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They Saved New York: The Men and Women of the FDNY



By John M. Malecky                                                               February, 2024


They Saved New York: The Men and Women of the FDNY

Concept and Photography by Glenn Usdin

Written by Dan Potter


Available from:

FSP Books & Videos

433 Main Street

Hudson, MA  01749


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Price: $75.00


This is a heavy hard copy coffee table book, measuring 12 inches by 12 inches, with 291 pages. A portion of the proceeds from the book support the Ray Pfeifer Foundation, the FDNY Fire Family Transport Foundation, the Lt. Joseph P. Dibernardo Memorial Foundation and the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund. The Forward is by Frank Leeb, (December, 2022) Assistant Chief, FDNY. The book features 90 men and women who have distinguished themselves in protecting the City of New York, including the author of this book. Some of them I know, others are names that I know or recognize. I do not believe any of them were killed on 9-11-01, but a number of them had relatives that were. They are all meaningful stories, plus there are other chapters that feature fires, apparatus, and other interesting topics that you would not want to miss. Some examples are Black Sunday, The John’s Bargain Store Fire, Rescue 1, The West 42nd Street Fire, Trapped Brooklyn Firefighters, Marine Company Operations, Brooklyn Church Fire, the Boro Call on West 30th Street, Brooklyn 7th Alarm, Super Pumper System, September 11th and many more. It is a fantastic book coupled with the impeccable photography by Glenn. Glenn actually hired me to contribute to the Apparatus Deliveries Column in Fire Engineering Magazine in 1984, where he was the associate publisher. In 1989, I was given the entire column to author, which I still do to this day. His photos are both black and white, and color. It is a book that will sell itself, not only to FDNY buffs, but to anyone as a human interest story. 

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