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    Squad 1

    The following brothers from Squad 1 in Park Slope, Brooklyn made the supreme sacrifice on September 11th, 2001.


    SQUAD 1

    CPT. James Amato

    LT. Edward Datri

    LT. Michael Esposito

    FF. Brian Bilcher

    FF. Gary Box

    FF. Thomas Butler

    FF. Peter Carroll

    FF. Robert Cordice

    FF. David Fontana

    FF. Matthew Garvey

    FF. Stephen Siller

    Squad 1
    786 Union Street
    Park Slope, Brooklyn


    Please make a prayer for their families.
    Post a poem, picture, or song on this site.
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    SQUAD 1/HERO FATIGUE

    April 16, 2002

    SQUAD 1/HERO FATIGUE

    Wiping the Rescuers' Feet of Clay

    By CHARLIE LeDUFF

    Nancy Siesel/The New York Times
    Firefighter Sean Cummins at his home in Bell Harbor, Queens. "Just wearing a uniform doesn't make you a hero," he said.

    Sean Cummins does not want to talk about death anymore. Or tears, or guilt, or hero worship, or the tall tales he thinks people tell about themselves and Sept. 11. He wants to bury it all and move on.

    He was sitting in a Manhattan coffee shop on Eighth Avenue drinking tea the other afternoon as the rain fell. For a moment, Firefighter Cummins felt serene.

    "You know, I'm happiest on rainy days," he said, looking into the gray sky. "It goes back to my Irish childhood. The only day on the farm where you could be idle without feeling guilty was on a rainy day."

    It has been a year of drought, and on most days he creates household work for himself to keep his mind occupied and the death notices of his friends stuffed away. It seems to work until more corpses are unearthed at ground zero or he hears a story told of the days at the pit that to him seems wildly overblown.

    "We're coming on the cold light of dawn," Firefighter Cummins said, unaware that two young women, who had been kissing and holding hands at the next table, had attached themselves to his conversation.

    "The day they announced the pit is empty, that the last dust has been swept out, what are we going to be left with? Tears and 15,000 body parts, that's what."

    They lost 12 from his company, the elite Squad 1 house in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Firehouses being what they are, Firefighter Cummins lost some of his best friends that day. Among them were Lt. Dave Fontana, who was the other half of his firehouse vaudeville act; Lt. Eddie D'Atri, who was in bed when the first plane struck, and a third man who was working for Firefighter Cummins on a replacement shift that morning, a name that he keeps to himself.

    Everyone associated with Squad 1 is occupied by unexpected problems. Most of the widows have not gotten the bodies of their husbands back. Another finds herself juggling the responsibilities of being the famous and political widow with the responsibilities of raising a child alone. There is the lone surviving officer straining to keep the old men together while bringing the new ones in. Captains have come and gone. Two men retired. There are strained relationships. Numbness seemed to bloom this spring.

    Sean Cummins does not like to speak about what he did at ground zero because when he does, he is invariably tagged a hero

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    September 25, 2001

    SQUAD 1

    Amid Grief for Buddies, Unit Mourns Its Own End

    By CHARLIE LeDUFF

    Ruby Washington/The New York Times

    Neighbors and firemen are upset over a plan to reassign the remaining men of Squad 1 to the five rescue companies that were also devastated when the twin towers collapsed on Sept. 11.

    The motto of the fire station house at 788 Union Street in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn is "Squad Company 1

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    An Elite Fire Dept. Unit Tries to Rebuild and Recover

    An Elite Fire Dept. Unit Tries to Rebuild and Recover

    By DAVID W. CHEN


    The candle wax that used to add two inches to the sidewalk has long been scraped off. Inside the firehouse, the walls have been coated with a fresh layer of off-white paint, and the kitchen has been refurbished with new cabinets. Most of the lockers

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    Meanwhile, three of the most senior men retired. With a combined experience of approximately 77 years, Firefighters West, Fred Lawrence and Tim Rogers

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    Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times
    The firehouse for Squad 1 in Park Slope, Brooklyn, on Monday, Sept 9, 2002

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