MAY 2014 Volume XXIV, Issue 1
Dear Museum Supporters,
COMING THIS OCTOBER:
It is bittersweet for me to announce that Damon Campagna has resigned as Executive Director to return to his hometown in Rhode Island. Under Mr. Campagna’s directorship, the museum changed in many progressive, positive ways. Most notably, he hired a Collections Manager/Curator, Amanda Pietrzykowski, to maintain the collection according to museum standards and to spearhead exhibit rotation. This is a giant step forward for the museum and will allow me, as Director, to focus on museum operations, events and fundraising at a crucial time for us. The sweet part, is of course, being asked to fulfill the vacant position. After four years of living in Northern California, most of which working for Humboldt Bay Fire as their Fire Services Officer, I am thrilled to be back serving the museum I love, in the city I love, with the fire department that everybody loves! A big thank you to the Museum Board of Directors and Commissioner Cassano for entrusting me to fulfill the Director’s role and uphold the mission of the museum.
FIREFIGHTER COOK-OFF & FUNDRAISER
If you haven’t visited us for a while, I invite you back to see the changes that occurred under Damon’s leadership. The gift shop received a make-over, the apparatus floor is more spacious and inviting, a Triangle Shirtwaist Fire exhibit now hangs in the elevator lobby, and currently the fire safety video room has a temporary display recounting the tumultuous “War Years” of the 70’s. Although the changes that have professionalized the museum are worth celebrating, unfortunately, we are facing a tough economic time. We are presently bracing for the modernization of our elevator, which will put the machine out of service for a five week period and be a hard hit to our coffers. Therefore we need support now more than ever. I hope you will join us for this year’s fundraising cook-off event scheduled for October, featuring FDNY chefs and celebrity judges. We guarantee great food, prizes and an evening of fun!
In This Issue: Capt. Dan Tracy
Great Fire of 1845
Sincerely, Sarah Strickland-Judd Executive Director
Museum Staff, Left to Right: Anurahda Singh-Store Associate/Birthday Party Host, Amanda Pietrzykowski-Collections Manager, Eugene McCarthy-Custodian, Ann Broughton-Bookkeeper, Sarah StricklandJudd- Executive Director, Noemi Bourdier-Assistant Director/Special Events Coordinator, Darryl Patterson- Fire Safety Officer, Ashely Whelan-Gift Shop Manager
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The Passing of an All-Time Great By William Hickey Watkins Street sadly announces the passing of an All-Time Great - Mr. Dan Tracy. Captain Dan Tracy represented the very best of the FDNY. He retired as one of the most decorated firefighters in the history of The Job, and a man whose humble demeanor was synonymous with the definition of a New York City Firefighter. Life is a journey, one that is full of gifts.
“Daniel Tracy, Legendary Member of Watkins Street.”
“Captain Daniel Tracy holds a young Terry Sykes in his hands after rescuing the child from a Brownsville fire.”
Every once in a while, during this journey, we are blessed to be in the presence of a special person whose actions inspire us to be just a little bit better. When you come across a person such as this – it is a gift. The Good Lord bestowed such a gift upon Watkins Street in the form of Dan Tracy. Dan was a three-time FDNY Medal Day Winner, had numerous citations for heroism and bravery, was on the front page of the Daily News, a Charter Member of L175 as a Lt, a three time Daily News “Hero of the Month”, saw a massive billboard with his likeness hung over the “cut” at Broadway Junction for several years, received a personal letter of commendation from Senator Robert F. Kennedy ju