A plaque was also unveiled at the ceremony as a memorial to the late firefighter Bernard Goldman, who died in the line of duty in January 30, 1962. His family was in attendance.
Also recognized at the ceremony was 15-year-old friend of the firehouse and honorary firefighter Thomas McAnuff, who died in February 1955.
Monsignor John Delendick led in the opening ceremony and honored the firefighters lost while serving at the firehouse, as well as those who still perform the daily duties of the firehouse to this day.
“We celebrate 100 years of saving the people from the ravages of fire, 100 years of protecting the property of the citizens of this community, 100 years of binding up the wounds of those that were injured and 100 years of consoling those who are ill,” Delendick said.
The firehouse was packed to capacity for the celebration, while those who couldn’t find a seat gathered in the street on St. John’s Place.
“We pray with great anticipation that for the next 100 years, this house will welcome new members who learn new traditions and examples of those who came before,” Delendick said.
Commissioner Salvatore Cassano was among the long list of top-ranking FDNY representatives in attendance.
“For many years, generations of outstanding captains, lieutenants and firefighters have called this firehouse their home,” Cassano said. “The one constant at every centennial was the strong turnout we receive from generations of firefighters and fire officers and equally strong support from our families.
“In this job we’re nothing without that support,” he added.