Monthly Archives: January 2015

Firefighter Dennis O’Berg

Dennis O’Berg, 28, a probie, was only six weeks out of the Fire Academy and married just 11 months. He was an accountant for a year before changing his mind and entering his father’s profession. He loved his new job. … Continue reading

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Firefighter Henry Miller, Jr.

Henry Miller Jr., 52, was with Ladder 105 for 28 years. Three separate times he declined to retire because he loved being a firefighter. Just as he had for the 1993 WTC bombing, Miller chauffered 105’s hook and ladder to … Continue reading

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Firefighter Thomas R. Kelly

Thomas R. Kelly’s father and brother were also members of the FDNY. Kelly himself was an EMT before joining up. With a public moniker of the “Dean Street Heroes,” Ladder 105 in Park Slope is known within the department as … Continue reading

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Capt. Vincent Brunton

For Captain Vincent Brunton, 43, 1979 was an auspicious year. He got married, joined the FDNY and became a father for the first time. Commissioner Von Essen said at Vinnie’s funeral that “only exceptional captains went back to lead the … Continue reading

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Firefighter Neil Leavy

Neil Leavy, 34, graduated with a degree in finance and was a commodities trader in the World Trade Center for several years before he gave it up to join the FDNY. He had always wanted to be “where the action … Continue reading

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Firefighter Steven Coakley

Steven Coakley, 36, had just finished his shift that morning when he jumped on the truck into Manhattan. Apparently he worked a lot of double shifts. It was his practice to work back-to-back as often as he could for the … Continue reading

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Lt. Kenneth Phelan

When Lt. Kenneth Phelan, 41, was made Lieutenant in 2000, he asked to be assigned to Engine Company 217, the “Smokebusters,” in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, his father’s old house. Along with his brother, Phelan had first joined the NYPD in 1981 … Continue reading

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B.C. Dennis Cross

  Now we move to Battalion 57 in Brooklyn. They lost 21 men.
 Battalion Chief Dennis Cross, 60, went from a 2-year tour in Vietnam into the FDNY in 1964. He was following a family tradition. His father had been … Continue reading

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Firefighter Stephen Siller

Stephen Siller, 34, was orphaned at 10 and raised by his brothers & sisters. He joined the FDNY in 1995. On the morning of September 11th, he had just finished the late shift and was on his way to meet … Continue reading

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Firefighter Matthew Garvey

Matthew Garvey enlisted with the Marines when he turned 18. He retired after 10 years as a sergeant and squad leader with the elite “2nd Anglico.” He had served in Beirut, Desert Storm and Desert Shield. A fellow marine wrote: … Continue reading

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