Common Voices Releases Video on Anniversary of NYC’s Watts Street Fire

Common Voices, a fire safety advocacy coalition, released a video today featuring Vina Drennan sharing her thoughts on how she turned her personal tragedy into advocacy. Vina is the widow of Captain John Drennan, one of three firefighters who died in the line of duty as a result of the Watts Street Fire in New York City on March 28, 1994. After Captain Drennan’s death 40 days after the tragic fire, Vina turned her attention to fire life safety for firefighters and the public.

“Vina’s commitment to the fire service has impacted all who have heard her personal story. There is no better advocate for fire life safety than Vina,” said National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s (NFFF) Executive Director Ron Siarnicki. Vina served on the NFFF’s Board of Directors and received the 2018 Art Glatfelter Distinguished Service Award.

Along with Captain Drennan, Firefighters James Young and Chris Siedenburg also died as a result of the Watts Street Fire. For more information on our partner organization, Common Voices, visit