Firefighters Were Killed In 1978 Brooklyn Blaze

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Six fallen firefighters were remembered Friday in a memorial service marking the 35th anniversary of the Waldbaum’s supermarket fire in Brooklyn.

On Aug. 2, 1978, six firefighters were killed when the roof of the Waldbaum’s in Sheepshead Bay collapsed.

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“It all comes back to you that never leaves,” Carol Ann Rice told WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond. Her husband George was one of the six firefighters killed. “You just learn how to put it in a place inside of yourself where you can cope.”

The FDNY holds a mass every year for the widows and children who grew up without fathers, like Christine Hastings, who lost her dad Harold.

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“He’s missed grandchildren, he’s missed weddings,” she said. “But we’ve had a tremendous support system and as you can see after 35 years, they’re still here.”

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