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12-27 Tom Bauerle Show Hour 3

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Idea. Affixed -- street lights. Let's analyze. It usually doesn't. You know in the gym and bill. I love our public works department and I realized she is probably National Grid issue but. -- public works department is. That we actually have sidewalk while. It we have while. -- beat them to it with my snowblower usually but. They're good budget guys. And I hate you know what. The popular but I will just simply say that. Within 24 hours of my reporting. -- -- -- one of our village streets which is not allowed to happen by the way. Actually I guess it's just outside the village at the village of Williams vote guys call the Amber's guys and it was fixed pronto. So out of -- email was -- that they can do better street lights. District and it's only street light issues in my life. -- -- I don't know maybe about the -- the street light wiring that will be fun at those fancy street lights like Somalia. Weight that increases tax nevermind it is eleven minutes after by the news radio 9:30 WBZ. Am bit. It's only in the way. I don't wanna I don't want to ramble in Japan -- injured enough work in you you one of the things to talk about -- street lights and stuff. We are remembering. Thirty years ago. This evening which was that. They have great treachery in buffalo new York and for those of you were maybe 35 or younger you don't remember. But. We had a night. That if you live through it you'll never forget like people say I don't exactly. What John F. Kennedy was shot. Help everybody in buffalo remembers exactly where they were. When the propane explosion happened this -- thirty years ago. And it was heard. Miles away you know I would -- thirty maybe even forty miles away people -- People describe the earth move miles away. Because basically. It was up 500 pound propane. Exploding explodes. With the force probably not of a bunker buster. But may. Well I don't know what that with the fourth would be but let's just say a very big bomb. And the tragic part of it is. Five Buffalo's bravest died. Two civilians died. 150. Civilians at least were treated for injuries. Nineteen firefighters were injured by the blast some of them critically you might know some of them who still walk around. With. Scars and did debilitating injuries. And a number fire partners also. Were frost bitten. And and think about it. Why would that happen well number one it was cold number two if you're firefighter and you know it's -- you're guys are missing. You're not going home. You stay there until the bitter end -- until you were ordered to leave the scene that's what you do that's the brotherhood that's the sisterhood that's what you do. It's expected of you it's part of the code of honor of being a firefighter you don't leave people behind. So a lot of those guys were hurt and frost bitten because they could not. Go -- it wasn't in them to leave a brother behind. And very few of us in -- ever experienced that kind of loyalty. On the job very few of -- experience that kind of close bond. With coworkers. But you had guys that were there hour after hour after hour. Trying. To find missing calmer it's as a public -- told us earlier digging through bricks. Digging through things that most of us would would not want a picture. In order to retreat. And saved anybody who could be. And you talk about it being a small world. And we how many times that we said buffalo is in fact the world's largest living room. I Avaya FaceBook friend named Kevin -- well. Now that name sounds familiar -- short Malone his son was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres. And Kevin Malone has been a FaceBook friend of mine for years. And what is fascinating. Is the fact that Kevin Malone whose son was drafted by the sabres who's been a FaceBook friends for years. His wife's maiden name is. -- to leverage she was cousins to the firefighter. Who died. Thirty years ago today I did not know I learned today. And -- Kevin is a former state trooper. So again you talk about small world it is a small world. And I once again want to express my appreciation for Jonathan crew -- mom calling it. And I am greatly appreciative of the trust. She gave me by eight. Telling us about Jonathan. -- he died in 2009 along with lieutenant McCarthy. Trying to save lieutenant McCarthy's life. Today we are commemorating five other buffalo firefighters in particular who died in the line of duty thirty years ago and what do you remember about that night where were you when it happened some of you were basically ground zero. Others were on wrote sixteen. And you heard the blasts. I was at night purple heart and willow ridge I did not hear or or feel anything. Course -- however old I was I would have been listening to the radio over -- -- so you know I probably wouldn't of felt and anyway. But were commemorating those brave men. And were remembering. And folks every era every generation a buffalo aliens in -- we have these common shared experiences. Like the blizzard of 77 the blizzard of 85. Which I thought was a Pip squeak compared to 77 by the way but there -- at thirty for a seven. We have the shared tragedies. And only if you were here at the time can you appreciate. The magnitude. Of sadness. Which enveloped this community every single TV station for about a week showed portraits. Of the fallen firefighters. And I've always wondered how other families. Made it through. I've always wondered what became of the children of the firefighters. And if they realized at the time thirty years ago. How much those of us who are even where would never be firefighters. Felt and grieved for you guys. It was a bad time folks and I'm not trying to -- verbalize it I'm not trying to be maudlin. But. I'm commemorating their -- And the fact that when you do that line of work you don't know for a fact pitcher come on all I know you can say that for every line of work I I get that. But. The difference is always the firefighter and the police officer in the emergency personnel they go to the bad stuff while the rest of -- are -- they get the hell out of town. I mean you know get get out of the danger zone. And the firefighters who died. They had names they were just five buffalo firefighters these were living breathing human beings who made people laugh. Who sacrificed. Who put their lives at risk and lost them for the good of others. And their names were Mike Austin. Mickey captains RO. Read -- -- Tony washed a lavish. And -- called ports. And there were two civilians Alfred and Jesse Arnold who died. I don't have the time to go through all the people were injured because they were well about 200 people were injured between firefighters and civilians. It was a bad it it was a horrible horrible. And let me get to the calls people available for a long time and I apologize here's Greg west Seneca hi Greg. Little Greg sorry keep on holds a long -- from apologized. No no no problem I just -- to. Two by two cents worth. I I know dog materially. I've written what some. He's an accomplished by actor. You and I know that he works part time. When he's not doing his -- worker and he's you know he's he's -- about he's he's just hustler. You know and just -- an anecdote. That our station and it eventually and Seneca. Spread across from Wall Street. -- you who. Recall that or. I know a German by it but it's one of those things I mean there are things in my neighborhood I drive by and I don't even know there bears so. Yeah I -- is very close. Okay well I I knew who are which instills. In return on -- Cold War and building and I -- just. You know do whatever -- could get people out of their you know and I had blood sugar that there's no loss might watch. And this was the day of the collapsed this. And I I called one sorry realized I've lost my watch it wasn't that -- -- much either. It was. It was just they were my pin broke in. Tony. Tony was actually -- we've been able. He said the I I I got to watchers couple are inside the cash register and you commit whatever you care and you know more of their -- whatever. And get it and gentlemen. I I I and I hope that somebody. One of -- Folks are listening but. He was -- -- -- -- you're part six war and blond guy good -- you know and it was our I think you let them know owner of the swarm lounge. But he just told leak case. So about me and don't worry about it if you look at a twelve dollar Timex watch so Luke was. So it today he died. You are having a drink at the bar right by the fire station and you spoke with Tony watched a leverage who called himself Tony -- And he set the watch aside for you. Yes I've lost to watch the watch and broke in in in my bank. Of -- you know in the holders in that's one long been loose. You know maps of dive which reduces they've they've ever done it. In yeah he said he would over and he got a Ford may indeed to retrieve detonation at turtle hard cash register. Well you know what. Here's the thing and you talk about small world in your timing could not have been any better because what are my FaceBook friends in the regular guy with whom correspondence Kevin Malone and his wife is cousins to Tony. So his wife I know he's gonna get the word to his family about one of the final great deeds he did in life when he wasn't on the job. -- that it would of course it was. That it was universal life and they don't know it. -- believe -- -- I had a similar experts -- -- -- today he died and I mean I didn't lose anything but we have every interest in conversation. Thank you very much I'm very glad to all I'm sure his family -- can appreciate it anecdote. Up by the way the one tragedy affecting the Malone family and as much as I'd enjoy and appreciate my friends. Assembly Shawn Malone the sabres draft pick and some of my body Kevin whose cousin was Tony watched a lavish. He goes to Harvard. And if I were Kevin Malone IE would not make that known publicly I'd try to bury that. Harvard he's gonna come back eight -- headed liberal egghead. Sorry mr. Malone I can't resist and to -- All right let's I get back to the calls on WB and this is Matt in lack -- wanna hello Matt thank you for holdings -- non -- -- Donald sowell. Note up from coming -- first my condolences all of our players -- -- Thirty years ago among lead I was the first war about a mile away with to my body in the store one of which the book apartment now and not. The starters shook like it was hit by a semi annual we will announce that we've seen though the ball claim that. -- -- W Marshall clout in. Where there are so quick -- still -- the guy -- to wait for men and at what my bitch Trier school. We are better than by adopting got out and our minds are perjury. Being an up in the -- editor. It was the arch rock is estimated. In we we put don't want -- and a -- recorder plywood. And we we we put our -- actually. Implement civilian vehicles and and Russia monitor erosion -- debris everywhere. -- -- on how to -- -- old people. It looked like about fights and agreed it was just like now. People remain -- -- and Shaq. And worse. Though in my mind lag like it was yesterday. Would you forgive my interrupting you but this -- you got your call is fascinating to me can we resume this conversation in eight minutes back which on hold again. Okay thank you very much you're hearing news radio 930 WB and today commemorating the brave men and women of the buffalo fire department who lost five of their own thirty years ago tonight. In that propane blast on north division mystery. And believe. Hey guys -- -- -- I ashes into the river you got up. -- -- -- Carol Chelsea remember that. Put that my world. That's what I wanna hear while going in for fish food. It is not. And make your final. You'd -- kids in the next room understand. It is that that's a great piece of music it's 535 news -- 930 W. UBE and not a man that it is -- and getting back on the serious side of things. Thirty years ago -- just joining us that we did a horrible tragedy in buffalo and it's one of those do you remember where you were win it. Happened moments like you know exactly where you were for an idol. You know exactly when you found out that flight 37 crashed. And for those of us of a certain age. I would guess maybe forty. And over maybe 35 and over. You remember hearing about this gigantic. Explosion in buffalo north division mystery. Propane. 500 pound. Propane quite illegal. In building and it blew up and five buffalo firefighters died instantaneously. And just to be an idea of the force of the blast blew back off for. Five feet. Even like a fire truck was right that's the appropriate. It was just. Got blown back. So it was a horrible night. And the memories of it etched into many of our mines. And to those of you whose family. Was intimately affected by this by the loss of my dad Brothers. Husband boyfriend. We Europe remembering them today. Thirty years is one of those benchmark anniversaries. And you know what the fortieth anniversary. It will -- more distant the fiftieth anniversary it will be more distant and by the time the ninetieth anniversary rolls around nobody. Will have any personal recollections. Of what we're talking about today. And I just wanna make sure. I've dedicated my shoes -- Because I just I think it's that important. To the men and women of the buffalo fire department. On this the thirtieth anniversary. The worst single -- of tragedy at in the buffalo part apartment. And and we get back to match in the lack wanna on WBBM. One line is open for the first time all -- 8030530. Start 93180616. WB yet. Now that you were at the scene basically very close to the scene. -- -- The explosion happened -- -- look outside you actually saw the fireball. Use all basically what looked like a bomb blast -- body. Are so quick on the scene that the debris which was hurled hundreds of feet up into the air in the all around which still coming down. A two by four landed on your dad's car he reported under abide dock and then you went to help at the scene. And the I don't know how many details I want to ask you about in case we apparently members listening as -- names are concerned but. Did the firefighter you put the makeshift stretcher that he survived. No no news all along that we -- did not. We had. The art art we got there they were screaming and everybody wanted the bodies that are a lot of yelling. There are having trouble -- in the in the ball would be Null or not. They -- at its plywood. Because the barge truck which -- and that was it was just decimated Al and there are no vehicles there to evacuate him that we put mine. I don't believe I don't want to -- -- ST PH dropped in and who is another walls at all large way chronicle com. And delegates and the firefighters it's they really hear these guys in. We got them to monitor and means it was apart -- I would get -- -- delegate named by an illegal -- and surreal way. Mean the guy who helped you. -- by all means give his name by -- Mike no doubt you've just got to wait 49 he was one and it's caught that Richard -- and now Oregon -- -- the only guy. We have looked all right we're just people everywhere there at the -- well I'd agree there lane in the small. And shot and we are longer I let it compound fracture risk. In a feel bullish on the ball by the -- action now. Me Richie I'd pick him up and pitcher Kerry were uranium is almost -- -- regrets and we bought treatment now and lol and he was screaming and a European accent. It put my military jacket not a and I I'm -- years later today he was the owner of -- -- illegal immigrant I believe federal -- but he was. You all are aware Austria open and do what that. And we put him an emergency vehicle in a -- -- -- will be old people they were everywhere they were just shocked enough. My I went back to my base in California two days later not much lieutenant has. Well you know Monday explosion ball flight to Tokyo there -- culture. And we are deployed overseas in -- clear the Red Cross set my military rejected back it's still covered in blood. And -- an -- were told the truth this is the better outlet readdress my life you still have that -- No I don't take this step pitches that I don't know what happened to it I was deployed a couple of times in -- is lost in the shuffle are. But you know -- -- in forty years ago or forty years and that -- figure out remember like it was yesterday -- I was working near -- a couple years ago and outward -- trying to parachute in the -- pulled out it was stolen. And I look at this -- -- -- -- in -- the right thing and it's a departure. That you probably are back direction that night and I I would vote for Bentley you know an apartment over there because these guys off the Brothers -- You were you were on leave from the army. All -- are a real man. How right now I gotta I gotta get you guys and a fistfight with this army guys sorry about that. I say that in jazz I say it and jazz I hope everybody knows that but. First of all thank you for serving the country and you know what you showed what you guys are made out. You sir as an on leave Ian didn't run from. You were in two and I will bet you that it was very obvious that you were -- trained military person and I'm sure the firefighters were thankful that you were there. Well the ironic was it was in between period Saber game they're playing Rangers the Rangers and not. That's why it's so we're drive don't I do this Saber game basically the same whether it ignited cold. But they had their Richie had the artery and now he'll be remembered like I do we know reminisce every year. I don't. I really lower quality likely both of spam in this year and a mother let me or meals -- Hey Matt I'm just just a question and if you'll notice I did not ask you nor to what I want you to say the names of the dead firefighters. You recovered. But is -- your story on record anywhere because there may come a point. Win their children may want to know more about the final moments. Of their fathers. Have you put this in writing and they resent that due to the fire commissioner just for the file so at least there's a written record when somebody has curiosity about those moments. No right no I never did I met was a joke no department a couple of years ago might might also -- -- -- the ballpark are. Or -- game -- -- children that says it's -- park I met him. I remember being interviewed by the world -- want a new agencies that night I don't know which one was Ed Bradley vehicle stolen shack without. -- ever brought a record I don't think Richie and I did either Mike Mike's gone now also but I dig interviewed that night. But I know I never did for a record. Well maybe maybe your buddy who is here with few who is now ironically a buffalo firefighter. Maybe he would know you know through through the back channels and the brotherhood of the fire department whether any of those kids want to know about those final minutes because. You know sometimes people -- the curiosity. And later on in life you know you. Even though immediately you don't wanna know the details sometimes you think geez I wonder if that really happened. Well I grow our first -- no a couple of old guys and brought dessert eater had relative -- the first four but I. And it should have made in thirty years unbelievable I decided -- go back to exit date that was there right I seen what happened enough. That per hour prior to going to deal with that there was a war -- wrong. Well if if if any of those firefighters were at the scene thirty years ago tonight remember that they're clean cut marine on leave help them out. That was my caller Matt in -- of wanna in if you want more information about -- just talked to your fellow firefighter Ricci hide and he will play how to get in touch -- that. It -- -- -- thank you sir thanks for your service and a thanks for being one of the you know the unsung heroes of that night and I'm sure there were many who. Who flocked. Mean there's only so many firefighters to go around. And these guys were so close to the scene. There's the debris was still coming down. I'm going to break. We have about some sponsors to take your we. People call again remembering. What happened thirty years ago. Tonight the blackest day. In terms of more years obviously. In the history of the buffalo fire department five Buffalo's bravest died instantaneously. Win a propane tank blew up. With a force so powerful. That is actually. May eighth fire truck a tumbleweed. And basically -- with 35 feet away. And you heard it from miles away the ground shook for miles. And if you weren't alive at the time. I really cannot over emphasize. These deep level of morning. In this community. And people are even firefighters -- don't even firefighters were deeply affected by this folks. 8030930. Start 93180616. WBE. And AccuWeather partly cloudy and windy the overnight low in the twenties temperatures gonna go up through the thirties overnight. And it tomorrow partly sunny and breezy and milder afternoon and forty right now. At 32 degrees or Joseph just gave me the peace sign whatever BC didn't give me a 31 side. By the way rob from Holland propane has sent me an email saying. I had the -- open miniatures shot on me I love the email system keeps booting you off. Rob from -- pro -- 500 gallon propane tank I don't think it was a 500 pounder. Thank you rob appreciate the correction thank you very much and you know if I see Holland propane. -- -- the header for the email you know you're talking about it all -- lot more than I use a route from -- propane thank you very much for the clarification. Let me just get this straight it was a 500. Gallon tank not a 500 pound -- Just wanna make sure right I I believe the accuracy. -- can fake my way through it let's go to the president of the buffalo fire museum. In south buffalo Karl is on WB and hello. Yeah it's. Just so that people will always remember we do we have to camp virtual look to displace honoring the victims of that propane blast. We we have that and we also have quality. On display of the harder no eleven firefighters who were killed in fossils and 1881. Also won two -- professional fire department. Good lord what what can you tell us Carl about. This the memorabilia from this particular. Tragedy. What you. Have and weathered the family members. Derives some comfort. From being able to be you have to basically be in proximity. With their loved ones equipment. Well we have we have a -- of number tune up also ten years ago we had the families come to our farm using for a memorial. We had fathered clothing we have mayor Chris financial fourth and all the family members children at all. -- -- little. Beautiful memorial. Which they had literally. Was almost into where we where everybody folk almost everybody could lead all of whom. All the firefighters. Well worked with them and our museum members many of art museum members. Actually fought deaf player. So they they were able to talk over many things that happened that it fire. A lot of things off their chest it was of course. Are warming memorial. We have things should go at. Don't know you you go ahead please. We have things in in on -- we actually -- -- alarm box it was all we have the predators play from the nose. And we have both pitchers all the stories magazines newspaper articles. All we get some. Even the radiator court. That was made and that's totally. That you're right about it trucked in political history that's at 220 pound truck. That was -- have a small truck that was one of the bigger trucks at city. That pitchers and. -- It's amazing how are you still. Accepting and or collecting memorabilia from that tragedy. Absolutely correctly that the newspaper article that was in last week. It was frontpage N day. Well also -- page from the news -- we got Chet. And that we accept all current social. Number the only relation debt. I mention that we also have the under eleven firefighters were killed Milan Italy and we have on 9/11 display as well a lot of memorabilia from. And a solid color of our membership studio. Or an article. 0100. Years ago this year accused did know Greenville fire. Well it's 39 people lost their lives and I don't want to mention that. I know I I did not I did mention the it was a tugboat boiler blew up in the black -- back in the 1840s or fifties with a tremendous. I mean it's a -- -- this I think what this does though Carl is it illustrates the point. That these thirtieth anniversaries I think that's almost a cut off point. Were you know where you have the balance between people were hearing about this for the first time. And the people who actually lived through it and played a role in the events. Because. You know people. Age and -- And this is a way to remember thirty years out probably the ideal time. The sacrifices. Of these five men of the fire department and the two civilians who died. Article people who are living in America aren't here to thank you Carla I'm glad to call it totally up to the pictures of the display. You know if people want a commander in -- is free admission occurred eighteen for doing mystery. -- they can follow the link at my FaceBook page and I'm glad you called him thank you. Yeah -- I mean this is this is important to remember folks because the thirtieth anniversary this is basically like the last chance we're gonna happen. -- WB yet.

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