Twenty Greatest New York City Fires of the Twentieth Century
Author: Morton Greenbaum
ISBN: 978-0990421108
Paperback: $14.95

 

Twenty Greatest New York City Fires of the Twentieth Century

An absorbing look at an unusual and fascinating subject, this documental book relates stories of the twenty greatest fires in New York City from 1900 to 1965. FDNY Honorary Deputy Chief Morton Greenbaum (1917-1994) writes vividly and dramatically of the great fires that rampaged through the five boroughs of New York City from the General Slocum Disaster of 1904 to the conflagration on Staten Island in April of 1963. This authentic and heartfelt historical legacy is dedicated to firefighters and their friends.

Morton Greenbaum

Mort Greenbaum was born in a private sanitarium Harlem on August 21, 1917 as the third child of Alexander and Edna Greenbaum. A reformed, middle-class Jewish family, The Greenbaums first migrated from Frankfurt on the Mien, Germany in the early 1800’s. They strongly believed in education and being good American citizens.

At the age of nine, Mort’s brother Arthur exposed him to his first fire alarm. He would never rid himself of his fascination with firemen and the fire engines; from that day on he was in love.

Buffing was Mort’s favorite sport. Now the love lives on through our oldest son, Gary Greenbaum, who has been employed with the department for about 38 years. He presently serves as a head dispatcher in the Bronx.

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