Tag Archives: Battalion Ten

Firefighter Robert Curatolo

Some firefighters saved their lives on 9/11 by diving under fire trucks. For others it became their tomb. Robert Curatolo, 31, had finished his shift with Ladder 16 at 9AM that morning, but hitched a ride in with a 19th … Continue reading

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Lt. Raymond Murphy

Lieutenant Raymond Murphy of Ladder 16 entered the FDNY Academy in 1982. Quite soon after he knew he had found his calling. In September 2000 he was promoted to Lieutenant. Apparently a disinterest in school as a youngster led the … Continue reading

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Firefighter Gregory Stajk

Gregory Stajk was known as “Bro” around Ladder 13. He was a championship pitcher in high school and college, landed a couple tryouts for the majors but didn’t make the cut. So he pursued his other dream which was to … Continue reading

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Firefighter Thomas Sabella

Thomas Sabella of Tower Ladder 13 grew tomatoes and cucumbers in his Staten Island garden and made his own red wine which he bottled and gave away as gifts. In 1999 New York City honored him for rescuing a man … Continue reading

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Firefighter Dennis McHugh

Dennis McHugh, 34, was the “good probie” at the FDNY Fire Academy says his friend, Chris Gainer, the “bad probie” of the class. He had a reputation in his family of being “about as perfect as you can get,” doing … Continue reading

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Firefighter Thomas Hetzel

Firefighter Thomas Hetzel of Ladder 13 was a 5-year veteran of the FDNY and danced the polka. Proud of his German heritage, he also played German music, went to German festivals, and cooked German meals – both at home and … Continue reading

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Capt. Walter Hynes

Walter Hynes, the captain of Ladder 13, had 23 years with the FDNY. He graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and put himself through St. John’s University Law School by attending night classes. His extended family relied on … Continue reading

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Firefighter Martin McWilliams

Martin McWilliams’ daughter, Sara, turned four months old that September. “I’m in love with her,” he would say. McWilliams, 35, was known for being good with his hands and able to fix anything. He was also game for things like … Continue reading

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Firefighter Vincent Kane

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 … Continue reading

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Firefighter Michael Elferis

  Michael Elferis, 27, was a 3-year veteran of the FDNY. Like many others, he came to the fire department through the NYPD where he had been an officer for two years. He wanted to become a firefighter ever since … Continue reading

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