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A HUGE LOSS TO THE FDNY
MARTIN
   MARTIN "WOODY" MCHALE. REST IN PEACE
Monday, December 24, 2012 
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It is with deep regret that we announce the untimely passing of FDNY Fire Marshal Martin "Woody" McHale. Woody started as a probationary firefighter with Engine Company 252, was a charter member of Squad Company 252, and was a force to be reckoned with as an O-Lineman with the FDNY Bravest Football Team. As a recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, Woody was well known throughout the job. His unyielding dedication to the FDNY both on and off the field will never be forgotten. Our deepest condolences to his family and friends, especially his wife Hope and two young children. Arrangements are as follows: Wake will be Friday, December 28th from 2pm to 9pm at American Martyrs Church, 79-43 Bell Blvd. Queens, NY. Funeral mass will be Saturday, December 29th 10 am at the same location. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to FM MARTIN MCHALE CHILDREN'S EDUCATION FUND C/O The FDNY Fountation, 9 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY 11201

 
CHICAGO FIRE LODD
CAPTAIN HERBIE JOHNSON, MAY HE REST IN PEACE
   CAPTAIN HERBIE JOHNSON, MAY HE REST IN
      PEACE
Friday, November 2, 2012 
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Chicago Fire Department Captain Herbie Johnson was killed in the line of duty while operating at a house fire at 2315 W. 50th Place. Keep his family and the members of the Chicago Fire Department in your thoughts and prayers.

 
FIRE COMMISSIONER JOSE SANTIAGO'S EULOGY FOR CAPTAIN JOHNSON
ALL HANDS CANARSIE
Thursday, November 1, 2012 
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Heavy fire was reported in the basement of a two-story private dwelling located at Box 2074, 10577 Flatlands 9th Street. An extra engine and truck were called while 252 was enroute. Upon their arrival, members were ordered to assist companies in opening up in the basement of the fire building. Secondary searches were also conducted with negative results.

 
THREE 2ND ALARMS
2ND ALARM, BOX 0087, 56 JEWEL STREET
   2ND ALARM, BOX 0087, 56 JEWEL STREET
Monday, October 29, 2012 
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10/20/2012 - 252 responded to a 2nd Alarm in East New York. Box 1850, 117 Euclid Ave near Etna Street, was transmitted for a fire in a two-story private dwelling. The 2nd Alarm was transmitted due to extension to exposure 4. 10/26/2012 - Just after the change of tours, 252 was sent on phone calls to box 0087, 56 Jewel Street, in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn. Fire was located on the first floor of a four story tenement. Heavy fire was venting from windows on the first floor upon companies' arrival. A 2nd Alarm was transmitted when fire began auto exposing to exposure 2. 10/29/2012 - At the height of Hurricane Sandy, Squad 252 was assigned to a 10-75 in Canarsie. Box 2294 was transmitted for a fire in the rear of 1423 East 87th Street off of Seaview Ave. The fire originated in a car and extended to a three story private dwelling. Fire was found on all floors and the cockloft. A 2nd Alarm was transmitted as companies did their best to stretch lines through waste high flood waters.

 
SQUAD 252'S RIG HEADS TO VIRGINIA
SQUAD 252 HEADING SOUTH ON THE JERSEY TURNPIKE
   SQUAD 252 HEADING SOUTH ON THE JERSEY
      TURNPIKE
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 
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On September 11, 2001 Squad Company 252 was assigned to Manhattan Box 8087 for what was quickly determined to be one of the worst terrorist attacks ever to be carried out on American soil. Working that day was Lt. Timothy Higgins, Firefighter Tarel Coleman, Firefighter Tom Kuveikis, Firefighter Peter Langone, Firefighter Pat Lyons, and Firefighter Kevin Prior. These brave men along with 337 of their brother firefighters, 23 New York City Police Officers, 37 Port Authority Police Officers, and 2,350 civilians were murdered on that day. Due to maintenance issues, members of 252 responded in a squad spare rig that infamous day. Until late, this rig was stored in an aircraft hanging at JFK Airport along with thousands of other artifacts from the World Trade Center site. Recently it was transported from New York City to a newly opened museum in Prince William County, Virginia. The rig and the last men to ride in it were honored every step of the way. Our only hope is its inclusion at the American Wartime Museum will serve as a reminder of all those who sacrificed their lives that day so others may live. May We Never Forget.

 
POLICE OFFICER ARTHUR LOPEZ LODD
Police Officer Arthur Lopez.
   Police Officer Arthur Lopez.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 
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Police Officer Arthur Lopez, an eight year veteran of the Nassau County Police Department, as well as a member of the elite Emergency Service Unit, was shot and killed in the Line of Duty on Tuesday, October 23, 2012. The officers and members of Squad Company 252 extend their thoughts and prayers to his entire family, including his cousin Firefighter William McMahon of Squad 252. The wake for Officer Lopez will be held Thursday, October 25th and Friday, October 26th from 2pm - 4pm and 7pm - 9pm at the Merrick Volunteer Fire Department, Merrick, NY. The funeral will be held at noon on Saturday, October 27th at St. Christopher's Church in Baldwin, NY.

 
2ND ALARM IN A STORE
   HEAVY FIRE AS FIRST DUE UNITS ARRIVE
Monday, September 24, 2012 
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Squad Company 252 responded on the 10-75 to Box 1794, 991 Dumont Ave, off of Linwood Street for a fire in a store. First due units encountered heavy fire throughout the first floor store of a three story light commercial tenement. Upon arrival, members of 252 were order to the 2nd and 3rd floors to assist companies with primary searches. Fire auto exposed to the apartment on the 2nd floor and a 2nd Alarm was transmitted. All other searches proved negative.

 
4TH ALARM IN EAST FLATBUSH
   VIDEO OF 4TH
Saturday, September 15, 2012 
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Squad 252 responded on the 10-75 for Box 2303, 405 Remsen Ave, Lenox Road to Kings Hwy. Fire was found by the first due companies in the basement of a one story grocery store. Upon arrival, 252 members were directed to vent the front of the store and the basement area. Due to a limited number of natural openings, and a deep seated fire in the basement, members were ordered to cut holes in the floor to vent the basement. Numerous holes were cut as engine companies stretched 2 1/2" lines with Brezlin Distributors attached. They were put into operation to knockdown numerous pockets of fire. The fire was eventually brought to a 4th Alarm to control.

 
LEADERSHIP UNDER FIRE
Saturday, September 15, 2012 
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A new training initiative has been developed by one of our very own Squad 252 members, Firefighter Jason Brezler. Leadership Under Fire is a new training organization which has developed a unique paradigm for training current and future fire service leaders. They will be hosting their inaugural conference on October 27th in Philadelphia. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. Please see the conference flyer below for more information. Also, check out their website by clicking "Leadership Under Fire" below or visiting them at leadershipunderfire.com.

 
Leadership Under Fire
   
   
FIRST DUE ON MOFFAT
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 
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Squad 252 responded as the first due engine to box 0816, 131 Moffat Street, Evergreen Ave to Central Ave, for a reported fire on the 3rd floor. Upon arrival members found a light smoke condition issuing from the top floor windows of a two story brownstone type frame. After further investigation a fire was found in one room on the 2/3 corner of the building. The fire self-vented via two windows in the rear as 252 stretched a line and Ladder Company 176 began primary searches. The fire was quickly knocked down and kept to the room of origin. Occupants self evacuated prior to the fire departments arrival. All other searches proved negative.

 
FRONT OF THE FIRE BUILDING
   FRONT OF THE FIRE BUILDING
FIRE VENTED FROM THE TOP FLOOR WINDOWS IN THE REAR.
   FIRE VENTED FROM THE TOP FLOOR WINDOWS
      IN THE REAR.
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