FDNY Remembers One Of Its Deadliest Days With Wreath Ceremony

NY 1 - October 18, 2006

The FDNY remembers one of the deadliest days in its history on Tuesday with a ceremony for those lost in the 1966 fire on East 23rd Street.

Twelve firefighters died in the 1966 blaze at 23rd Street and Broadway.

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta joined firefighters and victims families for a wreath-laying ceremony at the site to mark the 40th anniversary.

Chief of the department, Sal Cassano, said the department will never forget these men who died in the line of duty trying to save others.

"To the twelve families that are here today, I recommit and reconfirm that the department will be here for you forever," said Cassano. "It's something that we said 40 years ago. It's something I'm gonna say today, and it's something the chief of the department's gonna say 60 years from now, that we will never forget your loved ones and the sacrifice that they made."

The 12 firefighters from Engine 18 were killed when the floor of the Wonder Drug store collapsed while they were battling an adjacent fire.

Until September 11th, the fire was the single worst loss of firefighters in the line of duty.