Watkins Street members welcomed home former Captain Anthony DeVita L120 (1973-1976) who stopped by for a special visit with his family which included (FDNY Chief of Personnel DAC Anthony DeVita Jr) and 12 year old grandson Michael, who someday hopes to follow his dad and grandfather into the family business.
Captain DeVita, (who rose to become an integral part of the FDNY Command Staff, retiring as 4 star Assistant Chief) was in command of L120 during the turbulent “FDNY War Years” period where in addition to an unimaginable amount of fire duty, many current company policies, procedures, and traditions were also established. One such policy remaining in effect job wide was the “L120 Quick Deploy Method ” (WNYF 4th 1974) which continues as standard policy for packing and deploying the Life Saving Rope. Captain DeVita enlisted the services of a sail maker from Bayport to help design the carry case as members brain stormed to introduce the roof rope evolution which has saved numerous lives throughout New York City over the past 4 decades.
On December 6, 1974 Captain DeVita wrote a formal request to AC Allen D. Hay (Brooklyn Borough Commander) seeking approval for the “Steer Horns” (affixed in 1968) to be permanently displayed on the rig. The famous request which is on display at Watkins Street stated, “the horns are but one of the centers of a vast pool of pride, spirit, and extraordinary interest that makes up the unit known as ONE TWENTY. Special techniques, purchases, and design of tools not issued by the Department and the “get up when you fall down” attitude are but some of the qualities that this pool of heretofor uncomplaining members unselfishly give to their unit, and consequently, to their Department. What we are asking is that we be granted permission to wallow in our history, exemplified by the almost unnoticeable horns adorning the front of our apparatus.” BC Frank Tuttlemondo BN44, who would make the Supreme Sacrifice just a few years later endorsed the request by writing, “this adornment was mounted in the good spirit and tradition of a highly motivated company with excellent morale”.
To view Captain DeVita’s request in its entirety, please see pg2 of “Newspaper Articles” in the Photo Gallery
“The Tradition Continues…