David DeRubbio, 38, was the fifth of seven children born and raised in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Three of his four brothers became firefighters. One was a Battalion Chief, two more were based with engine companies in Bed-Stuy. Dave finished his training at the academy in 1998 and was assigned to Engine 226. Although he was sent on rotation for a year, it was with Engine Company 226 that he responded on 9/11.
David was a big Rangers fan and accomplished hockey player. (“As if he was born on skates.”) Off-season he was also a Yankees and Nascar fan. “Built like an ox,” “Crazy Uncle Dave” is also remembered for his all-around good humor and the nicknames he bestowed on everyone.