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Friday, February 27, 2015 06:35 Rescue 2 responded to Linden Blvd and Van Sicklen Avenue in East N.Y. for a auto accident with entrapment. Engine 290 Ladder 103 and Rescue 2 operated



Box 0953 Multiple Dwelling

Thursday, February 26, 2015 01:45hrs. Rescue 2 responded to 718 St. Marks Ave.  on numerous calls for fire with people trapped. Battalion 57 transmitted the 10-75 . The fire was located in the first and second floor stairwell forcing people exit their apartments out the windows and onto the fire escapes. Engine 280 quickly knocked down the fire. A total of  7 10-45 code 4's (smoke inhalation)  were given.



Second Alarm Box 3363

Thursday, February 19, 2015 12:15  Rescue 2 responded to and operated at 112 Ivan Court in the Gerritsen Beach section for a fire in a private dwelling. A second alarm was transmitted for fire on the first and second floors.



Second Alarm Box 3337

Sunday, February 15, 2015 15:23 Rescue 2 operated at 1718 Avenue U near E18 Street for a fire in a 3 story mixed occupancy. Battalion 33 transmitted a second alarm for a heavy fire condition in a furniture store on the first floor with extension to the second floor.


Box 3337


Rescue 2 2014 Statistics

Sunday, February 15, 2015  In 2014 Rescue 2 responded to:

Total Runs - 3536

10-75 (working fire) - 558

Multiple Alarm Fire - 50

Extrication Boxes - 1123



Box 0527 Multiple Dwelling

Thursday, February 12, 2015 03:45hrs  Rescue 2 responded to and operated at 120 State Street for a fire in a 4 story 25 x 50 Multiple dwelling. Fire was on the top floor with extension into the cockloft.



Second Alarm Box 1892

Thursday, February 12, 2015 02:05 Rescue 2 operated at 157 Nichols Avenue in East N.Y. for a fire in a attached frame private dwelling. Engine 236 transmitted a 10-75 for a fire on the first floor. Battalion 39 transmitted a second alarm for extension into the cockloft.



Box 2234 Private Dwelling (fatal)

Sunday, February 1, 2015 03:59hrs  Rescue 2 responded to 216 East 89 Street for a fire in a 3 story private dwelling. Fire was located in basement extending to all floors and into the cockloft. Numerous 10-45's were givingand a 10-70 was also transmitted. 

Investigators are on the scene of a deadly fire in Brooklyn.

A 49-year old woman was killed in the fire that broke out on the first floor of a two-story private home on East 89th Street in East Flatbush.

It started just after 3 o'clock Sunday morning.

Firefighters got the flames under control just before 5 a.m.

A man in his 60's is being treated for smoke inhalation. He is in critical condition at Kings County Hospital.

Several other people are also being treated for injuries.



Graveside Service For Louis Valentino

 All present and former members are invited to a graveside service for Firefighter Louis Valentino F.D.N.Y. Rescue 2  who was killed in the line of duty on February 5th , 1996. The service will be held on Thursday , February 5th , 11 a.m. at The Greenwood Cemetary in Brooklyn.  A lunch will follow. Call the firehouse for more details.

An article that was published in 1996:

With Firefighter's Death, Brooklyn Loses a SonBy CHARISSE JONESPublished: February 7, 1996
Louis Valentino was a son of Brooklyn. He jogged the streets of Red Hook, loved sandwiches with eggplant and peppers, and worked as a lifeguard at Coney Island.

But on Monday, the firefighter was killed in his home borough when the roof of an auto body shop came crashing down as he searched for people inside. He was the third firefighter to die on duty in less than six weeks, and the latest loss to the New York City Fire Department in what has become a drumbeat of sorrow.

It's always the good people that this happens to," said Phil Malenczak, 44, who was Mr. Valentino's mentor when he first entered a Flatbush firehouse 11 years ago. "It's true what they say -- only the good die young. Louis was a prince."

Mr. Valentino's father, Louis Sr., a former deputy commissioner for labor affairs for New York State, had been a longshoremen, and his son loved the water. But from the time the younger Louis was a small boy, he dreamed of spending his life fighting fires.

The men in Flatbush were the firefighters who knew him first and best. They remember when he joined Engine Company 281 in July 1984, helping to hose down blazes and peppering older firefighters with constant questions. His prowess at softball helped their team win four championships.

And they watched his eagerness to get assignments that would bring him closer to rescuing those trapped in blazes.

"When Louis first got here, he was like a sponge," Firefighter Bill Johnson, who has been with the department for 17 years, said. "He'd ask you a thousand questions. Sometimes, you'd have to tell him, 'Louis, please, I'm too tired to do this right now.' "

Mr. Valentino, 37, moved to a ladder company in 1986, becoming one of the firefighters whose job it was to enter buildings and search for those inside. But co-workers said Mr. Valentino, an avid athlete, became a certified scuba diver in the hope that it would help elevate him to one of the department's elite rescue units, those given the most dangerous and unusual assignments.

In October 1993, he got his wish when he was accepted as a member of Brooklyn's Rescue Company 2 in Crown Heights.

"He ate, slept and dreamed being a firefighter," said a tearful Jeff Szczecinski, who worked with Mr. Valentino and said he considered him one of his best friends.

In the den of Mr. Valentino's Bensonhurst home, a room dotted with model fire engines, friends said that Mr. Valentino kept a bulletin board on which he pinned patches representing every engine and ladder company in New York City. But his heart seemed anchored in Brooklyn, where he was raised in a close-knit family, was educated at St. Francis College and lived with his wife, Diane, a part-time legal secretary.

While Mr. Valentino lived in Bensonhurst, his parents had called Red Hook home since before the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel was completed, in 1950, neighbors recalled. His father is a longtime official of the International Longshoreman's Association who ran for the City Council in 1991. His mother, Phyllis, was described by neighbors as a "neighborhood girl."

The child who people said would do anything to help his neighbors grew into a muscular athlete, whose taste in food was as familiar as the wave he tossed when he jogged past Defonte's delicatessen, a Brooklyn institution known for its hero sandwiches.

"His favorite combination for a sandwich was peppers, fried eggplant and provolone," Vito Defonte, who owns Defonte's on Columbia Street, said. "He loved it. He grew up, got married and moved to Staten Island. But he didn't like it very much, because he moved back to Brooklyn. They were planning to have a family. But those things are all gone now. We lost a wonderful person."

In 1979, Mr. Valentino graduated magna cum laude from St. Francis and briefly attended law school. But he ultimately decided instead to pursue his dream of joining the Fire Department.

Mr. Valentino's lifelong desire to help others was rewarded twice with citations for bravery; in February 1987, after he and another firefighter captured a criminal who had stolen jewelry from a woman, and again in February 1990, after Mr. Valentino rescued a man from the second floor of a burning building.

Mr. Valentino entered the burning shop on Monday not knowing that there was apparently no one inside to save. On Friday, a Mass will be offered in his memory, and his friends, family and co-workers will bury him in Brooklyn.

"I know I lost a real good friend," Mr. Szczecinski said, "and the city lost the best."

Photo: Louis Valentino, who died in a fire on Monday, in an undatedphotograph. Mr. Valentino, center, stood beside Peter McLaughlin of Rescue Company 4, who died fighting a fire in Queens in October 1995. (Linda Rosier for The New York Times)


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Box 3055 Private Dwelling

Saturday, January 31, 2015 14:41hrs Rescue 2 responded to 1713 East 36 Street for a fire in a 20 x 60 private dwelling. Battalion 33 transmitted the 10-75 with fire out the top floor front windows . Battalion 33 also requested an extra engine and truck. 



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