Firefighter Gerard Schrang

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Five months before 9/11, Gerard Schrang and his wife bought their dream house in upstate New York. It was for “the second phase of their lives.” Having promised each other to live to be 90, “he only made half of that,” she said. This 45-year-old firefighter was a 20-year veteran with the FDNY and a volunteer firefighter before he could even vote. The son of a firefighter, there was no other profession he ever wanted to do. For relaxation, he practiced search and rescue techniques. In the firehouse he expressed his love for his brothers with practical jokes. Volunteering was second nature to him and in addition to the second job he kept as a volunteer firefighter, he also helped the Red Cross run a canteen when the recovery effort for TWA flight 800 was underway. “If anybody needed anything, he was always there.”

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One Response to Firefighter Gerard Schrang

  1. Audrey Burtrum-Stanley says:

    I have faithfully read every one of these outstanding Emails as they have come into my computer daily. Today there was just the image – no behind-the-artwork story. Soooo, I
    sit here and wonder…
    Was this a man who ENJOYED the thrill of saving a life, easing pain, safeguarding property?
    Was this a man whose REWARD was riding on a glorious fire engine and hang’n with a terrific group of brother firefighters.
    Was the ENJOYMENT the loud and flashy truck and team of fellas on the job;
    Did he find his true REWARD was saving a life and being the ‘good guy’ who bravely stepped forward to help some unknown soul in distress.
    Either way – it is a wonderful face with enchanting eyes and the grace of youth was still upon hi face…
    People who never crossed his path nor profited from his toil are appreciative – sincerely appreciative and humbled.

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