NY 1 - October 12, 2006by the Fire Department of New York revealed the cause of an accident that caused serious head injuries for a Manhattan firefighter in May.
Blue uniforms lined Riverside Drive, saluting families of Michael Reilly and Howard Carpluk after each received a Fire Department flag and the Fire Department Medal of Valor. Reilly and Carplunk were killed August 27th at a fire in the Bronx after the ceiling in a burning building collapsed. Chief Sal Cassano said the strategy in this latest fire, to fight the blaze from outside, was not a reaction to what happened to Reilly and Carpluk.
"The chiefs made a conscious decision," said Cassano. "We've pulled firefighters out, this has nothing to do with why the Bronx, the Bronx fire. It was a risk versus reward, this was a large two story taxpayer, they had trouble finding the fire; locating it, and they decided to make it a defensive operation."
Roughly 7,000 firefighters turned out to pay their respects to Reilly and Carpluk.