N. Y. BOARD OF MERIT ANNOUNCES FIRE DEPARTMENT VALOR AWARDS
One Award Made for Service Performed Outside of Department—Several Medals Given for Lives Saved by Use of Scaling Ladders
FIRE Commissioner John J. Doran of New York has approved the findings of the Board of Merit for the extraordinary acts of personal bravery performed by some members of the department during 1927.
The medals will be presented by Mayor Walker at the City Hall on June 18 before a large assemblage. Fourteen medals are to be presented for valor, one for discipline, one for administrative efficiency and fifteen to the members of the fire engine company most proficient in the execution of the Fire College evolutions and drill.
The Board of Merit considered scores of meritorious acts of personal risk performed during the past year and of all of those taken into consideration, the following were found to be the more commendable.
Capt. James A. Walsh No. 1 of Eng. Co. 234, receives the Bennett medal and the Department medal for rescuing a tenyear old girl from a second floor bedroom where he found her unconscious under the bed.
Fireman Francis T. Davis of H. & L. Co. 35, receives the Bonner medal and the Department medal for the rescue of a sixty-four year old man, which he effected with a scaling ladder from the top floor window of a four-story dwelling house.
Lieut. William P. Berry of Eng. Co. 241, Brooklyn, receives the Trevor-Warren medal and Department medal for rescuing a seventeen-year old youth from the store room of a cellar afire, before any water had been directed against the flames.
Eight-Year-Old Girl Rescued
Fireman Gustave R. Merker of Engine Co. 234, receives the Kenny medal and the Department medal for rescuing an eightyear old girl from the bedroom of her home on the second floor.
Fireman James Conny of H. & L. 16, receives the Van Heukelotn medal and the Department medal for rescuing a man whom he had to reach with a scaling ladder from the top of a thirty-foot ladder. The man had fallen back into the fourth floor apartment window, unconscious and suffered from burns.
Fireman August V. Beck of Eng. Co. 238, receives the Brooklyn Citizens’ medal and the Department medal for rescuing a father and son from the top floor of a tenement house fire at midnight.
Fireman James J. Sullivan of H. & L. Co. 1, receives the Crimmins medal and the Department medal for rescuing a little girl from the fifth floor bedroom of her home in an old-law tenement. The fire was of third alarm size.
Fireman John J. Bannon of H. & L. 35, receives the Brookman medal and the Department medal for rescuing a man who was hanging by his finger tips to the sill of the fifth floor of an apartment house at five o’clock in the morning of February 24, 1927. The rescue was effected by means of a scaling ladder which built up from the top of a thirty-five foot ladder—the aerial ladders were not available due to other rescues being made at that time.
Hysterical Woman Saved
Fireman Edward J. Kennedy of Engine Co. 44, receives the Prentice medal and the Department medal and Fireman Peter A Daly of the same company receives the Scott medal and the Department medal for their joint performance in effecting the rescue of a young woman hysterical from burns and smoke as she stood on the sill of the fifth floor window of her home overlooking a light-shaft and into which she threatened to jump. Daly sprawled himself against the brick wall from the sill of an adjoining apartment, while being held at the belt by Kennedy who braced himself on the sill with one foot with the other foot clamped by the ornamental iron of a bedstead near the window. Between them they lifted the young woman across the wall of the light-shaft and carried her to safety.
Fireman John G. Flynn of Engine Co. 13, receives the Department medal for saving a man’s life at the 14th street subway station. Flynn, only five months in the service, was off duty and on his way home when the man stumbled and fell to the tracks of the subway just as a train was speeding into the station. Flynn leaped to the track level, seized the man whose head had struck the rail, rendering him unconscious, and so quickly did he drag the man from the track and shelter him under the overhang of the station platform that three car lengths had rolled by before the train was brought to an emergency stop. Flynn then lifted the man up between the bumpers of the 3rd and 4th cars. This case is the first of its kind in many years where recognition has been given for heroism performed outside the strict line of fire duty. Commissioner Dorman is known to hold the view that a fireman is always on duty and always in the service of the public.
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N. Y. F. D. Valor Awards
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Capt. Davis M. Lynch (deceased) receives the Department medal for rescuing a seventy-two year old woman from the fifth floor at a third alarm fire in an old-law tenement house. A posthumous award will be made to his widow, Mrs. Agnes K. Lynch. This is the second posthumous award in the entire history of the New York Fire Dept., both of them at the insistence of Commissioner Dorman. Capt. Lynch subsequently died from injuries sustained in the line of duty at another fire
Lieut. Edward J. Walsh of H. & L. Co. 10 (detailed to H. & L. Co. 6). receives the Department medal for rescuing a woman from her fifth floor bedroom at a tenement house fire.
Fireman Walter J. H. Hillis of H. & L. Co. 1, receives the Department medal for rescuing a woman from the fifth floor of an old-law tenement.
Capt. Walter L. Lamb of Rescue Co. No. 1. receives the Stephenson medal for general discipline and exemplary command of his company during the year 1927.
The officers and members of Engine Co. 251 at Wallabout Market. Brooklyn, receive the Fire College Efficiency medals for having executed the 22 evolutions in the best time of the year—16 minutes and one second.
Assistant Chief of Department Patrick Walsh receives the Administration medal for improving the business methods, standardizing and co-ordinating the work of the Bureau of Fire Prevention to which he was assigned two years ago.