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Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Fire Commissioner Thomas Von Essen today dedicated two plaques honoring the memory of fallen fire Captain Vincent G. Fowler and Firefighter Frederick Soller. Joining the Mayor and Fire Commissioner Von Essen at Engine 16 and Ladder 7 were members of Captain Fowler's and Firefighter Soller's family.
"Vincent Fowler and Frederick Soller were part of the FDNY family," Mayor Giuliani said. "Their dedication set an example for those they served with and their deaths will never be fully overcome. Today, we take another step in the healing process and unveil these two plaques that will rest at Engine 16 and Ladder 7, as symbols of the resilience, selflessness and commitment of the men they honor."
The plaques were unveiled at the quarters of Engine 16 and Ladder 7 in Manhattan, where Fowler, a 21-year veteran of the Fire Department was assigned as a Lieutenant prior to his promotion to Captain. Captain Fowler died on June 3, 1999, as a result of injuries he sustained while battling a second alarm blaze at 150-22 127th Street in the South Ozone Park, Queens. Firefighter Frederick Soller died of a massive heart attack on May 25, 1999.
Captain Vincent G. Fowler joined the FDNY on October 14, 1978. During his career he was assigned to numerous Firehouses throughout the City, including Engine 234, Ladder Companies 123, 120 and 7, as well as Battalion 9. During his career, Captain Fowler received 3 commendations for meritorious acts.
Commissioner Von Essen said, "Vincent Fowler was a decorated Officer who
served the people of the City of New York with great distinction for 21 years.
A man of distinguished courage and valor, he gave his life in the performance
of his duties, protecting the lives and property of all New Yorkers. Even after
he became trapped in a smoke-filled basement, his concerns where not for his
own safety but for the safety of his men. This plaque will serve as a permanent
tribute to Captain Fowler and will provide for a lasting testimonial to his
Firefighter Frederick Soller, of Ladder 7 in Manhattan, was a decorated 5-year veteran of the New York City Fire Department. Appointed to the Department in 1994, Soller succumbed to cardiac on May 25, 1999. He is survived by his wife Karen and their two children, Ricky and Jill.
"This plaque will serve as an everlasting reminder of his dedication and his service to the citizens of this City for years to come," said Fire Commissioner Thomas Von Essen.