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Today, the FDNY remembers Lieutenant Joseph Graffagnino (left), of Ladder 5, and Firefighter Robert Beddia (right), of Engine 24, who made the Supreme Sacrifice on this day, 10 years ago, at a devastating 7-alarm fire at the former Deutsche Bank building in Lower Manhattan. Lt. Graffagnino and Firefighter Beddia were among the 275 Firefighters and 70 units that responded to the high-rise fire at 130 Liberty Street. The two members became trapped on the 14th floor of the building, which was undergoing demolition. Lt. Graffagnino was an 8-year FDNY veteran who began his career at #Engine24 in 1999. He later worked at #Engine284, before moving to #Ladder5 in December 2006. He was promoted posthumously to the rank of Lieutenant on June 19, 2008. Firefighter Beddia, a 23-year #FDNY veteran, was appointed to the Department in 1983 and spent his entire career at Engine 24, receiving three citations for bravery.

The next #FDNY Block Party is TOMORROW, Saturday, August 19! Kids and adults of all ages are welcome at #Engine153 and #Ladder77 at 74 Broad St #onStatenIsland from 11am-4pm. See the full Block Party schedule at http://bit.ly/FDNYSummer17 (URL is case-sensitive)

Thank you @wwe @totaldivas @thenikkibella @thebriebella and @NiaJaxWWE for visiting the members at #FDNY #Engine16 #Ladder7

“As I was driving towards the off-ramp onto Randalls Island on my way to the Fire Academy, I noticed someone run across the highway and hop over the side rail. I initially thought it was a construction worker but as I got closer I saw that the patient had one leg over the ledge. I dialed 911 and notified the dispatcher of the situation, then ran out to help. My first instinct was to prevent the patient from jumping and getting hurt,” says #FDNY Probationary Firefighter Richard Vergara who pulled a patient to safety that was hanging onto the ledge off the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge earlier this morning while on his way to Probationary Firefighter training. Probationary Firefighter Raunedys Peña, who was also on his way to the Academy, says, “I saw Firefighter Vergara on the ground with someone so I pulled over to assist. We tried to comfort the patient. I speak Spanish and told the patient that we're here to help.” The patient was transported to a local hospital in stable condition. Mental health challenges and illnesses are treatable. If you are concerned about yourself or someone you care about, @nychealthy provides information and offers a mental health services finder to assist you. Learn more at nyc.gov/thrivenyc. You can also find help by calling 1-800-LifeNet. It is a free, confidential helpline, available 24/7. If you are in immediate danger of harming yourself or someone else, call 911.

Today’s #FDNY #tbt photo is from this day in 1977, a 2-alarm fire at Jackson Avenue and East 140th Street in the #Bronx.

“Going back to Haiti is a tremendous and wonderful opportunity. For me, as a Haitian-born American, I will be able to give back to the country, as well as the people, all while representing the FDNY in a very positive way. I’ll get to do something beyond what I do on a daily basis, on an international level, and at a place I still call home,” says FDNY Firefighter Weaver Debe, Rescue 4, who is traveling today to Haiti with @teamheart911 to build a school at Love a Child Orphanage. “Teamwork is everything, and we’ll present the result of our teamwork, our sweat and time, to the kids by giving them access to an education.” HEART 9/11 (Healing Emergency Aid Response Team) is comprised of volunteers from the #FDNY, @nypd, PAPD and NYC Building Trades, who come together to respond immediately to natural and man-made disasters, rebuild infrastructure in hard-hit areas to meet immediate needs, and assist in recovery by building resiliency for individuals, families and communities. Learn more at heart911.org

The #FDNY Block Party #onStatenIsland will be fun for all ages! Join us this Saturday, August 19, at #Engine153 and #Ladder77 at 74 Broad St, 11am-4pm. See the full Block Party schedule at http://bit.ly/FDNYSummer17 (URL is case-sensitive)

Today #FDNY Probationary EMTs paid their respects at the @911memorial #NeverForget

“Before we could upright the vehicle, we had to offload the fuel to ensure there would be absolutely no concern of any incidents. The operation performed here is called Cold Tapping. Using special non-sparking tools, drill bits and an overabundance of caution, #HazMat1 and #Squad61 drilled into the fuel tank and put in a siphon tube to remove its contents.” –FDNY Battalion Chief David Drake, HazMat Battalion. #FDNY #HazMat Technical Units respond to incidents involving Chemical, Biological, Radiation, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE). Operational objectives address the full range of potential incidents from minor spills to large-scale releases in a terrorist environment, and include the identification of hazards, ensuring health and safety of responders, rescue and decontamination of victims, triage, treatment and transportation of patients, isolation of areas and establishment of zones, and the control of chemical release and fire.

“Upon arrival, we encountered a heavy body of fire on the first floor along with a major clutter condition. Members subsequently entered the building and discovered occupants on the second and third floor while in the process of conducting an aggressive interior attack,” says #FDNY Battalion Chief James Brennan at a press conference earlier this morning regarding a 2-alarm fire at 247 73 Street in #Brooklyn. “The members did a tremendous job, we had fire coming out of every window on the first floor and we were able to contain it to that area thanks to an aggressive interior attack.” There were a total of 3 civilian and 6 Firefighters with non life-threatening injuries reported. The cause of fire remains under investigation.

The next #FDNY Block Party is this coming Saturday, August 19, #onStatenIsland! Join us at #Engine153 and #Ladder77 at 74 Broad St, from 11am-4pm. See the full Block Party schedule at http://bit.ly/FDNYSummer17 (URL is case-sensitive)

Congrats to the #FDNY Bravest Boxing Team for taking silver at the #LA17WPFG!

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