Congratulations to FDNY Battalion Chief John Salka on his retirement after 32 years. Chief Salka invited me along to document one of his last 24 hour shifts.
The original 1-8 Battalion hat
The 24 hour shift started out slow but didn't take long to pick up!
MUD - Multi Unit Drill
Sunday morning training...45 Engine's Chauffeur does some pump training for the crew.
We stopped by Rescue 3 early in the day so the Chief could say good bye to some of the members
FDNY Rescue 3's new collapse rescue unit in their new quarters. On the wall you can see the memorial built by Rescue 3 in memory of their fallen brothers.
58 Truck heading out on a run
A kitchen training session at 48 engine and 56 truck.
88 Engine heading out on a run....First due at the Bronx zoo
We stopped in at 88 engine another company in the 18th Battalion
Saying goodbye at Big Blue during the 6x9 tour
Rush hour on the Cross Bronx Expressway
This lid has seen some action!!!!!
Shrimp sausage and some good spices....
The meal at any firehouse is an important part of the day. This is where training, bonding and some great stories are told.
Tonight they were cooking for 18 members at the 18th Battalion. The food was better than anything you could buy at a restaurant.
Its after midnight and we are still making the rounds in between calls to say good bye to old friends.
1-8 to the Bronx 10-8
Chief Salka is a BIG Yankees fan and therefore a Red Sox hater. Of course when I came Derek Jeter got his 3,000th hit.....but I reminded him that the Red Sox were in 1st place.
Thank you to Chief Salka and all the firefighters of FDNY for letting me document a piece of history.
This is a small amount of the many photos I took on this trip. If I took a photo of you with Chief Salka just email me some info on the picture and I will email the image to you at no charge.
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