Tag Archives: Ladder Co. 118

Firefighter Peter Vega

  Peter Vega, 6’3”, had the nickname of “Big Head” for the obvious reason, which required a special helmet. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Vega was proud of his mixed Irish and Puerto Rican heritage. His family moved to … Continue reading

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Firefighter Leon Smith, Jr.

Leon Smith Jr., 48, wanted to be a firefighter since he was nine years old. Even as a kid he would hang out at the local station. In February of ‘82, his dream came true and he was appointed to … Continue reading

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Firefighter Scott Davidson

Scott Davidson, 33, was an all around athlete and “true team player” who nonetheless won more than his share of MVPs. He played on baseball and basketball teams all through college, and was named captain in his senior year. A … Continue reading

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Firefighter Vernon Cherry

Vernon Cherry would have turned 50 that October. After 28 years as a firefighter, and 19 with Ladder 118, he had been planning to retire at end of 2001. Famous throughout the FDNY for his voice, his wife said “you … Continue reading

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Firefighter Joseph Agnello

Joseph Agnello, 35, is always alphabetically the first of the 343. He was an unassuming guy who loved being a father. “Bells” had two boys under three. His remains were found on New Year’s Day 2002 along with Regan and … Continue reading

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Ladder Co. 118

Ladder 118 could watch the smoke rising from the Trade Center from their “Fire Under the Bridge” firehouse in Brooklyn. For the 14 minutes between when their housemates in Engine 226 had been called and the second plane strike, Ladder … Continue reading

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