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Smoke pours from a Waldbaum’s supermarket in the Sheepshead Bay section of Brooklyn after the roof collapsed during the four-alarm blaze, sending 12 firemen into the fire. Six firefighters were killed and 28 injured in the worst disaster in 12 years for New York City’s Fire Department. (Aug. 2, 1978)(Credit: AP )

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Firefighters' tribute

Thirty-five years ago,13-year-old Brian Hastings became the "man of house'' when his father, FDNY firefigher Harold Hastings of Hicksville, was killed in the department's deadliest fire before 9/11, which took the lives of six firefighters -- four from Long Island. Today, Hastings, a retired NYPD detective, reflects on the tragedy that took his father's life but also gave him the love of his life -- his wife, Caroline -- whose father also died in the deadly fire.