Firefighter Francis Esposito

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Francis Esposito, 32, spent seven years pursuing his goal of becoming a New York City firefighter, a feat he accomplished when he graduated from the Academy in 1999, just weeks before his wedding. They delayed some of their honeymoon plans so Esposito could dive right in to his probie training. Shortly thereafter he bought his beloved midnight blue Harley. He was known for wiping all fingerprints off the paint and polishing the chrome.

He became quite skilled in construction after helping his father and brothers build their family home and their summer home upstate.

His cousin, Michael Esposito, was also among the 343.

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