2001-12-20 / Top Stories

P.S. 272 Students, FDNY Join Hands To Help The Needy

P.S. 272 Students, FDNY Join Hands To Help The Needy

Firefighters from Ladder Co. 170 and Engine Co 257 load food handed to them by students and teachers from P.S. 272 on their fire truck.Firefighters from Ladder Co. 170 and Engine Co 257 load food handed to them by students and teachers from P.S. 272 on their fire truck.

Editor’s note: The following article was written by a fifth-grader at P.S. 272 and co-editor-in-chief of the school magazine, the Estabrook Eagle. We are grateful to Hewett for being our excellent on-the-scene interviewer and reporter.

By Hewett Chiu

On the week of the City Harvest canned food drive, December 3 through December 7, 2001, P.S. 272 participated in bringing in food for hungry New Yorkers. On December 7th, Canarsie’s Bravest of the FDNY came to gather the over-400 items of food brought in by the students of P.S. 272.

I was introduced to Lieutenant Bill Grant and had the chance to talk to him for a while. We discussed quite a few things, including the food drive and the tragedy of September 11th.


Lieutenant Bill Grant and reporter Hewett Chiu.          	   Photos by Dan WitinskyLieutenant Bill Grant and reporter Hewett Chiu. Photos by Dan Witinsky

Here’s some of our conversation:

H.C. Is this a lot of food for the hungry people?

Lt.G. Yes, it will help a lot!

H.C. Do you feel honored to be here and collecting all these things for the poor?

Lt. G. Whenever the Fire Department can help, it’s an honor.

H.C. Since you are here to pick up this food, is the Fire Department sponsoring this program?

Lt.G. Yes, they send a truck here to deliver the food.

H.C. What do you think about this program?

Lt.G. It’s a great program, the department isn’t far away so they could pick up the food easily.

H.C. How will the food be distributed?

Lt. G. Like I said, a truck will come and pick up all the food then it will be given out to the needy.

H.C. How hard is a fireman’s job?

Lt. G. It’s a very difficult job, for we can get killed anytime. But it pays off when we can help.

H.C. Can you describe how it feels to have this career?

Lt. G. There’s nothing like helping someone. It makes you feel good. I’m the fourth generation firefighter in my

family.

H.C. How is everything in the firehouse?

Lt. G. Some days are better than others and we are trying to get back to normal.

H.C. What do you have to express about what happened after Sept. 11th ?

Lt. G. Many citizens care very much and how we can become one when we need to.

H.C. How were you affected by the happenings?

Lt. G. Hmmm..., I lost a lot of friends, family members and the people who make it all work out by being a part of

it.

H.C. Were you a part of the rescue workers at ground Zero?

Lt. G. Yes, I helped a lot.

After I interviewed Lt. Grant, the fire crew and some of the staff and students of P.S. 272 helped load the truck with the food. It took quite awhile, for there was so much food.

After our interview, we shook hands and they left. The firefighters drive their truck under the bright sun where after awhile the hungry people will have food and more hope to survive.

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