One of the greatest leaders in the history of the FDNY has decided to call it a career following 37 years of distinguished service to a grateful City.
Chief of Department Edward S. Kilduff will be remembered for his toughness as a Firefighter and wisdom and courtesy as an Officer while maintaining an infinite understanding of time honored FDNY traditions which hold as the bedrock of “The Job”.
Chief Kilduff departs as a highly decorated member of the FDNY whose career began in 1977, assigned to 34 Truck. Upon being promoted to Lt (L112), he became 24 partners with the infamous Larry McCarthy who “so gently” used to remind the young Lt, “that’s not the way we did it on Watkins St”….to which Lt Kilduff would reply, “Larry, you’re not on Watkins St anymore!” After his promotion to Captain (E92), he would serve as Chief (Bn38) and DC (Div 3) before finding his way back to Brooklyn as the Borough Commander in 2004. In 2010, he was appointed the 34th Chief of Department in NYC history.
We salute Chief Kilduff for his many years of leadership for a job well done. He has the unwavering respect of all who have served.
Watkins Street past and present adds our signatures to Department Order #78 underneath Commissioner Daniel Nigro who wrote:
“I speak from the heart and on behalf of a grateful Department – when I say “Thank You” to Ed Kilduff for his tremendous lifetime of service to the Fire Department of New York”