The city’s oldest retired New York City Fire Department (FDNY) firefighter William Schreck died at the age of 104 on Thursday, Oct. 17.
According to Branch Funeral Home, the veteran and resident of Smithtown, New York, was born in 1915. He spent his entire FDNY career at Engine Company 218 in Brooklyn, known as the “Bushwick Bomberos.” After serving 20 years with the New York City Fire Department, he retired in 1960.
Firefighters at the Hart Avenue firehouse considered the elderly flame stomper as their “senior man.” They even held a special surprise lunch for him when he turned 100 in 2015, New York Daily News reported.
Schreck was seen sporting an FDNY cap during his 100th birthday, which was organized by his son Bob. Engine 2018 members gave him a cake topped with his official FDNY photo and an antique fog nozzle as a keepsake.
Uniformed Firefighters Association President Gerard Fitzgerald sent his condolences Friday.
“We’re sorry for his family’s loss and we want to thank firefighter Schreck for all he did for the FDNY and this city. He’ll never be forgotten,” Fitzgerald said.
He will be laid to rest at Calverton National Cemetery on Monday, Oct. 21.