Captain Eysser, (the 26th Company Commander in our storied history) conducted his final Roll Call on Watkins Street on April 8th, 2016 (which ironically happened to be the 111th Anniversary of Ladder Company 120 existence) – a number having special meaning since he began his tower ladder firefighting career (L111, L124, L120) as a member of the Nuthouse. Amongst the most respected Fire Officers in the FDNY (in addition to exercising prominent achievement during his tenure at L120), his closing remarks reflected a deep and abiding regard for the humbling experience having had the opportunity to serve on Watkins Street.
The final tour would feature special visits from Uncle Herb Eysser, The Brothers of years past, our friends – the fire buffs, neighboring Bn44 Companies including the fine men of Field Comm, a Voice Alarm tribute from the Brooklyn Dispatchers, a visit from Dispatcher 120 Warren Fuchs “The Voice of Brooklyn”, congratulatory phone calls, nosh, chow, coffee, and an “undetected” note of affection penned by the members of L120. Fittingly, at 2228 hrs, Captain Eysser went out in style as E231/L120/Bn44 responded 1st due to phone alarm Brooklyn Box 1698 for the address 414 Sutter Ave resulting in signal 10-77 “All-Hands on Arrival” in apartment 1G. In what was a memorable, old school night of fire duty with “last tours” all over the place, (at about the same time operations were taking place at 414 Sutter), Bn37 was giving “All-Hands for a fire in the basement at Marion/Saratoga”….which of course meant our old friends George, Ellson, and Howie were all smiles, looking down with pride from the great firehouse kitchen in the sky.
Congratulations to FDNY Battalion Chief Chris Eysser (who as our Captain) upheld and supported time honored traditions we hold dear. His unyielding pursuit constantly working towards elevating our performance on the fire ground will be felt around Watkins Street for a very long time.
“The Tradition Continues…