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    Firefighter Is Critically Hurt Battling a House Fire in Queens

    Firefighter Is Critically Hurt Battling a House Fire in Queens
    By AL BAKER


    A New York Fire Department lieutenant was critically injured fighting a house fire in Queens yesterday afternoon when he was engulfed by flames while searching for people who may have been trapped, fire officials said.

    The lieutenant, Stephen W. Halliday, 42, who has worked for the department for 15 years, was listed in critical condition last night in the burn center at Nassau University Medical Center, said Shelley Lotenberg, a hospital spokeswoman.

    Lieutenant Halliday suffered second- and third-degree burns across 40 percent of his body, including burns to his hands, head and shoulders, said Michael R. Loughran, a Fire Department spokesman. He said that nine other firefighters sustained minor injuries and were taken to two area hospitals.

    The two-alarm fire broke out in the basement of a two-story brick house at 119-71 178th Place, in the St. Albans neighborhood. It was brought under control at 3:31 p.m., Mr. Loughran said. Fire officials said they believed the fire started in a mattress in the basement.

    Lieutenant Halliday, who has a wife and two daughters, is assigned to Battalion 54, in Queens, but was working yesterday for Ladder Company 165.

    Honored for his bravery at least three times, he was on the first floor making his way toward the basement and searching for potential victims when he was injured. He was found on the first floor, officials said. No people were trapped in the fire and no civilians were injured, Mr. Loughran said.

    "Lieutenant Halliday is expected to live, and it just goes to remind us all that this is a phenomenally dangerous job and the men and women of the Fire Department every day put their lives at risk to save the rest of us," Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said.


    http://www.nytimes.com/2002/11/08/nyregion/08BLAZ.html

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    Fireman in Qns. blaze is moved to burn unit

    Fireman in Qns. blaze is moved to burn unit


    A veteran city firefighter remained hospitalized in critical but stable condition yesterday - a day after flames charred half his body when a fallen bookcase trapped him inside a burning home in Queens.

    A conscious and alert Lt. Stephen Halliday was transferred midmorning to Weill Cornell Medical Center, whose burn unit has a partnership with the FDNY through the New York Firefighters Burn Center Foundation, a hospital spokesman said.

    He had been treated at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, L.I.

    A 15-year FDNY veteran, Halliday, 42, suffered second- and third-degree burns to his head, face, arms, hands and torso while battling a two-alarm blaze on 178th Place in St. Albans.

    Ten other firefighters escaped with minor injuries. The fire appears to have started in the basement of the two-story brick home.



    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/loca...8p-32264c.html

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    Injured Firefighter Transferred to Burn Center

    Injured Firefighter Transferred to Burn Center

    By William Murphy
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    November 9, 2002


    A fire lieutenant was in critical but stable condition Friday night after being trapped in a fireball in a house fire in St. Albans.

    Lt. Stephen Halliday, 42, a resident of West Babylon, was transferred Friday from Nassau University Medical Center to the William Randolph Hearst Burn Center in Manhattan (formerly known as the New York Weill Cornell Center).

    Halliday, a 15-year veteran working at Ladder 165 in Cambria Heights, suffered second- and three-degree burns on about 50 percent of his body Thursday afternoon from a sudden burst of flame at a house fire at 178th Place, according to fire officials.

    According to his union, the Uniformed Fire Officers Association, one of the closest units to the fire scene, Engine 275, was out of service for training at the time.

    "I don't mean to suggest that Mayor [Michael] Bloomberg's proposed budget cuts have anything to do here. This has been going on for five or six years," union president Peter Gorman said, referring to the closing of a ladder or engine company for a training shift instead of training on overtime and keeping the unit operating.

    "But it is clear that there is a price to pay when you deal with the fire service," Gorman said.

    Department spokesman Frank Gribbon said at least two units were on the scene within four minutes of the initial alarm, and that staffing played no role in the accident.

    The fire apparently started in a mattress in the basement of the single-family home, and Halliday was felled by a sudden burst of flame while searching the first floor, Gribbon said. Two other firefighters were treated for minor injuries and released.

    Firefighters stretching a hose line into the first floor found Halliday unconscious, according to Gribbon.

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    Firefighter Still In Serious Condition

    Firefighter Still In Serious Condition

    William Murphy

    November 12, 2002


    A fire lieutenant badly burned in a Queens fire last week remained in serious but stable condition last night, the Fire Department said.

    Lt. Stephen Halliday, 42, of West Babylon, a 15-year veteran working at Ladder 165 in Cambria Heights, was burned over much of his body Thursday afternoon by a sudden burst of flame at a house fire on 178th Place in St. Albans.

    A fire union source said Halliday was talking and is expected to survive despite severe burns to much of his hands, face, arms and parts of his torso.

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