Man Wanted For A String of Church Fires

Arson Video

Wednesday, April 16, 2014  BROOKLYN (WABC) -- Police are searching for an arsonist wanted in a string of church fires in Brooklyn, and they're hoping new surveillance video will lead to an arrest.

The man was caught on camera setting a newspaper on fire in front of the one of the buildings. In all, three fires were set on three separate days.

The first incident happened just before 3 a.m. on April 12 at The Greater New Beginnings Church on East 98th Street. Police say the man lit a newspaper on fire, burning the inside doorway of the location.

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Then, on April 13 at 2:35 a.m., the man tossed an unknown object through a closed window of the Inglesia Cristiana Church on Pitkin Avenue. It caused a small fire in the bathroom that was quickly extinguished, causing minor damage to the bathroom.

Finally, just after 6:30 a.m. Monday, the suspect lit a newspaper on fire outside St. Mark's Church on Union Street, causing minor damage to the location.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).



N.Y.P.D. Officer Laid To Rest

Monday, April 14, 2014  ROCKAWAY BEACH (WABC) -- In a slow moving procession that stretched for blocks in Rockaway Beach, the NYPD brought fallen police officer Dennis Guerra and his family through a sea of officers standing shoulder-to-shoulder to a final tribute to a man they called a hero.

"He ran into a building to rescue people, and then the worst that could happen, happened to him," PBA President Pat Lynch said.

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Officer Guerra along and his partner Rosa Rodriguez, who remains in critical condition, were overcome by smoke and fumes as they answered a 911 call of a fire in the hallway of a city owned building in Coney Island.

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During the service, their bravery was remembered by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

"We'll always remember with sorrow how Dennis left us that day, but we'll also remember with pride the example of valor and devotion to duty that he set," de Blasio said.

He also carried on a tradition as a NYPD officer following his father and uncle onto the force.

"He was a senior officer who was very respectful and responsible. He acted with dignity and he wore the uniform with honor and pride," Deputy Inspector Carlos Valdez said.

His brother-in-law Curtis Mitchell remembered his devotion to family.

"He was recently called a hero, but to all of his family Dennis was always a hero. And long before he will continue to live on in our hearts and memories as such," Mitchell said.

Honored one last time, as his coffin was carried from the church, a precision flyover, by the department's aviation unit.

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Box 1456 3rd Alarm

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Sunday, April 13, 2014 17:48hrs Rescue 2 responded to 4324 4th Ave. for a fire in a 3 story mixed use 25 x 50 commercial building. The fire was located in the basement and on the first floor. 4 lines were put into operation and the fire was placed under control at  19:07hrs.



Box 771 4th Alarm

Sunday, April 6, 2014 13:30hrs Rescue 2 responded to 17 Menahan for a fire in a 4 story converted factory to office building. Fire was located in the basement with extension into the first floor. 3 lines were stretched and put into operation. Units encountered blacked out conditions in basement with alot of stock making locating fire difficult. A 10-66 was transmitted when one member got turned around off his line. He was located immediatly and accounted for. Fire was placed under control at 15:28hrs.



Box 1370 2nd Alarm

Sunday, March 30, 2014 06:44hrs Rescue 2 responded to 65 Bush Street for a fire in a six story multiple dwelling. Reports of jumpers and people trapped. Fire was quickly knocked down . One 10-45 code 2 was removed from the scaffolding and 4 10-45's code 4's were removed from the interior and treated by E.M.S.


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65 Bush Street - Jumper Down


Boston Fire Line of Duty Deaths

Wednesday, March 26, 2014  Lt. Ed Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy of the Boston Fire Department  died today in the line of duty. From the officers and men of F.D.N.Y. Rescue 2 our prayers and thoughts goes out to these brave brothers , their families and all the members of The Boston Fire Department.  Rest In Peace.


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Box 1790 MVA/Fire/All Hands

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 23:09hrs Rescue 2 responded to Belmont and Essex for a confirmed pin with fire. All hands went to work for an unmarked police car crashed into a church van.




F.D.N.Y. Upcoming Events

Tuesday, March 25, 2014   

         Michael J. Cawley Memorial Foundation – 13th Annual Benefit Fundraiser

            Michael J. Cawley Memorial Foundation 13th Annual Benefit Fundraiser – Saturday, April 5th, 2014 ~ 3-8PM at Mulcahy's, 3232 Railroad Avenue, Wantagh, NY (516)826-6857  (Across from the LIRR station)  Live Music ~ Hot Buffet ~ Drink Specials.  LOTS OF GREAT RAFFLE PRIZES ~ LIVE & SILENT AUCTIONS.


       41st Annual FDNY vs. NYPD Charity Hockey Game – Sunday, April 6th

            The FDNY and NYPD Hockey Teams will battle it out on Sunday, April 6th at 1:00pm for the 41st Annual Charity Hockey Game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.  Please come support New York’s Bravest and Finest.  The FDNY has won the last 5 games with an overall record of 23-15-2.  Come take part of the tailgating festivities before the game.  Tickets are available through, Nassau Coliseum box office or team players.  Any questions can be emailed to


     National September 11th Memorial Museum

            Prior to its official public opening, The National September 11 Memorial Museum has arranged for a special tribute-filled Dedication Period for the 9/11 community.  From May 15th through May 20th, 9/11 families, first responders, recovery workers and survivors will be able to preview museum exhibits and events.  The Museum will remain open 24 hours per day during the Dedication Period in tribute to the thousands of Ground Zero rescue and recovery workers who worked around the clock in the aftermath of 9/11.  The previews are free, but reservations are required.  To learn more about the events and exhibits visit:


        FDNY/NYPD Racquetball Tournament

            The FDNY/NYPD Racquetball Tournament will be held on Saturday, May 3 (singles) and Sunday, May 4, (doubles) 2014, at Club Fit, 584 North State Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY.  For applications and further information, contact Siegy Klammer at 845-803-3969, Eric Klammer, L-59, 718-430-0243 or Pete Klammer, L-47, 718-430-0247.  Proceeds from the event benefit both FDNY/NYPD Charities.


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Box 1068 3rd Alarm

Thursday, February 27, 2014  Rescue 2 responded to 135 Eastern Pkwy for a fire on the12th floor in a 16 story 200 x 170 multiple dwelling. Members encountered heavy fire load in the very large apartment cluttered with debris from floor to ceiling.Floor below nozzle and ko curtains were used but members still had to advance under extreme conditions  the handline down the 19 foot hallway. Several members were transported and treated at the Cornell Burn Ctre.

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Box 2114 3rd Alarm

Monday, February 17, 2014 13:09hrs Rescue 2 responded to 912 Saratoga Ave. for a fire in a 4 story 100 x 150 occupied multiple dwelling. Fire started in the basement and extended to the fourth floor via a shaft. 3 lines were streched and put into operation.



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