Monthly Archives: February 2015

Firefighter Jonathan Ielpi

Jonathan Ielpi, 29, was a very talented hockey player who gave it up completely when he joined the FDNY just so he would never injure himself and impair his work as a firefighter. That’s how much he loved the job. … Continue reading

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Firefighter Joseph Hunter

Joseph Hunter, 32, was 6’2” and a “stunningly handsome” bachelor. He loved fire trucks from when he was a little boy and would race his Big Wheel to the corner to watch every time he heard the siren wail. Later … Continue reading

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Firefighter Ronnie Gies

Ronnie Gies, 43, graduated Probie School in 1988 and by 1990 had moved into Special Operations with Squad 288 in Queens. For 25 years, Gies had also been a volunteer firefighter in Merrick, Long Island where he lived. He was … Continue reading

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Lt. Ronald Kerwin

Lt. Ronnie Kerwin, 42, was “the fun parent” according to his wife, always suggesting family outings. Some of these were spontaneous, some were planned. All were fun. Appointed in 1981, Kerwin was a 20-year veteran with the FDNY and a … Continue reading

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Firefighter Durrell Pearsall

Durrell Pearsall, 34, was called “Bronko.” At 6’2” and 285 pounds, he could bench press 455 “easily.” He dreamed of becoming a fireman from an early age. Following in his father’s footsteps, he began his career as a volunteer with … Continue reading

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Firefighter Peter Nelson

Peter Nelson, 42, had 15 years with  the FDNY, all spent at Ladder 151. He was transferred to Rescue 4 only in July. His father was a retired FDNY assistant chief. Both his father and brother were firefighters and Nelson … Continue reading

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Firefighter William Mahoney

William J. Mahoney II, 37, was a 15-year FDNY veteran. Mahoney had previously worked as a NYPD scuba diver, skills he also used with the FDNY, assisting with the search and recovery effort after the crash of TWA Flight 800. … Continue reading

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Firefighter Terrence Farrell

Terrence Farrell, 45, was the father of two. As a transit police officer, Farrell had specialized in disasters, excellent preparation for joining Rescue 4. When Farrell first joined the FDNY, his blood was added to a donor bank for possible … Continue reading

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Firefighter Peter Brennan

Peter Brennan, 30, began his firefighting career at 16 when he joined the Lakeland Volunteer Fire Department. The Hauppauge Fire Department awarded him the 2000 “Medal of Valor.” More recently, he’d stopped at a fire and – still in street … Continue reading

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Lt. Kevin Dowdell

Lt. Kevin Dowdell was 20 years in and didn’t want to retire. He loved Rescue 4. He never put in for captain because he didn’t want to leave Rescue. “I’d rather be a happy lieutenant,” he often said. In the … Continue reading

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