FDNY Capt. Vincent G. Fowler, who died in the line of duty in South Ozone Park, was recently honored by PS 108 students, who sang and danced in memory of the man they called their hero.
Fowler, a captain with FDNY Division 13, died June 4, 1999 after responding the day before to a massive blaze at a home in South Ozone Park. Fowler ushered all of his men from Ladder 173 and Engine 331 to safety before he collapsed from the heat, fumes and toxic gases.
PS 108, located in South Ozone Park, is named for Fowler, who is remembered in an annual ceremony at the school. Fowler’s family members attend the yearly event, as do community leaders.
Vanessa Schneller, the dance teacher at PS 108, rehearsed with students for months to prepare for the event, which included parent Keva Youngblood singing the national anthem and a number of dances that followed the theme of “everyday heroes.”
Schneller said the day is a “wonderful time to bring our community together,” and PS 108 Principal Marie Biondollilo called Fowler a “wonderful role model for our students, exemplifying what it means to be a hero.”