City of Lockport honors first responders for the massive August fire


LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) — Firefighters were honored Wednesday night for keeping an already devastating fire from spreading even further. A 14-year-old boy died in the fire that destroyed a tire recycling plant in Lockport.

Before the “Salute to the Stevens Street Heroes” event kicked off – there was a moment of silence for first responders, and for 14-year-old Joe Phillips, who died in the fire. Afterwards, the City of Lockport formally said thank you to the brave men and women who answered their call to action.

The Mayor of Lockport, Anne McCaffrey, said, “We had over 275 different firefighters in the city battling the blaze for over 66 hours, so tonight is a testament to the work that they have done and for tonight for us to show our gratitude.”

On Wednesday night, firetrucks lined the streets leading to the Historic Palace Theater on East Avenue for the “Salute to the Stevens Street Heroes”.
Just two months ago, firetrucks lined Stevens Street and the surrounding areas to fight the massive HTI recycling plant fire

Chief Patrick Brady with the City of Lockport Fire Department said, “This is the largest fire that our department has had in recent history and from what I am told the largest fire in Niagara County in recent history.”

Firefighters from 4 different counties answered the call for help. They were honored and recognized for their hard work and dedication. Mayor McCaffrey said, “We will be calling up each fire chief from the different departments that came to Lockport and we will be giving them a mayoral proclamation.”

The event also showed a new perspective on the fire. Officials showed never before seen drone footage of the fire taken by the sheriff’s office. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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