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Firefighter Matthew Rogan

Matthew Rogan, 37, joined the FDNY in 1994, after eight years with the NYPD, following the paths of his father and brother. Famously unassuming, birthdays brought unwelcome attention and Christmas was too commercial. In 1997, after swimming through the ice-cold … Continue reading

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Firefighter Richard Kelly Jr.

There are three Kellys among the 343 – which should probably not being surprising. Richard Kelly, Jr., the senior man at Ladder Co. 11, had just completed his 24th year with the FDNY. Music was a passion. He had collected … Continue reading

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Firefighter John Heffernan

John Heffernan, 37, played rhythm guitar in a punk rock band called “The Bullys.” He sang backup, wrote most of their songs, created their website and booked their shows. Marky Ramone liked the band so much, he produced their first … Continue reading

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Firefighter Edward Day

Firefighter Edward Day, 45, was known for putting smiley-face stickers on the helmets of grumpy firefighters. Joining the FDNY in 1988, Day was a third degree black belt in karate, a discipline he believed conferred “personal peace.” This was a … Continue reading

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Firefighter Michael Cammarata

I believe Michael Cammarata is the youngest of the 343. He received a PERFECT score on his firefighter exam and was nine weeks into his final 14-week training, assigned to Ladder Co. 11. His brother, looking through his things for … Continue reading

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Lt. Michael Quilty

September 5th marked Lt. Michael Quilty’s 20th anniversary with the FDNY. Over the course of his career, he had been cited for heroism three times. He had only been with Ladder Co. 11 for about a year on 9/11. Based … Continue reading

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