Fire Lines

Bronx Companies Celebrate 100 Years

By Edward Brown,
Bronx Trustee

On February 1st, I had the honor of speaking at the Centennial Celebration for Engine Company 83 / Ladder Company 29 in the Port Morris section of the Bronx. It was 100 years ago when then-Chief of Department Edward F. Croker penned a letter establishing the units at their current location of 896 East 138th Street.

These companies have a long history of meritorious service. It was here where the 1st Bronx firefighter was killed in the line-of-duty. Firefighter Joseph Finger of Ladder Company 29 was killed on Christmas Day, 1906. He was driving Ladder 29's horse drawn apparatus, returning to quarters, when the horses bolted and he was thrown from their vehicle. He died as a result of his injuries a short time later.

Although we have come a long way since the horse and buggy days, one thing that hasn't changed is the members of Engine 83 / Ladder 29, and all Firefighters, will continue to protect the lives and property of the citizens of New York City. Congratulations to 83 & 29 on their centennial.