Watkins Street salutes FDNY War Years legend, BC Larry Lee who recently passed to a higher level. A true Patriot who served in the United States Navy during WWII, Larry was appointed to the FDNY in 1947 (retiring in 1990) following 43 years of distinguished service to the City of New York.
As a Lieutenant, in both E231 and L120 he worked on Watkins Street during the height of the busiest years of fire duty the FDNY and Brownsville has ever seen. An exceptional Chief Officer (Bn35), he was both teacher and mentor to some of the highest ranking Staff Chiefs who would go on to lead the FDNY following the attacks of September 11, 2001. At the Ladder 120 Centennial in 2005, then Chief of Department Peter Hayden noted during his closing remarks, “Larry Lee was as fine a Fire Officer as you could ever find; we used to call him THOROUGH-LEE!”
The Officers & Members of E231/L120/Bn44 thank Larry for doing his part helping establish the fine reputation our FDNY enjoys today. A member of “The Greatest Generation”, he was a Watkins Street Hall of Famer whose presence will be felt within our firehouse for generations to come.
“The Tradition Continues…