A Virtual Cemetery created by Gary Urbanowicz

LODD Brooklyn FD

On December 31, 1768, the Legislature passed an Act, “for the more effectual extinguishment of fires near the Ferry, in the township of Breucklin, in Kings County.” However, records indicate that it wasn’t until April 7, 1772 that six firemen were actually appointed in accordance with the Act. The first fire company, Washington Engine Company Number 1, was organized in 1785. Numerous companies were formed over the years and served the various communities and cities within Brooklyn until April 16, 1823 when they were organized into the Fire Department of the Village of Brooklyn. Brooklyn became a city in 1834.Williamsburgh was another city in Kings County. Its fire department was organized in March of 1823. In 1835, the City of Williamsburgh was consolidated into the City of Brooklyn and became known as the Eastern District of Brooklyn, with the original area of the city being called the Western District. Likewise, its fire department was merged with the boys of Brooklyn. The Department retained the designations of Eastern and Western Districts with some administrative functions remaining separate.The law passed in 1865 to create the Metropolitan Fire District and to convert the volunteers of the New York Fire Department into a paid force, included Brooklyn in the District. But the effect, or benefit, of the law on the Brooklyn Fire Department was nil. As a result, legislation to authorize a paid department in Brooklyn was promulgated on May 5, 1869, in “An Act to Reorganize the Fire Department of the City of Brooklyn.” The Act rescinded the jurisdiction of the Metropolitan Fire Commissioners over the Eastern and Western Fire Districts and at the same time consolidated the independent Boards of Commissioners of those two Districts into one body. It took approximately four months for the conversion from volunteer departments to a singular paid department.Members of both the volunteer and paid fire departments in Brooklyn have made the Supreme Sacrifice. The first death in the line-of-duty tat we know of was that of Fireman Walter McCoun in 1822, during the volunteer era. The first line-of-duty death in the paid Brooklyn Fire Department was Foreman John Geary in 1878.After the death and funeral of Foreman William Baldwin in 1880, Hugh McLaughlin, President of the Brooklyn Fire Department met with Chief Engineer Thomas Nevins and Assistant Chief John Smith and “resolved that something should be done to perpetuate the memory of our brave man.” A subsequent meeting involving members from each company of the Department decided to erect a monument at Baldwin’s grave in the Cemetery of the Evergreens, bearing his likeness. The monument was unveiled on May 24, 1881. This began a tradition in the Brooklyn Fire Department of placing a monument on the grave of each of its fallen heroes. Two statue designs, representing engine company and ladder company members respectively, were created by Assistant Chief John Smith. “Ready for Business” depicts a member of an engine company, or pipeman, looking upward “for the best point to which to direct the stream.” “Waiting for Orders” is a fireman with one hand on a hydrant, the other holding a hook and represents a member of a ladder company. These two monument designs are found on several of the graves. However, as in the case of Foreman Baldwin, some monuments depict the member at rest below. To pay for each monument, a fund was created anytime a Brooklyn firefighter perished in the line-of-duty and his brothers would contribute one cent a day for one year for the erection of a monument. Such traditions did not exist in the FDNY.(From "The Last Alarm" by Boucher, Urbanowicz & Melahn, 2007, M.T. Publishing, Inc.)

31 memorials
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 John F Asmus

John F Asmus

1850 – 1 Dec 1897

Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA

No grave photo

Robert Baird

1819 – 15 Nov 1851

Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA

 Eugene P. Baker

Eugene P. Baker

1839 – 4 Apr 1865

Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA

 William Baldwin

William Baldwin

24 May 1844 – 20 Jan 1880

Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA

 Alfred Beauman

Alfred Beauman

10 Mar 1868 – 22 Oct 1896

Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA

No grave photo

Alexander S. Benson

17 Mar 1840 – 4 Apr 1865

Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA

No grave photo

Joseph H. Brown

1844 – 4 Apr 1865

Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA

 John A. Callaghan
No grave photo

John A. Callaghan

1851 – 25 Dec 1897

Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA

 Caspar K. Cammeyer

Caspar K. Cammeyer

1838 – 12 Apr 1865

Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA

 William J. Chin

William J. Chin

18 Feb 1840 – 3 Jan 1890

Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA

 Edward E Clock

Edward E Clock

24 Oct 1834 – 2 Jul 1866

Bay Shore, Suffolk County, New York, USA

 Abraham J. S. Degrauw

Abraham J. S. Degrauw

1823 – 8 Jan 1856

Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA

 Wayland A Estes

Wayland A Estes

1860 – 12 Nov 1892

Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA

 Alfred Ford
No grave photo

Alfred Ford

1843 – 3 Jul 1895

Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA

No grave photo

Hugh Fox

1861 – 23 Nov 1896

Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA

No grave photo

Louis C. Gardiner

unknown – 4 Apr 1865

Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA

 George W Haight

George W Haight

Jan 1847 – Jun 1884

Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA

No grave photo

John F. Hickey

1874 – 30 Sep 1896

Woodside, Queens County, New York, USA

 Thomas I. Jones
No grave photo

Thomas I. Jones

Oct 1837 – 23 May 1866

Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA

 Charles Keegan

Charles Keegan

10 Mar 1849 – 15 Sep 1882

Woodside, Queens County, New York, USA

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