Monday, July 1, 2013

HFD Remembers Fallen Heroes from the Ford Fire- July 1, 1988

The HFD held a ceremony today at Memorial Park to honor the five fallen members of the HFD in the July 1, 1988 Hackensack Ford Fire.  Today the City remembers:

Captain Richard Williams
Lieutenant Richard Reinhagen
Firefighter William Krejsa
Firefighter Leonard Radumski
Firefighter Stephen Ennis

Out of pain comes progress and change.  The Ford Fire brought great change and improvements to fire service.  Firefighters now know that bow-truss roofs are prone to collapse in fire and the state passed laws that placards identifying such roofs be placed near the entranceway of buildings.  





4 comments:

  1. “Out of pain comes progress and change. The Ford Fire brought great change and improvements to fire service. Firefighters now know that bow-truss roofs are prone to collapse in fire and the state passed laws that placards identifying such roofs be placed near the entrance way of buildings.”

    There is no progress and change worth the pain the families suffered. NONE OF THOSE MEN SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN THAT BUILDING! You can try to spin it into something positive but you should really just leave it alone.

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    1. My comments were STATEMENTS OF FACT, not "LET'S LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE." There is no "bright side" to five FF being lost in the line of duty.

      The comments of all the FFs at the ceremony and in the papers were quite similar in nature.....

      " Michael Shiner, member of the Hackensack Fire Department and president of the Hackensack Professional Firefighters Association IAFF Local 2081, spoke to those gathered. Poignantly, touching upon the idea that the deaths of his fellow comrades were not in vain. " " The fire marked a turning point - spurring the change in fire safety measures across the country. " - northjersey.com

      On another note..... I sure hope you aren't a member of the CFC transition team, or a close insider, as your comments seem to say you are the type of person that is more about assigning blame than looking to learn from the pains and bring change.

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    2. My brother Stephen gave his life trying to save others, He was the first on site and in the building. I asked and made the same statements that he never should have went inside, I have struggled for more than 25 years with this, and have come to realize that is what he was trained to do, and chose to do, he put others safety before his own, he risked is life and lost it July 1 1988. He will Never be Forgotten Jim Ennis

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  2. "There is no growth without change; there is no change without fear or loss; and there is no loss without pain." Rick Warren

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