Firefighter Paul Ruback, 50, and his wife took in many foster children over the years and adopted three of them, expanding their family to six children.
“Too tall Paul” was the nickname for this 6’6″ firefighter around Engine 25. At home he was “Paulie” and beloved for his sympathetic ear and calming manner.
Mayor Bloomberg delivered the eulogy for this “gentle giant” when he was laid to rest in the spring of 2002 in Newburg, NY where he lived. Quoting “Julius Caesar, Bloomberg said, “His life was gentle and the elements so mixed in him that nature might stand up and say to all of the world, ‘This was a man,'” ”Paul Ruback was such a man,” said the mayor.