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Peekskill Firefighters Mark Anniversary Of Fleischmann Fire

A memorial service will be held on Monday at 7 p.m. at Firemen's Memorial Park on John Walsh Boulevard in Peekskill's Charles Point.
A memorial service will be held on Monday at 7 p.m. at Firemen's Memorial Park on John Walsh Boulevard in Peekskill's Charles Point. Photo Credit: Google maps screen shot

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- Peekskill fire and city officials will honor the men who were lost in the Fleischmann’s fire nearly 100 years ago.

A memorial service is set for 7 p.m. Monday, the 98th anniversary of the tragedy.

Sponsored by the Cortlandt Hook & Ladder Co. No. 1 and the Centennial Hose Co., No. 4, the ceremony will be held at Fireman’s Park on John Walsh Boulevard.

According to news accounts at the time, firefighters from the Cortlandt Hook & Ladder Co. No. 1, and other companies, were battling a massive blaze at the yeast plant on Peekskill’s waterfront when a wall collapsed, killing seven of them and injuring several others.

The fire also destroyed the building and burned up thousands of dollars worth of grain.

A stone memorial to the victims was erected near the site in 1991.

These are the seven firefighters who died:

  • Dr. C.R.F. Greene, ex-assistant engineer and fire department surgeon.
  • Capt. Clarence Lockwood.
  • 1st Lt. James H. Selleck.
  • 2nd Lt. Lewis A. Barmore.
  • George A. Cassells, ex-president.
  • Firefighter John F. Torpy.
  • Firefighter Walter Cole.

Following the ceremony, refreshments will be served at the Cortlandt Hook & Ladder’s headquarters at 828 Main St., Peekskill.

All are welcome at the memorial service and the event afterwards.

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