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    Fallen Firefighter's collation allows Brothers to reunite

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    Kerr, Kenneth W.

    Age: 44
    Rank: Firefighter
    Status: Career
    Incident Date: 11/15/2000
    Incident Time: 11:15
    Death Date: 11/15/2000

    Cause of Death: Stress/Exertion
    Nature of Death: Heart Attack
    Emergency Duty: Yes
    Duty Type: Fireground Operations
    Activity Type: Advancing Hose Lines/Fire Attack
    Fixed Prop. Use: Residential

    Fire Dept. Info:
    New York City Fire Department
    9 Metro Tech Center
    Brooklyn, New York 11201
    Chief: Thomas Von Essen

    Final Summary:
    Firefighter Kerr and members of his engine company had just returned from fighting a stubborn fire in an elevator cab in a six-story building. At the scene, Firefighter Kerr told other firefighters that he did not feel well but refused medical aid. When his company returned to quarters, Firefighter Kerr spent some time with other firefighters in the kitchen and then headed for the shower. He was found collapsed in the shower by other firefighters. Medical treatment was administered immediately by other firefighters, but Firefighter Kerr died of a heart attack.


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    NYC Firefighter Laid to Rest

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    NYC Firefighter Laid to Rest

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    A. TACUMA ROEBACK
    The Times Herald-Record

    A solitary American flag hung from two aerial ladders raised above lower Broadway yesterday, an archway of grief and brotherhood.

    Thousands of firefighters in navy suits lined up in rows seven deep leading to St. Patrick's Church.

    Firefighters from New York City to as far as Binghamton and Danbury, Conn., came out to show their respects to the first New York City firefighter to die in the line of duty this year.

    Kenneth Kerr, 44, a 14-year veteran of Engine 90 in the Bronx, leaves a wife and four children. He suffered a heart attack after fighting a smoky elevator car fire Wednesday.

    The skirl of somber bagpipes from Broadway soon filled the one-block corridor of Grand Street leading to St. Patrick's.

    Fifteen motorcycles led the procession of Kerr's casket.

    Members of the Emerald Society Pipe Band, the ones responsible for that sound, followed close behind.

    Then came Kerr's casket, draped in an American flag, brought in atop a New York City pumper truck.

    Rows of navy-suited men snapped their right hands to their caps, saluting their fallen comrade, and stillness descended upon the crowd of 5,000.

    The family, friends and fellow firefighters filed into the church to hear a service which was presided over by F.D.N.Y. Chaplain Fr. Delendick.

    The service started with what Delendick and others are likely to remember most about Kerr.

    "He should be in the prankster hall of fame," said Delendick.

    "All of the stories (about Ken) have one thing in common. He was somebody that people loved."

    Delendick told four stories about Kerr; some elicited laughter, the others silence. Like the time Kerr once helped a fellow firefighter who ran out of the money he needed to finish work on his house.

    New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani told the congregation to stand and give Kerr a standing ovation. "He was a hero to the Fire Department," Giuliani said to Kerr's wife and four children.

    "He was a hero to New York."

    When the services were over, Kerr's four-year-old son Kevin wore his father's uniform hat.

    Lorraine, Kerr's widow, was stoic. Blue-tinted sunglasses shielded her eyes.

    Giuliani, the firefighters and other dignitaries lined up until Kerr's casket was carried out by his fellow engine men.

    But the most poignant picture that friends painted about Kerr was the man who fought fires head-on. Kerr was the proverbial point man for the attack on the flaming enemy. He was the man that held the nozzle.

    "It makes or breaks an entire operation," said Rich Alexander, after the service.

    Alexander, who worked with Kerr for 11 years, said: "The measure of a guy was how dirty he looked after a fire."

    "Kenny was always a mess."



    http://www.firehouse.com/lodd/2000/ny_funeral.html

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    Bronx Firefighter Collapses, Dies After Call

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    Bronx Firefighter Collapses, Dies After Call

    LON SLEPICKA
    Firehouse.com News

    A firefighter with Engine Company 90 in the Bronx of New York City collapsed and later died after returning from a fire call.

    Kenneth W. Kerr, 44, a 14-year veteran of the Fire Department of New York, suffered cardiac arrest Wednesday morning. He was taken by ambulance to Jacobi Hospital where he died a short time later.

    Kerr served in the US Air Force from 1973-77. In 1986 he joined the department and was assigned to Engine 90 where he spent his entire career.

    A resident of Newburgh, New York, Kerr is survived by his wife and four children, ages four, eight, nine and eleven.

    Kerr is the only firefighter to die in the line of duty this year in New York City. In the 140-year history of the department, 772 firefighters have made the supreme sacrifice.

    Funeral arrangements are as follows:


    Wake
    Coloni Funeral Home
    NY Route 9W
    New Windsor, NY

    Saturday 18 November, 2-4 and 7-9 PM Sunday 19 November, 2-4 and 7-9 PM

    Funeral
    St. Patrick's Church
    Grand St.
    Newburgh, NY
    Monday, November 20 at 10:30 AM



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    Fallen firefighter's collation allows 'brothers' to reunite

    Fallen firefighter's collation allows 'brothers' to reunite

    By A. Tacuma Roeback
    The Times Herald-Record
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    There's a belief that each person in the world is joined by 6 degrees of separation from everybody else.

    Taking that same rule, it's about 3 degrees for New York City firefighters, said Paul Malkan, a 33-year-old New York City firefighter who lives in Monroe. "That's how close the fire department is," he said.

    Malkan attended yesterday's collation in honor of Kenneth Kerr, the New York City firefighter from the Town of Newburgh who died in the line of duty last Wednesday.

    It's at these collations where a brother's life, the term used to describe a fellow firefighter, is celebrated. For city firefighters, more often than not it's one of the few times they get to meet old friends from other companies. Malkan had a connection to Kerr. His company, Ladder 38 in the Bronx, backed up Kerr's Engine Company 90, also in the Bronx.

    Yesterday's collation was held at a 120,000-square-foot hangar of Rifton Aviation, near Stewart Airport. There, Rifton officials announced that they donated a $1,000 check to benefit Kerr's family.

    Kerr is the 772nd New York City firefighter to die in the line of duty in the department's 135-year history.

    Collations are a long-standing FDNY tradition. Firefighters gather to eat and drink in their fallen brother's memory. Yesterday was no different. Firefighters drank beer from cups and dined on hot dogs and deli sandwiches.

    Malkan said: "When you're in the fire department, it's a small world."


    http://www.th-record.com/archive/200...1/trbrothe.htm

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