As the Chief’s motorcade turned onto Watkins Street, his family was greeted with thunderous applause from FDNY members as every rig in the 44 Battalion had lined the street to welcome the former Commander home to Watkins Street. UFOA President Jake Lemonda and current Bn44 Commander James McNally presented special commendations and gifts to mark the occasion, our friends from the Brooklyn CO gave the traditional Voice Alarm tribute, and many firefighting Brothers from years gone by also made surprise visits (which included Al Jacobs, Andy Garguilo, and the birthday boy who turns 90 next week, Seymour Schenker – who was Chief Orvis’ trusted 44 Aide). Before cutting his cake, the tones went off and the old school Chief was treated to one last nostalgic trip down Pitkin Ave, responding with his 44th Battalion to a Class 3 alarm.
At the conclusion of a memorable afternoon, the wise Chief had one small piece of advice for today’s members (telling us), “Boys, you’re all in a wonderful Job…..be good to The Job.”
“The Tradition Continues…
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* The Officers & Members of the entire 44 Battalion send a tip of the helmet to all the people who quietly worked behind the scenes at FDNY Headquarters for helping provide a fitting tribute to a deserving individual and his family.