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Fair Haven's Adopted Fire House in New York City
the disastrous attacks on the World Trade Center towers 9/11/01,
the Fair Haven Fire Company sought a way to assist fellow firefighters
in nearby New York City. A committee was formed to investigate the
possibilities. The idea that emerged was simple: Fair Haven wanted
to assist the families of firefighters who had been lost -- and
of those who had survived -- the tragedy of 9-11 in the manner that
would be most helpful to the victims.
After a number of meetings the
committee identified a particular FDNY firehouse that had lost 15
members in the tragedy and whose members were anxious to get our
help. The firehouse of FDNY
Engine Company 54, Ladder 4 and Battalion Chief 9, located at
48th Street and 8th Avenue became our "adopted" firehouse.
the first meeting with FDNY members, it was concluded that the best
thing that Fair Haven could do was help set up and serve at a Christmas
party that was already planned for the firefighters' children --
and the children of their lost comrades. The Fair Haven team readily
jumped in -- and offered their services for setting up, serving
and taking down the party, which was conducted at the FDNY firehouse.
Given Fair Haven's experience in running the annual Firemen's Fair,
this was a "piece of cake."
The tradition of assisting with
the Christmas party continued for three years. As the families
of the 9/11 tradgedy have moved on to a "new place" in
their lives, Fair Haven is no longer participating in the Christmas
event. However, our bond with FDNY continues to be solid, and we
expect that our vow to "Never Forget" will live on.
See FHFD-FDNY Event Pictures
in our Photo Gallery