Presents Flag Flown Over U.S. Capitol
For Efforts on Behalf of Caballero Family
SHEEPSHEAD BAY — Congressman Bob Turner (R-Queens/Brooklyn) stopped by the New York Fire Department Engine Company 246, Ladder 169, at 2732 East 11th St. in Sheepshead Bay on Monday, April 16, to present the members of the ladder company a flag flown above the capitol building in Washington.
The flag was flown at the congressman’s request to honor the group of New York’s Bravest for going above and beyond the call of duty when they helped the family of Brooklyn hero Jhordan Caballero’s family honor their son after a the tragic fire in February by helping raise money to cover funeral costs.
Caballero was at his family’s home babysitting his younger brother when a fire broke out on the first floor. He bravely took action rushing his brother out of the house before heading back in to call 911 and to save his elderly neighbor. Caballero was rushed to Coney Island Hospital where he succumbed to smoke-related injuries.
“Unfortunately, we lost one of New York’s Bravest in the line of duty recently in Lt. Richard Nappi. His untimely passing serves as a vigilant reminder of the danger members of the FDNY navigate to protect us. Despite the constant dangers, these heroes continuously answer the call of duty and often exceed it. Lt. Nappi, the men of Engine Company 246, Ladder 169, and Jhordan Caballero were all willing to lay down their lives to save others. All of them are shining examples of city servants and citizens answering the civic call of duty,” said Turner.
Turner presented the ladder company with the flag and a certificate authenticating that it was flown over the United States Capitol on Feb. 28, 2012, at his request to “honor the service of the local firefighters of Engine 246, Ladder 169, and to recognize their willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty.”