|Napoleon LeBrun & Sons|
|363 Broome Street Soho|
|Rendering copyright Simon Fieldhouse. Click here for a Simon Fieldhouse gallery.|
|A crumpled door from Engine 55, center, is displayed in a memorial at its Little Italy stationhouse in New York, Monday March 11, 2002. Recovery crews found the crushed fire truck Sunday while combing through debris at the World Trade Center disaster site. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)|
|Inside the quarters of Engine 55. Photo by Ed Kearon.|
|Manhattan Engine 55 American La France 1899|
|Special thanks to http://nyfd.com/manhattan_engines/engine_55.html|
It was built by
Napoleon LeBrun & Sons. LeBrun built all the FDNY buildings
from about 1879 to about 1892-95. Engine 55's first house was supposed
to be on Grand Street but the residence put up a stink about having a
firehouse on their street. It was moved to 173 Elm Street (now Lafayette
Street.) The Elm Street house opened as a four story building (see page
1054 of Our Fireman). In the 1880's Lafayette Street ended at Great
Jones Street. Starting in 1885 Lafayette Street was extended south bound
and connected to Elm Street. Elm Street was widen on the eastside some
25-30 feet. Taking 25 feet off the front on the firehouse made the house
too small for a fire company. The fourth floor was only 25 feet deep,
thus eliminating that floor. If you compare the drawing in Our Fireman
you will see that they dropped parts of the forth floor to the third
floor. The exact date this was down I'm not sure. Engine 55 moved out in
1899 and the building was as the quarters of Division 1 until 1905. By:
Doomed Fire Heroes' Rig Unburied at Ground Zero
By ANGELINA CAPPIELLO and WILLIAM NEUMAN
Courtesy of The New York Post
Recovery crews combing through debris from the north tower at Ground Zero found a firetruck yesterday - buried some 40 feet below street level.
"I just think it's ironic that it's appearing now [six months after Sept. 11]," said Robin Freund, whose husband, Peter, a lieutenant, was one of five men killed from Engine Co. 55 in Little Italy.
She said members of her husband's company had been out to Fresh Kills landfill in Staten Island to look for the company's missing truck - little suspecting it was still buried deep within the wreckage at Ground Zero.
The members of Engine 55 parked the truck next to the north tower before rushing in to help rescue the people inside - and when the building collapsed it apparently sucked the empty truck down with it.
"They were one of the first two companies there. That's probably why [the truck was buried so deep]," said Freund, who is raising the couple's four children.
She said her husband's colleagues called her after going to Ground Zero to look at the buried truck and told her it was "unrecognizable."
But they did manage to remove a door and take it back to the firehouse, where they included it in a memorial to Lt. Freund, 46, and the others who perished with him, firefighters Faustino Apostol, 56, Stephen Russell, 38, Robert Lane, 30, and Christopher Mozzillo, 28.
The bodies of all but Mozzillo have been recovered from the rubble.
"We're very happy we found the rig, we just hope we can find our last man," said firefighter Rich Cipoletti, at the firehouse. "We hope we can bring him back home."
Firefighter Paul Acciarito said of the find, "I'm ecstatic. It's almost like she was waiting for us to find her."
He said having a piece of the truck in the firehouse "brings back the horrible memories of that day but I'm glad its back. A part of our heart came back."
Courtesy of The New York Post www.nypost.com