Tag Archives: Engine Co. 235

Firefighter Lawrence Veling

Lawrence Veling, 44, was a 15-year FDNY veteran and the senior man on duty on September 11th. As soon as the first plane hit, Engine 235 was expecting the call. Veling took the time as senior man to address the … Continue reading

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Firefighter Lee Fehling

Lee Fehling, 28, was also a member of the Wantagh Volunteer Fire Department. The bagpipes were his favorite, but could also play the sax, clarinet, piano and accordion. When he was 18 he took the police and fire exams, and … Continue reading

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Firefighter Francis Esposito

Francis Esposito, 32, spent seven years pursuing his goal of becoming a New York City firefighter, a feat he accomplished when he graduated from the Academy in 1999, just weeks before his wedding. They delayed some of their honeymoon plans … Continue reading

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Firefighter Nicholas Chiofalo

Nicholas Chiofalo, 39, loved to work. Besides the FDNY, he was also the Fire Chief at the volunteer department in Selden, NY. And he had a side job as a pyrotechnics engineer with Grucci, the company that sets off the … Continue reading

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Lt. Stephen Bates

Lt. Steven Bates, 42, stood 6-feet tall and weighed 235 pounds. This18-year veteran was actively studying for the Captain’s exam. He was an avid golfer and an experienced marathoner and triathelete.
 He loved the camaraderie and ensemble teamwork of firefighting. … Continue reading

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