FDNY Capt. Vincent G. Fowler Honored Queens Chronicle 4/15/11 by Anna Gustafson, Editor FDNY Capt. Vincent G. Fowler, who died in the line of duty in South Ozone Park, was honored by family members, residents, students and faculty at PS 108 last week. PS 108 is named for the firefighter who lost his life after battling an inferno at a private residence in 1999, and the school community annually remembers the hero.
Students and faculty invited the family, area residents and FDNY to their school on April 6, when they paid tribute to Fowler with dance, poetry and song.
Fowler, a captain with FDNY Division 13, died June 4,1999 after responding a day before to a massive blaze at a home in South Ozone Park. Fowler, who everyone remembered as a leader who never once thought of himself, ushered all of his men from Ladder 173 and Engine 331 to safety before he collapsed from the heat, fumes and toxic gases.
He was brought to Jamaica Hospital, where he died the next day. PS 108 was renamed in honor of Fowler the year after his death. The fire captain was survived by his father Ret. Battalion Chief Vincent Fowler, wife Ramona and two brothers, who are firefighters.