On Sunday August 20th 2023, at approximately 11:30am a ticket was received for smoke from a building in the intersection of Sackman St & Livonia Ave. Upon arrival Fire was out the windows on the 11th floor in apt 11C, at 383 Livonia Ave and a 10-77 was transmitted. It was at this time the firefighters of Watkins Street upheld the highest traditions of this job and 3 young children are alive because of the aggressiveness and the quick actions of Engine 231 and Ladder 120.FF Chris Ferro L120 was first through the apartment door and found an unconscious child in the living room. FF Steve Etts L120 had the irons and crawled past FF Ferro and found a second child unconscious. Lt Walker E231 crawled in and digging through a pile of laundry and furniture found yet another unconscious child.
The kids were ran down the stairs by the members and with no EMS on scene later arriving companies started to administer oxygen and first aid to the children. Engine 231 did a phenomenal job getting The line stretched rapidly and into operation to the back bedroom where the main body of fire was located. Due to the fire being located on an upper floor, initially the pressure was very low in the line. E231 Chauffeur FF Sal Scafuri did a tremendous job stretching a 3 1/2 supply line and getting water into the standpipe system just in time for FF Lane Williams on the nozzle to move in and knockdown the fire. Three Children are alive today due to an outstanding job performed by all members of Engine 231 and Ladder 120 who went above and beyond the call of duty!
Great Job Brothers! Way to Make not only Watkins Street proud but the FDNY & the City of New York
Capt: Carlos Ruiz (Div 15)
LCC: FF Chris Geraghty
Irons FF Steve Etts
Can: FF Connor Davan
OV: FF Chris Ferro
Roof: FF Mike La Rocca (Det L176)
ECC: FF Sal Scafuri
Nozzle: FF Lane Williams
Back Up: FF Ali Balic
Door: FF Tristen Echols
Control: FF Jose Henriquez
Battalion 44 Chief Paul Geoghegan