Andrew Fredericks, FDNY Squad 18 Missing 9/11/01.
Laid to rest
October 8th, 2001
ANDREW FREDERICKS was a firefighter in the City of New York (NY) Fire Department (FDNY) assigned to Squad Company 18 in Manhattan, one of five squad companies high inside the First World Trade Center tower rescuing people when it collapsed on September 11, 2001. He was listed among the missing days after the tragedy. A member of the fire service for 21 years, Mr. Fredericks was a New York State certified fire instructor (Level II) at the Rockland County Fire Training Center in Pomona, NY, an adjunct instructor at the New York State Academy of Fire Science, a field instructor for the Illinois Fire Service Institute, an instructor for the New York State Association of Fire Chief's, and an adjunct lecturer at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. Mr. Fredericks was co-author of FDNY's engine company operations manual. He was a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Fire Engineering and the FDIC Educational Advisory Board. He was president of Andrew A. Fredericks & Associates, Inc., a firm specializing in municipal fire service training and consulting. Mr. Fredericks held a bachelor of arts in political science, a bachelor of science in public safety/fire science, and a master's degree in fire protection management.
The Tool of His Trade
Andrew A. Fredericks felt strongly about the best way to blast a stream of water at a fire. They called him Andy Nozzles.
In training videos, speeches around the country, trade magazine articles (even on the couch in his home). Mr. Fredericks preached the gospel of the solid stream of water aimed hard at the source of the blaze. He was so proud that his 9-year- old son could tell apart the different nozzles, said Diane Feldman, the managing editor of Fire Engineering, a trade magazine.
It is not an academic debate. Mr. Fredericks, 40, believed that fog nozzles, which disperse water widely, were dangerous because the steam that they produced would burn firefighters who moved close to put out flames. Solid-bore those were the kind that Andy Nozzles liked.
His wife, Michelle Fredericks, said that her husband relished the chance to pass on the knowledge he had gained fighting fires for 20 years, 16 of them with the New York City Fire Department, most recently with Squad 18. It was his passion, next to me of course, Mrs. Fredericks said. He had a passion for teaching. - From the New York Times
Andy taught several firefighters how to be better firefighters. He wrote numerous articles, taught countless class and appeared the "Bread and Butter" series of training videos. He answered every email we sent him and taught one of our Advisors in an "Engine Company Operations" Class in 2000. Like many other FDNY firefighters, he carried the mark of a true firefighter, he taught others what he knew.
Andy, Till We Meet Again....
On September 11 2001, during an attack on the World Trade Center, sometimes called the Twin Towers, several thousand innocent civilians lost their lives after a cowardly terrorist attack.
Among the dead and missing were several New York City firefighters, police officers and Emergency Medical Technicians.
On September 16th, Madison Township Volunteer Fire Company held a memorial service for the missing firefighters, police officers and EMTs.
This memorial included the reading of the firefighter's , police officer's, and EMT's prayers, and the last call for the fallen FDNY firefighters broadcast across the county fireband.
On September 18th the State of Indiana held a similar memorial at the Indiana Fallen Police and Firefighter memorial. Here are a few pictures from these events.