FDNY Remembers Oct. 17, 1966

1010 Wins - October 17, 2006

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NEW YORK -- The Fire Department of New York is remembering one of the saddest days in its 142-year history. Tuesday is the 40th anniversary of the 23rd Street fire.

The 1966 fire at 23rd Street and Broadway in Manhattan killed 12 firefighters.

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta and Chief of Department Salvatore Cassano will join firefighters and FDNY families in a wreath-laying ceremony.

The 23rd Street fire caused the worst loss of life for the fire department other than the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center, in which 343 firefighters were killed.

Twelve FDNY members ranking from probationary firefighter to deputy chief died when the ground floor of a drugstore collapsed.