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Tepper Triangle

GCP Service Rd. South, 173 St., Homelawn St.


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This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

This triangle honors Bernard Adolph Tepper (1925-1966), one of twelve Long Island firemen killed fighting a blaze on 23rd Street in Manhattan on October 18, 1966.

Bernard Tepper was born on July 25, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois. Tepper attended school in Chicago, and after graduating from Tilden Technical Institute in June of 1943, he joined the Army Air Corps. He received an honorable discharge in 1946 and moved to the New York area shortly thereafter, enrolling in the Jersey City School of Watchmaking. He did not take up the watchmaking profession, however, instead deciding to take a job as a road-car inspector for the New York City Transit Authority. Tepper kept the job until resigning to join the New York City Fire Department in 1955.

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