Today we remember the six FDNY firefighters killed on Oct. 26, 1962—48 years ago today—at the Sefu Soap and Fat Co. Fire in Queens.
• Captain William Russell; Engine 325
• Firefighter James Marino; Engine 325
• Firefighter Richard Andrews; Engine 325
• Firefighter George Zahn; Engine 238
• Firefighter Richard Gifford; Engine 238
• Firefighter Francis Egan; Ladder 115
More than 20 firefighters were working at a four-alarm fire in a soap factory when a side wall and part of the second floor gave way, trapping them on the factory’s first floor. Six of the firefighters died, and multiple others were injured.