This week, Richardson Street’s Ladder 146 unveiled a mural on the east facing wall of its historic firehouse honoring the memory of Firefighter Danny Pujdak, who lost his life in the line of duty in June 2007.
Williamsburg-based Colossal Media executed the mural as a pro-bono service after being approached by the firehouse last fall.
“I can’t begin to define the risk taken on by firefighters, except to say that they are true heroes,” said Paul Lindahl, Vice President of Colossal Media. “There’s no greater honor than supporting those who support us.”
The large-scale, hand-painted mural shares the inspirational words “Ready to Ride,” a favorite motto. It also pays homage to the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, with the words “Never Forget” and a silhouette of the New York skyline, with the iconic Twin Towers standing prominently in the shadowed cityscape.
The final design incorporated ideas from everyone in the firehouse, and bears the insignias Engine 229 and Ladder 146 atop the United States flag. The prominent Maltese cross in the upper-left corner of the mural displays Pujdak’s badge number.
“‘Ready to Ride’ is what we say when we are ready to start our tour,” said the FDNY’s Dave Doty. “Danny Pujdak didn’t just say this when arriving for his tour; he personified it in every aspect of his life.”
Pujdak, a native of North Brooklyn, died at age 23, while battling an all-hands fire at 83 Meserole Street.