This episode is part one of two. Alexander (“Captain Al”) Hagan began his career during the War Years of the FDNY, in 1973, when he was assigned to 36 Engine in Harlem. After several years in Harlem, Al studied and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, and was assigned to 44 Truck in the South Bronx. Al would later promote again, and assume command of 43 Truck in Spanish Harlem. After 35 years of service in the field, in some of the busiest units in the FDNY, Captain Al decided to become a part of union leadership. Al began his union service as the Captain’s Rep, and then the President of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association (IAFF Local 854). After 41 years of service to the people of New York City and the Firefighters and Fire Officers of the FDNY, Captain Al retired, leaving behind a career and legacy for the ages. Jim McNamara hosts.