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Ozone Park school honors namesake hero

Students at PS 108 put on show to remember FDNY Capt. Vincent Fowler

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Posted: Thursday, May 8, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:42 am, Thu May 15, 2014.

PS 108 students danced, sang and even jousted Wednesday in honor of the FDNY hero whose name their school bears.

Capt. Vincent Fowler died June 4, 1999 from injuries he suffered while fighting a fire the day before in South Ozone Park. The Rosedale native was 45 years old.

In 2000, PS 108 was renamed after the firefighter and every year since students put on a variety show in the spring. Fowler’s family and colleagues, who were on hand at this year’s show, come every year to enjoy the program.

This year’s theme was Hollywood and featured performances inspired by various film genres, including fantasy — featuring a King Arthur-inspired joust — sci-fi, animation and foreign.

“We don’t take it lightly that we were named after a hero firefighter,” said Principal Marie Biondollilo. “Today is about honoring his sacrifice and remembering him.”

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