up the unit known as ONE TWENTY. Special techniques, purchases, and design of tools not issued by the Department and the “get up when you fall down” attitude are but some of the qualities that this pool of heretofor uncomplaining members unselfishly give to their unit, and consequently, to their Department. What we are asking is that we be granted permission to wallow in our history, exemplified by the almost unnoticeable horns adorning the front of our apparatus.” BC Frank Tuttlemondo BN44, who would make the Supreme Sacrifice just a few years later endorsed the request by writing, “this adornment was mounted in the good spirit and tradition of a highly motivated company with excellent morale”.

To view Captain DeVita’s request in its entirety, please see pg2 of  ”Newspaper Articles” in the Photo Gallery

“The Tradition Continues…

Jun
5
2016

2016 FDNY Medal Day

Watkins Street Members Gather To Kick Off The Brooklyn Medal Day Celebration

Watkins Street Members Gather To Kick Off The Brooklyn Medal Day Celebration

2016 FDNY Medal Day

2016 FDNY Medal Day

Congratulations to the 2016 FDNY Medal Day recipients which included Lt Brian Colleluori (L174) who was awarded the James Gordon Bennett Medal, the Departments highest honor. Watkins Street members joined the Brothers from E330/L172 & E221/L104 to host the Brooklyn Coalition as a great time was had by all.

May
30
2016

Memorial Day

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Everlasting gratitude to our Nations heroes at rest….

“We are forever indebted to those who have given their lives that we might be free”

- President Ronald Reagan (1983)

May
30
2016

Watkins Street Members Join Bravest Football Team

"Bravest Football Team" members FF Chris Geraghty (L120), FF Rob Leverock (L120), FF Trevor Lawrence (L120)

“Bravest Football Team” members FF Chris Geraghty (L120), FF Rob Leverock (L120), FF Trevor Lawrence (L120)

Congratulations to FF Chris Geraghty (L120), FF Rob Leverock (L120), and FF Trevor Lawrence (L120) who are proudly representing Watkins Street on the FDNY Bravest Football Team.

FDNY Bravest is a semi-pro football team comprised of members of the New York City Fire Department who play in a 27 team league of public service departments across the country raising money for various charities. Tip of the helmet to the Watkins Street trio and our Brothers on the Bravest squad for a job well done.

“The Tradition Continues…

May
23
2016

The Boys Of Summer

2016 Engine vs Truck

2016 Engine vs Truck

Proud Grampa Dave Fenton (L120, Ret) Introduces The Twins To Engine/Truck Softball!

Proud Grampa Dave Fenton (L120, Ret) Introduces The Twins To Engine/Truck Softball!

 

The annual Engine/Truck softball game was a great success as L120 came away with a 7-6 victory to edge out the Engine and secure bragging rights for the first time in many years! The Engine was led by the strong pitching staff which included recently retired BC Tim Riordan (former Lt E231) and current Bn44 Chief, Danny DiMartino. E231 Senior Man (Charlie Staten) showed he could still hang with the young fellas as he ripped a liner to short, drawing a standing ovation. L120 (which had an overall balanced offensive attack) was anchored on the defense side by second baseman – former Captain John Calamari and the gold glove outfield play of Lt Scott Coyne. Following the game, FF Billy McLaughlin was seen ordering mandatory batting practice for all 231 members in preparation for next year!

The highlight of the day was the standing room only crowd which quickly gathered around “Grandpa Dave Fenton” who did a fantastic job explaining the history of the annual bragging rights game – while multi-tasking between bottles and diaper duty for 2 sets ((the Fenton’s & the Woods) of our “many” Watkins Street twins. Congratulations to one and all!

“The Tradition Continues…

May
12
2016

Watkins Street Members Join His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan Among Honorees At 21st Annual FDNY Foundation Dinner

Lt Scott Coyne (L120) Accepts 2016 FDNY Recognition Award

Lt Scott Coyne (L120) Accepts 2016 FDNY Recognition Award

Congratulations to Lt Scott Coyne (L120) who represented the Watkins Street contingent of the FDNY Incident Management Team and Bureau of Operations (which also included FF Billy McLaughlin E231, FF Brian Winzer E231, and FF John McEneaney L120) receiving the FDNY Recognition Award at the New York Hilton in recognition for exemplary efforts as part of the FDNY Legionnaire Task Force at the 2016 FDNY Foundation Dinner.

After several New Yorkers lost their lives to the dreaded disease, members of the Legionnaire Task Force essentially operated around the clock in order to identify every potential building in NYC which may have been affected.

The entire effort was a great success, under the command of Assistant Chief Ronald Spadafora, (who along with former Bn44 members AC James Daly & DAC Edward Ferrier) led the Brothers on stage to accept the award from FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro. In a poignant moment that brought the house down, Chief Spadafora received a standing ovation as all in attendance, including His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan marveled at the courage and dignity for which Chief Ronnie continues to display as he stands up to fight cancer. Congratulations to all for a job well done.

“The Tradition Continues…