(CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer)
Lt. George Del Rossi and his children stand in the empty bay once occupied by Ladder 11 in South Philly. I met George before he came on the job. His dad was my first Chief and was well liked and respected. George Jr. will now be sent to a new assignment somewhere in the city.
Ladder 11 is where I broke in as a rookie 17 years ago. It’s where I learned to be a fireman and it’s also where I experienced the loss of a brother firefighter for the first time. FF. John Redmond from Ladder 11 along with FF. Vencent Acey died in the Rising Sun Baptist Church fire while I was assigned there. It’s a tragedy that haunts us to this day.