Neil Leavy, 34, graduated with a degree in finance and was a commodities trader in the World Trade Center for several years before he gave it up to join the FDNY. He had always wanted to be “where the action was.” With the department less than five years, Leavy had already received two citations for bravery.
Engine 217, one of the busiest firehouses in the city, arrived at the WTC at 9:40. Leavy’s last radio call placed him in Tower Two heading towards the stairwell. He was a “workout maniac” and a “strong, strong guy” according to his brother. His remains were found on Sunday night, the 16th.