The Donnovans - an FDNY family. Book


The Donovan an FDNY family. A novel by Harry Ahearn. Author, Ahearn has written a number of outstanding books:” Ghetto Firefighter” and “The Fire House Factory’ which were two of the most popular fire books ever published and considered classics in the field. His latest saga, “The Donnovan’s” begins with Patrick Donnovan, a young Irishman, who escaped the brutal poverty of famine that plagued Ireland. Patrick served in the Union Army then became one of the first paid members of the newly organized New York City Fire Department. He began his career on Engine 5, located on East 14th Street, was ultimately promoted to Lieutenant of Engine 18, and ended his career at Engine 58 in Harlem. The Donnovan family members who followed Patrick on the job also served in Harlem’s Engine 58 and Ladder 26, which became one of FDNY’s busiest firehouse units in the world. It became known as ‘The Fire House Factory, where many of its firefighters were and are legends on the job. This is a story of an FDNY family; the chronicle of a famed firehouse along with an informal story of one of the most respected fire departments in the world. Author Ahearn served twenty-nine years as member of the FDNY and received six citations for action beyond the call of duty. This is certainly a ‘must read!’ for anyone fascinated in the tolls and life of the FDNY firefighters or for that matter all firefighters! Hardbound. Pgs. 214.

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