Lt. Joseph Leavey loved skyscrapers, so first he became an engineer in the construction business. His favorite spot was Battery Park City, built on the landfill created from excavating the foundations of the World Trade Center complex. WTC One and Two were his favorite buildings. He thought they were an “engineering marvel” and he shot hundreds of photos of them.
Appointed to the FDNY in 1982, he was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to Ladder Co. 15 based at the South Street Seaport in Lower Manhattan in 1998.
Leavey left behind a son, 17, a daughter, 11, and a stepdaughter whom he had walked down the aisle just a year earlier.