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    His Company Cap Hangs at Firehouse

    His Company Cap Hangs at Firehouse

    By Rocco Parascandola
    STAFF WRITER

    September 21, 2001


    In the absence of firefighter Larry Veling, his brethren at Engine Co. 235 in Bedford-Stuyvesant are quick with a story reflective of the 15-year veteran's outgoing personality.

    He is always bringing cookies for the guys, they said, or playing host to the neighborhood children.

    He also loves a good practical joke and is never without a hat, they said. Veling could switch from his fire helmet to a baseball cap - usually one adorned with "Engine Co. 235" - at the bat of an eye.

    More than that, Veling is an aggressive firefighter who loves his job and gained the admiration of senior as well as junior firefighters.

    Firefighter Steve Gregory, his voice sometimes choking with emotion, recalls a seemingly run-of-the-mill brownstone fire last spring.

    "We thought we had it knocked down," Gregory said, "but then a window broke and, with the oxygen coming in, we quickly had a fire rolling over our heads. Larry had the nozzle and just stayed there. He kept the fire [back] so the guys in the hallway could get to safe haven."

    Veling, 44, had the nozzle again last week at the World Trade Center, only this time he didn't make it out - nor did four others on the truck: Lt. Steven Bates and firefighters Nicholas Chiofalo, Francis Esposito and Lee Fehling.

    Firefighter Phil Scarfi, who was the driver that day and made sure the hoses got hooked up, remembers his buddies taking one last look back at the truck before entering Tower Two, shortly after the second hijacked airliner had hit.

    "They all knew what they were going into," Scarfi said. "They all knew they were marching into a battle that would have pretty serious ramifications. I find my strength in their courage."

    Also missing is Battalion 57 chief Dennis Cross, who rode to the tower in a separate car.

    "They're all the epitome of what a fireman should be," said Capt. John Bevacqua.

    Since the Sept. 11 attacks, members of Engine Co. 235 have been in constant contact with the families of the missing firefighters, including Veling's wife, Diane, and their three children, Ryan, 8, Cynthia, 6, and Kevin, 3.

    Veling, who lives in Gerritsen Beach and co-owned a deli for years, had recently started a new job - cleaning and repairing buildings for the Board of Education - to help pay for a new home.

    His company baseball cap, meanwhile, awaits him in the firehouse.


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    Bluegrass for the Bravest

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    Bluegrass for the Bravest - con'td

    As Gray and I visit Engine 235 on President's Day, seven firemen and a firewoman speak casually and joke with each other inside a rugged, beige brick firehouse built in 1895. Its Dutch-style architecture features limestone cornices with the busts of two firemen flanking the building. Inside, Apolinair LaGrandier II lifts his sweatshirt over his head to reveal the outlines of a giant tattoo he is having etched between his shoulder blades. It is based on a memorial mural painted on the side of the firehouse by area artist Anthony Ewing and sponsored by a self-described neighborhood bounty hunter who goes by the name of Jimmy.

    LaGrandier's colleagues recoil in mock horror, begging him to put his shirt over his hairy back.

    Soon, we're all reminded that the FDNY's bravery was not just an unforgettable element of September 11 but

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    Thumbs up������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� To All Of Engine Comapny 235

    I don't know all of you. As a matter of fact I know only one. Being a firefighter myself I have in a way an understanding of what happened. 17 members of the Colchester Hayward Fire Department took a trip down to the World Trade Center to relieve some of the firefighters on the Friday after the attacks. I wasn't one of them but I sure did want to go. I am orginially from New York City and just felt I needed to go down there. Have some grasp on it. I know that you lost members and I am sorry. There is nothing worse than losing one of your own. I hope that maybe someday the Fire Department of New York City is at a level where they need not to cut Engine companies. Where is the support that is needed from the people who gave it in the months after. I wish to become a firefighter in New York. Thank you.

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