Martin Celic, Class of 1970

After graduating from Farrell in 1970, Marty attended John Jay College and joined the New York City Fire Department shortly after. He was then assigned to Ladder Company 18 in Manhattan's lower east side. Marty, along with many members of the FDNY at that time, was laid off during the budget crisis of 1975. He was reappointed on Christmas Day 1976 and returned to Ladder 18.

On July 2, 1977 Marty, who was working in Ladder 15 for the day, responded to a fire in a warehouse.  After Marty and his company entered the burning building, the arsonist, who had started the original fire, set an additional fire on the second floor, trapping Marty and the rest of the firemen in the blazing warehouse.

Blinded by thick smoke and with heavy equipment on his back, Marty attempted to escape, but missed the bucket of the tower ladder and fell 70 feet to the ground. He succumbed to his injuries eight days later on July 10, 1977 at the age of twenty-five.

For his bravery, Marty was posthumously awarded the Fire Department Medal of Valor, as well as the Medal of Supreme Sacrifice, and was honored as Fireman of the Year by the Crime Victims' Rights Organization.

His former company, Ladder 18, established the Martin Celic Scholarship Fund, which awards a yearly scholarship to a junior at Farrell who combines academic achievement with excellence in track. The Marty Celic Four-Mile Run is held annually in Clove Lakes Park to raise money for the fund.

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