The inside story of one of America s most elite firehouses and the extraordinary brotherhood of men who face extreme danger every dayFirefighting is a world of absolutes evil is a red devil that wants destruction and death, good is a charged hose line, full of water to fight the flames The best and boldest firefighters in the country, the men of Rescueare hand picke


10 thoughts on “The Last Men Out: Life on the Edge at Rescue 2 Firehouse

  1. Chris Chris says:

    Honestly, I don t know exactly what to say about this book except READ IT This book should be required reading for firefighters and New Yorkers Americans alike These are the stories of the men who lived and died for you These are the men who put it all on the line in the fire filled days of the 70s and 80s These are the men that paid the ultimate sacrifice not just on that fateful day in September 2001, but in other fires that the public no longer remembers These are the men that are c Honestly, I don t know exactly what to say about this book except READ IT This book should be required reading for firefighters and New Yorkers Americans alike These are the stories of the men who lived and died for you These are the men who put it all on the line in the fire filled days of the 70s and 80s These are the men that paid the ultimate sacrifice not just on that fateful day in September 2001, but in other fires that the public no longer remembers These are the men that are charged with rebuilding a decimated FDNY that is faced with eventhreats and issues to fight and conquer than ever before This book is what firefighting is all about This book exemplifies the brotherhood sisterhood, the rush, the laughs, and the hard times All of it To my fellow firefighters, this book exemplifies some of the legends we strive to emulate, and if this book doesn t get you riled up for that next job you apparently lack a pulse To the general public, this book will give you a rare honest look at the fire service profession and the men women who make it their lives Quite simply, this book is a must read As such I ve not only read it multiple times myself, but have given a copy to several of my colleagues in the Fire and EMS service It still stands as one of my three favorite books ever


  2. J. Dallas J. Dallas says:

    An up close and personal look at the men of FDNY s elite rescue company These men are the best of the best The ones other firefighters call when the s really hits the fan This book is also a fitting tribute to those of Rescue Co 2 who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty on Sept 11 2001 It doesn t get anyreal than this.


  3. Jordan Larsen Jordan Larsen says:

    In the sacred and gallant fraternity of America s Bravest, there s an elite few who live by the creed Running in when everyone else is trying to get out They are members of New York City s elite Rescue Companies Tasked with a myriad of dangerous and challenging assignments from rescuing civilians to their brothers and sisters in arms, when even the firefighters need to call 9 1 1, that s when the bravest of the bravest spring into action With five Tier One rescue companies strategically sit In the sacred and gallant fraternity of America s Bravest, there s an elite few who live by the creed Running in when everyone else is trying to get out They are members of New York City s elite Rescue Companies Tasked with a myriad of dangerous and challenging assignments from rescuing civilians to their brothers and sisters in arms, when even the firefighters need to call 9 1 1, that s when the bravest of the bravest spring into action With five Tier One rescue companies strategically situated across all five boroughs of New York, members of the Big Apple s rescue companies have to be well versed in a variety of specialized disciplines for any given situation Experts in scuba rescue, trench collapses, motor vehicle extrications, urban search and rescue, high angle rope rescues and hazardous materials response, when the bell rings for a major incident, members of the FDNY s Delta Force are always ready to roll In his gripping 2004 ride along book The Last Men Out Life on the Edge at Rescue 2 Firehouse, writer and filmmaker Tom Downey gets exclusive rare behind the scenes access to Brooklyn s elite Rescue 2 The Nephew of legendary Chief of Rescue Operations Ray Downey, Tom Downey pays poignant homage to one of New York s most elite Rescue companies What follows is a memorable pre 9 11 year spending 24 hours with the men of Rescue 2 From the arrival of a new Captain, to the camaraderie of the firehouse, responding to emergencies big and small, to documenting the tragic Father s Day Fire where three FDNY firefighters lost their lives in a deadly explosion and building collapse on June 17th 2001 Also given special mention, is a fitting homage to Ray Downey and his diligent efforts to get New York City ready for the big one after heading the solemn search and rescue operation in the wake of the 1995 Murrah Federal Building Bombing in Oklahoma City Responsible for training and equipping the elite rescue companies, the late Chief Downey was looked up to as not only a modern day father figure of rescue work but ironically went by the nickname God amongst New York s Bravest Of course a literary tribute like this wouldn t be complete without chronicling the FDNY s darkest and finest hour The valiant rescue specialists of Rescue 2 along with famed Rescue companies 1, 3, 4 and 5, answered the call of duty on the morning of September 11th 2001 In what would become the 21st Century s Day of Infamy, and usher in a generational War on Terror, the men and women of New York s Bravest and Finest ran into harm s way to evacuate civilians and rescue their own In the wake of the worst terrorist attack on American soil, New York s first responder matrix was decimated leaving many specialized units without experienced men to pick up the pieces and carry on The FDNY s rescue companies were the hardest hit On the morning of 9 11, Rescue 2 lost all eight men to the collapse of the twin towers, which claimed the lives of 2,606 people including 343 firefighters and 60 NYPD Port Authority Police Officers Tom Downey does his best to document the aftermath of the attack following surviving members to Ground Zero and their brave efforts to fill the void left by such an unspeakable act of terror, as the world s biggest and busiest fire department dusts itself off and begins the process of rebuilding its rank and file infrastructure This is an exceptional homage to the valor and the sacrifice of America s Bravest Having seen many documentaries showcasing New York s elite rescue companies, Tom Downey does an exemplary job putting a human face to the elite few of New York s Bravest This book is a must read for all firefighters past and present as well as civilians who are interested in firefighting This book would make for a great movie or documentary film


  4. Daniel Stern Daniel Stern says:

    None seem to ever get the feel, the energy, the smells and tastes of firefighting, especially when the author is an outsider In Tom Downey s book, he takes us into the heart of Rescue 2, the rescue company which covers Brooklyn As a frequent traveler to NYC and to work with the FDNY, I have a different view on things than most people, but I believe the non fire person and fire people buffs and smoke eaters alike will enjoy this book Not only is this a history of R2, but it gives great ins None seem to ever get the feel, the energy, the smells and tastes of firefighting, especially when the author is an outsider In Tom Downey s book, he takes us into the heart of Rescue 2, the rescue company which covers Brooklyn As a frequent traveler to NYC and to work with the FDNY, I have a different view on things than most people, but I believe the non fire person and fire people buffs and smoke eaters alike will enjoy this book Not only is this a history of R2, but it gives great insight to what it means to join a real brotherhood, the bonds which are made, sacrifices people choose to take so they may serve others and hopefully save lives Ray Downey, the author s father was a work acquaintance of mine, and I miss him greatly Turns out I knew little of the man after reading this book This is an easy read and would be a nice addition to any firefighting library


  5. James archer James archer says:

    I decided to read the book The Last Men Out by Tom Downey The book is about him following around Rescue 2 with the FDNY in the 1990 s and early 2000 s He followed them around to see what it was like before and after the 9 11 attacks and how much the FDNY changed the way they do things Before the 9 11 attacks he writes how Rescue 2 went from being only sent to specialized calls and then they got new officers and he transformed them into an elite unit that went to every fire big or small in t I decided to read the book The Last Men Out by Tom Downey The book is about him following around Rescue 2 with the FDNY in the 1990 s and early 2000 s He followed them around to see what it was like before and after the 9 11 attacks and how much the FDNY changed the way they do things Before the 9 11 attacks he writes how Rescue 2 went from being only sent to specialized calls and then they got new officers and he transformed them into an elite unit that went to every fire big or small in their area In my own opinion I think the book was good and it was interesting how 9 11 changed everything in New York and the fire service in the FDNY and the whole country


  6. Brian Zantop Brian Zantop says:

    Ive always had a substantial respect for firemen Their job is one of upmost importance and absolute necessity But now after reading this I realize just how incredible these domestic soldiers really are To put your life on the line day in and day out every single time the radio beckons is something we should all be grateful towards them for 343 lives were lost in the 9 11 tragedy 343 in one hour And yet the surviving fire fighters went back to work the next day A fascinating look into Ive always had a substantial respect for firemen Their job is one of upmost importance and absolute necessity But now after reading this I realize just how incredible these domestic soldiers really are To put your life on the line day in and day out every single time the radio beckons is something we should all be grateful towards them for 343 lives were lost in the 9 11 tragedy 343 in one hour And yet the surviving fire fighters went back to work the next day A fascinating look into the lives of Brooklyn rescue workers and highly suggested to read


  7. Kevin DeLong Kevin DeLong says:

    Hands down the best firefighter book I ve read I love it because it not only covers history and great fire stories, but it also shows how many aspects of the fire service have changed, especially the attitude and personality of the firefighter.


  8. Kevin Kevin says:

    Really good insight to Rescue 2 Shines light on the lifestyle of a FFR, and does a great job show casing the FFR of FDNY and those involved in 9 11.


  9. Mandy Huot Mandy Huot says:

    I felt this book was just OK.told good fire stories, but didn t feel genuine to me maybe it s just me.


  10. hamptonenglish10 hamptonenglish10 says:

    Talyson GreenMs Brooks Academic English 106 January 2012The Last Men Out is a non fiction biography about how everyday firefighters in New York City put their lives on the line to save others This book talks about the language that firefighters speak when they get called to a fire by the 911 dispatchers For example, when the firefighters hears the dispatcher say 10 60, that means that there is a major emergency that they needs their attention After the book mentions some of the codes that th Talyson GreenMs Brooks Academic English 106 January 2012The Last Men Out is a non fiction biography about how everyday firefighters in New York City put their lives on the line to save others This book talks about the language that firefighters speak when they get called to a fire by the 911 dispatchers For example, when the firefighters hears the dispatcher say 10 60, that means that there is a major emergency that they needs their attention After the book mentions some of the codes that the firefighters need to know before they get to the emergency, the author talks about the firehouse and its workers in the Seventies One man that worked as a firefighter during this time period is Fred Gallagher Fred never wanted to be a firefighter growing up but his mother in law insisted that he would take the firefighter test coming up He ended up passing the test and worked at an engine company in New York City Eventually, he worked at one of the busiest rescue companies in the city, Rescue Finally, there are many little biographies about the firefighters that the author talks about Additionally, there is a deadly fire that is called the Atlantic Avenue fire John Napollo is a new man at Rescue 2 He is a hard worker and listens to whatever Phil Ruvolo tells him as his captain A few months after John arrives at the firehouse, the firefighters get word that there is a fire on Atlantic Avenue The rescue engine is the second rig to arrive at the fire The chief at the fire tells Ruvolo that there are 3 firefighters missing The firefighters manage to rescue all 3, but people have to read the book to figure out what happened to them Next, every firefighter is a husband and maybe even a father Further, they live for Fathers Day Although, in the Eighties it was the worst Fathers Day of their lives because their is a deadly fire There were 3 men trapped and they were all burned to death Also, this has been a couple of bad years for the firefighters because they have lost many brothers in fires, but they do not even know what disaster is coming up This disaster will be one of the worst terrorist attacks in history Next, the author also writes about 911 and the recovery that the firefighters had to go through after this disaster There were two commercial planes that hit the north and south towers of the World Trade Center It is just a quiet morning at Rescue 2 until the firefighters on duty get a call from the dispatcher that says there is a 10 60 at the trade center When the firefighters arrive there, along all the other fire departments in New York City, they go into the towers to see if they can rescue any people After a little bit of time the dispatchers call for all firefighters of the New York City area to come and help at the towers Not long after all the firefighters arrive, the towers collapse Thousands of people die in this, including firefighters Also, all of Rescue 2 s firefighters that arrived that day died in the collapse and they lost a total of seven of their men Although, the firefighters of Rescue 2 that were still alive came back to the site to explore the residue of the towers to see if they can find any survivors They manage to find one lady that survived After everybody realized that there is basically nohope to find anybody that lived through it, the borough demanded they go back to their rig They only found five out of the seven firefighters that they lost Finally, I would recommend this book to my peers because it taught me that everyday our firefighters do not know if they are going to survive a fire that day They hope that they will see their wife and kids again, but they never know for sure Also, they show a tremendous amount of courage by going into a burning building and searching for people Next, they have seen many people survive a fire, but they have seen many disturbing sights of people that did not make it out of the fire alive