Monthly Archives: June 2014

Lt. Kevin Pfeifer

In the documentary “9/11,” filmed by the French Naudet brothers, the men of Engine 33 can be seen in the lobby of the North Tower. The Battalion Chief in the North Tower is Joseph Pfeifer, brother to Lieutenant Kevin Pfeifer … Continue reading

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Firefighter Steven Olson

Steven Olson was nicknamed “The Rock” by Ladder 3. “If you were in trouble, he was coming to get you,” a fellow firefighter wrote. This 12-year veteran is the 11th and final member of Ladder Company 3 to be added … Continue reading

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Firefighter Joseph Ogren

Firefighter Joseph Ogren of Ladder 3 had a twin brother Lance, also in the fire department but off-duty on 9/11. They shared a 2-family home on Staten Island, living upstairs/downstairs from each other. “Jay” Ogren was engaged to be married … Continue reading

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Firefighter Timothy McSweeney

The brothers and father and son among the 343 are easy to find, but the cousins, of which there must be many, are not necessarily obvious. Timothy McSweeney, the “Gentle Giant,” a 6’3″ firefighter decorated six times for heroism in … Continue reading

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Firefighter John McAvoy

Firefighter John McAvoy of Ladder 3 coached hockey teams on Staten Island where he lived. Family members tell a story of one day when he was out on a jog, he pulled two elderly people out of a burning house, … Continue reading

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Firefighter Joseph Maloney

Son of a cop, grandson of a firefighter, Joseph Maloney was 45 years old on 9/11. His wife later found this note between their children’s birth certificates: “Honey, if I die and if on the FDNY, you will fare OK…. … Continue reading

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Firefighter Jeffrey Giordano

When BETTER ANGELS was on tour with the NFFF in 2011, our third stop was in Cincinnati where we were invited to exhibit as part of the World Burn Congress by the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors. This was a … Continue reading

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Firefighter Gerard Dewan

Gerard Dewan moved from Boston to New York because there weren’t any openings in the Boston Fire Department at the time. The son of a firefighter who was also the son of a firefighter, this 5-year FDNY veteran always planned … Continue reading

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Firefighter James Coyle

James Raymond Coyle loved all things about being a firefighter, following in the footsteps of both his grandfathers. The last time his mother saw him was the morning of 9/11 when a local TV station was doing a cooking segment … Continue reading

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Firefighter Michael Carroll

If none of the coffee cups had handles at Ladder 3, it was because Michael Carroll, 39, snapped them all off. It was “a habit that couldn’t be stopped.” This 16-year FDNY veteran was the chauffeur for Ladder 3 and … Continue reading

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