Ladder 120

HISTORY

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CAPTAINS

NAME DATE
James J. Mooney       ** 1906-1918
Edward C. Smith 1913-1914
James A. Sheridan 1918-1921
Christopher Weimer 1921-1923
Martin E. Mangels 1923-1928
James J. Hart 1928-1934
Henry Hofmann 1934-1937
John McConnell 1937-1939
James A. Killen 1939-1943
Walter H. Fricke 1943-1949
Benjamin Aaronson 1949-1953
Peter W. Burns 1953-1958
James Craig 1958-1959
Leon A. Chikofsky 1959-1959
Joseph H. Gates 1959-1966
Edward J. Brown 1966-1968
Curt A.R. Landgrebe 1968-1973
Anthony W. DeVita 1973-1976
David M. Corcoran 1976-1977
Paul H. Jetter 1977-1984
Robert Babstock 1984-1988
Martin T. Coyne 1988-1993
Shaun M. Reen 1994-1999
Harry Werner 1999-2002
John F. Calamari 2003-2013
Christopher G. Eysser
2013-2016

Michael J. Thomson                                                                                         2016-Present

**  Denotes longest serving Captain

THE RIG

MEDALS

The earliest medal awarded to Ladder 120 was to Captain James F. Mooney in 1917 for having the best disciplined company in 1916. He received the Stephenson Medal. <view story>

On August 7, 1929, Lieutenant Henry Rohrbach received a Department Medal and Fireman Augustus Kettler received the Brooklyn Citizen Medal for rescuing a couple from a fire at 136 Thatford Avenue. <view story> <view story>

Four days before Christmas in 1929 Firemen Francis P. J. Donlon and Charles T. Leary, Jr. each received Department Medals for rescuing a mother and her four children from 445 Watkins Street. <view story> <view story>

St. Patrick’s Day 1930, Fireman Frank H. Magan rescued a father and his two children from 277 Watkins Street. For his heroic work he was awarded the Brooklyn Citizens Medal. <view story>

On November 3, 1934 two members of Ladder 120 rescued two people at 361 Bristol Street. Fireman Roland G. Churbuck earned the Brooklyn Citizen Medal and the Emily Trevor-Mary B. Warren Medal was awarded to Fireman Charles H. Smith for their part of the rescues. <view story> <view story>

Fireman Victor F. Rossi on October 21, 1950 rescued two women from 162 Glenmore Avenue. Fireman Rossi earned the James Gordon Bennett Medal, the oldest medal awarded for bravery each year. It was also the best rescue in a three year period and he earned the Doctor Harry M. Archer Medal in 1954. This medal is given only to a James Gordon Bennett Medal winner once every three years. <view story> <view story>

On October 31, 1952 Fireman Rossi earned the Hugh Bonner Medal for capturing a culprit who was trying to steal the 44th Battalion’s car from in front of quarters. <view story>

The Brooklyn Citizen Medal was awarded to Lieutenant John F. Finnegan for rescuing a little girl from her burning apartment at 99 Belmont Street on June 4, 1958. <view story>

Lieutenant Curt A. Landgrebe earned the Thomas F. Dougherty Medal for rescuing an eight year old boy from his burning apartment at 29 Hinsdale Street on December 5, 1963. <view story>

On May 10, 1965, Lieutenant Curt A. Landgrebe received the Brooklyn Citizen Medal for rescuing a woman from 426 Snediker Avenue. <view story>

For his heroic work at 712 Stone Avenue on November 4, 1965, Lieutenant Eugene P. Timmons received the Vincent J. Kane Medal for rescuing a small boy from a burning apartment. <view story>

Fireman Daniel J. Tracy earned three medals in three years. The first medal, the Commissioner Edward Thompson Medal was awarded on March 25, 1965 for rescuing five children from an apartment fire at 593 Howard Avenue. His second medal, the Brummer Medal was given for rescuing two people from 273 Amboy Street on April 23, 1966. His last medal was again awarded for rescuing a child from 1586 St. Marks Avenue on July 21, 1967. For this rescue at extreme personal risk, Fireman Tracy earned the Brooklyn Citizen Medal. <view story> <view story>

On June 22, 1968 Fireman John J. Connolly (4) rescued a mother and her two children from 358 Hinsdale Street. The Emerald Society Medal was awarded Fireman Connolly for this rescue.

On April 3, 1970 FF Rudy Greco rescued an elderly man from the 3rd floor at 1961 Bergen Street. For his actions he was awarded John J. McElligott Medal. <view story>

Fireman Thomas J. Cherry rescued a child from a burning window sill at 705 Saratoga Avenue on September 22, 1972. He swung pendulum fashion across an eight foot gap between the adjoining fire escape and window to rescue the child. For this heroic rescue Fireman Thomas J. Cherry was awarded the Henry D. Brookman Medal. <view story>

Another Brooklyn Citizen Medal was awarded to Fireman Louis Monteleone for rescuing three unconscious people from a burning apartment at 298 Sumpter Street on January 15, 1978. <view story>

On December 22, 1979 Fireman Robert L. Scheriff, off duty, rescued three people from a four car accident on the Interboro Parkway. In true Hollywood tradition the cars exploded in a fireball just as Scheriff pulled the last person from the wreck. He received the American Legion Fire Department Post No. 930 Mark M Wohlfeld Memorial Medal for this rescue. <view story>

The William F. Conran Medal was awarded to Firefighter Michael P. Harrington for making a rope rescue from a seventh floor window at 375 Blake Avenue on July 25, 1980. <view story>

Firefighter Kevin D. Heaney would rescue a resident and fellow firefighter from a burning fire apartment on September 4, 1982 at 1912 Bergen Street. He would receive the Albert S. Johnston Medal for his daring rescue. <view story>

The Thomas A. Kenney Memorial Medal was awarded to Firefighter Paul J. McFadden for rescuing five people from 354 Chauncy Street on June 24, 1983. <view story>

Firefighter Dennis Farrell received the Chief Joseph R. Martin Medal for rescuing a three year old boy from his crib in the fire apartment on March 18, 1988. <view story>

Firefighter Michael T. Kelly with only nine months on the job rescued a nine year old boy from his burning apartment at 1965 Bergen Street on May 29, 1992. He received the Commissioner Edward Thompson Medal for this extraordinary rescue. <view story>

On July 30, 2000 two members of Ladder 120 rescued a family of five from a thirteenth floor apartment at 315 Lavonia Avenue. Fireman Michael P. Cummings received the Brooklyn Citizen Medal and Lieutenant Dennis Gordon receiving the Hugh Bonner Medal. Trapped in the bedroom of the fire apartment both men gave up their masks to the barely conscious children until the fire was knocked down in the living room and kitchen. <view story> <view story>

In 2006, Lt. Lawrence E. Tompkins was awarded the Albert S. Johnston Medal for the successful rescue of a senior citizen who happened to also be an amputee from a fire on the second floor at 393 Powell Street. <view story>
In 2007, FF Glen J. Merkitch rescued a civilian on the floor above at a 2nd floor job at 2132A Fulton Street/Rockaway Ave. He found Theodore Dinkins wedged between a bed and the wall and proceeded to drag him to the front of the buildinig to the window where L120′s bucket was in position to carry the occupant to the street. For his actions, FF Merkitch was awarded the Thomas E. Crimmons Medal. <view story>
FF Larry D. Schneckenburger was awarded the Pulaski Association Medal in 2007 for his quick thinking actions in front of quarters on March 20th, 2006. FF Schneckenburger witnessed a gunfight at the same time children were being dismissed from the adjacent school and immediately put himself in harms way. He ushered many kids to safety while a total of 17 shots were fired and one teacher was struck twice in the leg. <view story>
FF John P. Drew was awarded the Chief Joseph B. Martin Medal in 2007 for his actions at a fire at 348 Chester Street on December 27th, 2005. As any FF from Watkins St can attest, a box at the “Marcus Garvey” buildings presents many unique challenges and variations. FF Drew rescued Mary Patterson (a relative of former heavyweight boxer Floyd Patterson) from the top floor. <view story>
 
FF Peter E. Carroll was the 3rd member in L120 history to be awarded the Albert S. Johnston Medal for a daring rescue of a 40 year old woman on the floor above of a lightweight construction duplex apartment at 340 Marion Street on August 25, 2011. (which occurred as signal 10-70 was transmitted for water delivery problems).
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http://www.nyc.gov/html/fdny/pdf/publications/medal_day/2012/Medal_Day_Book_2012_FINAL.pdf

 

FF Michael P. Richardson was awarded the 2013 Columbia Society Medal for operating above the fire in deteriorating conditions and rescuing a 55 year old man who was unconscious in his bed at Box 1636 which was transmitted for a heavy fire in the store of a 2 story brick adjacent to E283 quarters on the night of October 7, 2012.

View story:

http://www.nyc.gov/html/fdny/pdf/publications/medal_day/2013/Medal_Day_Book_2013.pdf

Captain Christopher G. Eysser, the 26th Company Commander in L120 history was awarded the 2014 Albert S. Johnston Medal for the rescue of 2 unconscious children in the rear bedroom at a 3 story LRFPMD at 373 Blake Ave on July 6, 2013
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UNIT CITATIONS

DATE
BOX #
ADDRESS
August 17, 1956
3-3 2100
796-802 Stone Ave
November 18, 1968
7-5 1663
345 Bristol Street
February 10, 1969
3-3 1625
1236 East NY Ave
February 15, 1971
7-5 1695
237-239 Legion Street
April 1, 1974
7-5 1657
1563 Pitkin Ave
December 30, 1976
22-1752 
2215 Pitkin Ave 
July 18, 1977
5-5 767
209-217 Menehan St
January 15, 1978
7-5 848
298 Sumpter Street
May 21, 1980
7-5 1902
426 New Lots Ave
December 02, 1984
2-2 847
82 Rockaway Ave
October 03, 1986
845
2142 Fulton Street
December 12, 1986
2-2 847
106-102A Hull Street
July 24, 1996
7-5 1648
2034 Pacific Street
March 05, 1998
1687
374 Blake Ave
July 30, 2000
7-5 1692
315 Livonia Ave              
December 11, 2006
 7-5-0845
2132A Fulton Street
January 03, 2009 7-5-1622 1515 Park Place
July 17, 2010 7-5-1673 1744 Pitkin Ave
December 12, 2014  3-3-1992  169 Hendrix Street

RUNS & WORKERS

Year Runs Workers OSW Year Runs Workers OSW 
1905 147 81
1955 1,441 848
1906 263 165
1956 1,528 818
1907 330 211
1957 1,608 926
1908 457 318
1958 1,725 955
1909 367 218
1959 2,040 1,129
1910 321 231
1960 2,445 1,462
1911 358 248
1961 2,888 1,302
1912 487 291
1962 3,410 1,503
1913 420 297
1963 4,112 1,815
1914 549 360
1964 4,970 2,030
1915 663 374
1965 6,077 2,511
1916 610 367
1966 6,476 2,759
1917 608 372
1967 7,448 4,122
1918 538 329
1968 7,904 4,477
1919 521 292
1969 7,056 4,557
1920 441 262
1970 7,127 4,592
1921 594 328
1971 10,989 7,193
1922 709 427
1972 6,620 4,656
1923 799 480
1973 5,699 4,916
1924 784 407
1974 4,650 4,048
1925 900 503
1975 5,024 4,007
1926 1,043 546
1976 3,329 2,463
1927 1,078 555
1977 3,603 2,404
1928 1,242 610
1978 4,215 2,166 706
1929 1,628 545
1979 4,533 2,500 647
1930 1,719 568
1980 5,087 2,820 712
1931 1,828 537
1981 4,538 2,484 712
1932 2,113 726
1982 4,698 2,585 615
1933 1,516 478
1983 4,022 2,225 610
1934 1,312 464
1984 3,718 2,230 736
1935 1,157 479
1985 3,212 2,096 618
1936 1,030 451
1986 3,011 1,979 610
1937 993 372
1987 3,606 2,412 573
1938 991 366
1988 4,056 2,680 671
1939 1,082 433
1989 4,243 3,002 649
1940 1,041 448
1990 4,077 2,938 580
1941 1,112 427
1991 4,347 3,106 607
1942 885 354
1992 4,255 3,132 691
1943 911 400
1993 4,316 3,214 724
1944 930 372
1994 4,251 3,252 792
1945 1,046 429
1995 4,000 2,895 662
1946 1,224 656
1996 4,133 3,097 650
1947 1,083 640
1997 4,009 3,058 625
1948 1,202 736
1998 3,865 2,898 612
1949 1,266 669
1999 3,865 2,898 563
1950 1,359 769
2000 3,704 2,756 531
1951 1,298 710
2001 3,618 2,701 518
1952 1,601 1,003
2002 3,317 2,301 504
1953 1,565 877
2003 3,295 2,379 505
1954 1,424 852
2004 3,514 2,640 563
2005
3,964
3,274 
605 
2006
3,948
3,294
693  (177 – 10-75) (#1 in City)
2007
3,889
3,333
714  ( 176 – 10-75) (#1 in City)
2008
3,838 3,173 718
2009
4,147 3,258 653
2010
4,418 3,689 620   (104 – 10-75)
2011
4,105 3,500 646   (126 – 10-75)
2012
3,697 3,042 595   (109 – 10-75)  (#1 in City)
2013
3,691 3,082 678   (113 – 10-75)
2014
4,254 3,468 705   (113 – 10-75)
2015
 4,430  3,563  867    (122 -   10-75)
2016