Firefighter Peter Brennan

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Peter Brennan, 30, began his firefighting career at 16 when he joined the Lakeland Volunteer Fire Department. The Hauppauge Fire Department awarded him the 2000 “Medal of Valor.” More recently, he’d stopped at a fire and – still in street clothes – saved three trapped firefighters. For this he was named their 2001 “Fireman of the Year.”

Brennan joined the FDNY in 1995 after a couple years in the NYPD. A charter member of Squad 288, he had only recently joined Rescue 4.

Brennan was pursuing a degree in fire science technology and taught technical rescue at the fire academy. On 9/11, Brennan was coming off a long vacation and “itching to get back to work,” according to his wife. He was filling in for a colleague that morning.

He was awaiting the birth of his second child, a son, born on Christmas Eve, Pete’s birthday.


When Better Angels toured with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, I had the pleasure of spending hours with Pete’s big brother Vinny, a retired FDNY firefighter. From him I know Pete had a thick black mustache that was missing from his FDNY photo, and my painting. “He was a funny guy, a practical joker.”

His remains were never found.

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2 Responses to Firefighter Peter Brennan

  1. Jeanell Fried says:

    My son is a 4th grade student and just had a project to pick a famous American and do a research paper. He was led to represent all of the heroes of 9/11
    He picked Peter’s name and immediately was filled with so much respect for sickh a wonderful man. He is a true hero. We have prayed for Peter’s family throughout the entire project and we will continue to do so. We are very thankful for the men and women that bravely keep us safe.
    I would love to tell his family how much we think of Peter and send pictures from his presentation day. If interested please contact me.
    Thank you!

  2. Peter Power-Hynes says:

    I grew up in Ireland but have lived in London since 1988. After I submitted a DNA test to Ancestry.Com in 2014, I was contacted by Peter’s sister Kathi who informed me that I was their 3rd cousin. I was both shocked and very proud to discover I was related to such a verty brave man like Peter. I was actually in Dubai on 9/11 and little did I know when watching the terrible scenes on TV that my third cousin was in Tower 2 sacrificing his life for others. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam – (May his soul be at the right hand of God)

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