Fire Yenta October 2003

By Diane Feldman, Managing Editor

Fit minds and bodies?
From Chip Killian in Illinois: Our department had recently purchased new exercise equipment, and everyone was really taking advantage of our new treadmills. This high-tech equipment was a little confusing for one of our lieutenants, who asked, “Is it just me, or is the treadmill at Station 1 faster than the treadmill at Station 3?”

What’s in a name?
Spotted in the suburbs of Illinois: trucks from a chimney sweep business run by off-duty firefighters with the name of the company emblazoned on the side of the trucks–“Ash Wipes.”

I recognize those tones!
A good friend of the Yenta’s, who is a chief in Texas, says that when his computer gets incoming e-mails, instead of announcing the traditional “You’ve got mail,” it sounds the tones from Squad 51 (from the TV show “Emergency”).

Special dedication ceremony
On September 13, the Yenta was invited to a special dedication ceremony and memorial service at FDNY’s Squad 18 in Greenwich Village in New York City. Plaques dedicated to the seven Squad 18 members who lost their lives on 9/11-Capt. William McGinn, Lt. Andrew Fredericks, Lt. David Halderman, FF Eric Allen, FF Manuel Mojica, FF Lawrence Virgilio, and FF Timothy Haskell–were unveiled. The plaques cover an entire wall of the Squad and contain lifelike faces of the men and a written plaque for each. The tribute is stunning and deeply moving. If you are ever visiting the area-Greenwich and 10th Streets in Manhattan–try to stop by and view the memorial. It is worth the trip.

Quote of the month
Battalion Chief Joe Downey of FDNY, who was captain of Squad 18 on 9/11/01, speaking about Andy Fredericks, FE advisory board member and FDIC HOT lead instructor, at the September 13 dedication of plaques at Squad 18: “Andy could take a complicated fire problem and simplify it-and vice versa.” Those of us who knew Andy know how true that description is!

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Diane Feldman is a 14-year veteran of Fire Engineering; she has spent the past 13 years as managing editor. She has a B.A. in English/communications. Previously she was an editor at the American Management Association in New York City.

Past Yentas
September 2003
August 2003

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