I'm a retired NYC fireman doing some research for a line of duty deaths database and I recently saw your posting re Degrauw Street in Brooklyn, NY.
According to the book "The Last Alarm", page 266, a Foreman Abraham J. S. Degrauw of Ladder 4 was killed in the line of duty while fighting a fire at 105 to 106 Court Street in Brooklyn, NY on January 8, 1956.His father was John W. Degrauw and, according to the book, "a street in South Brooklyn bears the family name."There is a little more information on how he died, but for genealogical purposes the only lead the story provides is that the younger Degrauw was the President of the Brooklyn Volunteer Fire Department.
I don't know if I can be of any further help, but if you have questions feel free to write back. I will be down at the Fire Department Library to do some research, and there are one or two Fire Department historians, including the author of the book (Fred Melahn), who volunteer their time and research there.If you google the Mand Library at the NYC Fire Deparment, you might be able to find the library's number and try calling Mr. Melahn when he's present there, normally a Tuesday and Thursday.I'm sure he'd try to be helpful.
If you do find that you are related to Abraham Degrauw, I'd love to have your contact information.When my database is complete, I will be setting up a website in tribute to all NYC firemen lost in the line of duty.I want to make sure there are plagues for all the lost firemen in their company quarters and/or at the scene of the fire where they gave their lives, and if or when that day comes for Fr. Degrauw, I'd like to be able to contact family members so they can attend.
I hope this helps.I spent a few years doing my own genealogical research for my family, and I appreciate how nice it is to find a connection online with some good info to share.
Best regards, Tom McLoughlin Email : TOMMCL54@GMAIL.COM Monroe, NY