On December 5, 2013, seven of the new FDNY Probies were either sons or brothers of firefighters lost on 9/11. One of those graduates was the son of Joseph Mascali of Rescue 5. Joseph Mascali, 44, worked in construction for years before he joined the FDNY in 1987, keeping a hand in the work with Tower East Construction, a business he co-owned with Carl Bini. He was a certified EMT first responder and a specialist in confined space and high-angle rope rescue.
In addition to his firefighter son, Mascali left behind two daughters. The annual family vacations to Lake George or Disneyland were always a highlight of his year. “People always said he was so caring about his work and so honest,” said his wife.