This triangle honors Queens resident Bernard Adolph Tepper (1925–1966), one of twelve New York City firemen killed fighting a blaze on 23rd Street and Broadway in Manhattan on October 18, 1966.
Bernard Tepper was born on July 25, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois. After graduating from Tilden Technical Institute in June 1943, he joined the Army Air Corps. He received an honorable discharge in 1946 and moved to the New York area shortly after, enrolling in the Jersey City School of Watchmaking. He did not take up the watchmaking profession, however, instead taking 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.