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Firefighter Brian Cannizzaro

Brian Cannizzaro, 30, had a reputation for doing things large. When he proposed, he arranged for the prince in Beauty and the Beast to do it for him at the end of the performance. With the audience still in their … Continue reading

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Capt. William Burke, Jr.

Captain William Burke, Jr., was a handsome bachelor who followed his father into the FDNY. Calling him “a firefighter is a little like referring to Elvis as an entertainer.” “He always made everything better,” said his brother. An instructor at … Continue reading

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Capt. Frederick Ill, Jr.

In 1999, Capt Frederick Ill, Jr. made front page news when he leapt down into the subway tracks to rescue a man whose legs had been severed when he was pushed in front of a train. Less well know is … Continue reading

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Division 3

Division 3 is also based in Manhattan. In total 85 men from this Division were lost at the WTC, from Battalions 8,9,10,11 and 12. Battalion 8 is located at 165 E. 51st Street in Manhattan, along with Engine 8 & … Continue reading

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Ladder Co. 3

The FDNY lost a total of 91 apparatus and vehicles on 9/11, with another 130 damaged. The ruined Ladder 3, its front shorn off, was chosen to be included in the 9/11 Memorial Museum. On July 20, 2011, the 60,000 … Continue reading

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Squad 18

Engine Company 18 became SQUAD 18 in 1998 when the FDNY decided units were needed to respond to specialized rescue scenarios like Haz-Mat. Based in an 1891 building in the West Village, Squad 18 also handles “high-angle rescues” like on … Continue reading

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Firefighter Louis Arena

Louis Arena, 32, had been an FDNY firefighter for six years. He was also a gourmet chef who could repair anything. His second job was doing the detail woodwork on yachts. Arena met his wife when he was nine, and … Continue reading

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Lt. Gregg Atlas

Lt. Gregg Atlas, 44, had three brothers who were firefighters. He had joined the FDNY 20 years earlier and was assigned to Engine Co. 10 after making Lieutenant in 1994. He wasn’t ready to retire because “he’d miss all the … Continue reading

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Calixto Anaya, Jr.

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 … Continue reading

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Capt. Joseph Farrelly

Captain Joseph Farrelly, 47, had been promoted a year earlier but was not yet assigned a permanent firehouse, so he was covering for vacationing captains and on 9/11 was assigned to Engine 4. He liked working the night shift. On … Continue reading

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