A Virtual Cemetery created by Gary Urbanowicz

Brooklyn Fire Department

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.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.

160 memorials
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 Richard H. Abbott

Richard H. Abbott

1845 – 17 Apr 1896

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

 George V. M. Allister

George V. M. Allister

Birth and death dates unknown.

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

 John M. Allister

John M. Allister

Birth and death dates unknown.

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

 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

 Arthur Bassett

Arthur Bassett

1827 – 19 Oct 1884

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

 J P Bazon

J P Bazon

Birth and death dates unknown.

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

 Alfred Beauman

Alfred Beauman

10 Mar 1868 – 22 Oct 1896

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

 Rufus Richardson Belknap
No grave photo

Rufus Richardson Belknap

10 Sep 1828 – 3 Mar 1878

Newburgh, Orange County, New York, USA

 John Benham

John Benham

1810 – 7 Apr 1897

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

 Gideon C. Bennett
No grave photo

Gideon C. Bennett

Sep 1837 – 19 Feb 1919

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

 Robert E. Boyd

Robert E. Boyd

1838 – 22 Jan 1889

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

 Christopher D. Boyne

Christopher D. Boyne

14 Aug 1866 – 21 Mar 1901

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

No grave photo

Joseph H. Brown

1844 – 4 Apr 1865

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

 William A. Brown
No grave photo

William A. Brown

23 Sep 1835 – 1 Dec 1913
Cremated , Other
No grave photo

William A. Brownley

1820 – 30 Sep 1898

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

No grave photo

Pascal C. Burke

1837 – 24 Mar 1910

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

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