Noticing a fire in a nearby apartment building, Lawrence and Albert Gallo (brother Joey Gallo was in prison at the time), Anthony Abbatemarco, Leonard Dello, Alfonso Serantino, John Commarato and Frank Illiano rushed into the building and rescued six children from a third-floor apartment. They also succeeded in extinguishing the blaze before firefighters arrived.
|Anthony Abbatemarco (top left), with Albert Gallo, |
Frank Illiano and the six children they rescued
from a burning apartment in 1962.
Abbatemarco, Iliano and Albert Gallo were photographed with the children for local newspaper reports. It was a rare moment of positive publicity for the Gallo faction, then engaged in a desperate war against the leadership of the Profaci Crime Family and hampered by intense police scrutiny.
When interviewed, Albert Gallo joked, "We'll probably get locked up for putting out a fire without a license."
Biography of Anthony Abbatemarco.