A gift for the families, friends and fellow firefighters of that Brave Company

FDNY Squad 18

Manhattan's Squad 18 lost seven brave firefighters on that sad morning in September. Lieutenant William McGinn and Firefighters Andrew Fredericks, Eric Allen, David Halderman, Timothy Haskell, Manuel Mojica and Lawrence Virgilio selflessly committed themselves to duty and made the ultimate sacrifice trying to rescue people from the WTC.

Squad 18 is a special operations detail stationed in Greenwich Village, Captained by Joseph Downey, who lost his father Battalion Chief Ray Downey at the WTC. Early next year Ariba will present a new Seagrave Pumper Truck to the Squad, in memory of Andy Fredericks, a beloved team member and noted fire instructor. Andy is Dennis Moynihan's nephew. Dennis Moynihan is Battalion Commander of Battalion 18 in the Bronx and a friend of Bob Calderoni.

We hope this vehicle will serve the company well protect the firefighters on the job and help them save lives for many years to come.

The Bravest
Here are some departmental photos and a little information on the firefighters. My apologies for not having more. Chief Moynahan will supply more information on firefighters Allen, Mojica and Virgilio.

Firefighter Andrew Fredericks, 40
Andrew was posthumously promoted to Lieutenant as of 9-11-01.

Andrew Fredericks was a firefighter assigned to Squad Company 18 in Manhattan, one of five squad companies high inside the First World Trade Center tower rescuing people when it collapsed on September 11, 2001.

A member of the fire service for 21 years, Mr. Fredericks was a New York State certified fire instructor (Level II) at the Rockland County Fire Training Center in Pomona, NY, an adjunct instructor at the New York State Academy of Fire Science, a field instructor for the Illinois Fire Service Institute, an instructor for the New York State Association of Fire Chief's, and an adjunct lecturer at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. Mr. Fredericks was co-author of FDNY's engine company operations manual. He was a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Fire Engineering and the FDIC Educational Advisory Board. He was president of Andrew A. Fredericks & Associates, Inc., a firm specializing in municipal fire service training and consulting.

Mr. Fredericks held a bachelor of arts in political science, a bachelor of science in public safety/fire science, and a master's degree in fire protection management.

Andrew is survived by his wife Michelle and two children Andrew and Hayley (5).

Firefighter Eric Allen, 41

more info soon

Eric is survived by his wife Kiki and daughter Kathleen (3).

Lieutenant William McGinn, 43
William was posthumously promoted to Captain as of 9-11-01.

William E. McGinn was a civil engineering major at Hunter College. But he spent much of his spare time hanging out at the firehouse in Spanish Harlem where his uncle Kevin was a lieutenant. Some time around sophomore year, he took an exam that was not in any of his courses: the firefighter's test. By the time he graduated, he had decided that being a civil engineer would be boring, so he became a firefighter.
There are some bright points in the black gloom of our post-September 11 world. Mike McGinn of Monroe got word that his brother, FDNY Lt. Billy McGinn, is being posthumously promoted to captain. He was one of the several firefighters killed or missing at Ground Zero who were on promotional lists.
"This means more money for the families and another commemoration for those who we lost," McGinn wrote me. "This is a good thing."

William is survived by his wife, Dr. Anne Golden, and son Liam (8) and daughter Cordelia (6)

Firefighter David Halderman, 40

David, a ten-year veteran of the FDNY wore the same badge number as his late father.

David is survived by his mother, Geraldine, his brothers Michael ( Capt. of Engine 325 in Woodside - the same firehouse their late father worked for 30 years), Steven and sisters, Christine and Marianne.

Firefighter Timothy Haskell, 34

Remembered: "He was a surfer dude," Cohen says, smiling fondly at the memory of his 34-year-old friend. " 'Hey, dude' -- that's all you'd hear from him." Haskell also trained his dog to stop, drop, and roll on command, for the fire-safety classes he taught at elementary schools.

He is survived by his mother Maureen, his sister Dawn, a brother Kevin who is also a member of FDNY and a dalmation named Blaze with whom he taught fire safety to New York school children. His father, the late Thomas Haskell, was also a city firefighter.

His brother, Capt. Thomas Haskell was also lost that morning.

Firefighter Manuel Mojica, 37

more info soon

Manuel is survived by his wife Anna, daughter Stephanie (8) and son Manny (5)

Firefighter Lawrence Virgilio, 38

Many of the guys in 18 were regulars at Grano, an Italian restaurant on the corner of Greenwich Avenue. One of the men lost, Larry Virgilio, made his own wine. "He would always come in the restaurant for dinner with a bottle, and say, 'Maurizio, it's time to share a bottle with me tonight,'" says Grano's owner and chef, Maurizio Crescenzo. "They were all good cooks.


The Vehicle
The $350,000 raised was forwarded to the NY Fund last last week, and will be specifically allocated to the purchase of a new Seagrave Pumper for the Squad. We'll have more details in the new year as the delivery schedule firms up. Here are sobering before and after shots of the equipment the squad lost.



The Children
Thank you Nancy, Rany and Jerry for organizing the gifts for the firefighter's children. It's difficult to imagine what it will be like for the little ones over the holidays. Captain Moynihan mentioned yesterday that he was off to deliver the presents before the kids got home from school.

The Stories
Heart rending stories about the Squad 18 losses.

From Rolling Stone "At Ground Zero The Firefighters"

Most of the on-duty members of Squad 18, seven men, a lieutenant and six firefighters, were caught on floors below the eightieth. Squad 18 was based near Jill Fagin's house, over on Tenth Street in the West Village, where Comella's good friend Andy Fredericks worked. A father of two, Fredericks had been fighting Manhattan blazes for more than a decade. He also lectured around the country on fire safety and engine-company operations and contributed frequently to firefighter publications. Last June, he fought the Father's Day Fire in Astoria, Queens, which took three members of the department. Comella figures his friend and the other members of Squad 18 were probably on or near the thirty-seventh floor of the North Tower when it fell.

From New York Metro.com "Braving the Heat"

A shrapnel storm of steel and glass and stone is smashing all around him. A concrete boulder the size of a garbage truck thuds into the ground. "John! John! John!" he is yelling as he runs. John Ceriello, also from Squad 18, was standing right next to him outside the building. Where is John?

The Ariba Memorial
Along with the vehicle we hope to present the Squad with a large memorial plaque that would be cemented into an exterior wall at the Station. The design would be executed in stainless steel framing a central panel of Blue/Black Welsh Slate. The Slate would include the image of the WTC towers wreckage carved in shallow relief along with the names of the firefighters who were lost.

The FDNY lost a total of 343 firefighters that day. Squad 18's seven men and 336 others. The brother and sister firefighters lost are represented by 336 tiny engraved crosses in the stainless steel border.

If anyone has not made a contribution and/or would like to help offset the cost of the memorial please contact Michael Robertson.


Again, a thank you to the entire Ariba family, and this truly is a family, for all that you've done.