George Kreuscher is one of the first firefighters that I painted in the early ’90′s. We have kept in touch through the years, more so in the post 9/11 era. I am pleased to announce that our gallery is hosting a book signing for George on October 15th between the hours of 2 and 6. He will be there to sign books and talk about his experiences in the FDNY. The firefighter portraits will be on display, including the double life size portrait featured on the cover of George’s memoir, “Fireman.” You can link to a website to purchase his book here: http://www.fireman-book.com/ and books will be available at the gallery for the signing event. The gallery is located at 2012-24 East Arizona Street in East Kensington, Philadelphia 19125.
George spent 31 years on the front lines of the FDNY, many of them in Rescue 1, which was decimated in the collapse of the Twin Towers on 9/11.
I don’t have much time to read these days, but I read this book cover to cover. George has a way of stating things simply, without irony or sentiment that grips you from the opening chapter and doesn’t let go til the end.
George has a son on the “job” and another retired from the Fire Service (George Jr., whose portrait is in the exhibit. Read about the portrait here: http://www.jessejgardner.com/unsung_portraits_ff_kreuscher_2.html).