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 Andy Braun ( detailed from Rescue 2 ) 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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5-5-5-5 Lt. Ambelas Ladder 119

Sunday, July 6, 2014 0327hrs  Signal 5-5-5-5- transmitted for Lt. Gordon M. Ambelas Ladder 119.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro on July 6 announced the death of Lt. Gordon M. Ambelas, Ladder 119, a 14-year-veteran of the FDNY who died on July 5 from injuries sustained while attempting to save lives at a second-alarm fire in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.

Lt. Ambelas, 40, was searching for trapped occupants in a 19th floor apartment at 75 Wilson St., when the fire flashed over and trapped him in a bedroom. He was found unconscious by fellow firefighters who removed him from the apartment and attempted to resuscitate him, along with EMS personnel. He was transported in critical condition to Woodhull Medical Center, where he later died.

“New York has suffered a terrible and tragic loss tonight with the death of Lt. Gordon Ambelas, who heroically died trying to protect and save others—something he’s done for more than 14 years for the city,” said Mayor de Blasio. “We all mourn his loss, and I ask every New Yorker to keep Lieutenant Ambelas and his family in their thoughts and prayers.”

“We are deeply shocked and saddened at the loss of one of our own—a devoted, veteran firefighter who had an enormous love for his job and our mission to help and save others,” said Fire Commissioner Nigro.

Lt. Ambelas—who friends and colleagues called “Matt”—was appointed as a firefighter on Feb. 1, 2000. After graduating from Probationary Firefighter School, he was assigned to Ladder Company 81 on Staten Island. In January 2001, Firefighter Ambelas transferred to Engine Company 28 in lower Manhattan, where he spent one year before returning to Ladder Company 81. On Sept. 14, 2013, Firefighter Ambelas was promoted to Lt. and assigned to Battalion 28 in northern Brooklyn, where he worked in various firehouses as a “covering” lieutenant. He spent the past several months working in Ladder Company 119.

He and the members of Ladder Company 119 were recently honored by the community of Williamsburg for rescuing a 7-year-old boy who was trapped in a roll down gate on Skillman Street on May 8.

The fire officer is the 1,143rd firefighter to die in the line of duty since the FDNY’s founding in 1865. The last member of the Department to die while on duty was Lt. Richard Nappi, on Apr. 16, 2012.

Lt. Ambelas, who lived on Staten Island, is survived by his wife, Nanette, and their two children.

From the Officers and Men of Rescue 2 our prayers and thoughts  go out to Lt Ambelas and his family. Rest in peace.



Box 0316 2nd Alarm 10-77

2nd alarm

Saturday, July 5, 2014 21:39hrs Rescue 2 responded to 75 Wilson Street off of Bedford. Fire was located on the 19th floor of the 21 story multiple dwelling. Two maydays were transmitted. Members quickly located a firefighter in the apartment who turned out to be Lt. Ambelas from Ladder 119. He  was quickly removed  in cardiac arrest and transported to Woodhull Hospital.



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