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Jersey City Deputy Chief Denis Onieal, FDNY Deputy Chief Vincent Dunn & Retired Battalion Chief Jack Farrington

By RON JEFFERS, New Jersey Editor | October 27, 2021 | NEW JERSEY

Story No. 102721110

As the I.C. of a stubborn fire involving a three-story wood-frame abandoned building, with a report of a possible squatter inside, Jersey City Deputy Chief Denis Onieal (right) observed conditions that could be hazardous. He remembered from FDNY Deputy Chief Vincent Dunn's (left) book, "Collapse of Burning Buildings," signs of a possible early collapse of such a structure. Onieal ordered his firefighters out of the building. As the last crew, from Engine Co. 9, exited the building and arrived on the street, the structure experienced a pancake collapse. Retired Battalion Chief Jack Farrington, center, was the captain of Engine 9. At the New Jersey Deputy & Battalion Fire Chief's Association's October safety seminar, at New Jersey City University, Onieal thanked Dunn for saving firefighter's lives, that day. Dunn, however, told Onieal that he was the I.C. and saved lives.

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