Brian McAleese, 36, was one of five siblings in a tight Irish-American family. One of his brothers also became a firefighter like their dad. Another became an NYPD detective. Based with Engine 226, McAleese joined the FDNY in 1994, and married his longtime sweetheart just a few months later. In 1996 he and his wife had the first of their four children.
McAleese, whose father suffered from MS, made volunteering with the National MS Society his charity of choice, devoting a lot of time to taking its members on all sorts of outings. His father died from MS just seven months before 9/11.
McAleese left behind four children, all under five years old.