Vincent Kane, 37, broke the firefighter stereotype in many ways. A resident of Manhattan’s Upper East Side, he could walk to work at Engine 22. Apparently he spent hours in the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Fifth Avenue and he attended performances of the New York Philharmonic in Lincoln Center. “Most firefighters don’t even know what the Philharmonic is,” claimed his friend and fellow firefighter, Michael Ruddick. Vinnie first became a firefighter at 17 when he joined the Rockaway Point Volunteer Fire Department. On East 80th where he lived he was nicknamed “The Mayor” by his neighbors who sometimes could hear guitar playing coming from his apartment late at night. He kept a second guitar in his locker at the firehouse.
He was found on Thanksgiving night, 2001, with fellow Engine 22 firefighter Michael Elferis.