|Established||September 11, 1865|
|Facilities and equipment|
|Stations||108 E. 13th St, New York City, New York|
FDNY Ladder Company 3 known as "Recon" is a fire company in the 6th Battalion, 1st Division of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY). Ladder Company #3 is one of two Ladder Companies in the FDNY's 6th Battalion and has firefighting stewardship over a several square block area of Manhattan’s East Village.
Ladder Company 3 received some of the heaviest casualties of any fire company in the FDNY, losing most of its men in the September 11 attacks. The company reported to the north tower of the World Trade Center, where Captain Patrick "Paddy" Brown and his men were last known to be on the 35th floor of the tower. The company arrived at the WTC running “heavy”, meaning that they carried more men than would actually be on a shift (tour), as the attacks came during a shift change, and both shifts remained on duty.
FDNY Ladder Company #3 is housed at 108 E. 13th St., along with Battalion Chief #6. (Battalion #6 first-response territory covers Gramercy Park, the Flatiron District, the Bowery, and Union Square, which in turn is under command of FDNY's 1st Division, which is responsible for both Downtown and Lower Manhattan). The company was created on September 11, 1865, and is one of New York’s oldest ladder companies.
Ladder Company 3’s fire truck (apparatus), (last driven on September 11th, 2001, by chauffeur Michael Carroll) that responded to the World Trade Center spent ten years housed at Hangar 17 at John F. Kennedy International Airport. At the time of the collapse, the truck was parked on West Street and damaged beyond repair by the collapse of the Twin Towers. In 2011, Firefighters stood alongside victims’ families and assorted bystanders and watched as the flag-covered, 60,000-pound fire truck was lowered by crane 70 feet below ground to become part of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. It will not only represent the members it lost on September 11, which are Captain Patrick (Paddy) J. Brown, Lt. Kevin W. Donnelly, Michael Carroll, James Raymond Coyle, Gerard Dewan, Jeffrey John Giordano, Joseph Maloney, John Kevin McAvoy, Timothy Patrick McSweeney, Joseph J. Ogren, Steven John Olson, but also all FDNY casualties.
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