The Paddy Brown Program (PBP) provides support and financial assistance to post-9/11 members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces offering the resources needed to transition back into civilian life. Built around a national mentorship program, PBP offers access to employment and professional development opportunities in the first responder sector.
This is 3 Truck and we’re still heading up! are the last words dispatch heard from Captain Brown at 9:21am from the 35th floor of the North Tower.
Carolyn Brown, Paddy’s sister and PBP Board Member, has graciously allowed us to sell t-shirts commemorating Paddy with 100% of profits going to benefit the post-9/11 veterans supported by the PBP Program.
Do you dream of becoming a firefighter? Have you waited years for the opportunity to join the FDNY? The time is now! Learn the steps to becoming one of New York’s bravest.
The FDNY exam will be administered this fall for admission to the FDNY academy. If you think you have what it takes and want to learn about the process, click here.
The Paddy Brown Program is here to help veterans interested in taking the FDNY exam. We have experienced firefighters who have made the successful transition from military to fire service. If you are in need of assistance, please fill out the form at this link.
PBP’s goal is to help transitioning veterans find employment in the first responder sector. Through our job search engine (powered by Indeed) you can search by location and keywords. Listed below is a sampling of what you will find through our job search.
Sunset Valley Police Department
Location : AustinTXUS
The Sunset Valley Police Department’s Mission is to provide exceptional police service and protection through shared leadership with the community, emphasizing…
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Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority
Location : NashvilleTNUS
Officer (Airport Police)*. Interested persons wishing to be considered for the Officer (Airport Police) position are required to apply through our […]
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St. Petersburg Police Department
Location : Saint PetersburgFLUS
Petersburg Police Department. Petersburg Police Department is a progressive police department dedicated to providing its residents with the best in […]
In the truest tradition of the fire fraternity, Donnybrook firefighters Aidan Raynor and Jim Sargent from "A' Watch ran into Carolyn Brown at a St Patrick's Day function they were attending in New York last night .
Carolyn is the sister of one of New York's most loved firemen Capt Patrick Brown. (Ladder 3)Like many on that fateful day in 2001 Patrick gave his life in saving others from the horrors of 9/11 (his story is below)
When A and D watch undertook a memorabilia refurb a years ago in the station - firefighter T shirts from around the world were framed and displayed around the station. Capt Patrick Brown's memorial ladder 3 shirt was hung over the fire pole to the muster area - in the frame is also Patrick's memorial card.
Here's wishing the guys a great time representing the DFB in New York (along with Mick Duggan) and they have invited Carolyn to come see us on Patrick's Day 2018!
--------- *originally published 2013 in Firecall magazine
Paddy Brown was born of Irish decent (with ancestry in Co Leitrim) in 1952 in Illinois Chicago, a year later he moved to Queens NYC and his parents had two more children, his brother Michael and his sister Carolyn. Even though his father was an FBI agent, Paddy had an obsessive fixation with the Fire Dept. As a youngster he spent his days at his local firehouse in Queens soaking up the FDNY traditions and dreaming of the day he would become like these men he looked up.
He joined the Explorer Programme(an introduction to the fire dept for kids) as soon as he could and would make his way to fires on his bicycle having gotten info of a “job” on his fire scanner he had in his bedroom. Regularly coming late to class smelling of smoke, there really was only one career choice for Paddy Brown.
At age 17 however, Pat persuaded his father to sign a document allowing him to serve in Vietnam. He became a respected and decorated Marine Sergeant and served 2 tours there. In a cruel twist of fate Paddy got the call up for the Fire Dept while he was serving in the USMC on combat duty. On returning to New York Paddy joined the Fire Patrol (former Salvage Corps which operated as auxiliary for the FDNY until 2006) but was haunted by the things he saw in Vietnam and his experiences there. In an effort to deal with his personal anguish Paddy battled with alcoholism but he would begin to turn his life around .
In 1977 on December 17th Paddy Brown was appointed to the FDNY where he started as a Proby at Ladder 26 ,The Fire Factory in Harlem. It was the start of becoming an FDNY legend over the next 24 years. Paddy quickly stood out as someone who had a “gift” when it came to being a firefighter. While all of us who fight fires and rescue people as our life calling embody courage, bravery, determination and compassion, Paddy seemed to have something special.
He was always where he needed to be just at the right time. Paddy had almost a sixth sense when it came to the job, it was said that if there were people or animals trapped in a building, Paddy was the man to send in to find them. His Sister in Law Janet wrote of him “He blended his extensive knowledge of firefighting with creativity, innovation, bravery and quick thinking to perform dangerous rescues and to guide his company to safe havens. His men looked up to him and would look forward to working with him”
He was a Lieutenant at Rescue 1 when he presided over one of the most daring and famous rescue’s in FDNY history, it happened in full view of TV cameras and tourists on Broadway. A twelve story building was on fire with two people trapped on the top floors choking on thick smoke at the windows. Paddy and his crew executed a courageous rope rescue that is still shown on reality “Most Daring” type tv shows and can be viewed on Youtube.
Even off duty he had the knack of being in the right place (or wrong place depending how you look at it) when things happened and he was involved in many off duty rescues while events took place in front of him.
Paddy’s friend Ricky Serrentino recalls meeting Paddy for the first time at a Bar in Manhattan the night before Ricky started as an NYPD police officer. On his first day on the beat he encounters a woman hit by a truck and she is trapped underneath. Being his first day he was petrified but he got down under the truck and saw someone else there…guess who? Yeah Paddy Brown!. Wrong place right time once again!
Pat was awarded 21 bravery medals over his career and at the time of his death in the North Tower of The WTC he was the most decorated Firefighter in the FDNY. Paddy was not comfortable with his decorations and accomplishments however and would routinely donate his Medal Day monetary award to the Burn Unit at Cornell University Medical Centre in East Manhattan.
Off Duty Paddy was also a Golden Gloves boxer and a Black Belt in Karate. Not content to achieve excellence in his hobbies he gave back to the sport and community by teaching Karate to the blind. He ran six marathons as a member of NYC’s Road Runner’s Running Club .
Such was his popularity as a New Yorker, Paddy had an eclectic mix of friends from Movie Actors to Musicians,to Artists and Doormen. His best friend Robert John Burke is a TV and Movie actor (and NY Firefighter) who starred as Mickey in Rescue Me. In fact Dennis Leary’s character wore Paddy’s actual turnout bunker jacket in the first episode of Rescue Me and many of Pat’s rescues and anecdotes pervaded the show’s story lines.
In the last ten years of his life he began to practice Yoga and was regularly seen walking into Ladder 3 with a yoga mat under his arm in a wonderful juxtaposition.
On the Morning of 9/11 Paddy and his crew of 11 from Ladder 3 responded to the North Tower. It is believed from his last radio transmission before the tower fell that they were with approx 30 burned people on the 40th floor . Paddy’s remains were recovered on December 14th from the rubble and his friends and family held a clandestine sprinkling of his ashes and planted a tree at his favourite jogging path in Central Park. The “Captain Patrick J. Brown Walk” now runs along the East River on Avenue C, Manhttan,in the shadow of the Stuyvesant Town apartment building he lived in. ... See MoreSee Less
All VETERANS interested in pursuing Law Enforcement careers should consider getting their college education as they wait to be called for employment. Check out City of New York (CUNY), State University of NY programs. These programs are reasonably priced and can stretch your VETS benefits. Careers in NYPD require college degrees for advancement. ... See MoreSee Less