The FDNY is investigating a ‘disturbing video’ showing an allegedly drunken brawl among firefighters who were celebrating after Medal Day, officials told The Post.
A department insider said violence — and racial slurs — erupted Wednesday evening in or near Billy’s, a massive, three-level, 22,000-square-foot sports tavern and restaurant on River Avenue across the street from Yankee Stadium.
“The Fire Department initiated an investigation following reports of a fight involving off-duty uniformed firefighters Wednesday night in the Bronx, and has since obtained disturbing video that we have shared with the city’s Department of Investigation,” FDNY spokesman Jim Long said.
The department is also investigating whether anyone was injured in the melee, Long said.
Hundreds of firefighters and other FDNY personnel gathered at the watering hole to celebrate after a City Hall awards ceremony.
The fighting occurred after Mayor de Blasio and Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro presided over the FDNY’s 149th Annual Medal Day Ceremony at City Hall Plaza. A total 67 firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, fire marshals and officers were honored for their work in the last year.
“It was a free-for-all brawl– firefighters vs. firefighters,” a source said.
Nigro said, “Everyone and anyone who engaged in this outrageous behavior will be held accountable.”
A man who identified himself as a Billy’s manager told The Post Saturday that the department had rented out space and “hundreds of firefighters” attended the bash, where speeches were made and awards presented.
“Nothing happened inside the bar. It happened outside,” the manager said, refusing to elaborate.
Firefighters at Rescue Co. 3 and Ladder 44 in the Bronx, which were reportedly involved in the fighting, offered no comment.
A vendor on the street told The Post, “I heard about this fight. There were people from the Fire Department investigating this yesterday.”
Nigro and other top FDNY brass held an emergency meeting Friday to discuss the reported fighting, the insider said.
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