With the Hudson River serving as a backdrop in Peekskill, NY, stands a tribute to seven volunteer firefighters. On the Peekskill Waterfront Green, if you look up instead of out to the Hudson River, you’ll see what is an actual artifact from the City of Peekskill’s history, while also serving as a remembrance to those that gave their lives in service to their community.
The bell itself is a thing of beauty. When looking directly at it when the sun is just right, it seems angelic. Taking a closer look at the plaque just below, though you find out exactly who those seven angels were. The bronzed inscription reads as follows:
ON AUGUST 1, 1918 THIS BELL TOLLED THE ALARM FOR THE
FLEISCHMANN MANUFACTURING COMPANY FIRE,
AT WHICH SEVEN PEEKSKILL VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS LOST THEIR LIVES.
DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF THOSE GALLANT MEN
AUGUST 1, 1918
DEPARTMENT SURGEON DR. CHARLES R.F. GREEN – CORTLANDT HOOK & LADDER CO #1
CAPTAIN CLARENCE J. LOCKWOOD – CORTLANDT HOOK & LADDER CO #1
1ST LT. JAMES H. SELLECK – CORTLANDT HOOK & LADDER CO #1
2ND LT. LOUIS A. BARMORE – CORTLANDT HOOK & LADDER CO #1
FIREFIGHTER GEORGE A. CASSACLES – CORTLANDT HOOK & LADDER CO #1
FIREFIGHTER JOHN F. TORPY – CENTENNIAL HOSE CO #4
FIREFIGHTER WALTER COLE – CENTENNIAL HOSE CO #4
“GREATER LOVE HAS NO MAN THAN THIS, THAT A MAN
LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS.”