A PLUCKY FIREMAN.
Fireman George W. Fackner, of Engine Company 40, is about as plucky and muscular a little fellow as ever belonged to any fire department. On March 38th last, when the Gladys Hotel, at Seventy-fifth street and Columbus avenue, New York, was on fire,he picked up Helen Brady, a cook, who weighs 196 pounds, and carried her down six stories of fire-escapes and landed her safely on the ground. The amazing part of this statement ;lies in the fact that Fackner himself weighs only 158 pounds. He is assistant driver of Engine 40. He found the woman on the sixth floor, and saw at once that the passages were too choked with smoke to make it possible to descend by the stairway, so he told the cook she must come with him and let him carry her down the fire escape. The descent was begun with the woman seated on Fackner’s right shoulder. He held her with his right arm, and used his left to accomplish his descent. Fackner wore his fireman’s strap which is provided with a “snap” or spring hook, by means of which ho could support himself occasionally by catching it on one of the rungs of the ladder. The descent occupied more than fifteen minutes, and the thousands who witnessed the perilous undertaking stood silently, with bated breath, until the plucky fireman and his load had reached the ground, then a cheer rang out which could be heard a mile,and the brave fellow and the rescued woman were congratulated effusively upon their escape from death.