Tag Archives: Ladder 5

Firefighter Gregory Saucedo

Gregory Saucedo, 31, was the bench-press champ of Ladder 5. This 10-year FDNY veteran was also an avid and tireless runner who spent his last hour sprinting up and down the stairs of the North Tower aiding victims. He was … Continue reading

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Firefighter John Santore

The Noble Maritime Collection at Snug Harbor on Staten Island dedicated an exhibit to firefighter John Santore, 49, who founded the Noble Crew in 1992. Together these volunteers devoted eight years and a million dollars in sweat equity to completely … Continue reading

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Firefighter Paul Keating

Paul Keating, 38, performed his first life-saving rescue just weeks after graduating the academy in 1995, but it was from water not fire. A strong swimmer, he pulled a drowning man from the ocean in New Jersey, administered CPR, and … Continue reading

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Firefighter Thomas Hannafin

Thomas Hannafin was a 10-year veteran. His brother Kevin, an FDNY firefighter based in Brooklyn, was searching the ruins with other surviving members of Ladder 5 when they found the body of Thomas and four other members of the company. … Continue reading

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Firefighter Andrew Brunn

  Andrew Brunn, 28, loved to surf and skateboard. At 6’2”, he had a formidable presence. Beginning his career with the City of New York as a police officer in 1993, he joined the FDNY in May, 2001, because he … Continue reading

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Firefighter Louis Arena

Louis Arena, 32, had been an FDNY firefighter for six years. He was also a gourmet chef who could repair anything. His second job was doing the detail woodwork on yachts. Arena met his wife when he was nine, and … Continue reading

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Lt. Michael Warchola

  The last tour of duty for Lt. Michael Warchola was to have been September 13, 2001, when he was scheduled to retire after 24 years in the FDNY.  When the Slovakian Prime Minister came a year later to run … Continue reading

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Lt. Vincent Giammona

September 11, 2001 was the 40th birthday of Lieutenant Vincent Giammona. Just four days earlier, Giammona was on Coney Island with his wife and two youngest daughters. Having taken in the aquarium, they were headed back home when he turned … Continue reading

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