FROM THE LONG ISLAND PRESS
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 19, 1966



TITLE " FIRST BIG FIRE" WAS HIS LAST

STORY:

PROBATIONARY FIREMAN DANIEL REY HAD BEEN ASSIGNED TO ENGINE COMPANY 18 FOR 3 WEEKS AND HE WAS STILL WAITING FOR HIS "BIG FIRE".
THE MOMENT OF TRUTH CAME AT 9:55PM MONDAY WHEN THE ALARM RANG OUT THROUGH THE FIREHOUSE. REY WAS BOUND FOR HIS FIRST BIG FIRE.

REY WAS ONE OF THE 12 FIREMEN ALL FROM LONG ISLAND, WHO PERISHED IN THE SEETHING BASEMENT OF A 19TH CENTURY BROADWAY COMMERICAL BUILDING WHERE THE FIRE RAGED WITH BLAST FURNANCE FORCE FOR ALMOST 12 HOURS.

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THEN:

REY LIVED AT 22 MOSS LANE, LEVITTOWN WITH HIS WIFE VIRGINIA AGE 22 AND HER STEP CHILDREN FROM A FORMER MARRIAGE JEANNIE 10,RICKY 8 AND GLEN 5. HE WAS THE PRODUCT OF A FIREFIGHTING FAMILY. HIS FATHER ALFRED OF
MIDDLEVILLAGE, HAS BEEN WITH THE NYC DEPT FOR 30 YEARS AND IS CURRENTLY CURATOR OF THE DEPT. MUSEUM.

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DEPUTY CHIEF THOMAS A. REILLY AGE 53, OF 92 EARL STREET WESTBURY WAS THE HIGHEST RANKING OF THE 12 FIREMEN WHO WERE KILLED. HE HAD BEEN WITH THE DEPT. FOR NEARLY 30 YEARS. (LENGTHY OBIT FOLLOWS)

FIREMAN RALPH KAMINSKY AGE 33 OF 28-16 37TH ST, ASTORIA, WAS A KOREAN WAR ARMY VETERAN WHO WAS WITH THE DEPARTMENT SINCE 1958. HIS FATHER TOLD THE PRESS THAT HIS SON DEVOTED MOST OF HIS SPARE TIME TO EXPANDING THE SUMMER BUNGALOW HE HAD BOUGHT FOR HIS WIFE, JEANETTE, AND CHILDRE, ROSE MARIE 11,GLORIA 9 IN SELDEN.

MRS. CARL LEE OF 205 EAST GREENWICH AVE. ROOSEVELT HADN'T SEEN HER HUSBAND CAR, SINCE SUNDAY BECAUSE HE WAS WORKING A DOUBLE SHIFT.
HE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE OFF TODAY, SHE SAID, AS A MATTER OF FACT I WAS GOING TO PICK HIM AT THE STATION WHEN THE CALL CAME. (MORE STORY) THEN: JUST A WEEK AGO THE LEES CELEBRATED THEIR 8TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY, LEE HAD BEEN WITH THE DEPARTMENT FOR 6 YEARS. BESIDES HIS WIDOW, HE LEAVES 3 CHILDREN, LANCE 6, TERRENCE 7,  AND MONTEL 18 MONTHS.

JOHN G. BERRY, 30 OF 48 NEWTON AVE, SELDEN, ............ HE LEAVES HIS WIDOW MARGIE, BERRY LEAVES 2 CHILDREN JOHN 6 AND MARY 3.

LT. JOHN FINLEY, 54 OF 20 ROBERT LENOX DRIVE, EATONS NECK WAS KNOWN TO HIS MEN AS BLACK JACK. HE WAS WELL RESPECTED BY HIS MEN AND HE ALWAYS LOOKED AFTER THEIR SAFETY. HIS DAUGHTER MRS. JOHN CURREN SAID. HE LEAVES HIS WIDOW ETHEL, 3 OTHER CHILDREN JOAN 23,JOHN JR. 20,JOSEPH 10.

FIREEMAN JOSEPH KELLY HAD MOVE DINTO HIS 2 FAMILY HOME AT 135-12 219TH SPRINGFIELD GARDENS A YEAR AGO. HIS IN LAWS LIVE UPSTAIRS. HE LEAVES HIS WIDOW ANN AND ONE SON DAREN.

BENJAMIN A. TEPPER 41 OF 137-04 160TH ST. BAISLEY PARK HAD BEEN WITH THE DEPT SINCE 1955. HE HEADED THE VULCAN LEAGUE, AN ASSOCIATION OF NEGRO FIREMEN. HE LEAVES HIS WIDOW & 3 CHILDREN.

BATTALION CHIEF WALTER J. HIGGINS, 45 LIVED AT 89-69 210TH STREET QUEENS VILLAGE, AND WAS A MEMBER OF THE DEPARTMENT SINCE 1946. THE NAVY VETERAN LEAVES HIS WIDOW AND 5 CHILDREN.



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