The Officers & Members of E231/L120/Bn44 would like to congratulate FF Jerry Morrissey (Bn44) on his retirement following 31 years of dedicated service to the City of New York. A decorated firefighter, Jerry spent his entire career in the Brooklyn "Borough of Fire" communities of Bed-Stuy, ENY, and Brownsville.
FF Morrissey was assigned to Captain Houge (E235) as a proby where he had the good fortune to learn his craft from a very senior crew and highly respected Fire Officers which included the likes of the legendary BC Dennis Cross, current FDNY Chief of Staff Bob Sweeney, salty ol' Captain Joe Watts, and of course, Lt Mel Harper (an old school Watkins Street fireman from the War Years who Dan Tracy labeled "the toughest FF I knew"). After many years of stretching hoselines and fighting fires in Bed-Stuy brownstones, Jerry made the move to L175, transferring to the famous "ENY Truckin Company". While on Bradford Street, he took part in the greatest rescue effort our Nation has ever seen on September 11th, 2001.
As the years of riding the backstep and operating on the floor above finally began to take its toll, FF Morrissey transferred to Bn44, that of the "flaming typewriter" (where he became the trusted Aide to longtime Bn44 Commander BC James McNally). As he now takes up, Watkins Street past and present wish our friend Jerry many years of health and happiness as he prepares to welcome his first grandchild into the world. Its been a good ride.
"The Tradition Continues...