Engine Company 43 in Morris Heights celebrates its 100th birthday
Engine Company 43 in Morris Heights is almost as old as the Bronx is itself. On Thursday, the company, also known as the Sedgwick Slashers celebrated its 100th birthday.
Before moving to Morris Heights, Engine 43 started out as a fireboat. But when that became obsolete, Engine 43 moved to Sedgwick Avenue.
Engine 43 was around for many events including when arson fires swept through the Bronx in the 1970s. The company's firefighters kept busy trying to put out the flames. Retired firefighter Bob Gibson drove Engine 43's truck back then and says since that time the neighborhood has bounced back.
The age of Engine Company 43 is also evident in the building it's housed in. Scaffolding stops falling bricks and interior renovations are slow moving. Firefighters say it's the people inside that keep the building young.
And just to get a sense of how things have changed in 100 years, firefighters back then only made $1,400 a year.