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N.Y.P.D. Officers Ambushed

Sunday, December 21, 2014   

Two N.Y.P.D. Officers Are Killed in Brooklyn Ambush; Suspect 

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Mr. Brinsley, 28, then fled down the street and onto the platform of a nearby subway station, where he killed himself as officers closed in. The police recovered a silver semiautomatic handgun, Mr. Bratton said.

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Authorities in Baltimore sent a warning that Mr. Brinsley had made these threats, but it was received in New York at essentially the same time as the killings, officials said.

The shootings, the chase, the suicide of Mr. Brinsley and the desperate but failed bid to save the lives of the officers — their uniforms soaked in blood — turned a busy commercial intersection on the Saturday before Christmas into a scene of pandemonium.

The manager of a liquor store at the corner, Charlie Hu, said the two police officers were slouched over in the front seat of their patrol car. Both of them appeared to have been shot in the head, Mr. Hu said, and one of the officers had blood spilling out of his face.

“Today two of New York’s finest were shot and killed with no warning, no provocation,” Mr. Bratton said at Woodhull Hospital in Williamsburg, where the officers were declared dead. “They were, quite simply, assassinated — targeted for their uniform and for the responsibility they embraced to keep the people of this city safe.”

“Officer Ramos and Officer Liu never had the opportunity to draw their weapons,” he continued. “They may have never even seen the assailant, their murderer.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio, standing beside the police commissioner, said, “It is an attack on all of us; it’s an attack on everything we hold dear.”

Mr. de Blasio said he had met with the officers’ families, including Officer Ramos’s 13-year-old son, who “couldn’t comprehend what had happened to his father.”


Late Saturday night, President Obama condemned the “murder of two police officers in New York City,” noting that officers who serve their communities “deserve our respect and gratitude every single day. Tonight, I ask people to reject violence and words that harm, and turn to words that heal — prayer, patient dialogue, and sympathy for the friends and family of the fallen.”

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The double killing comes at a moment when protests over police tactics have roiled the city and other parts of the nation. Since a grand jury declined to bring criminal charges in the case of Mr. Garner, a black Staten Island man who died after a police chokehold in July, protesters have filled the streets on numerous occasions. Those protests followed more violent ones in Ferguson, Mo., after there were no charges in the police shooting of Mr. Brown, an unarmed black teenager.

The mayor has taken care to praise officers’ work repeatedly since the grand jury decision, but he has stressed the rights of protesters to express themselves and spoken of his personal experience instructing his biracial son, Dante, to “take special care” during any police encounters.

Some union leaders suggested the mayor had sent a message that police officers were to be feared. Cries for the police to use more restraint have been buttressed by historic drops in violent crime. The city has seen roughly 300 killings so far this year, a number so low as to be unheard-of two decades ago.

But the shooting on Saturday seemed reminiscent of decades past, when the city was mired in an epidemic of drugs and violence and, in 1988, a police officer was shot while he sat alone in his patrol car guarding the home of a man who had testified in a drug case. That killing shook the city, sparking an escalation in the war on drugs and an aggressive crackdown on violent crime. Mr. Bratton said that the attack on Saturday was the seventh time since 1972 that partners in the Police Department had been killed at the same time.

The killing seemed to drive the wedge between Mr. de Blasio and rank-and-file officers even deeper. Video posted online showed dozens of officers turning their backs to the mayor as he walked into anews conference on Saturday night.

“There’s blood on many hands tonight — those that incited violence on the street under the guise of protests, that tried to tear down what New York City police officers did every day," the head of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, Patrick Lynch, said outside Woodhull Hospital. He added, “That blood on the hands starts on the steps of City Hall, in the office of the mayor.”



Box 2446 2nd Alarm

2nd Alarm ( Fatal Fire)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 00:46hrs  Rescue 2 responded to 1434 Flatbush Ave. Right by the quarters of Engine 255 and Ladder 157 units had fire out threee windows with numerous people trapped in the 20 x 60 wood frame structure. A total of 9 10-45's were giving as many rescues were taking place. One of the rescues happened in the rear as Rescue 2's roofman Firefighter Jim Brady hung from a yankee gutter dropping down onto the rear setback. He entered the window and upon searching  found and transmitted two 10-45's. He was then assisted by Squad 1's  roofman and Ladder 147 on the removal of the civilians.



Veterans Day

Wednesday, November 12, 2014  To all the veterans and their families thank you for your service and all the sacrifices that you had to make to protect this great nation. God bless and enjoy your day . From the men and officers of F.D.N.Y. Rescue 2. 

Two Generations of Sacrifice and Valor

Two Generations of Sacrifice and Valor


9/11 Mass

Tuesday, September 9, 2014   A mass and luncheon will be held on Thursday 9/11 at the quarters of F.D.N.Y. Rescue 2. We will remember and pay tribute to  all the members who paid the ultimate sacrifice that day when our nation and city was attacked. Please call the firehouse for more details.


Never Forget


2nd Alarm Brownstone

Sunday, September 7, 2014 17:44hrs  Rescue 2 responded to 684 Halsey Street for a fire on the top floor of a 3 story 20 x 50 brownstone. Two lines were stretched and put into operation . 2nd alarm was transmitted with extension into the cockloft and searches were delayed due to collyers like conditions.



Box 1873 Multiple Dwelling

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 11:14hrs  Rescue 2 responded to 1308 Loring Street for a fire on the fourth floor with children trapped. Fire was in Apt. 4c where three children were removed one in respiratory arrest. Police officer was reported trapped but later found om the tenth floor and evaluated by e.m.s

Rookie firefighter saves 4-year-old boy from apartment fire, his two brothers also pulled from the blaze by FDNY firefightersJustin Tallett, 27, burst into the rear bedroom of a Brooklyn flat around 11 a.m., found 4-year-old Trevele Bolton motionless under a blanket and then carried him to safety, officials said. Trevele’s two brothers — ages 5 and 8 — were also pulled from the blaze after the grandfather who had been watching them inexplicably bolted from the East New York apartment, leaving the children behind.
Justin Tallett, 27, burst into the rear bedroom of a Brooklyn flat around 11 a.m., found the 4-year-old boy motionless under a blanket and then carried him to safety, officials said.Tallett, a former Army medic who completed a stint in Afghanistan in 2012, brushed off praise, saying he simply relied on his training and instincts.

“I just knew I had to get him out of the apartment,” Tallett said, his face still stained with soot. “That was really the only thing I was thinking.”

The critically injured boy, identified as Trevele Belton, was resuscitated on his way to the hospital and is expected to survive.

Trevele’s two brothers — ages 5 and 8 — were also pulled from the blaze after the grandfather who had been watching them inexplicably bolted from the East New York apartment, leaving the children behind.“He did a wonderful job,” Lt. Chris Bedard, of Ladder 107, said of Tallett. “It’s just good training that we have in the academy for these gentlemen.”

Gripping photos shot by the Daily News captured the dramatic rescue frame-by-frame.

The call came over at 11:13 a.m.

Two minutes later, firefighters arrived on the scene and saw smoke pouring out of the fourth-floor Pink Houses apartment on Loring Ave. Through the plumes, the smoke-eaters sp

otted the two older brothers in a window. They were trapped.Frank Blackstone. “They were crying. They weren’t screaming.”

Blackstone was initially planning on setting up a portable ladder. But once they spotted the kids, the firefighters realized they didn’t have time.

So Blackstone went up in a bucket ladder that broke through a handful of branches as it extended skyward.

“It was amazing how fast those firefighters got up there,” said one witness who declined to give her name. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Once the bucket reached the fourth floor, Blackstone broke through the windows with pick axes and scooped up the two boys — Tremaine, 5, and Darian, 8.

“We were able to pull them out and bring them down to the street,” Blackstone said.One of them said there were other family members in the apartment.

But their youngest brother remained inside.

Neighbors rushing out of the burning building were shocked to see the boys’ grandfather — Willy Wilcox, 66 — standing near the lobby. He was wearing only boxer shorts and a black T-shirt.

Wilcox scurried from the apartment while all three kids were still inside, neighbors and law enforcement sources said. He left the front door open.“People wanted to hurt him around here,” said neighbor Omar White, 33. “They were like, ‘How could you leave those kids in the house?’ ”

Once they made it into the apartment after crawling through the hallway, Tallett and a crew of his fellow Bravest doused the flames with their water cans and fanned out.

Tallett, after rushing into the rear bedroom, headed for the bed.

“The blankets were there,” he said. “I felt something under the blankets and I grabbed him and took him out.”

“I handed him to another unit” a floor below “and then I went back in,” Tallett added.

A firefighter rushed the unconscious boy, wearing only his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles underwear, to a waiting ambulance.

“He was out of it,” said White, who described seeing the boys’ arms bouncing up and down lifelessly.

“Everybody just started crying.”

All three boys and the grandfather were taken to Brookdale University Hospital. Trevele was later transferred to New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell.

At Brookdale, the boys’ aunt said Tremaine told her the blaze broke out after Trevele lit something on the stove.TODD MAISEL/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

The cause of the fire is under investigation. A police source said Trevele was burned, suggesting that he might be responsible.

The aunt, Amanda Ridley, 51, said she had “no idea” why Wilcox deserted the boys.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if he was drunk and sleeping because I do know him to drink,” Ridley said.

“I don’t think he’s capable of taking care of kids,” she added.

Tallett, for his part, stuck to the hero script.

“I just saw the kid and I knew I had to get him out,” said Tallett, also assigned to Ladder 107 in Brooklyn. “That’s what our training taught us to do.”

“Today was a great day,” he added. “As long as the kids are OK, it would make it even better.”

With Kerry Burke



Box 1593 2nd Alarm

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 05:25hrs.  Rescue 2 responded to 137 East 35 St. Battalion 41 reports fire in the basement, 1st floor, 2nd floor,and thru the roof of an attached private dwelling. all searches were negative and probally will hold giving at 06:15hrs.



Box 641 2nd Alarm

Monday, July 21, 2014 !2:21hrs  Rescue 2 responded to 252 Greene Ave. for a fire on the top floor of a four story non-fireproof building. Battalion 57 transmitted the all hands and a second alarm was transmitted with extension into the cockloft. All searches were negative , probally will hold giving at 13:19hrs. 




Thursday, July 10, 2014   FDNY firefighters say goodbye to Lt. Gordon Ambelas, who lived the way he died — a heroFirefighters gathered by the thousands on Nelson Ave. in Staten Island to pay their respects to Gordon Matthews Ambelas, who died last week in a high-rise blaze in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. His family and close friends were there too, many of them wearing T-shirts bearing his smiling face and a perfect legend: 'He lived he way he died — a hero.'
The men and women who rush into burning buildings to save our lives gather in the thousands on leafy Nelson Ave. in Staten Island under a sticky July sky.

Out of the dress blue, I’m greeted by a firefighter named Eddie Heegan of Ladder 153 in Gravesend who grew up with my older kids in Brooklyn. He’s here for the funeral of FDNY Lt. Gordon Ambelas, who died heroically last week in a high-rise blaze in Williamsburg.

I ask Heegan how he’s doing. He tells me he got married a year ago. I whisper congratulations.

“Yeah, Lt. Ambelas’ wake and funeral brought back a flood of emotions for my wife, Linda,” he says, reminding me how deep the unique FDNY brotherhood goes. She was the widow of Firefighter Joe Graffagnino, one of the firefighters who died in the Deutsche Bank Building fire in 2007. She belongs to a group of fire widows and she went to the wake for Gordon Ambelas and met his widow. It brought up a lot of emotions.

Emotions charge the whole block now, as an officer calls the men to attention, a rigid blue fire line as Ambelas’ cortege is led by five police motorcycles and one radio car with flashing lights. Then comes two gleaming fire engines from Tower Ladder 119 and Ladder 81, where Ambelas had served his city as a first responder, risking and finally giving his life to save others.

The door of each firetruck is inscribed: “In loving memory of Lt. Gordon Ambelas.” The street is now as quiet as eternity. The procession stops at the small, squat, red brick Church of St. Clare.

Heroes like this aren’t born. They are not taught. They discover themselves in the furnaces of human peril, revealed in that space between tick and tock where most of us flee for safety and a rare few delve deeper into the belly of the beast to help others.

What happened to him that day could happen to any of us any day.
Gordon Matthew Ambelas discovered he was one of the rarest of human beings. One who cared more for others than he did for his own safety.

And that’s why, as Ambelas’ family and close friends empty from the fire transport vans, many wear T-shirts bearing his handsome, smiling face and a perfect legend: “He lived the way he died — a hero.”

They file into the church, many already weeping for this knight of the city who leaves a wife and two young children.

On the door of one fire transport wagon is a memorial to “FF Michael Kieffer, Ladder 132, 9-11-01 . . . still helping others.”

You feel again in that moment the fierce brotherhood of these firefighters who live a high-wire life that includes a daily dance with death. You feel it even deeper as the pipers wail “Amazing Grace,” which lifts from this drowsy street in Great Kills and spreads across Staten Island where Ambelas lived. The mournful air wafts across the narrows on the stingy summer breeze, pealing across Brooklyn and out toward the wounded Rockaways and whipping off toward that solemn place in lower Manhattan where the darkest day in the city’s and the FDNY’s history happened 13 Septembers ago.

As the church doors close, the firefighters break ranks and greet each other with a special life-affirming embrace.I ask Eddie Heegan how his wife, who lost one husband to firefighting found her own courage, to marry another firefighter.

“I dunno. We met several years after her loss, and got to talking and she said she knew she shouldn’t spend her whole life in mourning,” he says. “She had two beautiful kids, Mia and Joe, and I asked her to go to a concert with me in Prospect Park. We went. We had fun. We fell in love. And last year we got married. She kept her Graffagnino name, to honor Joe, and for her kids . . . I’m raising these beautiful kids but Joe will always be their dad. I want them to know what kind of honorable life he led and that he died a hero.”

Inside the church, they were giving eulogies and saying prayers for another hero named Lt. Gordon Ambelas. Outside, Eddie Heegan, who was raising a hero’s kids, had come to pay his respects for a fallen FDNY brother.

“When I leave for work and tell her I love her and say, ‘See you later,’ we both know that maybe we won’t,” he says of his wife. “Same with Gordon Ambelas. What happened to him that day could happen to any of us any day. ”

Then he gazes around Nelson Ave., which is a blue brotherhood honoring a fallen hero named Lt. Gordon Ambelas.


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