Apparently, even with a melodious name like “Calixto,” he preferred to be called “Charlie.” Calixto Anaya Jr. quit UPS for the FDNY so he could spend more time with his three young children. He loved the job. The camaraderie reminded him of his days in the Marines which he had also loved. He became a volunteer firefighter in his hometown, too, and kept a fire scanner at home. “He could be in the deepest sleep and as soon as that thing went off, he’d be up,” his wife said. “He loved the adrenaline.”
On November 2nd, Anaya would posthumously receive his diploma from the FDNY. His three children took the stage with his wife and his six-year-old son, dressed in his father’s cap, accepted his diploma.