It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that Watkins Street LEGEND Lt. Pete McGreevy L120 has passed away. Lt. McGreevy was a FF in L122 where he became a seated chauffeur and his standard for excellence began. He was a humble expert at his craft of firefighting. While assigned to L122 and off duty he responded to the big Brooklyn ship fire which exploded without letting the brothers know, it was only when he was seen in civilian clothing carrying a wounded person from the wreckage in a WNYF photo that his brothers became aware of his heroism! He didn’t look for any praise he simply shrugged it off as doing his job. After being promoted he quickly became one of the most trusted officers in the borough. Chiefs took his word as law, and his input would override anyone else at an operation. They breathed a sigh of relief when Lt. McGreevy showed up with L120, it was known if Lt.McGreevy and his men from 120 couldn’t make the apartment than nobody could. The 15th Division commander once stated, “you just felt a lot better when you looked at the sheet and saw McGreevy was working”. Firefighters working with him felt proud that he was their boss and even a bit anxious that they would elevate their level of performance in fear of letting him down. He never yelled and rarely raised his voice, but if you made a mistake he would pull you aside and simply talk and educate you. He lead by example, a humble legend. On occasion when the men called “chows on” he would quietly walk over to the house watch and tell the house watchman to “go eat with the brothers Ive got the watch”. This was just another way this Watkins Street Hall of Famer gave back to his men, on top of the endless knowledge of firefighting he shared with them. The men knew his favorite meal was corned beef and cabbage so they made it often out of respect as a way to give back to the man that gives them so much. Assistant Chief/Chief of Safety Al Hay once stated, “Driving Pete McGreevy was the highlight of my career!” Despite battling a bad ankle through most of his career Lt. McGreevy strived for excellence for him and his men. He coined the phrase,” If they ask us to shovel sh*t we’ll be the BEST sh*t shovelers they’ve ever seen!” His was a standard to which all members of Watkins Street have been entrusted to carry on. As a daily reminder his group number “18” is painted on L120 apparatus doors. The memory and standards of Lt. McGreevy undoubtedly live on at Watkins Street as well as in its members! Please keep the McGreevy family in your thoughts and prayers.
“The Tradition Continues….