Rollin’ with Pride of Midtown

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PRIDE OF MIDTOWN. That’s what the 54 house calls themselves. They are unquestionably the most popular and most photographed firehouse in New York City. Literally millions of tourists are spread around the world, at home, with pictures of this house and “the guys.” In terms of runs, they are the busiest fire company in all of New York.

The guys are incredibly patient and easygoing about the constant stream of pedestrian traffic that flows in front of their doors, and the resultant, endless requests for photos and a smile.

I got to know this house a bit after 9/11. Richie Kane, the driver on 4 Truck, ...

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