Tag Archives: Engine Co. 23

Stories of the Marriott Hotel

Some time back I shared some of the stories about the Marriott Hotel from Firehouse Magazine’s “WTC: In Their Own Words.” Now, after posting the painting of Ruben Correa, I thought I would share a little more. Engine 74 was assigned … Continue reading

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Firefighter Mark Whitford

Firefighter Mark Whitford, 31, had twin one-year-old sons. A 1998 graduate of the Fire Academy, Whitford drove the rig for Engine 23. He was born to the job. A natural athlete, he especially excelled at wrestling and was posthumously awarded … Continue reading

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Firefighter Hector Tirado Jr.

Being a firefighter was the favorite of three jobs for Hector Tirado, Jr. He also worked as a waiter and sometimes as a model. He came to the responsibilities of caring for others early. His own parents died when he … Continue reading

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Firefighter James Pappageorge

James Nicholas Pappageorge, 29, came into the FDNY through its EMS Division which he joined in 1995, getting his paramedic degree in 1999. By 2001 he was called up to the FDNY and graduated from the Academy on July 23rd. … Continue reading

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Firefighter Robert McPadden

Robert McPadden, 30, was so good at Jeopardy that others thought they must be watching reruns he had already seen when he shouted out answer after answer. He completed a Masters degree in Criminal Justice while waiting to be called … Continue reading

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Firefighter John Marshall

“A big man with a big heart,” is how Firefighter John Daniel Marshall was described by his friend Lou at his memorial service. Regularly assigned to Ladder 27 in the Bronx, Marshall was on rotation with Engine 23 on 9/11. … Continue reading

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