November 1, 2018
FDNY Firefighters past and present joined together at the quarters of Engine Company 292 in Queens on November 1 to celebrate their 100 years of service to the residents of Woodside, Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, and Sunnyside, and all of the surrounding communities in Queens.
“For a century, Firefighters from Engine 292 have left their families and their homes, and come to work here,” said Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro. “And when the alarm has sounded, those same Firefighters here have rushed out the door to help someone in danger or in need of help.”
The firehouse was one of many opened in Queens in the early 1900s as the FDNY expanded throughout Queens and the paid, professional Department began to replace existing volunteer companies.
“Centennials are about bringing back the members from the past who built the company’s reputation, and connecting with the members here today,” said Chief of Operations John Sudnik. “You realize that despite the different eras we’ve worked in, the basic premise of this job – helping others, saving lives – doesn’t change over time.”
Three members of Engine 292 have made the Supreme Sacrifice.
Firefighter Howard V Colbert, died July 9, 1944 from injuries sustained while stationed in Saipan, serving in the United States Army during World War II. Firefighter Vincent A. T. Schmitt died January 6, 1945 from injuries sustained while stationed in Belgium, serving in the United States Army during World War II. Firefighter William J McEvoy died December 30, 1956, from injuries sustained in the line of duty.
“We honor their memories today as well the memories of all who have faithfully served our company and Department,” said Captain James Miller, Engine Company 292. He also praised the contributions of the current Firefighters and Officers of Engine 292, adding, “These firefighters continue the time honored tradition of service to the community and the FDNY.”