Leadership

HAPPYLAND-LESSONS OF THE MIND AND THE HEART

Issue 9 and Volume 143.

HAPPYLAND-LESSONS OF THE MIND AND THE HEART Editor’s note: By now you’ve heard and read about the circumstances surrounding the Bronx, New York Happy land Social Club fire on March 25, 1990: one demoded arsonist, one dollar’s worth of gasoline, one afterhours club that had been cited for fire and building code violations, quick knockdown of the heavy fire by firefighting forces who arrived minutes after the first alarm, and then 87 bodies. Perhaps you were fortunate to have experienced Chief Frank Nastro’s moving speech at the April Fire Department Instructor’s Conference in the wake of that tragedy; if not, hopefully you read Tom Brennan’s Fditor’s Opinion in our pine issue, which reinforced Nostro’s vital twofold message: You ’re firefighters, yes, but human beings first and foremost; and even in the most tragic and difficult situations a sense of dignity must prevail. What follows is Chief Nostro’s first-person account of…

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