Engine 24: Fire Stories 1, 2 and 3 by Joe Corso

Fascinating stories.

FIRE STORIES 123

 

 

 

 

 

About the book: Now, all in one complete book, Joe Corso’s ENGINE 24: FIRE STORIES BOOKS 1, 2, AND 3, including the AWARD-WINNING FIRE STORIES: BOX 598!
ENGINE 24: FIRE STORIES BOOKS 1, 2, AND 3 chronicles the career of Joe D’Albert, aka author Joe Corso, as a New York City firefighter. In this exciting compilation of fire stories, Corso details the triumphs and tragedies of his comrades-in-arms as they bravely battle some of the most dangerous fires in the history of the city. He tells of real life heroes and of lifelong friendships formed, as well as some of the turmoil that existed in New York City during his time with the department. Follow Corso through the 60s and 70s, and to the present day, from race riots to 9/11, when actual flames of unrest were doused by the bravest people in recent American history.

About Joe Corso: I grew up in Queens,New York and my motivation to write came from my wish to help my grandchildren pay for their college education. So far I’ve completed 13 novels and a number of short stories including my popular ‘ENGINE 24 FIRE STORIES’ trilogy and I’ve just finished the 5th installment in the ‘TIME PORTAL’ series.

I’m just completed ‘LAFITTE’S TREASURE’ and then I plan to revisit ‘THE STARLIGHT CLUB 5 which I shelved about a year ago, When that book is finished I will write a sequel to my western ‘THE ADVENTURES OF THE LONE JACK KID’, titled ‘THE RETURN OF THE LONE JACK KID’.

 

This book is a compilation of the three books Engine 24: Fire Stories written by retired New York City fire fighter Joe Corso, and dedicated to the members of Engine 24 of the New York City Fire Department.

If you are looking for action, suspense, dangerous situations, and want to feel as if you are actually walking into those blazing buildings with the fire snaking around you, then these are the stories for you, written from notes taken after fires fought by the author and his comrades.

 They also provide a very interesting history of New York, over the years. Not only the famous fires but also the race riots, secret places, and the horses role in the fire service. For me personally, however, these stories are compelling reading because they are personal, one man’s recollections of his life in the fire fighting service, snapshots in time, one offs, which can never be repeated ever again…

In one of the stories, he tells, is of his first day as a fire fighter. As you sit, reading his description of that day, written from the heart, so many years later, you feel as if you are there, a silent witness, watching the young Joe as he meets his fellow workers for the first time and they take him under their wing. These are the men who taught him, brave, dedicated, and loyal, and these same qualities they installed in him, and he has striven to emulate, throughout his career.

Reading these stories it is easy to understand the close bonds, which these brave men have with their comrades. When they are facing such unpredictable danger, it is imperative they can trust them, literally with their lives, and that trust must be earned. As a result, they become a close family, and the care they have for each other reaches far beyond the Fire Station walls.

I have loved reading these stories, for me, they have everything, action, suspense, history but above all, human interest.  I wish he would write more…

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Engine 24: Fire Stories 3 by Joe Corso

Wonderful compulsive reading.

FIRE STORIES 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the book: The final book in the Engine 24 Fire Stories trilogy focuses on the more turbulent times that firefighters had to endure in New York City during the years 1963 to 1975.
In this book, the era of Kennedy’s assassination, race riots, and looting are related through the eyes of a NYC firefighter. Joe Corso describes where he was and what the reactions of the firemen and officers were the day that President Kennedy was killed.
The author describes what it felt like to be detailed to La Casa Grande – “The Big House.”
Engine 82 was one of the busiest fire companies in the world during the race riots of the 60s. It was located in the Fort Apache section of the Bronx – and the tenseness of always having to be on guard in a hostile environment in which those men had to work is shared in gritty detail.
Corso writes of how one good firefighter lost and then regained his nerve; he writes of fires long forgotten and how, over the last 50 years, our moral codes have changed, especially pertaining to one fire that happened many years ago on Bedford Street in the West Village.

About Joe Corso: I grew up in Queens,New York and my motivation to write came from my wish to help my grandchildren pay for their college education. So far I’ve completed 13 novels and a number of short stories including my popular ‘ENGINE 24 FIRE STORIES’ trilogy and I’ve just finished the 5th installment in the ‘TIME PORTAL’ series.
I’m just completed ‘LAFITTE’S TREASURE’ and then I plan to revisit ‘THE STARLIGHT CLUB 5 which I shelved about a year ago, When that book is finished I will write a sequel to my western ‘THE ADVENTURES OF THE LONE JACK KID’, titled ‘THE RETURN OF THE LONE JACK KID’.
AWARDS
THE STARLIGHT CLUB won the silver in the 2012 eLit contest in the ‘TRUE CRIME’ category’. In 2013 the book won HONORABLE MENTION in the ‘HISTORICAL FICTION’ category’.
THE LONE JACK KID won ‘FINALIST’ in the 2013 Readers Favorite in the ‘WESTERN’ category.
My short story ‘FIRE: BOX 598’ won the BRONZE in the 2013 Readers Favorite contest in the ‘HISTORICAL NON FICTION category’.
Go figure. If I would have known that I could write a good story. I would have started writing a half century ago.

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I have loved reading the previous Engine 24 Fire Stories series of books and couldn’t wait to start this one. The author Joe Corso is a retired New York fire fighter and his memories of the different incidents he has attended over the years as part of the Engine 24 crew are compulsive reading.

As Joe tells his stories, he sets the scene beautifully, taking the reader with him through memory lane deep into blazing buildings and dangerous situations. In this book, we stand alongside him as he watches the looting and race riots of yester years, and discovers some of the mysterious and secret places, which exists below New York City. Through one of the stories we are reminded how much morals have changed in current years and, wait by the phone with him, years later, as with bated breath, he hears the fate of his old company in 9/11.

Reading these books you quickly discover that to be a fire fighter, you not only have to be incredibly brave, you also have to have absolute faith in your comrades and know you can trust fellow crew members literally with your life. These men form deep bonds of friendships, which often last a lifetime and become a family, close, and supportive of each other.

Telling a good story is an art, and to be able to write that story as well is a real gift, the author Joe Corso definitely talented beyond words.

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Engine 24 Fire Stories 2 by Joe Corso

Amazing stories from a retired fire fighter.

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About the book: Every firefighter has a treasure trove of interesting stories to tell and the stories more often than not are instructional as well as exciting. When I was a firefighter, I kept notes of the fires I responded to. Now that I am retired, I have reflected on my career as a firefighter and have written a second book about the men alongside whom I worked, facing dangerous situations daily.

This book is a compilation of eight short FIRE stories written between 1963 and 1972, from notes I wrote after returning from fires. The first story explores the emotions felt when reporting for duty for the first time. The same emotions felt by all firefighters throughout the world on their first day on the job.

An inexplicable bond forms between men and women who face danger on a daily basis and who have been tested – and have passed the test. From the combat soldier, to the policeman and the firefighter – a bond of love and trust has formed that will last a lifetime.

About Joe Corso: I grew up in Queens, New York and I began writing in an attempt to raise money to pay for my grandchildren’s college education. I’ve written 12 books and 7 short stories. Right now I’m working on the fifth installment of The Starlight Club. When It’s completed I’d like to write a sequel to the Lone Jack Kid which is a finalist in the 2013 Readers Favorite book contest in the Western category. The Starlight Club won the silver in the 2012 eLit TRUE CRIME category, and was awarded Honorable Mention in the 2013 Readers Favorite book contest. My short story FIRE: Box 598 won the bronze in the 2013 Readers Favorite contest, in the historical non-fiction category. Go figure. If I would have known I could write a good story, I would have started writing a half century ago.

Review by Susan Keefe:

In this book, I was intrigued to learn about Joe’s very first days as a fire fighter. I will be the first to openly admit that I love Joe Corso’s stories about his career, and, as he recounts his memories, I felt as if I was transported into the very soul of the young Joe. He describes his very first day and meeting the men he was to worked with, men whose courage and dedication he strove to emulate throughout his career. Experienced fire fighters ,who took the young rookie under their wing, guided and encouraged him, whilst all the time instilling in him the firm codes and values they worked by.

There’s so much in this book. The Prologue, which has been researched by members of the IAFF tells  the history of the Maltese Cross, which is the international symbol of the fire service. I loved reading Joe’s recollections of the alarm calls they went on, the unusual characters he met, and how this close knit brotherhood of men dealt with the odd bad apple or two. I also discovered that there are many types of fires, and whilst all are dangerous, the smoke alone given off of the source materials of some can be deadly. Then the history of the old fire brigade building came to life, as Joe and his friend had to recover the old fire station journals from the roof space, and discover other things, stored there.

At the end, Joe has looked back at the animal hero’s of the service, the brave fire horses and included an interesting and humorous article by Jim Blanchard of the Saugus Fire Department and a fantastic photograph. 

What can I say, this book captivated me, I just could not put it down. I loved reading of the true comradeship, loyalty and brotherhood of these brave men as seen through the eyes of the author as a young man, and the pictures within were just fantastic to see – the icing on the cake as they say.

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FIRE: Mutual Aid by Joe Corso

 

Exciting fire fighting true story.

Publisher: Black Horse Publishing; 1 edition (July 26, 2013)

ASIN: B00E6HRNK8

About Joe Corso:  I was born in 1935 and I grew up in Queens, New York. I started writing at the age of 75 hoping to raise money to send my grandchildren to better schools. In the past three years I’ve written 12 books and 6 short stories. Right now I’m working on The Starlight Club 5. After that I’m considering writing a sequel to the Lone Jack Kid which is a finalist in the 2013 Readers Favorite book contest. The Starlight Club won the silver in the 2012 eLit TRUE CRIME category, and is a finalist in the Readers Favorite 2013 book contest. My short story FIRE: Box 598 is also a finalist in the Readers Favorite short story category.

Go figure. If I would have known I could write a good story, I would have started my writing career a half century ago.

About the book: (The story that follows was written from notes I wrote on May 28, 1964, the day after the Jersey City Pier fire. The following paragraph is from an article that appeared in the third issue of W.N.Y.F in 1964, written by John J. Cunningham Deputy Assistant Chief of the Marine Division. He described the scene perfectly.)

Author’s Website: http://www.corsobooks.com/

Review by Susan Keefe

On the night of May 27, 1964, thousands of New York City residents, whose dwellings overlook the Hudson River in lower Manhattan, had ringside seats for a spectacular wind-fanned waterfront fire that lit up the Jersey shore. A fire that, before it was brought under control some hours later, taxed the combined efforts of four FDNY. marine companies, five FDNY. Engine companies, 16 JCFD fire companies, 14 Coast Guard Vessels, and 21 Pennsylvania R.R. tug boats. Units from nearby Bayonne, Hoboken, and West New York manned the vacant Jersey City firehouses. Residents as far away as Brooklyn discovered evidence of the fire on their sidewalks and lawns the following morning.

Some fires make news headlines, and the Jersey City Pier fire on 27th May 1964 was such a fire.

The author, Joe Corso was one of the fire fighting crew on Engine 24 when they responded to a call from the dispatcher – the Jersey City Fire Department was asking for Mutual Aid, they had a fire raging and needed help.

Gathering at the Holland Tunnel, they led a caravan of fire trucks towards the brightly lit skyline and into the inferno, which raged in the tall buildings at the waterfront and along the pier, threatening to spread down the coast.

United, with one goal, the fire crews worked in the extreme heat, using water from the Hudson River, fighting to halt the spread of the fire, grateful when the mighty fireboats arrive to take over.

This story is a fine example of the fire departments comradeship and mutual respect, brave men who pulled together to extinguish this raging inferno.

The author has also included in this book some interesting insights as to what it was like living there in the early 1960’s and some local information.

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Engine 24: Fire Stories by Joe Corso

 

Best collection of fire fighting short stories ever!

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Publisher: Black Horse Publishing; 1 edition (July 29, 2013)

ASIN: B00E8898M6

About the Author: I was born in 1935 and I grew up in Queens, New York. I started writing at the age of 75 hoping to raise money to send my grandchildren to better schools. In the past three years I’ve written 12 books and 6 short stories. Right now I’m working on The Starlight Club 5. After that I’m considering writing a sequel to the Lone Jack Kid which is a finalist in the 2013 Readers Favorite book contest. The Starlight Club won the silver in the 2012 eLit TRUE CRIME category, and is a finalist in the Readers Favorite 2013 book contest. My short story FIRE: Box 598 is also a finalist in the Readers Favorite short story category.

Go figure. If I would have known I could write a good story, I would have started my writing career a half century ago.
About the book:Every firefighter has a treasure trove of interesting stories to tell and the stories more often than not are instructional as well as exciting. When I was a firefighter, I kept notes of the fires I responded to. Now that I am retired, I have reflected on my career as a firefighter and have written a book about the men alongside whom I worked, facing dangerous situations daily.
This book is a compilation of five FIRE short stories written between 1964 and 1972, from notes I wrote after returning from fires.FIRE: Box 598 tells the tragic story where 12 New York City firefighters lost their lives in a fire. The short book won the Readers Favorite 2013 award in the short story category.FIRE: Trapped on the Fourth Floor takes place in the mid 1960s and was written from notes I took after the fire. While the story was still fresh in my mind, I added a sub-story about a friend of mine who I worked with in the FDNY. While searching through boxes I hadn’t opened in decades, I came across notes about the day I drove my buddy Joe Black to the hospital and I decided to honor his memory by including a few words about what happened that day in this short story.FIRE: The Bouncing Lieutenant occurred at the Keneret Restaurant cellar fire on Jane Street in lower Manhattan and was taken from notes written by me almost a half century ago. As I wrote this story, the memories of that night came flooding back in vivid detail. I hope that I have successfully captured and conveyed the drama of the moment to the reader.FIRE: The Broadway Central Hotel
FIRE: Mutual Aid
Author’s Website: http://www.corsobooks.com/

Reviewed by Susan Keefe

This book is a collection of five short stories written by Joe Corso, a retired fire fighter from notes he compiled whilst in service.

Whether you want a glimpse into the true life of a fire fighter, or are just looking for a fantastic collection of stories, this is definitely the book for you!

The author has an amazing ability to bring his stories to life, his vivid descriptions of the locations, situations and emotions felt has you sitting on the edge of your seat, itching to turn the page to find the outcome and yet not wanting the story to end.

Each story is completely different, but all contain the crew of Engine 24 of the FDNY to whom the book is dedicated.

This is a compelling collection of short stories. I finished them feeling that I had been allowed a privileged insight not only into the very real dangerous world of a fire fighter, but also, that I had been able to  feel the sense of the comradeship, dedication, duty and loyalty to fellow workers they share.  

I hope the author continues to write more FIRE stories for his number one fan!

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FIRE: Trapped On The 4th Floor by Joe Corso

Amazing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Author: I grew up in Queens, New York and I started writing to raise money to send my grandchildren to better schools. I’ve written 12 books and 6 short stories. Right now I’m working on the fifth installment of The Starlight Club series. When It’s completed I’ll write a sequel to the Lone Jack Kid which is a finalist in the 2013 Readers Favorite book contest in the Western category. The Starlight Club won the silver in the 2012 eLit TRUE CRIME category, and is a finalist in the 2013 Readers Favorite book contest. Another Readers Favorite finalist is my short story FIRE: Box 598.

Go figure. If I would have known I could write a good story, I would have started my writing career a half century ago.
About the book:  This true short story occurred in the mid 60’s and was taken from notes written after the fire. I included a sub-story about my buddy Joe Black who worked that fire with me. While searching through boxes I hadn’t opened in decades I came across my notes about the day I drove my buddy to the hospital and I decided to honor his memory by including a few words about what happened that day to this short story.
Review by Susan Keefe
Everyone watches the stories on the news and admires the fire fighters who bravely enter flaming buildings and rescue people.
Joe Corso used to be such a person, now retired; he has decided to write some short stories about his experiences.
Fire: Trapped on the 4th floor is a harrowing account of the events of one night from the fire fighters perspective, where teamwork, loyalty and absolute trust are essential.
Gripping, fraught with danger and surprise, this short story is a fantastic read, a real insight into a world few of us are brave enough to enter and where friendships are made for life.  

 

FIRE: The Bouncing Lieutenant by Joe Corso

An amazing fire fighting story.

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Publisher: black Horse Publishing; 1 edition (July 26, 2013)

ASIN: B00E6SBU7O

About Joe Corso: I was born in 1935 and I grew up in Queens, New York. I started writing at the age of 75 hoping to raise money to send my grandchildren to better schools. In the past three years I’ve written 12 books and 6 short stories. Right now I’m working on The Starlight Club 5. After that I’m considering writing a sequel to the Lone Jack Kid which is a finalist in the 2013 Readers Favorite book contest. The Starlight Club won the silver in the 2012 eLit TRUE CRIME category, and is a finalist in the Readers Favorite 2013 book contest. My short story FIRE: Box 598 is also a finalist in the Readers Favorite short story category.

Go figure. If I would have known I could write a good story, I would have started my writing career a half century ago.
About the book: I don’t feel comfortable writing about fires that I was involved in almost a half a century ago while I was on the job. My children and grand children have urged me to write about some of the fires I responded to so I have reluctantly agreed to write just five short stories. This is one of them.This story occurred at the Keneret Restaurant cellar fire on Jane Street in lower Manhattan and was taken from notes written by me almost a half century ago. As I wrote this story the memories of that night came flooding back in vivid detail. I hope that I have successfully captured and conveyed the drama of the moment to the reader.
Review by Susan Keefe

Training is important in all walks of life, but when your job is something as dangerous as a fire fighter, it is essential, and so fire drills are carried out every night at the FDNY. The training could save lives and you soon learn that listening to other more experienced fighters’ advice is wise.

When the call goes out to attend a restaurant basement fire, Engine 24 is the first to arrive; this story is about the events of that night, written by an eyewitness, one of the fire fighters, the author himself. Faith in the commands of your officers, following protocol and watching your comrades’ backs is essential; everyone looks out for each other in this very dangerous occupation.  

 When a gas leak is detected and needs to be controlled, it is the fire fighters job to do this under very dangerous conditions. The term fireball is something we have all heard, but few people have witnessed, the author’s description of one is amazing, the devastation it causes and ongoing ramifications make this story compelling reading.

Joe Corso is an amazing writer, whose vivid descriptions of the fire fighting incidents he has attended are enthralling. Through his stories, we glimpse into the world of these brave people and learn the true meaning of comradeship.

Oh, and as to the reason for the title of this book, you will have to read it to find out…

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FIRE: The Broadway Central Hotel by Joe Corso

 

An interesting short story about real life as a  fire fighter.

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When the majestic Broadway Central Hotel, once the largest hotel in the world collapses after years of neglect, the Fire crew assigned to search through the rubble for survivors make an amazing discovery.

This talented author, through personal experience, wonderfully describes life as a Fire fighter in New York. His engaging short story makes compelling reading and contains wonderful descriptions of the hotel, but also a vivid insight into what it was really like to be there at the time, including the dangers and rewards.

A great and thoroughly enjoyable short story.

 

 

FIRE: Box 598 by Joe Corso

NEW SHORT STORY – Compelling Reading!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone has dates they remember, for various reasons, good and bad. This short story is the harrowing personal account of events, which started on the evening of October 17th 1966 in the New York Fire Department.

In this story, we follow the narrator through a routine evening at the department, which suddenly changes as a fire is reported. As it grows out of control, more engines are called to assist and we follow the horrific events of that fateful night.

This short book takes the reader through a rollercoaster of raw and honest emotions, as the narrator allows us a glimpse into life as a firefighter, and a world where comradeship is paramount, decisions must be obeyed, and sometimes tragedies happen…

Everyone should read this story, is one I’ll never forget!

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